Port Vell

Port Vell: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

1. Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world's most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already been visited by more than 14 million people. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. With your ticket you'll also be able to visit the permanent exhibitions, Planeta Aqua and Explora! that show the importance of water in the development of the planet, and where kids can discover the underwater world, using all of their 5 senses. After your visit, you'll be able to enjoy the different services on offer, such as the café, shop, and others. 

Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

2. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

3. Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

Spend 1.5 hours sailing on a stunning 78-foot catamaran cruise along the Barcelona coast. Experience the best way to watch the sun set over Barcelona while relaxing and listening to the live jazz on board. Take in views of the city’s skyline and beaches and capture some spectacular images as the light changes at this time of day. Feel at one with nature and connect to the sea, and lie down just 1 meter (3.3 feet) above the water on the nets area. Sit back and relax with a cold drink in luxury and comfort available from the onboard bar. Once the crew has hoisted the sails, you’ll soon be sailing silently along the coast and enjoying the stunning views. This is a roundtrip tour with no stops along the way.

Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

4. Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

Soak up the views of Barcelona from the sea on a cruise along the seafront. Board a luxury yacht and enjoy the ambiance on board with an open bar and music. Your trip starts from the very heart of the city. Before setting sail from the spectacular marina, determine your itinerary as a crew. Then leave the land far behind and begin an exciting journey of discovery.  Cruise three or four miles offshore, and take your time to unwind. Feel free to get involved in the running of the yacht and even the planning and navigation. Admire Barcelona's beautiful skyline from open water; enjoy the views of the beach as you travel into stunning blue waters. Feel refreshed with light snacks, cool drinks and – weather permitting – a swim in the sea. The yacht is fully equipped and meets all standards of comfort and safety. Relax with friends and family, and create unforgettable memories together.

Barcelona: Port of Barcelona Eco Catamaran Cruise

5. Barcelona: Port of Barcelona Eco Catamaran Cruise

Sail from Port Vell in Barcelona and discover the beauty of the Mediterranean on a catamaran cruise. Enjoy a relaxed journey on an ecological catamaran with no noise and no vibrations. The catamaran departs from Port Vell, the city’s waterfront harbor. Sail by the Port of Barcelona, and enjoy the views while feeling the sea breeze.  Take a break from the hustle of the city, navigating calmly the waterfront of the city and its marina that opened in 1991. The boat has a bar service where you can purchase drinks, such as wine, champagne, water, soft drinks, beers, and snacks. Wait for the best time of the day and select the sunset hours to admire the golden views over the city.

Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Each route has an approximate duration of 2 hours. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardines de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • Mnac (Museo Nacional de Catalunya) • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial - Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona: Guided Segway Tour

7. Barcelona: Guided Segway Tour

After a quick training session, we will set off on our Segways from Barcelona beach to discover the highlights of the city. Glide down to the old port area of Port Vell, redeveloped as part of an urban renewal program prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics. Stop in front of the monument to Christopher Columbus, built in 1888 to commemorate his first voyage to the Americas. Travel along the famous La Rambla on the way to the green oasis of Parc de la Ciutadella in the 19th-century district of L'Eixample. Admire the Arc de Triomf before heading to Port Olimpic to check out the Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts twin towers. We will end the tour with a visit to the regenerated area of Forum Park, built for the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures.

Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

8. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Embark on a tour that starts with a walking tour across the Passeig de Gràcia and Gothic Quarter. Climb aboard a helicopter and take in the panoramic view of the city skylines and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, take a boat ride and get the sea view, witnessing Barcelona from land, sky, ad sea. Meet your guide and walk along the impressive and most important aristocratic boulevards of Barcelona. Admire the luxury stores that line the sides of the streets, and take in the quality of the historic buildings. Witness the Jewels of Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernism, and the later movement. Understand the difference in architecture with works by Antoni Gaudi like the Casa Batlli and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) that are no declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Continue to the Gothic Quarter and see Plaça Catalunya and the Cathedral tucked away in a hidden corner and Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall. Gaze at the palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia, before wandering through the old Jewish Quarter. There, picture the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi and down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell. To end this unique experience, board a boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by your guide.

Barcelona: Helicopter Flight and Yacht Cruise Combo

9. Barcelona: Helicopter Flight and Yacht Cruise Combo

Climb aboard a 12-meter yacht at a private marina in the old harbor of Barcelona, and then sail along the coast with delicious snacks and 2 beverages. Soar above the city sights on a helicopter tour Start by boarding a comfortable yacht and setting out along the coast. Admire landmark attractions such as the Christopher Columbus monument and the distinctive Maremagnum shopping mall and entertainment complex. Complimentary drinks aboard the boat, including wines, beers, and vermouth. Enjoy snacks like olives, cheese, salami, and crackers as you cruise along the coastline for about 1.5 hours. Take off on a scenic helicopter flight and experience Barcelona from the air. Look down at historic attractions and get bird's eye views of the old quarters of the city center.

Barcelona: 2-Hour Sailing Experience with Refreshments

10. Barcelona: 2-Hour Sailing Experience with Refreshments

Discover the beautiful coastline of Barcelona on a yacht tour. See the Port of Barcelona, Barceloneta beach, the Castle of Montjuic, and the Tibidabo mountain from a unique perspective on the Mediterranean Sea. Set sail out of the inner marina and admire some of the most luxurious, private mega yachts of the Mediterranean sea moored at One Ocean Marina at Port Vell. Then pass by the famous shopping Center Maremagnum built on the dock, and see the famous statue of Christopher Columbus. Marvel at the World Trade Center building before your ship sets course for the northern mouth of the port of Barcelona. Just before the northern entry of the Port of Barcelona, pass under the largest drawbridge in Spain that gives access to one of the most important commercial ports of the Mediterranean Sea. Once you're out of the harbor, the sails are hoisted and you'll sail along the coast of Barcelona, to enjoy the incredible views of the city. See landmarks such as the Modern W Hotel, the beach of the Barceloneta, the Castle of Montjuic, the Olympic Towers, and Sagrada Familia all from a whole new angle. In the background, the Tibidabo mountain frames the city. Enjoy the sensation of being out on the open sea and feel the salty breeze while savoring some delicious local specialties and Spanish wine or Catalan Cava.

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What people are saying about Port Vell

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Wir hatten eine wirklich tolle Stadtrundfahrt mit Luis! Er war ein sehr angenehmer Tourguide, der wirklich alles über Barcelona weiß ! Unsere Tour ging pünktlich an Abholort los. Die Fahrt war auch sehr sicher und entspannend, wir konnten jede Menge von Barcelona sehen und lernen. Wir werden das nächste mal auf jeden Fall wieder eine Tour machen.

Well worth getting this ticket and a great way to travel about. We got the two day passes little difference in price. If you only have time to do one route I’d suggest the Red Route. The Red Route doesn’t pass Sagrada however if you hop off at Casa Mila, Sagrada is only a 10 min walk.

What a fun way to survey the city in 2 hours. In the quiet, open tuk-tuk we felt closer to the city and its residents than on a hop-on hop-off bus. Luis was a delightful & informative guide.

Que sorpresa tener un guía tan culto y llena de conocimiento. Un placer conocer a Luis y una manera muy buena ver la ciudad rápidamente. Lo recomendamos!

Really nice aquarium and definitely worth a visit.