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Old Port, Barcelona

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Port Vell

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Barcelona has done an outstanding job of making their port area attractive. Port Vell is a beautiful port lined with shops and full of sailboats and yachts. The effect is quite charming. We ate lunch here one day in one of the many restaurants and spent a lovely time just enjoying the view. From here there is easy access to La Barceloneta neighborhood (the beach) and to Maremagnum (the shopping center in the harbour). There is so much to see and do in the general area that you can take an entire day just to explore this part of Barcelona. I don't think there is any part of Barcelona that I visited that I wouldn't recommend, but do try to visit this lovely area if you get the chance. [more ]

Old but new :)

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There is a different world, speaking many languages in this area... I could call it a high peaked modern place. It s like being in a port that has the unique fragrance of a small magic city.
Past year the old areas were restored into beautiful places that people are swarming around now.
It s outstanding how an old place could be transformed so beautifully into a jewel of harbor architecture.
These changes in the Port Vell's resemblance to a modern 'citadel' has integrated the site into the city and into urban life. every year 16 million people visit this place, a point of meeting for people all around the world. [more ]

Beautiful waterfront

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La Rambla used to end at the iconic statue of Columbus at the shoreline, however, it was relatively recently extended into a walkway over the water. In this way, all of the things that we enjoy doing on La Rambla: walking, shopping, stopping for a drink or a meal... can be done in the actual old port!

This extension is an amazing experience for visitors to the city. The Barcelona port is one of the most important ports in Europe, and from La Rambla del Mar, you can see all of the action while taking advantage of the shops and restaurants along the walkway.

One particular aspect of the Rambla del Mar that is worth a visit is the famous aquarium. There is an underwater passage so that you can see some fish through a glass tank above your head. It is internationally recognized as an amazing aquarium, and is definitely worth seeing.

The only downfall of the Rambla is the price: the real estate means that restaurants and stores along this street are more expensive than in the rest of the city.

Once you leave the Rambla, you can still wander around the old port and see all sorts of things. There is a very famous strip of incredible restaurants right on the waterfront, and if you continue, you will come to the beach. [more ]

Maremagnum

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Maremagnum is a fantastic complex located in Port Vell near the end of La Rambla, the pedestrian walk that goes from the Plaça Catalunya to Port Vell. La Rambla connects with a wooden pedestrian bridge (La Rambla del Mar) that leads to the Maremagnum center. Though for some it may seem like a long walk on a warm day, I found the leisurely walk from the Plaça Catalunya area to be very enjoyable both during the day and in the evening. I had never seen a shopping center over the water before and I was impressed. I found the shopping center itself to be very modern and inviting with a nice selection of stores. Maremagnum also includes cinemas, bars, and restaurants. The bars are lively until very late at night/early in the morning and seem to be favored by Barcelona's young adults.

You can find the IMAX theater and the aquarium just behind Maremagnum. [more ]

The Harbour

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The Old Port is known as the Port Vell in Catalan and is the place where you can catch ferries to the Canaries/The Balearics and Morocco. We stayed withing walking distance of this area as there is loads of stuff to see around here- the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium and the Maremagnum shopping centre. Talk a walk along the Rambla del Mar- it's a beautiful promenade where you can also find an IMAX cinema (although don't come to Barcelona and go to the cinema!) The paella in this area is exceptional- obviously specialising in seafood paella given the location! [more ]

Art and architecture in the Olympic Port

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The Olympic Port is the host of yachts, boats and large ships that navigate on the Mediterranean Sea. I liked the harbor a lot because, beside the fact that it is very big, it also represents the fun in Barcelona. Everybody spends most of their time, especially in the summer, in the Olympic Port, because there is a lot of discos, fast-food restaurants and stores. The prices are not as high as in the rest of the city. I couldn’t restrain myself from embarking on a ferryboat and the feeling I had was marvelous. I loved the views and the atmosphere people created on the ferry. It gave me a feeling of semi-luxury, even though it had been cheap and most of the people there were middle-class, just like me. [more ]

Port Vell

 stars
Barcelona has done an outstanding job of making their port area attractive. Port Vell is a beautiful port lined with shops and full of sailboats and yachts. The effect is quite charming. We ate lunch here one day in one of the many restaurants and spent a lovely time just enjoying the view. From here there is easy access to La Barceloneta neighborhood (the beach) and to Maremagnum (the shopping center in the harbour). There is so much to see and do in the general area that you can take an entire day just to explore this part of Barcelona. I don't think there is any part of Barcelona that I visited that I wouldn't recommend, but do try to visit this lovely area if you get the chance. [more ]


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