One of Spain’s most vibrant cities and one of Europe’s best-loved destinations, Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region. Perhaps most famous for its architecture, Barcelona is home to Gothic cathedrals and magnificent creations by legendary architect Antoni Gaudi.
Barcelona is a city with a long history but a modern edge. Its charming old city with its winding streets and local tapas bars is a contrast to the more recent additions, which include Europe’s largest aquarium.
With a history dating back 2,000 years, the Port of Barcelona is the third largest port in Spain and one of the largest cruise ship ports in Europe. Welcoming more than 3 million passengers every year, it can host numerous ships at a time and services most major cruise lines. Well located to shopping, hotels and restaurants, the port offers an excellent entry to this beautiful waterside city on Spain’s north-eastern coastline.
The Port of Barcelona has 9 terminals, 7 of which are dedicated to cruise ships. These seven are divided into 3 locations: Adossat Terminals (Terminals A, B, C and D), World Trade Centre Terminals (North, South and East Terminals) and the Port Vell Terminal.
- Air conditioned departure and arrivals hall
- Public telephones
- Duty free and souvenir shops
- Taxi rank and shuttle service to the centre of Barcelona.
How To Get Around
Depending on which terminal your ship docks at you’ll be able to access La Rambla by foot or shuttle bus. The port shuttle bus service (the Blue Bus) runs between all terminals and the Christopher Columbus Memorial. From the memorial, the hop on/hop off tourist bus is just a few meters away; La Rambla is a 1-minute walk; and the nearest metro station is Drassanes, about a 5-minute walk away.
The metro offers fast and efficient connections all over the city. Tickets start at €2 (AUD$3) for a single and €3 (AUD$4.50) for a day return.
Taxis are metered and are available at the port. A 1-way trip into the city centre will take around 10 minutes and cost around €10 (AUD$15).
Barcelona Airport is 15 kilometres away. A taxi to the airport will take around 25 minutes and cost around €25 to €30 (AUD$36 to $44). Bags are charged at an additional euro each.
- Currency - The currency in Barcelona is the Euro (EUR). Coin denominations include: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Note denominations include: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
- Time Zone - Barcelona uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). Central European Summer Time (CEST) is 2 hours ahead (UTC+2).
- Weather - Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures average from 29 degrees Celsius in July and August to 13 degrees Celsius in January and February. The driest month is July, with an average rainfall of 220 millimetres.
- La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona's most recognisable building and one of the most famous structures in the world, the Gaudi-designed La Sagrada Familia has become a symbol of the city. Intriguing design features include the bell towers covered in Venetian mosaics and the nativity-themed facade. The church is home to a crypt where Gaudi is buried.
- Barri Gotic - dating back to the 13th century, Barri Gotic (the Gothic Quarter) has a charming Old Europe-style atmosphere. Highlights include the narrow, winding streets lined with boutiques and antique galleries and the Museu Picasso. Dedicated to the works of Pablo Picasso, it is Barcelona's most visited museum.
- Las Rambla - located opposite the cruise terminals, Las Rambla is Barcelona's main thoroughfare. This promenade is over 1.5 kilometres long and leads from the waterfront to the centre of old Barcelona. Along the way you’ll find tapas bars, shops, flower stalls, street performers, the Boqueria Market and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's famous opera house founded in 1874.
- La Pedrera - another Gaudi masterpiece, La Pedrera (also known as Casa Milà), dates back to the early 1900s. Characterised by its undulated stone facade, the building was used as a family residence in the early 20th century. Now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Pedrera was the last civil work designed by Gaudi.