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The Aquarium

I highly recommend that you visit the BARCELONA AQUARIUM, located right next to Maremagnum shopping center, in the New Port... It's very big and modern, very well maintained and you will see some wonderful and rare species displayed there --- even PENGUINS! The entrance is a little expensive (I got a discount and still paid 9.90 EUR) but it's worth it, especially if you're going with children: they'll love it.

The visit isn't that long, but try to go there very early or by early afternoon (2-4 PM, when people usually have lunch in Spain) to avoid crowds, or you WILL spend a long time there -- making a line to try to get in! They also have a cute souvenir shop.

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May 18, 2006


You can sail by the port in a swallow... "Swallow" (golondrina) is the name of a ship you can find at Por Vell (in front of Columbus Monument). The trip lates an hour, and lets you see the port.

Puedes recorrer el puerto en golondrina... "Golondrina" es el nombre de una embarcación que parte del Port Vell (frente al monumento a Colón). El viaje dura una hora, y te permite conocer el puerto.

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Jul 18, 2003

"Under the sea"

You'll be able to see the sharks, fish, eels and other species swimming right above your head... while walking by the crystal hall that goes through the big pool where they live...!! It's really spectacular.

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Apr 19, 2003


Barceloneta, the area with the harbour is known above all for the seaside, the harbour itself and the mare magnum, a shopping centre made by restaurant discos, discos and still discos.
In reality the Barceloneta is the old area where fishermen lived, and, if you just walk through the streets near the harbour, you'll find the old houses, smells and noises that the new olimpic area and the ramblas sure forgot.
This area is also full of delicious maresquerias(sea food restaurants) and simple bars where you can taste the best tapas in a really great atmospheare.

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Nov 07, 2002
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Maratime Museum.

At the end of the Rambla de Santa Mònica is the majestic site of the Reales Atarazanas (Royal Shipyards)In the 20th century they were restored to house the City Maritime Museum.It is well worth a visit.

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Sep 14, 2002

Take a tram ride which begins...

Take a tram ride which begins from a hill and goes all the way down to the port for a beautiful view of the city, the port and the beach.

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Parc de la Ciutadella

This building, located in the middle of the park near the boating lake, is the Catalan parliament. Also in the park are a few museums and the Barcelona zoo - once home to Barcelona's unofficial...
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Museu Picasso - Picasso Museum

This collection of works by Picasso is housed in 5 medieval houses all joined seemlessly together after many years of renovations. Although not born in Barcelona, Picasso spent some years in the city...
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Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - Catalan History Museum

This museum opened during 1943 and one of its major attractions is to take a walk underground and view the streets of the Roman and medieval city. We were on a tour and did not have time to enter the...
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Museu de la Xocolata - Chocolate Museum

This is a museum about chocolate. I love chocolate and found the visit interesting. The exhibition starts with cacao and how it was used in America. And then how it came to Europe and later with the...
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Barcelona Walking Tours Gotic

This Great tour, organized by Turisme de Barcelona, offers you the possibility to walk by the Gothic Quarter, with an experimented guide that will explain you the history of all the hidden corners of...
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Santa Caterina Market - Mercat de Santa Caterina

In Bari Gotic neat the Santa Caterina church is the food market Mercat de Santa Caterina. Much smaller the Boqueria, it still has those wonderful smells and lots of vendors selling all sorts of...
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