Barcelona's Aquarium

The sea has a special importance in Barcelona for many reasons, so it was felt that an aquarium should be built to reflect this. Barcelona’s Aquarium was opened in 1995. As could only really be the case, the aquarium was constructed by the sea, right out in the Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell and close to Maremagnum shopping complex.

Highlights of the Barcelona aquarium

With a total of 35 aquariums which house 11,000 marine animals from 450 different species, which originate in various seas and oceans from throughout the world, Barcelona Aquarium is an ideal place to visit with the family, as there’s so much for the children to enjoy.

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The route round the aquarium

Out of all the areas of the aquarium, the section focusing on marine life from the Mediterranean sea is a real highlight, as are the tropical aquariums that contain some of the more exotic species, and the Oceanarium, which is the largest of all the aquariums.

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Another of the most interesting parts in Barcelona’s Aquarium is called ‘Explora’, and it’s the space that is dedicated to children. Here, the marshland of the Ebro River delta is recreated, as well as an area of the Costa Brava and an underwater cave from the Illes Medes (Medes Islands) – a small and craggy group of rocks off the Catalan coast near the French border. ‘Explora’ explains the area’s ecosystem in an entertaining, child-friendly way.

At the end of the trip round the aquarium, and just before you reach the exit, you’ll find the gift shop. It will be very difficult to leave without buying something, especially if you’re visiting the aquarium with children!


The staff at Barcelona Aquarium organize various activities, in addition to the standard visits. The most increasingly popular is the ‘dive with sharks’; this starts with a tour of the aquarium, then you get a chance to learn about the sharks, and, of course, the experience culminates with a chance to actually dive with these magnificent creatures. This visit is aimed at qualified scuba divers over the age of 18. However, not all the activities are quite as daring! Many activities are aimed at children; for example, the chance to hold your child’s birthday party in the aquarium itself.

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Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell s/n, Barcelona.

Opening hours

June and September: from 9:30 to 21:30.

July and August: from 9:30 to 23:00.

Rest of the year: Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 21:00h. Saturdays and holidays until 21:30h.

Ticket prices

General admission: 20.00€.

Adults over 65 years old: 18.00€.

Children between 5 and 10 years old: 15.00€.

Children 3 and 4 years old: 7.00€.

Children under 3 years old: free admision.

How to get there

Metro: Drassanes (line 3) and Barceloneta (line 4).

Buses: lines 14, 39, 45, 59, 64, 120, D20, H16, V17 and tourist bus.

Nearby places of interest

Christopher Columbus Monument
Barcelona Wax Museum
Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica
Torre del Rellotge
Las Ramblas

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