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Barcelona Aquarium: Top 5 Features

Barcelona Aquarium plays host to over 450 species of marine life and is unique as a huge Mediterranean aquatic museum. What shouldn't you miss on a trip there?

Planeta Aqua
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Planeta Aqua

In this interactive museum area, you can learn about fossils, endangered species, and the environmental future of the world's oceans.

Oceanarium
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Oceanarium

With about four million liters of water, it's Barcelona's largest aquarium. Check out the diverse ecosystems and visit the giant tunnel. It's the next best thing to taking a dive!

Shark Basin
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Shark Basin

Are you feeling brave? If you make an advance appointment and pay a deposit, you can dive into the shark basin and swim around with these oft-misunderstood creatures.

Tropical Aquarium
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Tropical Aquarium

No funds to fly to Australia or the Red Sea? No worries, you can still take in the vivid colors and unusual fish - this aquarium has all the coral and tropical life you could want.

Jewels of the Sea

Jewels of the Sea

Sealife certainly isn't just limited to fish - here you can see and learn about starfish and soft-bodied creatures living in shells. All are important to the ocean's survival!

Our insider tips

Local lingo

Barcelona's official language is Catalan, native to the Catalonia region. Although most people will understand Spanish, you'll get further if you learn a few words of Catalan!

Hot, hot, hot

Owing to its Mediterranean location, Barcelona gets pretty warm, especially in the summer! Make sure you sunscreen up and stay in the shade around midday.

Stay safe

Barcelona is generally a safe city, but common sense should still be put into practice. Keep valuables tucked safe into your bag - not pockets - and make sure your belongings are always within your sight.

Mix it up

Barcelona city sightseeing tickets are available - if you're keen on one attraction, it's best to combine it with other things to save entry money and get more from your visit.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The park opens at 10:00 AM and remains open until at least 9:00 PM, depending on the day and month.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just €20.00 and continue up once you add on transportation and other perks!
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide at the aquarium, but there are several Barcelona tours that come with free Aquarium entry. Plan ahead with your itinerary, and you could save some money.
  • How to get there
    Take the Green Line L3 to Drassanes and it's just a short walk to the aquarium.
  • Additional information
    Plan to spend at least 2 hours at the aquarium to make sure you get to see everything it has to offer!

What people are saying about Barcelona Aquarium

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 2,136 reviews

A good choice for a short visit of the city. The price for the 2-day variant is roughly the same as a metro ticket from/to the airport (separate ticket) and a 10-rides ticket for metro. Discounts for museums are a nice extra value, I would say. I don't know if the lady giving me the card (in the tourist info at the airport) made a mistake, but I only got a blue "transport card" which worked on public transport (incl. the airport metro) and then in the museums and other places they asked me to show them "the red card" (Express card) which I didn't get. In most places showing them the map which comes together with the Express card was enough to get the discount, but they said I was supposed to have "the red card". So make sure that you get all you are supposed to get when picking up the card(s)!

I was amazed to see the wonders beneath the calm blue seas. I enjoyed all the fun activities like the tunnel.it was so nice to observe the fish and other animals that I almost felt like one. This is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever been to.

Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by

It was super easy to exchange the voucher for a ticket at the airport without having to struggle with ticket machines. The only down-side, I didn't get to explore the discounts that the card offered but there were really a lot of options!

Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts Reviewed by

We came during weekday on Thursday morning. Overall, The exhibitions were very interesting, informative & interactive. The indoor areas are quite spacious as well. Our family love it so much.

Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by

I mostly enjoyed it. But I am worried about the penguins. They don't look like feeling good in that small space. Really felt sorry for them. They don't belong there.

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