aquarium barcelone

Barcelona Aquarium

The Barcelona Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in the city. This is mainly due to the fact that it is a great attraction for small children and the fact that it is under a roof, and that it is not always hot and sunny in Barcelona. One of the largest, (fifth on the list of aquariums in Europe), the largest on the theme of the Mediterranean

Some figures:

  • It was founded in 1995 and has a collection of over 11,000 marine animals.
  • 450 different marine species
  • You will find 14 basins with Mediterranean fauna and flora.
  • 5,000,000 liters of sea water
  • To get to know the local marine curiosities, the conditions prevailing on the Catalan coast of the Medes Islands or in the Ebro Delta have also been recreated.
  • One of the main attractions is an 80-meter tunnel with a moving floor. While crossing it, visitors can admire sharks, rays and various species of fish and marine plants swimming above their heads. All this in a huge water tank containing nearly 4 million liters of water! And it doesn’t stop there. If you have a diving license, you can purchase the option of diving with sharks.
  • The aquarium consists of three main sections, each of which is divided into smaller sections. Located on the second floor, Planeta Aqua is the educational section. There is also a pool with penguins and various facilities for children to play.


The shark section is indeed very impressive and awesome. It is truly a wonderful water world. This aquarium is known to be the best aquarium in Europe and it is true. Many species of the marine world are present, from the smallest fish to the adorable penguins in a special ice jar. But what leaves you speechless are the sharks that literally swim around you and pass over your head. This is of course due to the construction of the aquarium where the glass is semi-circular and creates a dome above which our sea friends perform a special dance to the delight of the visitors who, if they wish, move around on a rolling track.

For the younger visitors, there is a small submarine in a room outside the tanks. They can go in, see what a real submarine looks like, press buttons, play and, of course, at the end of the visit, a toy store awaits them.

How to get to the aquarium

The easiest way to get to the Barcelona Aquarium is to take the yellow metro L4 to Barceloneta station or the green metro L3 to Drassanes.

Opening hours on weekdays: 10 am to 7 pm, on weekends: 10 am to 8 pm

The entrance ticket costs 21 EUR for an adult, 16 EUR for children from 5 to 10 years old and 8 EUR for the youngest (3-4 years old).


del Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, B, Spain