Discover Barcelona – 2017’s Charter Destination

25th May 2017

Charter registrations in Spain increase 31.7% compared to 2016

Almost 50% of all Spanish charters are in Catalonian and Balearic waters

MYBA Charter Show and Formula 1 signify start of the Barcelona charter season

Discover Barcelona – 2017’s Charter Destination PDF


May 2017: OneOcean Port Vell, the leading superyacht marina, marked the start of the charter season as hosts of the MYBA Charter Show (April) and the Williams Martini Terrazza during the Formula 1 weekend (May). In the lead up to these events, there was a growth in charter registrations – Barcelona and the Balearics grew by 12 and 22% respectively during the months of January to April compared to 2016* – and, with the summer charter season now underway, OneOcean Port Vell invites you to discover this lively city with unmissable events this summer.

Destination: Barcelona
Taste the delights of Barcelona at the Boqueria Market, ranked the Best Fresh Market in the World by CNN in 2017, or visit one of Barcelona’s 24 Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition to this, the region of Catalonia has 10 official wine regions; for those looking to do a tasting, Catalonia is the most famous region in Spain for producing Cava.

Barcelona is also no stranger to culture and stunning architecture: one only needs to visit Park Güell or the Sagrada Familia, both designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí to understand the artistic legacy that thrives in the city. There are plenty of other cultural touchpoints to visit, as these are just 2 of the 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Barcelona.



MYBA Charter Show
2437.9 linear metres of yachts
290,000 gross tonnes
391 yacht brokers in attendance
107 exhibitor stands
25 sponsors
1625 attendees
Guests included Rafael Nadal

F1 Martini Terrazza
28,500 attendees
Guests included Felipe Massa, who commented: “The amount of superyachts at this event makes it feel like Monaco, but it’s Barcelona, and here, it’s more lively and people know how to enjoy themselves!”

Charter registrations in Barcelona increased by 12% compared to 2016 (January to April)

OneOcean Port Vell
158 berths
Yachts up to 190m

If you are seeking high-street, luxurious shopping, explore Barcelona’s famous Passeig de Gràcia home to countless top brands and shops, or alternatively, the old cobbled streets of El Born house bespoke ateliers and design studios ideal for discovering your latest home interiors.

Barcelona Tips for Summer 2017
Have you tried Enigma?
Albert Adrià’s newest restaurant aims to change the way we experience restaurants by keeping the entire tasting menu a complete secret. Experience the ultimate fine dining as Michelin-starred chef, Adrià, takes you through a gastronomical journey.

Looking for a different place to stay?
Try Casa Bonay, a newly renovated house designed by Francisco Batlle in the neoclassical style. Casa Bonay also has several exciting dining options, including Libertine, their cocktail bar and restaurant, and Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey, headed by renowned chef Estanislao Carenzo. The beautiful rooftop also offers a wonderful space to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Exciting new openings
Cecconi’s has recently opened in Barcelona on the ground floor of Soho House Barcelona, following success in London, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, and Berlin, and is the perfect place to enjoy the best dishes from Northern Italy. Another intriguing opening is Puerto Chico, the latest restaurant from the creators behind Boca Grande, and offers a fresh take on tapas.

2017 Summer Calendar
Between art, film, and music festivals, sporting events, and the delights of the city itself, there is something for everyone in Barcelona.

May 27: Copa del Rey Final
The last match in competition for Spain’s primary football cup will see FC Barcelona battle FC Alavés in what promises to be a compelling game.

May 31 – June 4: Primavera Sound
An urban music festival whose line-up is known for bringing in a diverse line-up of pop, rock, and dance music. This year’s line-up includes Arcade Fire, Frank Ocean, Solange and Skepta.

June 23 – 24: Feast of Sant Joan
A celebration of the start of summer, it is one of the most important feast days in Cataluyna, and is marked by bonfires and fireworks throughout the city.

June 30 – July 2: Rockfest Barcelona featuring Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Europe

July 1 – 31: El Grec Festival
Barcelona’s largest annual summer theatre, dance, circus, and music festival, which features various performances throughout the city.

July 1 – August 5: Sala Montjuïc Open-Air Film Festival
A festival which shows a selection of popular movies, as well as concerts and short films; all films are shown in their original languages with Spanish subtitles.

July 7 – 9: Vi Jazz Festival
Taking place in the glorious Penedès wine region, this festival combines world-class jazz with the best wine producers from the area.

July 12 -15: Puig Vela Classic Regatta
This is the 10th annual Puig Vela Classic Regatta, which counts towards Spain’s 2017 national championship competition for Vintage and Classic Yachts.

July 18: U2 in Concert at Montjuïc Olympic Stadium

August: Beginning of the FC Barcelona Football Season
The beginning of FC Barcelona’s, one of the highest valued teams in the world, football season.

August 15 – 21: Gràcia Festival
A traditional and welcoming street festival in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, filled with activities, competitions, concerts, and more.

Late September: La Mercè Festival
Barcelona’s largest street party, which typically lasts for about five days, and celebrates Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona.

Cruising Tips
Cruise the northern coast of Spain from Barcelona to Girona
Take full advantage of the turquoise waters and rocky coves of the Catalonian coast by sailing north from Barcelona stopping in Cadaquès and Sa Riera. A trip inland to Girona, a city known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, charming Old Quarter, and incredible views, is not to be missed.

Explore Barcelona and the Balearics
Fly to Barcelona and experience the dynamic city before sailing to the Balearics. Between the lively culture of Barcelona and the secluded beauty of the Balearics, you will experience the ultimate charter vacation.

  • El Molí de Sal, Formentera: a luxurious experience set on the paradise-like beach off Ses Illetes, this restaurant allows you to anchor offshore and will transport you and your party to the island by tender.
  • Es Torrent, Ibiza: a restaurant come beach-bar located on a secluded pebbled beach serving outstanding fish and meat dishes.
  • El Molí d’en Bou, Mallorca: a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a modern and airy location that offers a menu full of local cuisine elevated to the highest levels of dining.

Acquiring a Spanish Charter License
Although previously seen to be an onerous and costly task, changes to the matriculation tax in 2013 have energised interest for yacht charter licenses in Spain. Since 2013, there has been a notable increase in registrations and the ANEN (The National Spanish association of nautical companies) announced an increase of 31.7% in 2016.
There are four basic steps to obtaining a license:
1. If non-EU: Import your vessel into the EU or set up a time charter agreement with an EU charter operator
2. Obtain a Spanish VAT number
3. Apply for a Certificate of Exemption from Spanish Matriculation Tax
4. Obtain your Spanish Charter Licence

*January to April figures compared to 2016. Figures according to ANEN (