It is easy to forget that Barcelona is a port city. The busy modern port is westward, beyond Montjuic, so the activity isn’t present as you walk down the Ramblas or celebrate Holi in the hills.
Not only is it Mediterranean, but Barcelona has a very nice aquarium. If you’re wondering about what there is to see at the Barcelona Aquarium, I’ve compiled a few photos here to give an idea of what kind of sea life you’ll encounter.
First a bit of practical information. The phone number if you need more information is +34 932 21 74 74. There are 35 tanks in total, with 450 species represented by 11,000 animals. It’s generally open from 9:30am to 9pm, but check the website. An adult ticket is 20 euro. Here’s a map of where to find the BCN aquarium:
Ok I’ll stop giving you info you’ll just find on their website. If you want a preview of the animals to find out if it’s worth it to visit the Barcelona aquarium, here you go…
Photos of sea life from the Barcelona Aquarium
The Barcelona aquarium is one of these aquariums that has an underwater tunnel. It goes down beneath a huge tank filled with fish, sting rays and big bull sharks.
That’s not a real blue whale. But inside, you’ll find a dark area dedicated to jellyfish.
This guy is the aquarium’s pride and joy. I’d say that it’s worth it to see the Barcelona aquarium for him alone. Look at this shot:
You might not have known this, but cuttlefish are fuckers. They die having sex. How’s that for ensuring the survival of the species?
Also in the jellyfish room is this big fish-sized hermit crab. It’s difficult to imagine spending much time in an aquarium in Barcelona when there’s so much else to see like Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and Castell Montjuic… but it’s worth it if you enjoy the ocean.
This is Mayra, the Viajera Peruana.
Anyone a fan of Finding Nemo? This is a large colony of clown fish. Tiny little guys.
A slightly pixellated shot of an octopus. The smoother mover in all the aquarium.
When’s the best time to go to the Barcelona aquarium?
You readers who have a very short amount of time might not get to go. Especially if you’re from Atlanta, or Chicago, or Vancouver… your home towns have incredible aquariums of their own so you won’t be missing much. But if it’s summer on your visit to Barcelona and it’s too damn hot outside, it’s nice to take refuge in the wonders of the sea.
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