Barcelona, Spain

Location:

The port is the starting and arrival point for many Mediterranean cruise itineraries. The seven operating terminals, and the various docks and facilities, are at a short distance from the city center. The terminal is at Port Vell in Barcelona which is at the Southern most end of the famous Ramblas. The seaport terminal is only 10 min’s walk from the Ramblas. However, since there are several cruise terminals at the port and if you are in one of the terminals which is further away from the Ramblas you may catch a taxi or the shuttle bus, which will take you to Monument Christopher Columbus which is at the Southern most end of the Ramblas. The shuttle bus service runs from all port terminals down to the monument.

There is a port shuttle bus that goes from the cruise terminals to the Columbus Monument at the bottom of Las Ramblas. The bus is called Cruiser T3 but is often referred to as the ‘Blue Port Bus’. The fare is €2 per person. You cannot use a T10 ticket on this bus. The nearest metro station is Drassanes which is on line L3. It is about 2-3 minutes walk from the Columbus Monument, where the shuttle bus stops. The bus is wheelchair friendly.

If your ship will be moored at Moll Barcelona (the Barcelona Pier with the North and South Terminals) you can walk in 5 minutes to the monument. On this pier is also the World Trade Center with car park.

A taxi is a good bet (around 8 Euro) if you want to go to Placa de Catalunya with its famous stores and stroll back, slightly downhill, over the Ramblas towards the harbor.

Sightseeing:

Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Among the city’s unique delights are its Picasso Museum, palm-lined avenues, striking Gaudi architecture, revamped beachfront, and late-night club scene.
The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is one of the country’s — maybe even Europe’s — most beautiful and vibrant places. A city of contrasts, it is like no other in Spain; this is most evident in its architecture, a marriage of Gothic spikes and modern curves.

Barcelona is also a city of neighborhoods, all distinct, which are surprisingly walkable and easily accessible by bus, metro or even on foot (in comfortable shoes). Don’t miss a stroll along Las Ramblas, replete with produce and flower stands, a historic opera house and a thoroughly intriguing open pet market.
Maybe you will be there when they are celebrating one of the many fiesta: whether they are celebrating a saint’s day or the changing of the seasons, the people of Barcelona fill the streets with color, music, and excitement for young and old. Experiencing the traditions ranging from Spanish to Catalan or even unique to the city of Barcelona, adds to a visitor’s enjoyment like nothing else can. The largest fiestas in Barcelona are Sant Joan (Saint John) on June 23rd ringing in the summer, and La Mercè for the Patron Saint, September 24th. The most beautiful holiday, is undoubtedly Sant Jordi (Saint George) – the day of the book and the day of the rose April 23rd.

Museums

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is indispensable for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,500 works that make up the permanent collection. However, the Picasso Museum also reveals his relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death. Thanks to the wishes of Picasso and his friend Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the youthful work of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists.

Miró’s works are to be found today in the world’s principal museums and cultural institutions. Many, however, have remained in Catalonia, mostly in the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.
Throughout his life, Joan Miró took a particular interest in the diversity of materials, forms and colors. It led him to explore and experiment with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, the theatre, and tapestry.
One result of this was a collaboration with Josep Royo, an innovative craftsman, who during the seventies aroused Miró’s interest in tapestry and textiles.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Rent a bike or take an excursion by bike with an english speaking guide showing the most important sights of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter with the cathedral, the Old harbor with the statue of Columbus, the Ciutadella Park, the Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Port and Gaudi´s fabulous monuments with Bike Tours Barcelona (online purchase) or Fat Tire Bike Tours Barcelona.

The best place for a ride is along the well-marked bike lanes by the sea, which lead to the medieval streets of the old city, past busy ports and down to beaches. If you’re willing to brave traffic and tackle a few hills, you can crisscross the city, and there are many more bike lanes in the planning. A guide and a map can be purchased at the Tourist Offices.

Nearby Places:

Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Barceloneta are all beaches in Barcelona which have restaurant and café lined promenades.

Further away:

For many visitors a trip to Montserrat is the highlight of their visit. Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking. The cable car ride up the mountain is simply spectacular.

Shopping & Food:

If you love to shop then you’re going to love Barcelona! Barcelona Spain shopping offers around 35,000 shops.
The city is also home to the famous 5 KM shopping line. The shopping line stretches from the top of the Ramblas, through Placa de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal. Much of the shopping line is pedestrianized making it a pleasant experience to wander from shop to shop without worrying about traffic.

Along the Ramblas you will find La Boqueria A very colorful food market which also sells other goods and souvenirs.

Also along the Ramblas you also will find the Gothic Quarter, the medieval part of Barcelona. Here you will find many fine restaurants and outdoor cafe’s as well as great stores who specialize in colorful ceramic goods of top quality.

The Ramblas is also the world’s most pick-pocketed area!

Currency:

Euro

Communication:

Barcelona has free Wi-Fi in the city – they are currently working on completely covering the city, but it’s not there yet. There are many locations you can use it, by just typing in as the password “Barcelona WiFi”. The locations have a sticker on the window indicating it.

Fire brigade, police and ambulance: tel. 112

Opening Hours & Holidays:

The most common business for shops and businesses hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 oh to 13.30 oh, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.

Big shopping centers and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open in december sometimes on Sunday.

In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.

Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.

Museums are in general closed on Mondays.

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