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Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquàrium Barcelona)
Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquàrium Barcelona)

Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquàrium Barcelona)

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3,594 Reviews
Maremagnum, Port Vell, Barcelona

The Basics

A highlight of the Barcelona Aquarium is the Oceanarium, a 1-million-gallon (3.8-million-liter) tank housing sunfish, moray eels, rays, two types of sharks, and more. Pass through an underwater glass tunnel to see these creatures from all angles. Planeta Aqua, on the second floor, houses guest-favorite Humboldt penguins.

If you’re pressed for time, opt for a skip-the-line ticket to the aquarium. If you’re more budget-minded, get discounted admission to the aquarium and numerous other attractions with the Barcelona Card.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

star-5
Easy to use, save lots of $$$
Athena_S, Mar 2020
Barcelona Card. 72,96 or 120h.
Great value, really useful to get around the city. Gave us the opportunity to move carefree all around.
star-5
Awesome
matheuslima364, Jan 2020
Skip the Line: Barcelona Aquarium Ticket
Wonderful ride, this aquarium is one of the best I've been to. I hope one day I can get in to see the sharks in the water.
star-5
Underrated aquarium, skip the line debatable
naimy84, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Barcelona Aquarium Ticket
I don’t think you need skip the line, unless it’s a really busy day or something. The Aquarium itself is pretty empty, which is both ashamed it’s very good, but also good in a way, as you can relax, take your time and enjoy. Area for children to play, fantastic tank and water tunnel, with seating to relax and enjoy, the environmental message is there but very subtle and not preachy, which is nice, great variety of fish, everything is well presented. Lots of feeding times, do not miss those!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Barcelona Aquarium is a must-see for animal lovers and families with kids.

  • Book your ticket ahead of time to skip the admission line when you arrive.

  • Lockers are available for storing bags and other items.

  • All aquarium facilities are accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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How to Get There

Situated in Port Vell at the base of La Rambla, the aquarium is easy to reach on foot from just about anywhere in the old city. You can also get there by taking the metro to Barceloneta (Line 4) or Drassanes (Line 3) stations, or by taking the hop-on hop-off bus to Port Vell.

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When to Get There

The aquarium is open throughout the year, with extended hours during peak tourist season (July and August). Should you choose to visit during these busy months, plan on arriving first thing in the morning or later in the evening to avoid crowds.

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Lunchtime at the Aquarium

Lunchtime at the Barcelona Aquarium is a complicated affair, with 150 different types of meals prepared for its inhabitants. To learn more about how the animals are cared for, don’t miss feeding time for the sharks, penguins, rays, and moray eels.

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