Mini break in Spain - The Costa Dorada

Soak up some culture in sunny Spain: Barcelona - Valencia

With a train fare from Barcelona to Valencia costing as little as €14, this tour allows you to soak up the best culture these cities has to offer, while enjoying the quiet comfort that comes from staying on the water.

From Valencia you can either hop on a plane for a quick flight to the nearby Island of Majorca or head further down the coast to continue topping up your tan before heading home.


Start your trip with a short flight to the Catalan capital of Barcelona, famed for its independent culture and vibrant cuisine.

Recover from your journey in this hot tub, a unique feature onboard a Beds on Board sailing yacht, moored in the Royal Barcelona Yacht Club. One of the oldest in Spain, this marina has ample entertainment for the kids, with its access to watersports and central location.

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A forty minute walk through the city streets will take you to Barcelona’s most famous church La Sagrada Familia.

Designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in 1915, the cathedral is not expected to be completed until 2020 or possibly as late as 2040.

It is an exceptional example of modernism and you can see other examples of Gaudi’s influence in the surrounding streets.

One of the other great sites to see in Barcelona is a football match at the Camp Nou stadium.

The biggest football ground in Spain, the FC Barcelona museum, next door to the stadium, hosts many of the European cups and other sporting memorabilia from the clubs prestigious history.

This includes a room dedicated to one of the team’s most famous players Lionel Messi.  


From Barcelona, there is a three hour train journey through some of Spain’s most beautiful coastal towns and villages to the city of their big footballing rivals Valencia.

The city of science is well known for its futuristic architecture, with it’s planetarium and oceanarium both worthy of a visit. 

Marina Real Juan in central Valencia has a wide variety of coastal bars and restaurants for families to enjoy. Its sandy beach makes it a perfect escape for families and it is only a short train journey into the area’s main shopping district.

Timon’s catamaran which is moored in this marina can comfortably sleep six people in its four cabins for as little as £145 per night.

Alternatively the motor yacht ‘Ocean Aquarius’ offers elegant comfort to a family of four, for as little as £100 per night.

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