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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 2,134 reviews

Super value and my daughter loved it! Lots to see!!

My daughter and I went for a day out to the aquarium and we were thrilled to walk round the aquariums and see the local fish and octopus but also the most beautiful specimens of sharks and Adeline is a real enthusiast so she was showing me all the different types. There is a very impressive walk through a large aquarium full of Sea rays, sharks etc , you name it it was there! The restaurant also sells very tasty food and there is a Spanish section where we had the tastiest paella . The aquarium shop is brilliant almost too good as I spent a fortune on T-shirts soft toys knickknacks and lots of presents for the family so all in all a great day out.

The main area with the sharks was fantastic!

It takes about an hour to go around, well worth visiting the sharks which were in an impressive tank. You can swim with the sharks as well, if that's your thing! There is a nice little travelator that moves around the whole shark tank so you can just stand and video as it moves along. Lots of other species to see as well, and the only thing we didn't like was that the Penguins were kept in doors, which was a shame as the rest of the Aquarium was well looked after. All in all, reasonably priced, and worth a visit.

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

We could've not got our ticket easier and faster

Got online on my phone, a few hours before we wanted to take the kids to the aquarium. Booked the tickets (no extra fee) and on our arrival just pulled them out on my phone (no printing required) to show and we were in. It was definitely a good job we ordered the etickets beforehand as the line was hugely long when we got there, and believe me, I could've not stood waiting in the line for ages while my 7 yrs old nephew would've kept asking me "when are we getting in!?" every 2 minutes!

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

Worth a visit, well set up, but can be crowded

Definitely book in advance and skip the queue. Once in there is series of fish tanks with a great array of different fish. It was crowded when we visited making it difficult to see and you need to jostle a bit. The main tank is great with a clever conveyor belt to stand on so everyone gets a fair turn viewing. Need just about one to one and half hours. Skip the cafeteria nothing special there. Gift shop is just throw away toys (shame).

Great place to buy online ticket and fun aquarium

The queue for the aquarium was huge so I looked online for a ticket whilst standing next to the giant queue. Found this site and paid for tickets in seconds and walked straight in and we were let straight in after looking at the ticket on my phone. Was mega busy in the aquarium but nice fish in there and clever walkway under the water which was the best bit! Interactive bit for children at the end was also great!