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Port Ginesta Marina

Port Ginesta Marina

Port Ginesta Marina is just a short distance from Barcelona International Airport. It has 1400 pontoon marine berths and lots of hard standing. It is excellent for boat preparation and service work. Dozens of professional marine engineering boat services operate within Port Ginesta. You will find riggers, GRP repair centres, engineers and carpenters who have made this Port home for their operations. We offer Yacht Project Management Services; we can arrange any boat maintenance you need and manage the local engineers on your behalf.

The marina is just a short walk from Castelldefels, a busy holiday town. Great food is available from many high-quality bars and restaurants. You can find bars in the Port Ginesta marina and along the beach area of Castelldefels.

Port Ginesta is one of the busiest ports for commissioning in the Mediterranean, thanks to simple road access and sailing to Mallorca or beyond. It also helps that the wind is much more settled in Barcelona than further north, such as in Roses (Girona) or along the western end of the southern French coastline.

Castelldefels beach area

Castelldefels has more than five kilometres of wide sandy beaches. It’s a popular and desirable tourist destination in summer, full of restaurants, lounge beach bars and music. This place is well-known for being a perfect location for water sports such as surfing, canoeing, and kite surfing.

Port Ginesta is also an ideal place for jogging and lovers of keeping fit. During the early morning, the sunrise can be just staggering. Some of our Castelldefels sunrise photos on the beach inspired us during the early days of starting our company. During the early mornings, we found the beach to be such a great place for quiet contemplation before the hustle and bustle of visitors brought the area to life.

Castelldefels town centre

If you need something besides the beach, why not venture into Castelldefels town centre? Try a walk up to the Castle and soak up the stunning view before settling down to dinner in one of the town’s hundreds of bars and restaurants. The town is just a short distance back from the beach. The city has been an upmarket suburb of Barcelona for many years, offering an outstanding balance of homes and facilities. Castelldefels is one of the most challenging places to buy an apartment, especially in the centre, where modest apartment blocks line the well-maintained pedestrianised zone.

Port Ginesta, a natural environment

Based within Garraf National Park southwest of Barcelona City, the park includes all regions surrounding Garraf and the Catalan Coastal Range.

The Marina borders the Llobregat River, where it joins the Mediterranean Sea. It occupies an area of ​​12,820 hectares. The ground is predominantly rocky, having a lunar aspect to much of the exposed area. There are numerous deep underground caves and caverns. Over millions of years, they have been formed by water on limestone.

These spectacular geological features also occur at the precise location of Port Ginesta Marina. They exit the limestone caves as natural freshwater springs. They are at the base of the hill in the Marina next to the south beach described below. You can learn more about Port Ginesta’s history by following this link. 

Combined with Port Ginesta facilities lies a beautiful beach called Cala Ginesta, hidden from the Marina by the rocky port backdrop. This beach is part of the Garraf National Park. Therefore, the public enjoys access via the harbour at all times. A landscaped road and footpath leading to the beach were designed by architect Bet Figueras, who incidentally also designed Barcelona’s world-famous Botanical Garden.


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Las Ramblas Spain

Las Ramblas Barcelona Main Street

Las Ramblas Barcelona Spain First Impression

Las Ramblas Barcelona Main Street is a famous tree-lined pedestrian street stretching for just over a kilometre. Las Ramblas connects Plaça de Catalunya in the town centre to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.

Las Ramblas marks the city boundary between the Barri Gòtic and El Raval areas. Many historic buildings are on this street, such as the famous Liceu Theatre. La Boqueria market joins Las Ramblas, one of the city’s most famous tourist landmarks. From our office in Port Ginesta, you can arrive in Las Ramblas by train or car. Travelling from our Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona office, the simple way to arrive is by taxi and train direct from El Prat International  Airport.

History of the road

The name Las Ramblas originated from the Spanish verb “Ramblar”, meaning to ramble. This road has five sections, and each has its history and personality. Las Ramblas is known so well because of its rich history. The first three areas are called Rambla Font de Canaletes (The Canaletes Fountain), Rambla dels Estudis (Jesuit University), and Rambla de Sant Josep (also known as Rambla de Les Flors), an open-air flower market. The next area is called La Rambla dels Caputxins. Formerly the site of the Capuchin monastery, where the Liceu Opera House now stands. Lastly, La Rambla de, once the location of the Convent of St. Monica, has become an Arts centre.

A busy place; visit with caution.

A busy place during tourist season, Las Ramblas Barcelona Main Street gets very crowded. It has changed significantly since the 19th century; it is well worth visiting. We recommend a stroll in the morning before it gets too busy. There is plenty to see, from flowers to mime artists and acrobats.

The area does suffer from pickpockets who love tourists. Late at night, it becomes a little more of a red light district,” and we do not recommend walking around as a tourist alone. Plenty of police monitor the city, but the authorities in Barcelona appear to be in denial about the need for a CCTV system in the city centre.

Dangerous or violent crime in Barcelona is very infrequent. However, the petty crime of pickpocketing has almost become a way of life. The pickpocket evil can be avoided by ensuring that your valuables are safe.

Places to visit

It was once said by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca that Las Ramblas was “The only street in the world he hoped would never end”. To the east of Las Ramblas is the Barri Gòtic or Gothic Quarter, the centre of the old city of Barcelona. The Barri Gòtic remains a fascinating labyrinth of streets and small squares, many connecting to Las Ramblas.

Plaça Reial

One sizeable connecting square is Plaça Reial, a lovely 19th-century square with palm trees and lighting designed by Antoni Gaudí. The entrance to Plaça Reial is down a short passage, just off Las Ramblas del Caputxins. A little further into the Barri Gòtic is the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia. Nearby, Plaça Sant Jaume houses the Generalitat de Catalonia and the Ayuntamiento – Barcelona’s City Council. These are the rival Catalan and Spanish Governments entities of Catalonia.

To the west of Las Ramblas is the somewhat different El Raval quarter. They were once situated outside the city walls. Initially, this area was the site of various institutions. In later years, factories and buildings appeared with housing for the workers. Hectic nightlife, lounges, and prostitution are widespread in this area. Today this part of the city retains a degree of ‘edge’ late at night. In Barcelona, though, these places quietly sleep when the sun shines.

Further back in history

Las Ramblas was initially a muddy stream, used as a sewer and filled with rubbish. It was often dry in summer, but as a drain, it was essential to cope with the heavy rain which flowed from the Collserola Hills in the spring and autumn. In the 1400s, the stream was diverted to avoid the city centre. The wide strip of land became the town centre spot for markets and public gatherings.

In 1703, the council planted elm trees to line the street to make it more attractive.

Conflicts over the centuries took their toll on Las Ramblas religious buildings, most notably on St. James’s Night in 1835. Revolutionaries burned down the monasteries and churches and then murdered all the occupants. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), anarchists controlled Barcelona, which targeted religious buildings and massacred the monks and nuns. Artillery fire and air attacks by pro-Franco forces during World War II also caused severe damage.

Today Las Ramblas is a busy commercial centre and one of the most visited places in Europe; we get around 30 million tourists a year.

Please talk with us to know more about this area.

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