Mediterranean Port Of Departure Barcelona

1 Introducing Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital city of the Spanish Catalonia area is one of Europe's most impressive and vibrant destinations. A city of contrasts, it is unparalleled in Spain, this is most obvious forits quirky architecture, a marriage of Gothic towers and modern curves, with one name featured prominently, the celebrated architect Antonio Gaudi. If you're a visiting cruise passenger it's good to know the city is broadly divided into two, the old city, with the most famous buildings and museums, and Port Vell, featuring restaurants, bars, theaters and an aquarium.


2 The Port of Barcelona

Cruise ships berth at Port Vell. The port has become a tourist attraction in its own right with a big shopping mall with a fun IMAX cinema, and Europe's biggest aquarium. Port Vell links directly to Las Ramblas, the iconic Barcelona avenue packed with cafes and entertainment that feeds right into the center of the city.

The port has eight cruise terminals at Port Vell, divided into 3 locations.

Adossat Terminals
Cruise Terminals A, B, C and D are situated at the Adossat Quay and are furthest away from the city. Terminal D is also called Palacruceros. Shuttle buses run from these terminals to the start of Las Ramblas.

World Trade Center Terminals North and South
There are 2 terminals in the World Trade Center (WTC) pier, North and South. The East quay gives an overflow quay. From any of these three it is a simple stroll to Las Ramblas.

Port Vell Quay
Port Vell Quay is just across from the WTC terminal. This ferry terminal is only occasionally used for cruiseliners.

The port website is at port of barcelona. For a cruise schedules see cruises from barcelona.


3 Out and About in Barcelona

Las Ramblas
A magnificent boulevard leading from the sea Port to Placa de Catalunya, the heart of old Barcelona. The street is lined with cafes, shops, florists, street entertainers, and Boqueria, a charming market. Half way up La Rambla lies the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's gorgeous opera theater. La Rambla leads to the Placa de Catalunya, a huge plaza filled by cafes and shops.

La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona's iconic church was designed by the much celebrated Gaudi. Work began in 1883, and the spectacular building is still unfinished. Don't miss features like the nativity theme of the frontage, the towers decorated with mosaic work, and massive doors standing for faith, hope and charity.

The Museu d'art Contemporani de Barcelona
This bright white geometric building rises above Barcelona old town. The MACBA collection, starting the early 1950s, includes many artworks from Catalan, by artists like Antoni Tapies and also art by International names like Marcel Broodthaers.

Palau Guell
Gaudi fans will also enjoy Palau Guell, a gorgeous late 19th century palace.

Barri Gotic
In Barcelona's gothic quarter, the buildings date back to the thirteenth century. The cramped streets are packed with art galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafes. Art lovers will enjoy the Museu Picasso, featuring the works of Pablo Picasso. Also worth visiting is the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, a magnificent building with medieval architecture.

Parc Guell
A real treat for Gaudi fans, Parc Guell is an intriguing public park. The plants are adventurous and colorful, but the premier attraction is Gaudi's hard landscaping, likeconcrete arches and mosaic lizards.

La Pedrera
Gaudí planned an amazing house with undulating, lifelike forms for the developer Pere Milà Camps. La Pedrera was Gaudi's last work before spending all his time to the Sagrada Família.

4 Travelling to the Barcelona Cruise Terminals

From the City to the Port
The WTC terminals are the nearest to the foot of La Rambla, being about a 10 minute walk away. However the Adossat quay cruise terminals, A, B, C, D, are a lot further and you would need to take a shuttle bus named the Blue Bus, this picks ups at the Christopher Columbus memorial and takes you to Adossat quayside.
The Drassanes stop (L3 Green Line) is no more than five minutes by foot from the Columbus statue.
A good choice is to take a cab from the city center to the port. This is cheap, fare approximately eight euros, and quick, normally under a quarter of an hour.

From the Airport to the Port
By public transport
Catch the Aerobusline A1 from terminal 1, line A2 from terminal 2 to Placa Catalunya in Barcelona, service every 10 minutes, next catch the metro from Catalunya to Drassanes. From Drassanes walk to the Columbus monument at the port entrance. Get on the Blue bus to take you to your cruise ship terminal.
The quickest option for transferring from the airport to the docks is a cab. The journey takes about 25 mins and will cost you about 35 Euros in total. The price will include per-bag supplements and additional airport and cruise port levies.

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Language Spanish
Currency EUR

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