With over 16 million visitors each year, Port Vell offers something for everyone. Port Vell is the oldest part of the Port of Barcelona. But despite its age, it has been reinvented in recent years to become an emblematic, must visit place for Barcelona locals and tourists alike. Much of Port Vell can be seen and appreciated simply by walking around the area, but here are a couple of things to do if you want to make a day of it.
If you find yourself in or near the area of Barceloneta, chances are you have seen the distinct Maremagnum building. This extensive shopping centre jets out onto the water at the end of a wavy, wooden pier. Its mirrored walls and arched roof reflect the water that surrounds it, giving it a glimmering glow. Offering everything from clothing to homeware, and jewelry to electronics, this bustling shopping centre has something for everyone. This monumental building means more than just shopping, however; it was conceived as an all-family entertainment facility. One of its leading attractions, La Terraza, is a panoramic platform offering a 360 degree view of the sea and the Barcelona skyline, so be sure to not skip on this memorable experience.
L’Aquarium de Barcelona
One of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, the Aquarium of Barcelona is celebrated as the largest Mediterranean aquarium in Europe, and is an ideal family friendly destination. This attraction hosts one of the world’s most impressive collections of marine life, making it the perfect stop after a well spent beach day. With over 35 aquariums, 11,000 marine animals from 450 different species, the Aquarium is an ideal place to visit and is sure to keep you fishing for more.
Palau del Mar
Translated as “Palace of the Sea,” this example of 19th century industrial architecture was build in 1889 to house the old General Trade Warehouses. In 1992, it was restored to transform it into business units on the ground floor and offices and museums on the top floor. Today, it is home to the Museum of History of Catalonia and the Department of Welfare of the Catalan Government. Beneath the building’s iconic arches, locals and tourists can find a variety of restaurants with terraces just a few yards away from magnificent sailing boats.
‘Las Golondrinas’ Boat Trips
What better way to discover Port Vell than from the sole reason it exists- the Mediterranean Sea! See some of the most iconic cultural monuments of the Port, discover the commercial docks, and explore the port of Barcelona, all by boat. This tour, which links the rich history of the port and the beaches to Barcelona as we know it today, is sure to provide a memorable experience for all who participate. This unique excursion will not disappoint, so grab your sunblock and cameras and hop on board.
The Columbus Monument
Standing more than seven metres tall and centrally located at the end of Las Ramblas, this iconic monument is breathtaking in itself just to look at. But imagine what it would be like to see it from the inside out. The hollow column and pedestal provide entries into the monument, where an elevator brings you to a platform that provides excellent views of Las Ramblas and Port Vell. For some pretty unique views of Port Vell and beyond, book your ticket in advance and don’t forget your camera.