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I like visiting aquariums, so when planning a weekend with my daughter in the capital of Catalonia, we decided to visit this place as well. The Barcelona Aquarium is located in the port and is quite impressive! According to Zuzia, it was one of the most interesting places during our visit, and in my opinion, adults can also like it!
The Barcelona Aquarium is located by the sea. The Columbus Column is a few minutes’ walk away. Google Maps will show you the location without any problems, but if you need an address, it’s del Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya, s / n.
In addition to the aforementioned walk, you can also come there by car (paid parking) or by public transport: metro (stop L4 Barceloneta / L3 Drassanes), buses (V17, 47, 59, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15 and V19), buses tourist (Port Vell (Red Route) stop).
Opening hours and tickets to the aquarium
Out of season, the aquarium is open from Monday to Sunday. During the week from 10.00 to 19.00, and at weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 10.00 to 20.00. During the season, the aquarium is waiting for guests every day from 10.00 to 20.00.
Tickets to the aquarium in Barcelona cost 24 Euro (normal). Children up to 3 years old enter for free, 3-4 years old for 10 Euro, and from 5 to 10 years old for 17 Euro. The purchased tickets are valid on a given day. If you want, you can also buy a Flexticket ticket, which entitles you to enter once within the next 3 months. Tickets can be purchased online. If you are planning a bigger city tour, be sure to read about the Barcelona Familly Card at the end of the text, and you will learn how to save money at the beginning.
For those willing, the aquarium offers the possibility of diving with sharks. This service costs 300 Euro and requires a diving certificate. The aquarium also organizes various types of events – you can, for example, order a birthday party for your child!
What to see?
The aquarium consists of several departments. The first part we go underground to is made up of different zones. There we can find animals from the Mediterranean Sea and other exotic seas and oceans. Aquariums are diverse, and in addition to fish, there are also crustaceans, seahorses and octopuses.
The most impressive, however, is the underwater tunnel in which we can walk under the surface, or actually at the bottom of a large aquarium. The tunnel itself is 80 meters long and the aquarium above it is 3,700 cubic meters of water! Sharks, rays and other fish swim over us. From what I think there is also the option to dive in this cage pool among the sharks, but that’s not the attraction that turns me on.
There are also places dedicated to the fauna and flora of the Mediterranean Sea in the Aquarium. There are also several other rooms that present information about how humans pollute water. We can also see the stingray aquarium and enter the whale model, which contains information and aquariums with various jellyfish.
If fish and marine organisms are not enough for you, penguins also have their place in the already mentioned Planeta Aqua room!
The exhibition is interesting for both small and large guests. For each aquarium we have descriptions (with pictures) of fish and other organisms that live in them. Every now and then we come across attractions for the youngest – an imitation of a submarine or mini tunnels through which we pass, for example, under the reservoirs where stingrays live.
After leaving the aquarium (or for the impatient before) you can use the shop. You will find there a variety of gadgets and toys related to the seas and oceans. Some are fun and interesting, others are a bit cheesy, but as you know, the latter are the ones that kids like the most! :)
In addition to plush toys, which you will find there a huge amount, pens, magnets, notebooks, clothes, magnets and many, many more are waiting for you. We have two postcards in our basket that Zuzia liked.
There is also a cafe in the aquarium itself, which you can use on the terrace overlooking the port.
Barcelona Family Card
The Barcelona Familly Card is a very nice solution if you are going to Barcelona with family and you want to visit places that will appeal to the youngest. A separate text is waiting for you about visiting the city with children – Barcelona for children.
The card costs € 70, which at first glance may seem like a large amount, although it already includes the Hola Barcelona card, which gives you the opportunity to transport by public transport (i.e. 23 € are already saving). What does this card give us? Well, it gives us a lot. It allows free admission to several objects, including the Aquarium, ZOO, CosmoCaixa Center, Museum of Wax Figures, Museum of Chocolate, among others, it also allows for a boat trip around the port of Barcelona.
It is worth adding that the Aquarium and the Wax Figures Museum itself is 40 € for admission, so the card does not seem to be that expensive anymore. However, if you use it at the entrance to other attractions, you save more. We managed to visit a few of them and we recommend them to you!
You can buy the card online. Current information about her can be found on the website -> Barcelona Card Family
Worth visiting the Barcelona Aquarium?
According to the independent expert my daughter is, the Barcelona Aquarium was the place she liked the most. If you are going to the capital of Catalonia, the Barcelona Aquarium should be on your list of places to visit!