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The Barcelona Aquarium is Europe's most important recreational and educational marine center, but also the richest in the world for Mediterranean fish species.
Imagine 21 large aquariums, 11,000 animals of 450 different species, an underwater tunnel 80 meters long, six million liters of water and an immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe.
A colorful, sensory and educational visit! A tourist attraction for more than 1,500,000 visitors per year making it the 4th most visited place of Barcelona.
What to see at the Barcelona Aquarium ?
Opened on September 8, 1995, its installations offer a debauch of the latest technologies, which reproduce different atmospheres restoring the marine universe as faithfully as possible. It is ideal to discover the wonders of the various marine communities of the Mediterranean Sea and the colorful tropical seas. Young and old love this visit in full immersion!!▼ Show more
Unique by its size in Europe, it is the major attraction of the place, breathtaking. 36 meters in diameter and 5 meters deep this gigantic aquarium contains about 4 million liters of water. It hosts many varieties of fish. If the stars of the place are the bull shark and the gray shark, you will have the pleasure to appreciate at a short distance distance the sting ray (2 meters of length and venomous), the guitar stripe that resembles and swims like a shark, the yellow flipper, small pilot fish and many other mysterious animals.
The Oceanarium is crossed by a transparent tunnel 80 meters long that allows you to feel in full immersion in the middle of this fauna. The fish swim freely by your side but also above you. An unforgettable sensation that only divers know, especially since you can let yourself be carried by a treadmill that reinforces the sensation of being weightless underwater!
The 14 Mediterranean aquariums
This group of aquariums makes it possible to present as didactically as possible all the Mediterranean biodiversity. Always in immersion you will learn to recognize the varieties of fish, vegetation and geology of the Spanish coasts of the delta del Ebro and the Medes islands. Because all is recreated there: the rocks, the anfractuosities, the sandy zones, the algae. Nothing is forgotten so that all the species find a space of life there.
The 7 tropical aquariums
It is the other peculiarity of this incomparable marine center, it also has tropical sites. Coral reefs, distant seas fish, colorful vegetation. A fairytale with black sharks, white tip sharks, Napoleon fishes, yellow-headed butterfly and orange-shouldered surgeon.
These recently installed mini-aquariums allow you to observe the small details of invisible fauna and flora in large aquariums. Interactive modules help you see and understand the life of these small species.
On the second floor of the building, Planeta Acqua, will help you understand how marine creatures adapt to the most extreme weather conditions: icy cold for Humboldt penguins, darkness for jellyfish, extreme depth pressure for the whales or the heat of the tropical seas for piranhas and turtles…
Employees and biologists must prepare 150 different menus each day to feed their young and old fish. A delicate task with daily monitoring.
Attending these meals is a must-see for visitors:
- At the Oceanarium, sharks are fed with fatty fish and squid, by hand by employees every day between 12 a.m. and 1p.m. It's really spectacular !
- At Aqua Planet, the hungry penguins are fed twice a day at 11:30a.m. and 4:30p.m.
- Seen from the tunnel of the oceanarium the fishes, whose rays, are fed every day at 12: 45a.m.
Barcelona Aquarium ticket price :
- Adult ticket price is 21 €
- Child from 5 to 10 years: 16 €
- Children from 3 to 4 years: 8 €
- Under 3: Free
Barcelona aquarium opening times
The average duration of the visit to the Barcelona Aquarium is 2 hours.
The ticket office closes 1h before the closure of the Aquarium.
The aquarium is open all year long :
- Monday to Friday: 10 am-7.30 pm (or 8 pm in April, May and October)
- Weekends and public holidays: 10 am - 8 pm (or 8.30 pm in April and October)
- Every day of July and August: 10 am-9.30pm
- Every day of June and September 10 am-9pm
Visit in video of the Aquarium:
Visiting the aquarium of Barcelona, is also a leason about the Mediterranean Sea, this - sea in the middle of the land, in Latin, mare medi terra - called the Grande Verte by our ancestors.
How to get to Barcelona Aquarium ?
