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Las Golondrinas: Harbour Tour along the Beaches of Barcelona

Experience the City from a Different Perspective

During a cruise with the "Golondrinas" you can experience the maritime Barcelona from a completely different perspective. Combine the beautiful skyline with a relaxing break and a fresh sea breeze. With the large coastal tour "Port i Litoral" you will get to know the port facilities and also drive on the open sea along the coast to the end of the city to Port Fòrum. Here you can get the tickets.

Highlights of the Coastal Tour

  • Beautiful view of Barcelona's skyline
  • Nice break from the hustle of the city
  • Fresh ocean breeze

Golondrinas Coastal Tour

  • 1.5 hour drive with the Golondrinas
  • The voucher is valid for one boat trip with the Golondrinas during the whole calendar year
  • The ride is carried out with double-decker catamarans. The upper deck is outdoors. The lower deck is equipped with tables, chairs and a bar.
  • The boat hull is accessible via a staircase, there are panoramic windows below the waterline

Highlights Aquàrium

  • Admission without standing in line at the box office
  • Visit to the largest aquarium dedicated to the Mediterranean theme
  • Visit of 35 pools with 11,000 sea creatures from 450 species
  • Underwater tunnel through the shark tank
  • The voucher is valid for a single admission within the calendar year

Departure Times of the Golondrinas

  • January: Monday to Friday 12:30; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12:30 and 15:30
  • February and March: daily at 12:30, 13:30 and 15:30
  • April, May and June: every day at 12:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30 and 18:30
  • July, August, September: every day at 12:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30
  • October, November: every day at 12:30, 13:30 and 15:30
  • December: Monday to Friday 12:30; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12:30 and 15:30
  • No operation on 25.12. and 1.1.

Please appear at the boats about 15 minutes before departure. The pier of the Golondrinas is located about 100 metres from the Columbus Monument at the end of the Rambla.

Why a Golondrinas Tour is Worth it

Barcelona is sometimes loud and hectic and has many impressions to offer. Plan a boat trip so you can take a little break from the loudness and the rush of the city. The fresh sea breeze is also very relaxing on hot days.

Barcelona has two sides: on the one hand the land side, where you do not notice much of the sea and on the other hand, the open, facing the sea side. A coastal cruise is perfect for experiencing this other side of Barcelona.

Our recommendation: a visit to the Aquàrium - it is located close to the port where the Golondrinas start and it matches with the topic ocean.

Boat tours

Harbour and Coast Tour

The long tour "Port i Litoral" takes about 90 minutes. The boat leaves the port into the open sea and then passes the coast along the Barceloneta, the Port Olímpic, the Vila Olímpica, the beaches of Nova Icària and Bogatell, Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella until it reaches the Port Fòrum. You’ll recognize the sports harbour by its huge solar plants. After that the tour takes you back to the port.
The long harbour and coast tour is included in the price of the Barcelona Card.

Free Harbour and coast

With the Barcelona Card you can attend the harbour tour for free.

Book the Barcelona Card

Tour Route with the Golondrinas Mar-Tour

  • Starting point is at Port Vell, seen from the Rambla behind the Columbus monument
  • Port Vell and Hotel W
  • Barceloneta
  • Olympic port
  • Hotel Arts and the Torre Mapfre
  • Golden fish by Frank Gehry
  • District Sant Martí
  • Port Fòrum on the city boundary

The Ships of "Las Golondrinas"

Interesting Facts about the Golondrinas

The company "Las Golondrinas" which means "the swallows", started its business on the occasion of the 1888 World Exhibition and was the first company to show the port from the seaside perspective. Today, Las Golondrinas is the only operator of harbour tours.

Classical double decked wooden boats

For the harbour tours, Las Golondrinas uses classical double decked wooden boats. The boats are 18 m long, 5 m wide and are open and thus not suitable for the open sea. The boats have a capacity of about 200 passengers.


For the long tour "Port i Litoral" (port and coast), Las Golondrinas employs modern catamarans (with a length of 26 or 20 m and a width of 8.30 or 7 m, respectively). These are double decked as well. As opposed to the classical wooden boats, they don’t have a roof on the top floor, so use sun protection. There is a bar on the lower floor where you can buy drinks, as well as disability-friendly toilets.
The lower deck is the specialty of the catamaran: through a glass bottom you can look into the ocean. You will see the motors as well. The entrances to the lower deck are in the front part of the cabin.

The Port of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the largest freight ports in the Mediterranean, whereas the fishing port has lost its importance almost completely. Barcelona is an important ferry port as well – from here, ships embark to destinations in the Mediterranean – and has jetties for cruise ships.

See chapter "How to get to the ferry port" for a description how to get there. Book a trip on a ferry on our website "Book a ferry".

Facts about the port of Barcelona

  • Handled freight (2007): over 51 million tons, thereof 1.3 million tons of  feeding stuff and groceries and 3,000 tons of fish
  • Share of containers of the freight: around 72 %
  • Cars: Around 801,000 cars have been transhipped here
  • Passengers: around 2.8 millions
  • Oil and gas: 6.3 million tons
  • Average tidal range of the Mediterranean Sea in the port: 1.25 m
  • Length of the jetties: 20.3 kilometres
  • RoRo (roll on-roll off)-ramps: 32
  • Largest dry dock: length: 215 m, width: 35 m, tonnage up to 50,000 tons

Gas and oil tankers can also unload their freight about 1 km off the shore at an unloading point. The load is being transported to the mainland via pipelines then.

The Tour Route on the Map