Welcome to Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s most glamorous and exciting cities. The port of Barcelona invites passengers to its shores for a unique and enchanting experience. This city is truly stunning and from the moment you arrive you will understand just why Barcelona has earned a place in the hearts of all who have sailed here.
A hugely popular feature of this port of call is that you are so close to the city centre upon arrival. The majority of cruise lines here provide a complimentary shuttle bus into the city centre, taking just five minutes. The usual drop off point is at the entrance to the World Trade Centre and from here you have the entire city at your fingertips. You’ll find yourselves just a stone’s throw from the beginning of the Ramblas; one of the most enjoyable and immersive Barcelona experiences. This marvellous walkway is the beating heart of the city and its vibrant flair never ceases to amaze. Street entertainers here are utterly astonishing and the many bars and stalls could keep you entertained for hours alone. As you make your way along be sure not to miss out on a visit to La Boqueria food market to sample the amazing range of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. It is a well-known fact that some of the greatest cuisine in Spain can be found here so sit back and enjoy with Paella being a particular speciality.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona provides a wonderful mixture of the ancient and contemporary but the architecture that dominates the headlines here has and will always be the Art Nouveau architecture of Antonio Gaudi. The mesmerising Sagrada Familia in particular is on the sightseeing list of the majority of cruise passengers visiting here and with its incredible stature it is not hard to see why. The Sagrada Familia remains Europe’s most mind blowing cathedral, even though it is still yet to be finished.
It was the Olympic Games of 1992 that gave the city a dramatic boost as the port area was renovated from a once sombre location to a thriving atmosphere of bustling shops, café’s, bars and restaurants. This iconic venue is now one of the most popular within the entire city and offers an immersive Catalonian experience right from setting foot from your cruise ship.
Not only is this city spectacular for its thorough beauty but there is so much to see and do here it is incredible. The captivation of Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world and the Catalonian allure continues throughout around each and every corner you see. One of the most common services cruise passengers take advantage of here is the “hop on, hop off” bus service. This option is available from the drop off point at the World Trade Centre and gives guests the chance to make their way around the city at a very reasonable price. The chance to witness both the Gothic Quarter, the port area and the Olympic Village of 1992 in one day is a must if you have the chance.
One of the most loved opportunities here is to visit the Camp Nou Stadium and take in the magnificent splendour of Barcelona Football Club. Considered by many to be the current best team in the world, if not ever, this awe inspiring stadium invites you to take a stroll down memory lane and learn more about the club that has set football alight for decades. The museum itself is excellent but the chance to step out at pitch level and bask in the presence of greatness is truly inspiring. Families will love this excursion as there are many interactive fun things to do as you make your away around. The stadium tour is outstanding and a must see for any lovers of sport arriving here.
Of course you may arrive and wish to head away from the city, perhaps to a more serene location such as the delectable beach scape of Sitges, which is more than achievable often via a cruise line excursion. There’s also the Water Park of Isla Fantasia, which is amazing for families 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.
Away from the city centre there is also the fascinating scenery of Montserrat that has been one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites that has stood for hundreds of years. The jagged mountains and landscape views are breath taking, but the beautiful Benedictine monastery is the main attraction here. If you’re looking for a spectacular photograph then this is the place to come. This area is easily accessible via train and can be done through your cruise operator or individually.
Many consider a visit to Barcelona to be criminal without taking in the stellar wine tasting experiences available here. Set in the quaint yet prominent town of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia you will find the majestic Freixenet Cellars along with the modern open winery of the Torres Wine Cellars. These are two of the most famous wine and Cava producers in Spain and are sure to give the palette an unforgettable treat.
The choice is endless here and however you wish to spend your time you are certainly in for a truly pleasurable experience. The charm, grace and allure of Barcelona never fails to impress so relax and prepare for a wonderful Spanish delight under the glistening Mediterranean sunshine.