Port Vell, Barcelona

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Port Vell is the modern heart of the tourists’ Barcelona, even though its name translates to “Old Port.” There are multiple theaters, including an IMAX theater, and numerous shops. It’s also home to Europe’s largest aquarium. Take the time to see the bridge open up for a boat to pass, and look at the water to admire the swimming fish and floating sculptures. Note that this port connects to the pedestrian street Las Ramblas. Use our Barcelona vacation builder to add Port Vell and other attractions to your Barcelona vacation plans.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The area is Beautiful Because it Mixes old and very modern buildings. You van walk or run close to the beach, Enjoy the sun and the salty air and admire all the different buildings and boats. Around e...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Port Vell is a beautiful place to walk because he has it all, a cute a pedestrian bridge to Maremagnum or simply to sit and watch the sea and the boats that come and go. Maremagnum is a very modern and complete shopping which is in addition to the usual restaurants you can dine, take a drink, etc. looking at the Mediterranean Sea with its small tables on the terrace.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful ballad to do along the Harbor, relatively clean place. Presence of many sellers to the sly, often repulsed by the marine police, they cause no discomfort to tourists. Many yachts are present. Possibility to dine, to hydrate... along the port. Visit to do as a couple, very nice.
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