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The maritime Barcelona - 1 day

Sun, sea, beach and boats

Barcelona, that's most of all sun, beach, ships and ocean. You can find many good seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, the district between the harbour and beach.

During this one day tour you can get to know the maritime side of Barcelona, both kulinary and the sights. Don't forget to pack your bathing suit and sun block.

During the Middle Ages Barcelona was part of the most important sea powers of the Mediterranean and it has a long seefaring tradtition that you can still recognise: the old shipyards, in which the Museu Maritime is located today, the old harbour, which is the yacht harbour today, the Palau de Mar, former storage hall for the shipping of grains, today the museum for catalan history, and eventually Barcelona was the endpoint of Columbus' second world trip.

The tour maritime on the city map.

The tour maritime on the city map

Here you can find our tour proposal "The maritime Barcelona" on the city map so that you can orientate yourself better.

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Museu Maritím - maritime museum

Museu Maritím - maritime museum

The maritime museum is located about 100 metres from the metro station "Drassanes" (L3) at the end of the Rambla. You only have to walk past the really distinctive office tower.
At the Museu Marítim you will get an exciting insight of Spain's and Barcelona's maritime history. The museum is located in a medieval shipyard. The muesum is featured very interesting and a real highligt of every Barcelona stay. You can admire a faithful replica of a rowing galley from the 16th century.

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Monument a Colom

Monument a Colom

The Monument a Colom is easy to find: From the museum walk towards the ocean, the about 60 metres high column stands out a mile. After the museum you can enjoy a view over the Ramblas and the harbour, if you go up to the observation deck of the Columbus Monument.
If you have been on the Montjuïc already, you don't need to go up on the observation deck.

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Golondrinas

Golondrinas - harbour and coastal tours

Rght behind the Columbus Monument you can find the pier of the "Las Golondrinas". You can attend a boat trip here. An about 35 minute long harbour tour and an about 1,5 hour long boat tour "Port i Litoral" (harbour and coast) are offered. Depending on how long you have to wait for the next departing time, maybe prepone the next points of the tour and walk to the pier again after. If you prefer to go sailing, save the coastal tour for later and do it "under a sail".

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View to the Port Vell from the Maremagnum

Maremagnum and Port Vell

Next to the pier of the Golondrinas, the extension of the Ramblas, the Rambla del Mar, leads to the Maremagnum, a mall which is opened on seven days a week. You don't have to go shopping, you can also eat there or admire the ships of the old harbour.


Aquàrium

Aquàrium

Another highlight is close. Right after the Maremàgnum the Aquàrium is located, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. An unforgettable exerience is to walk through the glass tunnel through the shark tank.

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Palau del Mar - museum of Catalan hostory

Palau del Mar - museum of Catalan hostory

Only about 300 metres further at the harbour basin, directly at the yacht harbour, the Museu d`Hirtoria de Catalunya is located. You can recognize the big brick building, a former warehouse, from far away. You absolutely should enjoy the view to the harbour from the terrace. You can eat and drink something there.

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District Barceloneta

District Barceloneta

Now you're going to walk past the yacht harbour to the district Barceloneta. This district has a chequered history. You can still recognize it's origin as home of the fishermen because mainly restaurants offering fish and seafood are located here. Stroll through the district to the beach. You will recognize the particular geometry of the district: the streets are all proceeding parallel, completely on the contrary of the gothic district's clutter.

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Barcelona's beach

Beach

During a walk at the beach you can breathe in the fresh air. Walk past the big copper-coloured fish to the olympic harbour. You can go into the water all year long, however in the winter it probably is something for hard nosed people. The beach has a good infrastructure, for example showers, restrooms, lockers etc.

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Sailing at Barcelona's coast - Port Olimpic

Sailing at Barcelona's coast - Port Olimpic

The harbour is still used as pleasure craft harbour. However the yachts that lay here aren't as big as the ones at the old harbour. If you crave more activity, you can attend an about 2 hour long sailing trip. A booking in advance is necessary.

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Restaurants in Barceloneta

Restaurants in Barceloneta

You can eat out really well at Port Olimpic. However if you would like to have a better atmosphere and a better view over the ocean while eating, we recommend to walk back along the beach. Enjoy the evening light.

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Relaxing at the ocean

This tour proposal backs on movement and a lot of fresh air. It\\'s ideal to revive from the narrowness and rush of the city. If you would like to, drive along the coast of Barcelona with the Golondrinas - coastal tour and the sailing trip.
To bridge waiting time to the next departure, you can prepone another item on the programme.

 

Bus Turístic
You can do the tour "The maritime Barcelona" also with the Bus Tourístic Begin at the metro station "Colom- Museu Marítim" and drive to Port Olimpic. Exit at the stations, to look at the sights of this tour. Leave out Barceloneta and the walk along the bach, if you take the bus. From Port Olympic at the beach you can go to Barceloneta and have dinner there.