You can get to the Aquarium in Barcelona :
- By metro: To get to the aquarium from Barceloneta metro station (L4) you have to go to the port and then to Moll d'Espanya. The entrance is on the city side. From the Drassanes station (L3) or the bottom of the Rambla you have to go to the Rambla de Mar and bypass the Maremagnum shopping center by the left.
- By bus: V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15
- By hop on Hop Off Bus: stop Port Vell (Red Route))
- By bicycle: Bicing station at “L’Aquàrium”
- By car : Ronda Litoral, exit 21 and 22
Where is Barcelona Aquarium?
Address: Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Port Vell / Maremágnum
Website: Aquarium - Barcelona
Explora! A space dedicated to children
Explora! is designed to introduce children to the sea world. An educational visit with 50 interactivities to touch, admire, listen, study and discover nature.▼ Show more
Sleeping with sharks
You can make a wonderful surprise to your children aged 3 to 12 years by letting them spend a whole night on the spot. Fully supported they will study the life of the sharks, dine before sleeping on the spot not without observing what sharks do at night and early in the morning.
Swimming among sharks
It is also possible to swim among the sharks in the large aquarium of the Oceanarium. This dive is reserved for adults over 18 years of age who hold a scuba diving license. In groups of 4 this dive is, one imagines, unforgettable.▲ Show less
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the opening days of the Barcelona Aquarium?
The Barcelona Aquarium is open every day of the year. Only closing hours vary especially on public holidays like for Christmas or New Year's Day.
Best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium ?
We recommend to visit Barcelona Aquarium as soon as it opens that is a 10am every day of the year.▼ Show more
Barcelona Aquarium how much time to visit it?
It takes at least 2 hours to visit Barcelona Aquarium and enjoy the place. You can of course stay longer and enjoy all the facilities.
How to get to Barcelona Aquarium?
From city centre - that is Plaça de Catalunya- to the Aquarium, it takes 25 minutes to walk. A very pleasant ride which goes, of course, through the Rambla.
You can also get to the Aquarium in Barcelona:
By metro: To get to the aquarium from Barceloneta metro station (L4) you have to go to the port and then to Moll d'Espanya. The entrance is on the city side.
From the Drassanes station (L3) or the bottom of the Rambla you have to go to the Rambla de Mar and bypass the Maremagnum shopping center by the left.
By bus: V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15
By hop on Hop Off Bus: stop Port Vell (Red Route))
By bicycle: Bicing station at “L’Aquàrium”
By car : Ronda Litoral, exit 21 and 22
Is it better to buy aquarium tickets at the ticket office or via the internet?
The aquarium is very popular, we can only advise you to anticipate your visit and buy a ticket online.
What are the discounts for children for the entrance ticket to the Barcelona aquarium?
For children under 3 years old accompanied by an adult, the entrance to the aquarium is free. Discounts are then phased in for children aged 3 to 4 and 5 to 10. From 11 years old the entrance ticket is at the adult price. Refer to the aquarium rates indicated on this page.
Can I enter and leave the Barcelona aquarium several times with the same ticket?
No, once out you can no longer re-enter the Barcelona aquarium. Your ticket is only valid for one entry.
Barcelona Aquarium what to see?
There are many fish species to see at the Barcelona Aquarium. As we specify in the description of the visit - on this same page - we talk about 11,000 animals of 450 different species. This is enough to surprise both adults and children!
Is the Aquarium accessible to people with reduced mobility?
The Barcelona Aquarium is fully accessible by wheelchair and adapted to visitors with reduced mobility.
Can I park my car at Barcelona Aquarium?
No, Barcelona Aquarium does not have its own parking lot, but just next door there is a shopping centre, with its parking. To book your car park online - at the best price - please access this page: Barcelona car Parking
Is there a cloakroom service?
the Aquarium has a cloakroom where lockers are at your disposal
Can I visit the Barcelona aquarium with a pet?
No, it is forbidden to visit the aquarium with a pet. It should also be noted that the centre does not have any pet daycare services.▲ Show less