Port Vell, Barcelona
Port Vell is Barcelona's old port area, which has been transformed over the last couple of decades from an area of abandoned warehouses to a modern shopping and entertainment complex by the harbourside. It is located beyond the southern end of La Rambla, and is a pleasant place to take a walk and admire the yachts in the harbour, stop off for some tapas or even catch a movie.
Maremagnum is hard to miss - it is a large, shiny shopping complex with a prime position on the dock. It is home to shops (some a bit touristy), restaurants, bars and cinemas. To get there, take a walk along the Rambla de Mar, a wave-shaped, wooden footbridge, which can rotate to allow yachts access to the small marina.
Fondest memory: Across the harbour you will see the World Trade Centre, which looks like part of a cruise ship, glistening in the sun. Perhaps you might want to take a ride on the Transbordador Aeri, which is a cable car that hangs above the harbour, joining the port area to the Montjuic district above it.
You could visit the Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe, which has an 80 metre long shark tunnel. Or perhaps take a stroll through the neighbouring La Barceloneta area, with its numerous seafood restaurants hidden in its back streets.
This is one of most visited areas on the city. The old Harbour,called PORT VELL .It is located very close to Barri Gotic and Columbus Monument.Is a nice place to walk and see all sailboats and cruises,because Barcelona's harbor is one of most busiest in Europe.
Also here you can find a big Shopping Centre called MAREMAGNUM,also L'AQUARIM and an IMAX CINEMA.Also around this area,you can find very good restaurants.
This picture was taken at the Harbour.
I guess you're supposed to pronounce it "Port Vey", with a bit of a "yuh" sound at the end of Vell. Whatever, it's a relaxing and yet lively part of Barcelona. Nice thing is you can walk out on the docks on either end, past all the sailboats and slips and wend your way across to the other side where you come out on dry land again. There are a few restaurants, shops and even an IMAX theater out in the bay itself.
One more neat thing: when enough sailboats queue up wanting to leave the port, a security guard blows a whistle, bringing the flow of pedestrian traffic to a halt. He then signals the 'gatekeeper', who opens the footbridge with a swivelling motion, and out come the waiting boats, often with the passengers waiving to everyone.
As I mentionned in my 'Barcelona Beach' tip, Barcelona is a coastal city. There is nothing spectacular about Port Vell but it was just nice to walk along seaside and the many beautiful yachts stationned there.
Some of the yachts are restaurants and bars. Also, there are a lot of seafood restaurants facing the sea.
Soul of sailor... Barcelona is a big and busy city, full of life, eclectic, mottled, a melting pot, a cultural puzzle... Gotic and futuristic, it seduces you and awes you... like the Mediterranean sea where Barcelona dips its feet...
Alma de marinera... Barcelona es una ciudad grande y bulliciosa, llena de vida, ecléctica, abigarrada, un crisol de razas, un rompecabezas cultural... Gótica y futurista, te seduce y te atemoriza... como el Mediterráneo en el que Barcelona moja sus pies...
Fondest memory: "And you come close, and you leave
after kissing my village,
playing with the tide,
you leave thinking of coming back,
you are like a woman
perfumy with tar,
that one misses and one loves,
that one knows and one awes..."
"Mediterráneo" (Joan Manuel Serrat)
"Y te acercas, y te vas
después de besar mi aldea,
jugando con la marea
te vas pensando en volver,
eres como una mujer
perfumadita de brea
que se añora y se quiere,
que se conoce y se teme..."
"Mediterráneo" (Joan Manuel Serrat)
Favorite thing: another good idea when you visit BARCELONA,is go to PORT VELL,or old harbour,where you can find a shopping center called MAREMAGNUM,also the largest AQUARIUM of EUROPE.Here is a picture at the harbour.
The harbour is really pituresque with bars and cafés. And: don´t miss the Ramblas as every travelbook will tell you. Actually, I thought this shopping mall to be a lot bigger but it´s amazing anyway since the atmosphere is great.
here´s a good site to get a overwiev of what to do and where to go in Barcelona:
The south end of La Rambla stands the majestic Columbus Monument overlooking the World Trade Center. The large pier has been transformed into a huge pedestrian area which incorporates yachting basin and clubs with outdoor cafes, bar restaurants and retail stores. The nearby Imax Theatre and L'Aquarium simply add to the attractiveness of the modern south. The waterfront is surely a lovely place to see the crowds and enjoy the sun. Even the sea gulls realize that.
Favorite thing: The Rambla takes you directly to the Port Vell(old port). Have a stroll over the pedestrian bridge, the Rambla de Mar, and you come to the yacht club, the Maremàgnum a new shopping center with shops, restaurants, a cinema and the largests aquarium in Europe.
Favorite thing: When we first arrived in Barcelona we went to the place where the Santa Maria (replica), boat of Christopher Columbus had used to sail to the America's in 1492. The beautiful & mysterious Church of The Holy Family in which Gaudi had started building and has never been finished. The beauty is undiscribable.
Fondest memory: Relaxing on one of the benches by the port, while the sun is shining, smelling the sea air, doing absolutely nothing ... bliss.
Favorite thing: Watch all the people who walk through this city. Sit along the water and enjoy the sight of locals and tourists, rich and poor, classy and weird.