Diving in the Barcelona Aquarium

Between two cultural visits to the city of Gaudí, you can enjoy an underwater interlude at the Barcelona Aquarium, one of the largest covered pools in Europe. You won't be disappointed if you spend a day there with your family or friends. This aquarium will make you realise how important it is to protect the sea and the species it shelters. And there's no better way to discover the Mediterranean fauna than in an aquarium where 11,000 species are present. As you immerse yourself in this space, you'll be amazed by the animals you see. Visit the aquarium and leave with (sea) stars in your eyes!

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History of the Barcelona Aquarium

In 1995, the Barcelona Aquarium opened its doors for the first time, with a fun and educational focus on Mediterranean themes. This aquarium allows young and old alike to discover the species of the Mediterranean. It also aims to show the importance of conserving these species. In 2021, the aquarium added two permanent exhibitions to its collection: Planeta Aqua and an interactive area: Explora. Here, the youngest visitors can discover the world of the sea through their senses and a range of activities.

Poissons tropicaux dans l'aquarium de Barcelone

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Why visit the Barcelona Aquarium?

The 80-metre-long immersive tunnel, the oceanarium, will impress you with sharks, rays and many other species. You'll feel like you're really walking on the seabed. There is a huge collection of 66 aquariums, with over 450 different species and more than 11,000 specimens of marine animals. At the entrance to the aquarium you can find the times at which the animals are fed, and with a bit of luck you'll be able to see how the sharks eat. And it's quite an unusual experience.

Practical info

📍 Location: del Port Vell, Moll d'Espanya, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain

🚌 Getting there: you can get to the aquarium by car, on site you'll find a paying car park, the Indigo C. C. Maremagnum. The aquarium is easily accessible by transport, nearby there are two metro lines: line 3 and you can get off at the Drassanes stop, and line 4 with the Barceloneta stop. It is also accessible by bus.

Opening times: the Barcelona Aquarium opens every day at 10am but closes at different times: 7pm, 8pm or 9pm.

👛 Price:

  • Adult (+11 years): €25
  • Children (aged 5 to 10): €18
  • Children (aged 3 to 4): €10

🕑 Length of visit: 2h

🎟️ Tickets: feel free to book in advance online to avoid waiting lines.

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Some tips for your visit

You'll find an all-you-can-eat :

  • All-you-can-eat restaurant, offering different types of dishes (salads, pastas, meats, desserts and drinks).
  • A cafeteria offering refreshments, sandwiches and lots more.
  • A shop where you can buy souvenirs.

You can also take home a souvenir photo of your day at the aquarium.

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