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Aquàrium - Oceanographic Museum

The Aquàrium in Barcelona is one of the largest in Europe

In Aquàrium Barcelona, Europe's largest and most important Museum of Marine Science of the Mediterranean, maritime habitats are emulated in over 35 different water basins. You will find over 11,000 marine animals from 450 species and an 80-metres-long underwater tunnel through the shark basin. Book tickets here and get inside without standing in line. Connect your visit to the Aquàrium with a tour on the Golondrina, the pier is located nearby.

Highlights of the ticket for the Aquàrium

  • Free time selection during hours
  • No standing in line at the box office
  • Visit Europe's largest aquarium

Why is the Aquàrium Worth Visiting?

The L'Aquàrium is located on the Moll d'Espanya at Port Vell and is easily accessible by foot from the Old Town and Barceloneta. A stop of Bus Turístic is located only a few steps away from the Aquàrium.

Although the Aquàrium itself is understood as a leasure establishment it displays the animals, their habitats and the interaction of the habitats in an impressive way. A highlight is an 80 metres-long glass tunnel through the sea basin in which you can see sharks, rays and moraines. Courageous people can dive in the shark basin. Limited spots and only by appointment.

The original home of the animals shown in the L'Aquàrium Barcelona is mainly the Mediterranean and tropical waters.

For children they have excellently furnished areas.

Video of visiting the L'Aqàrium de Barcelona

The Different Areas of the Auquarium

The Ozeaneum - In the Face of Sharks and Morays

With a diameter of 36 metres, a water depth of over 5 metres and a content of nearly 4 million litres of water, the Ozeaneum is Barcelona's largest aquarian basin.

The variety of underwater species makes this basin particularly spectacular: sea bream, moray eels, sunfish, rays and two shark species, the sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus) and the sandbank sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus). These are undoubtedly the stars of L'Aquàrium.

In the transparent tunnel on the "seabed" you experience the sharks and other curious sea creatures from close proximity.

The oceans are a special part of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean, with a total of more than 3,700 m³ of water, the water temperature is between 14 and 18 ° C in bright light, as it is typical in the Mediterranean near the surface.

Mediterranean Aquariums

The L'Aquàrium de Barcelona is the largest of its kind in the world, dedicated specifically to the Mediterranean. In a total of 14 pools with a volume of 6 to 120 m³, the most diverse inhabitants from the most diverse regions of the Mediterranean are presented.

Here you can see the animals in a natural environment, in which you can admire the particular fauna.

Tropical Aquariums

The tropical warm waters offer a colorful biodiversity that is second to none. The L'Aquàrium is home to seven pools dedicated to tropical waters, ranging in size from 11 to 156 m³. The water temperature of 23 to 27 ° C is much warmer than in the Mediterranean basin.

In the largest pool of tropical aquariums, you will find tropical shark species. Some of them have their habitat in coral reefs, others are in search of food in the open sea.

Another pool is dedicated to the colorful variety of tropical coral reefs, one specifically the Great Barrier Rief off Australia and another to the fish and other aquatic inhabitants of the tropical atolls. In two basins you can see the inhabitants, which can be found in the Red Sea and the Caribbean Sea.

Spectacular is the pool with tropical poison fish and fish that act aggressively against attackers.

Theme Aquaries

The above mentioned aquariums are dedicated more to the various regions, but you will also find several pools on different topics: invertebrate sea creatures, seahorses, shark eggs, tropical corals and "fantastic underwater creatures".

Areas for Children

Your children will certainly be watching the fascinating underwater world in front of the aquariums. In a play area for children, the underwater world and the inhabitants of the oceans and their ecosystems are introduced to children in an exciting and playful way.

Book tickets for the Aquarium here

  • Aquarium: tickets with skip the line
  • Bus Turístic: stop close to the Aquàrium
  • Coast tour: only some steps away from the Aquàrium

Important information

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Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
Phone: +34 932 217 474

Metro: Drassanes (L3), Barceloneta (L4)
Bus Turístic: Port Vell
Parking nearby

Opening times
The Aquàrium opens at 10:00 every day.

Closing times:
January - März, November-December:
- Mon. to Fri. 19:30
- Weekends and bank holidays: 20:00
April-May and October:
- Mon. to Fri. 20:00
- Weekends and bank holidays: 20:30
June - September and Easter week: 13 - 22:00
- daily 21:00
Christmas holiday:
- daily 14 December to 7 January 2020: 20:00
Last admission one hour before closing