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Barcelona Aquarium: Top 5 Features

Barcelona Aquarium plays host to over 450 species of marine life and is unique as a huge Mediterranean aquatic museum. What shouldn't you miss on a trip there?

Planeta Aqua
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Planeta Aqua

In this interactive museum area, you can learn about fossils, endangered species, and the environmental future of the world's oceans.

Oceanarium
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Oceanarium

With about four million liters of water, it's Barcelona's largest aquarium. Check out the diverse ecosystems and visit the giant tunnel. It's the next best thing to taking a dive!

Shark Basin
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Shark Basin

Are you feeling brave? If you make an advance appointment and pay a deposit, you can dive into the shark basin and swim around with these oft-misunderstood creatures.

Tropical Aquarium
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Tropical Aquarium

No funds to fly to Australia or the Red Sea? No worries, you can still take in the vivid colors and unusual fish - this aquarium has all the coral and tropical life you could want.

Jewels of the Sea

Jewels of the Sea

Sealife certainly isn't just limited to fish - here you can see and learn about starfish and soft-bodied creatures living in shells. All are important to the ocean's survival!

Our insider tips

Local lingo

Barcelona's official language is Catalan, native to the Catalonia region. Although most people will understand Spanish, you'll get further if you learn a few words of Catalan!

Hot, hot, hot

Owing to its Mediterranean location, Barcelona gets pretty warm, especially in the summer! Make sure you sunscreen up and stay in the shade around midday.

Stay safe

Barcelona is generally a safe city, but common sense should still be put into practice. Keep valuables tucked safe into your bag - not pockets - and make sure your belongings are always within your sight.

Mix it up

Barcelona city sightseeing tickets are available - if you're keen on one attraction, it's best to combine it with other things to save entry money and get more from your visit.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The park opens at 10:00 AM and remains open until at least 9:00 PM, depending on the day and month.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just €20.00 and continue up once you add on transportation and other perks!
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide at the aquarium, but there are several Barcelona tours that come with free Aquarium entry. Plan ahead with your itinerary, and you could save some money.
  • How to get there
    Take the Green Line L3 to Drassanes and it's just a short walk to the aquarium.
  • Additional information
    Plan to spend at least 2 hours at the aquarium to make sure you get to see everything it has to offer!

What people are saying about Barcelona Aquarium

The 5 days Card was an exeptionally good and useful pillar of our stay

all in all, we used the card at least more than a dozen places, and - I dare say -without this card we didn't watch as many places as we had with it…

Barcelona Card: 3, 4, or 5 Days with Discounts Reviewed by László, 04/24/2019

Amazing!! Absolutely made our short trip a maximum experience!!

We were able to get our voucher printed at the Sant train station Information desk where they also then gave us our passports and got us on our way. We didn’t see that as a possibility in the information we were emailed, so it felt like a lucky find. Made things very easy. We only were able to utilize two days, as that was the duration of our stay (actually, just 1-1/2 days). But, even at that, it more than easily paid for itself. We saw several museums (Picasso, Dissemy, Míro, etc.) and sights (Parc Guell, Sagrada Família, etc.) and were able to traverse the entire city quickly and easily via the included bus and metro.

Barcelona Card: 3, 4, or 5 Days with Discounts Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/21/2019

We could've not got our ticket easier and faster

Got online on my phone, a few hours before we wanted to take the kids to the aquarium. Booked the tickets (no extra fee) and on our arrival just pulled them out on my phone (no printing required) to show and we were in. It was definitely a good job we ordered the etickets beforehand as the line was hugely long when we got there, and believe me, I could've not stood waiting in the line for ages while my 7 yrs old nephew would've kept asking me "when are we getting in!?" every 2 minutes!

Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by Bernadett, 03/13/2019

Easy with the Skip-the-Line Admission ticket

I took the ticket in order to fasten the entrance, as it was a rainy day it was extremely useful. The aquarium by itself is not exceptional but it's a good way to spend half a day with kids.

Loved the aquarium, very convenient ticket!

Skipped long line at Aquarium and went directly in. Aquarium is a must visit - shark tank and penguins are the highlight!!!

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