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L’Aquarium de Barcelona, Barcelona

2.7
#1 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Catalonia
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Dive into the underwater world at L’Aquarium de Barcelona. As Europe’s largest aquarium, the harbor-side center is home to 11,000 animals spread over 35 tanks. Venture through the 80 m (260 ft) underwater tunnel or explore the 14 Mediterranean aquariums to learn more about local marine life. Don’t miss the chance to see sharks being fed by professional divers; check online for feeding times. Purchase tickets online in advance for discounted prices. Add L’Aquarium de Barcelona to your Barcelona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.
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  • It's lovely and the huge diversity of fish you see here is amazing. I did scuba diving with sharks and trust me it's one of the most amazing experiences  more »
  • The greatest thing about this place is the underwater tunnel which makes a really great impression. Other parts of exhibition don't make such effect. Comparing to Lisbon aquarium, Capital city of Port...  more »
  • We went here on a sunny june afternoon. There are small fish tansk and a bigger one with tiger sharks. It's a good place just to relax, however it felt dissapointing. We were abel to see everything in...  more »
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  • Myself and my boyfriend visited this aquarium on a dreary afternoon whilst on a long weekend vacation in Barcelona. It was easy to find, even for tourists who have no sense of direction. Although we thought the entrance fee was quite expensive we definitely thought it was worth the money. This place is really big, we spent a good few hours here there is lots to see. The children's area was super cool, I loved it even as a 25 year old. We loved the moving floor they allow you to really look at the large tanks without having to watch where you're walking whilst keeping the human traffic moving. My only criticism was the bar keeping you from getting right up close with some of the exhibits. There were also no staff around to stop tourists taking pictures of the exhibits with their flash on even though it asks you not to do it. Not only this but what if there was some sort of emergency and a member of staff was needed? Well worth a visit, the best aquarium we've been to and we love to visit aquariums so we've seen a few.
  • Best aquarium we have ever been to! The shark tank allows you to go through a tunnel underneath the sharks fish and mini sting rays. Buy your tickets online to save $3 and skip the ticket line. We went 1 hour before closing and there were very few people there and we were able to see a lot. With a little one, this type of short visit is key to everyone's happiness.
  • The poor penguins need more space. It was a very disappointing fact that there was no turtles at an aquarium...of all places. WOW The pepperoni pizza in the cafe was the best part of the whole visit. Couldn't believe it. We saw the same fish in the tanks as in the harbor. Don't waste your money or time. Don't go on the moving platforms near the sharks they will make you dizzy. Only giving it two stars because of the pizza. I would recommend sharing it because it was quite large.
  • My wife and I came here to escape the heat and see what Spain had to offer for an aquarium. We enjoyed the exhibits but felt that 20 some euro a person was pretty expensive for what we saw. A great visit if you have kids, but worth skipping otherwise.
  • The aquarium starts off great, the underground area is really nice with a lot of variation and a really nice tank with a rolling carpet. Once you go upstairs it gets less good as the penguin area is not great and not at eye level, the jelly fish area was empty, the stingray section is mediocre and the interactive stuff was not all working. Still a nice visit at a fair price and we got a great picture as a souvenir.

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