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About Barcelona

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona provides a vivid mix of ancient and modern but is probably best know for the bizarre Art Nouveau architecture of Antonio Gaudi, in particular the iconic Sagrada Familia, Europe's most extraordinary - and still unfinished - cathedral.

Boosted by hosting the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona's Old Port area has been transformed into a thriving area of cafés and restaurants. From there, it is an easy stroll up the famous Rambla to the old town. Las Ramblas is thronged with street entertainers, stalls and bars and is most lively at night and weekends. Not to be missed is the La Boqueria food market with its extraordinary displays of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.

Some of the best food in Spain can be found in the city - paella is a speciality - and the restaurant Cal Pep was recently named as one of the top 50 places to eat in the world.

 

Shore excursions in Barcelona

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Barcelona at Night with Tapas

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

See the city sights at night, enjoying the gorgeous evening atmosphere as well as sampling some tasty tapas.

Your city tour will start with a panoramic drive heading towards Tibidabo Hill, the highest point in Barcelona to enjoy one of the most privileged and magnificent views over the city at night. A brief photo stop will be made, where your guide will point out some of the main highlights of the city.

Next, you’ll head to the Gothic Quarter for a guided walk through some of the narrow streets of the Old Town. Pass by the Santa Eulailia’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the city and experience the mysterious atmosphere of the main squares at night.

Following your pleasant stroll through the Old Town, it will be time to sample 3 typical Spanish tapas dishes at a nearby restaurant. ‘Tapas’ is not a particular food, but rather a way of eating it, best defined as the tradition of enjoying small portions of different foods or ‘finger foods’. Common tapas dishes include Spanish omelette, fried squid and ‘pincho moruno’ (pork skewers).

Afterwards, proceed to the old harbour and enjoy some free time to enjoy Barcelona’s seafront promenade, before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour of walking over paved, uneven and inclined surfaces. A refreshment of a soft drink or beer will be included in the tapas tasting. The tapas served may vary.

City Drive, Aquarium and Shops

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a city drive of Barcelona combined with a visit to Barcelona’s famous Aquarium; the perfect combination of culture and fun!

Your tour begins with a leisurely drive through the city of Barcelona, passing by the iconic Columbus Monument and the bottom of the famous promenade of ‘La Ramblas’. Continue your drive along Passeig Gracia, one of the major avenues containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture. Soak up the culture on offer as your guide points out the renowned buildings of Casa Milà and Casa Batlo, 2 of Antonio Gaudi masterpieces.

Following your orientation drive through the city, you’ll arrive at the city’s most unique attraction, the Church of Sagrada Familia for an outside visit and photo stop. Started in 1882 and still unfinished, the extraordinary church with its profuse decoration is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The L’Aquarium de Barcelona was opened in 1995 and is the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world. Your visit to the aquarium will give you the opportunity to see some of 11,000 animals and 450 species housed in 6 million litres of water. Enjoy the unforgettable walk through the 80-metre long underwater tunnel as you get up close and personal to sharks, sun fish and other species in the oceanarium.

After your visit, free time will be given for shopping at Moll Maremagnum shopping centre, before your return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour. Due to parking restrictions there is a 15 minute walk each way to the Sagrada Familia.

F.C. Barcelona

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the prestigious home of F.C. Barcelona – one of the biggest clubs in Europe and Europe’s largest football stadium.

A short panoramic drive will take you past Via Layetana, Passeig Gracia and the Diagonal area. Heading into the Montjuic Mountain, you will be able to see the Olympic Ring, Olympic Stadium and a short photostop will be made at the mirador.

Known locally as the Barça, Camp Nou is home to the city’s famous football club, F.C. Barcelona. This is one of the world’s richest football clubs and has more than 100,000 members. On arrival, you will go through the visiting team’s changing room, and continue along the corridor where players enter onto the ground. Afterwards, the guide will show you the press room and interview room.

Football fans will enjoy a visit to the Barça Museum, which displays memorabilia and trophies. You will have an exterior view of the impressive stadium, built in 1957 and extended in 1982 to accommodate 98,000 seated fans. A guided tour will be followed by free time to explore independently. As you exit the ground, there will be an opportunity for souvenir shopping.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves a lot of standing, as well as many steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Due to strict pre-match security procedures, this tour is subject to late cancellation. The management may also close parts of the stadium without notice. Crowds are to be expected. Passengers are not permitted to touch the pitch.

Fantasy Island Waterpark

Activity highFamily

Duration: 6½ hours

Make a splash at the Water Park of Isla Fantasia!

There’s water action everywhere with 21 different attractions at Fantasy Island, including Torpedo Slides, Grand Rapids, Aquamania, Double Spiral, Foams, Kamakazes, Superslides and a children’s pool with a set of mini slides in the shape of different animals. Hurtle down the rapids before encountering an exhilarating splashdown - soak up the excitement and shoot into mid-air reaching mind blowing speeds. Feel the sensation as you slide up and down in a spinning giant tube, and hang on tight in your boat as you tumble down to a splash pond below.

To give you flexibility during your day, lunch has not been included in the fare and can be purchased from the variety of cafés within the Park.

With so much to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that varying height restrictions apply to the slides inside the park with a minimum height requirement of 0.9 metres. Please refer to the signs by each slide for more information. This tour is un-guided and will be escorted by a hostess. Sun-loungers and umbrellas are available for hire and are payable direct. Please ensure that you take adequate sun-protection with you. Passengers are advised that, for safety reasons, t-shirts and inflatable armbands should not be worn whilst using the water slides. The journey to the Waterpark takes approximately 45 minutes.

Free Time at 3 Sights

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

The perfect option for those of you who prefer to sightsee on your own.

This is an unguided transfer between 3 of Barcelona’s popular attractions; Gaudi’s uniquely fantastical Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) Basilica, the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) with its quarters which replicate the many different styles of houses and architecture from various regions of Spain, and the central shopping district of the city, Plaza Catalunya.

This is a great and economical opportunity to tailor your day around some of Barcelona’s most popular sights, exclusive of tour guides or groups.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is unguided and exclusive of lunch. The entrance fee for the Spanish Village is included in the cost of your tour, all other entrance fees are not included and are payable locally. Time spent at the sights will be approximately 45 minutes at the Sagrada Familia, 45 minutes at the Spanish Village and 60 minutes at Plaza Catalunya before you return to the ship. Due to parking restrictions there is a 15 minute walk each way to the Sagrada Familia. Each coach has a coordinator onboard who will ensure that the timings are adhered to, they will not be offering guided talks or walks at any of the sights.

 

A selection of cruises to Barcelona

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