Our guide to Barcelona
Barcelona is becoming an ever popular cruise destination, not just because its one of the primary commercial shipping ports in the Mediterranean; the city is alo renowned for its diverse culture and points of interest.
Situated in the northeast region of Spain; Barcelona, the second largest city in the country and also the capital of Catalonia is a gem in the Mediterranean attracting thousands of visitors each day. With an average mediterranean climate, the city of Barcelona enjoys mild winters and warm summers, making it an ideal destination to visit throughout the year.
Consisting of several "neighbourhoods", Barcelona is famous for its history; culture and modern take on the current world. In addition, the city is home to many world heritage sites including the famous, but still un-finished Sagrada Familia - designed by renowned architect Antonio Gaudi. Running from Placa de La Catalunya down to the Christopher Columbus monument. The famous street Las Ramblas (La Rambla) is the cultural heart of the city and is home to quirky shops, restaurants and bars, including many kiosks, which span the length of the tree-lined street. Just off Las Ramblas, you’ll find the fresh food market, where you can roam around freely and try the freshest of meats and seafood in a lively atmosphere.
In terms of cruising, Barcelona is a brilliant city to begin your cruise. The main cruise terminals are located along the Moll Addosatt wharf, which is approximately a twenty-five minute transfer from Barcelona’s El Pratt Llobregat airport. The terminals are bright, airy and spacious, and usually feature a couple of duty free shops too, handy for those who forget to pack the sunscreen or their summer hat. If you’re visiting the city as part of your cruise, then many cruise lines will offer a complimentary shuttle bus from the terminal to either Placa de la Catalunya or the World Trade Center, which is just a five minute walk from La Rambla.
The city is home to several beaches, all of which makeup 2.8 miles of its coastline and is a huge hit with tourists and locals alike. Typically, the beaches at Sant Sebastia and Barceloneta are the most popular, since they are within walking distance to the city centre. Barcelona is also an ideal destination for sports fans, where they can visit the Olympic Park from the 1992 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Set on Montjuic, the Olympic park offers unparalleled views of the entire city and provides an excellent photo opportunity, both of the city and the cruise port.
Football fans must visit the Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona -referred to as one of the greatest football teams on earth. For those of you who have a love for the sea or travel with children, you may wish to visit the L’Aquarium Barcelona, which is next to a large shopping centre and is only a ten-minute taxi ride from the cruise terminals.
Whether you are embarking on a cruise holiday or are one of the hundreds of ships visiting each year, Barcelona is a wonderful destination. Although you cannot simply see the entire city in just one day, it has that special character about it - one reason why many people who first visited the city on a cruise, return years later for a short break before or after their cruise.
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