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With thousands of different creatures including sharks, tropical fish, penguins and many more, the Barcelona Aquarium is the perfect place to learn more about the marine life in the surrounding Mediterranean. See what’s lurking off the Catalan coast, and find out more about the waters. Let your kids take part in the hands-on fun and games as you look around the cold water and deep-sea tanks.
The centrepiece of the aquarium is the vast Oceanarium. At an impressive 36 metres, this tank contains sharks, stingrays and tropical fish. You can even take a walk through an 80-metre-long tunnel which will take you underneath the tank, giving you the opportunity to see the creatures swimming all around you.
As you explore the aquarium you’ll find realistic-looking Mediterranean habitats that make up the other tanks, all of which have been crafted using state-of-the-art technology. Follow the marked-out route which will take you around the aquarium. Along the way, you’ll find helpful information signs that give information about the marine life contained in the tanks.
Head for the Planeta Aqua display to see the penguins and the stingrays. In the tropical enclosures, there are dazzling colours everywhere you look, thanks to the coral and exotic fish. Seven tanks around the aquarium are based on reefs all across the world, including Australia’s legendary Great Barrier Reef. Head for the Explora exhibit if you’re have children with you, as there are dozens of different interactive activities that they will love. Explore a replica submarine and look under a microscope to dissect the muddy contents!
Situated in the Port Vell neighbourhood on the city’s harbour, the Barcelona Aquarium charges you to enter. It’s a good idea to book ahead to benefit from the many special offers. If you buy before you turn up you’ll also be able to skip the queues.
The aquarium opens daily, but opening times vary during the year so consult the website before you visit. Just a short walk from Las Ramblas, you can also come by bus, tram or metro.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del Liceu are also within 5 minutes. Drassanes Station is only a 2-minute walk and Liceu Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sala Apolo, La Rambla and Maritime Museum. Palau Guell and Rambla del Raval are also within 15 minutes. Paral-lel Station is 6 minutes by foot and Parc de Montjuic Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Cable Car, Barceloneta Beach and Port Vell. Barcelona Aquarium and La Rambla are also within 2 miles (3 km). Barceloneta Station is 22 minutes by foot and Jaume I Station is 29 minutes.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Pompeu Fabra University and La Rambla. Palau Guell and Port Vell are also within 10 minutes. Drassanes Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jaume I Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Pompeu Fabra University and Port Vell. La Rambla and Palau Guell are also within 10 minutes. Barceloneta Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jaume I Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Ciutat Vella, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum, Palau Guell, and La Rambla. Boqueria Market and Rambla del Raval are also within 10 minutes. Drassanes Station is only a 4-minute walk and Parc de Montjuic Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Placa Reial and La Rambla. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Liceu Station and Jaume I Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Poble Espanyol and Placa d'Espanya are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ildefons Cerda Station is only a 4-minute walk and Foneria Station is 9 minutes.