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"6" PORT VELL AREA
Port Vell is the Cruise ship terminal, and it was from here we departed on our Mediterranean cruise.
This area is much more than a cruise ship terminal. The large Aquarium and Imax Theatre is located here, plus other museums. I found sculptures and a nice boardwalk for a leisurely stroll. This is just the place for that, and to sit in the shade and watch the activity at the Marina. There were plenty of Restaurant's and Ice-cream shops, and even a small Circus!!
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The Aquarium is located down by the sea front, next to the “Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell”. Many buses, including the touristic bus “Blue South Route “ stop in the area, making the Aquarium reasonably accessible.
Once you find the Aquarium it will cost you Euro17,50 for an Adult, Euro12,50 for Children. Not cheap, but interesting for both children and adults. The highlight is the glass tunnel making fish, eels, and sharks appear to swim around you.
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Good for children... & great for really big kids!
I went to the aquarium not expecting much (I live in a coastal town with a Sea Life Centre, so expected to have seen it all before), but my best friendreally wanted to go... so I thought "what the hell? you're on holiday - why not?!". Although I don't think I'd go back there again, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. We both had good fun, although I think my shark-obsessed chum had a better time than I did!
The main draw of the aquarium is the glass walkway; you stand on a slow-moving conveyor and are moved through the glass tunnel. This is a good idea as I think it avoids a lot of accidents - people are looking around at the incredible fish and sealife, so it would be easy to trip ovewr each other without the travelator! I got the chance to see this area in close detail as my friend wanted to go back on it again and again (and he's not a child - he's 33!)
The Aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in Europe and there are about 11 000 fishes from different aquatic environments in the world. Especially the Mediterranean collection is good, with fish from example the Ebro Delta and the Medes Islands of Costa Brava. Other tanks have fish from the Red Sea, The Caribbean, the Amazonas and the Great Barrier Reef.
One of the highlights is the shark tunnel, an 80 metre long tunnel, where you will see a lot of sharks and rays in the big tank beside and above you. The sharks will swim past you, not far away, but quick. Another shark will soon appear though.
It is expensive to visit the Aquarium, 16 Euros in February 2008.
It has got long opening hours and it is open on Mondays, which is good as you can visit when many museums are closed. The Aquarium opens at 9.30 every day , but the closing time is different: 21.00 (Monday - Friday), 21.30 (weekend and public holidays and days in June and September), 23.00 (every day in July and August).
Sharks and Rays
We got off the Bus Turistic and had lunch and then went to the aquarium. I tried to photograph the sharks and rays but it was hard to do because it was dark and they moved too fast. I did better with the slower fish and the penguins
A good thing to do with children!
I have been to many, many aquariums as i do love sea life. It wasn't a large aquarium, but it was nice to see how the spanish do it. It has tanks of the fish from all over the world, i even got to see some small 'Nemo's' (clownfish). The Shark dome was quite big and the sharks looked pretty mean! It had a nice little restaurant where i enjoyed some slush, and a good view overlooking the habour.
It cost 16 Euros per adult, i'm not sure how much it were for children, but i think you can purchase a family ticket which i think would be more value for money.
Its worth a visit if you have a family as i'm sure they'll enjoy it anyway!
The aquarium is one of the largest in Europe and is a great place to spend a few hours. There are some nice cafe's around the aquarium and the shark tank is amazing. It was not overly crowded, so it served as a nice break in the day.
It is good as far as aquariums go, with lots of varity and some interesting exhibits. The transparent tunnel gives a great view of the largest tank with tons of species. It takes about an hour to walk around in all. The price is € 15.50 for an adult, which seems a bit steep. But if you're looking for things to do, it is worthwhile.
Dont miss a visit to Aquarium, there is a moving floor that takes you around the main aquarium where sharks, eels and big strange funny fishes swimming all together.A spectacular opportunity to take fotos the sharks that are swiming above you...
Do you want to see these seahorses!
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is the most important aquarium in the world on the subject of the Mediterranean. To be able to see it without getting wet, they propose you dive deeper and deeper through 14 tanks representing the different Mediterranean communities.
In each tank you can see the most characteristic species. In the tanks too, you will see two recreations of protected areas of coastline and a stroll through the methacryllate tunnel of the Oceanarium, where you will feel as if you were swimming among the sharks.
Open all year round
Of Monday through Friday: 21.00h
Weekend and public holidays. June and September: 21.30h
July and August: 23.00h
(Ticket offices and accesses open until one hour before).
For more information: 93 221 74 74
Children from 4 to 12: 10,00 €
Adults over 60: 12,00 €
Go in the tunel under water to see the sharks :) It is soooo cool :) They also have a lot of small, tropical and other fishes and pinguins :)
It will cost you 15 € (or 13,50 with ISIC card) - it is worth it.
Za vse ljubitelje zivali toplo priporocam Barcelonski akvarij - poleg malih luskanih ribic, rakcev in ostalih vodnih zivali, imajo se 80-metrski podvodni tunel, kjer lahko opazujes morske pse in ostale vecje ribe, kar je res zanimivo videti. V zgornjem nadstropju je koticek za mlajse, se vec akvarijev z ribami, pa tudi pingvine in legvane lahko najdes.
Cena za odrasle je 15 €, z ISIC kartico 13,50 €. Ogled je vsekakor vreden svojega denarja.
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L´aquarium of Barcelona is definitely worth the visit if you like to watch some mute animals....well, seriously, this underwater show is impressive, and not only the big sharks they have mainly in a very big basin which you pass through a glass (or transparent plastic) tunnel. The aquarium shall be the biggest in the world of mediterranean sealife and at all one of the biggest in Europe. Entrance fee is 15 Euro ...that is really expensive, in my opinion, but those are the prices in Barna.
I was a bit disappointed by the Barcelona Aquarium. I love aquariums and always visit them when I'm abroad and as far as aquariums go I'd rank this one way down the list.
There wasn't enough variety in habitats and hardly any interactive eshibits. And the penguins at the end seemed to be an afterthought.
The best bit was the conveyor through the tank with the sharks and rays.
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The Magic of Colour
If you'd like to discover the wealth and diversity of the Mediterranean Sea, observe colourful examples of corals and tropical fish, and much more, L'Aquarium in Barcelona's ideal place for you. Here you'll pass through the 80m-long submarine tunnel and find yourself less than 10cm from fish! And, you'll have a chance to go into the whale's body and listen to the sounds whales make. A bit spookey!
Entrance fee: 16.5 EUR (July 2009)
Aquarium-Seen Finding Nemo...?
Spent all day at the aquarium. Cost €13.50 to get in, but worth it. There is an 80m underwater tunnel which is great, and loads of small tanks to look at. There is also a kids zone and gift shop, as well as cafe and restaurant so there is enough here to make a real day trip out of it.
Its really easy to get to, and some of the fish are really fascinating to watch!
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