Barcelona Aquarium: an immersion at the bottom of the seas with the aquatic fauna of the Mediterranean!
The Barcelona Aquarium is Europe's most important recreational and educational marine center, but also the richest in the world for Mediterranean fish species.
Imagine 21 large aquariums, 11,000 animals of 450 different species, an underwater tunnel 80 meters long, six million liters of water and an immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe.
A colorful, sensory and educational visit! A tourist attraction for more than 1,500,000 visitors per year making it the 4th most visited place of Barcelona.
Visiting the aquarium of Barcelona, is also a leason about the Mediterranean Sea, this - sea in the middle of the land, in Latin, mare medi terra - called the Grande Verte by our ancestors.
What to see at the Barcelona Aquarium
Opened on September 8, 1995, its installations offer a debauch of the latest technologies, which reproduce different atmospheres restoring the marine universe as faithfully as possible. It is ideal to discover the wonders of the various marine communities of the Mediterranean Sea and the colorful tropical seas. Young and old love this visit in full immersion!!
Unique by its size in Europe, it is the major attraction of the place, breathtaking. 36 meters in diameter and 5 meters deep this gigantic aquarium contains about 4 million liters of water. It hosts many varieties of fish. If the stars of the place are the bull shark and the gray shark, you will have the pleasure to appreciate at a short distance distance the sting ray (2 meters of length and venomous), the guitar stripe that resembles and swims like a shark, the yellow flipper, small pilot fish and many other mysterious animals.
The Oceanarium is crossed by a transparent tunnel 80 meters long that allows you to feel in full immersion in the middle of this fauna. The fish swim freely by your side but also above you. An unforgettable sensation that only divers know, especially since you can let yourself be carried by a treadmill that reinforces the sensation of being weightless underwater!
The 14 Mediterranean aquariums
This group of aquariums makes it possible to present as didactically as possible all the Mediterranean biodiversity. Always in immersion you will learn to recognize the varieties of fish, vegetation and geology of the Spanish coasts of the delta del Ebro and the Medes islands. Because all is recreated there: the rocks, the anfractuosities, the sandy zones, the algae. Nothing is forgotten so that all the species find a space of life there.
The 7 tropical aquariums
It is the other peculiarity of this incomparable marine center, it also has tropical sites. Coral reefs, distant seas fish, colorful vegetation. A fairytale with black sharks, white tip sharks, Napoleon fishes, yellow-headed butterfly and orange-shouldered surgeon.
These recently installed mini-aquariums allow you to observe the small details of invisible fauna and flora in large aquariums. Interactive modules help you see and understand the life of these small species.
On the second floor of the building, Planeta Acqua, will help you understand how marine creatures adapt to the most extreme weather conditions: icy cold for Humboldt penguins, darkness for jellyfish, extreme depth pressure for the whales or the heat of the tropical seas for piranhas and turtles…
Employees and biologists must prepare 150 different menus each day to feed their young and old fish. A delicate task with daily monitoring.
Attending these meals is a must-see for visitors:
- At the Oceanarium, sharks are fed with fatty fish and squid, by hand by employees every day between 12 a.m. and 1p.m. It's really spectacular !
- At Aqua Planet, the hungry penguins are fed twice a day at 11:30a.m. and 4:30p.m.
- Seen from the tunnel of the oceanarium the fishes, whose rays, are fed every day at 12: 45a.m.
Explora! A space dedicated to children
Explora! is designed to introduce children to the sea world. An educational visit with 50 interactivities to touch, admire, listen, study and discover nature.
Sleeping with sharks
You can make a wonderful surprise to your children aged 3 to 12 years by letting them spend a whole night on the spot. Fully supported they will study the life of the sharks, dine before sleeping on the spot not without observing what sharks do at night and early in the morning.
Swimming among sharks
It is also possible to swim among the sharks in the large aquarium of the Oceanarium. This dive is reserved for adults over 18 years of age who hold a scuba diving license. In groups of 4 this dive is, one imagines, unforgettable.
The average duration of the visit to the Barcelona Aquarium is 2 hours. The ticket office closes 1h before the closure of the Aquarium.
- Monday to Friday: 10 am-7.30 pm (or 8 pm in April, May and October)
- Weekends and public holidays: 10 am - 8 pm (or 8.30 pm in April and October)
- Every day of July and August: 10 am-9.30pm
- Every day of June and September 10 am-9pm
Ticket prices for the Aquarium
- Adult ticket price is 20 € on the spot and 18 € if you buy your places online.
- Child from 5 to 10 years: 15 €
- Children from 3 to 4 years: 7 €
- Adult over 65 years: 18 €
Our tips for visiting the Aquarium
The best schedules to visit the aquarium are every day at the opening and every night two hours before closing.
We advise you to purchase your skip the line tickets before your stay, which will allow you to enter by avoiding the queue.
How to get there
Metro: L4 to Barceloneta - L3 to Drassanes
To get to the aquarium from Barceloneta metro station you have to go to the port and then to Moll d'Espanya. The entrance is on the city side.
From the Drassanes station or the bottom of the Rambla you have to go to the Rambla de Mar and bypass the Maremagnum shopping center by the left.
Barcelona AquariumMoll d'Espanya del Port Vell, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Port Vell / Maremágnum
Website: Aquarium - Barcelona
Opening hours: Opening: 9.30h - Closing Of Monday through Friday: 21.00h / Weekend and public holidays. June and September: 21.30h / July and August: 23.00h
Prices: Adults: 20 € / Children from 4 to 12: 11,5 € / Adults over 60: 13 €
Metro/Bus: Buses: 14, 17, 19, 36, 38, 40, 45, 57, 59, 64, 91, 157. / Metro: L3 Drassanes, L4 Barceloneta.
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