Port Vell, Barcelona's historic harbour, attracts over 16 million visitors every year. It dates back to the medieval period, to a time when Barcelona was at the centre of one of the Mediterranean's great maritime trade empires. Port Vell has of late evolved into an exciting urban space with museums, shops and public art sitting beside the quays.
With its many attractions and beautiful setting Port Vell is one spot few tourists exclude from their itinerary. And, as it's mostly pedestrian, it makes a pleasant change from other traffic-choked parts of the city.
Maremagnum is one of the city centre's main shopping malls, with major international brands and a selection of bars and discotheques. Here you'll also find Barcelona's Aquarium and IMAX theatre.
One of Europe's most impressive sea zoos, it holds over 1.5 million gallons of water teeming with more than 8000 water-dwelling creatures. The biggest draw is the 80-metre tunnel leading you through a shark-infested tank. It's open from 9am to 7pm, and later during summertime.
Lichtenstein's Barcelona Head
Made of concrete and ceramic, Lichtenstein's 1992 Barcelona Head sculpture is one of Barceloneta's most eye-catchingly colourful monuments. It is located at the opening to Port Vell, on the corner of Passeig de Colon.
The IMAX theatre offers three different kinds of viewing experience, Omnimax, straightforward flat IMAX, and 3D IMAX. It's about 10€ a show.
How to Get There: Port Vell is served by Barceloneta metro station, which is connected to the rest of the city via the yellow line.
Getting to Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.