Situated within a short distance from Barcelona are some surprisingly idyllic islands. If you’re seeking for a slightly more unique vacation outside of the city, visiting one of the many nearby islands becomes the ideal option because you don’t have to take a plane to get there. There are many different things to do on the islands. On some, you may walk down the beach and observe horses in peace, while on others, you can go diving or take a boat ride and more. We hope you enjoy our list of favorites – with a focus on the non-touristy isles!
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If you enjoy diving, come here! One of the most significant flora and fauna reserves in the Mediterranean is located on the small archipelago of Les Illes Medes, which is located in front of Estartit. They are accessible by boat, but more than anything else, divers love to visit them because of their stunning underwater scenery.
Illa de Port Lligat i Illa de S’arenella
These two islands are situated in Cadaqués, one of Catalonia’s most picturesque cities. The Salvador Dalí House-Museum is only a few meters away from the Illa de Port Lligat, which you must cross in a boat without a motor. The boatman, in typical Charon fashion, pulls the rope from beach to beach to reach to the other side.
The only inhabited island on the Costa Brava is the second, Illa de S’arenella, which you may rent for parties and weddings. You can’t travel around freely because it’s a private island, but you may swim on the beach in front and watch the sun set over Cadaqués from there.
Illa de Buda
Located in Terres de l’Ebre, this island may be the furthest from Barcelona, but it is well worth a visit if you have the time. With a length of about 5 km, it is the biggest island in Catalonia and the only protected region where rice is still grown. There are wild horses and a number of lodging options where you can have a very non-touristic time.
A little archipelago close to Calella de Palafrugell is the Illes Formigues. These four islands get their name because, from a distance, they resemble a row of ants. They are nearly entirely submerged in choppy waves since they are so low. Scuba divers should explore the numerous caverns and cracks near the bottom.
Illa de Sant Antoni
This little island, which has only been around for 60 years, is situated in front of the Illa de Buda. This is because it was created by the extension of dunes and marshes, and many protected species currently use it as a haven for reproduction.
Illots de Cala Ferriol
The latter belong to the category of islands, which is used for small land masses encircled by water, rather than the category of islands. They shield Cala Ferriola from the choppy sea and are situated in front of the beach in the municipality of Torroella de Montgrí. Their location in a picturesque enclave makes a visit there the ideal way to spend a leisurely weekend.
The islands near Barcelona are true hidden gems waiting to be explored. With their crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and captivating landscapes, you’ll find a little slice of paradise just a short journey away from the bustling streets of Barcelona. Enjoy your island adventure along with our Historical eBike Tour for a wonderful time on the mainland, in the city!