The Barcelona Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest and richest collection of marine life.
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is made up of 21 large aquariums, and an underwater tunnel 80 meters long which together hold more than 6 million liters of water. This massive aquarium hosts 11,000 animals of 450 different species.
Barcelona Aquarium has the only Oceanarium in the whole of Europe. No wonder it attracts more than 2 million visitors annually making it the 4th most popular tourist spot in Barcelona.
No wonder then that Barcelona Aquarium reviews are always positive.
Aquarium Barcelona opening times
The Barcelona Aquarium hours keep changing depending on the day and the month.
From October to May, Barcelona Aquarium hours are 10 am to 8 pm on all weekdays.
On weekends, the Barcelona Aquarium closing time is extended by 30 minutes and the new timing becomes 10 am to 8:30 pm.
For L’Aquàrium de Barcelona, the months of June, July, August, and September are considered as peak seasons.
During this period, Barcelona Aquarium’s closing time changes thrice. In June its closing time changes to 9 pm, in the months of July and August it becomes 9.30 pm and by September it is 9 pm again.
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Barcelona Aquarium holidays
Barcelona Aquarium is closed for Easter from 24th March to 1st April.
The Christmas holidays at the Aquarium start from 17th of December and last until 7th of January.
Barring these weeks, the aquarium remains open to the public throughout the year.
Best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium
Because of the positive Barcelona Aquarium reviews and the relatively lower Aquarium admission fee, this tourist attraction is always crowded.
During the peak months, the best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium is the first half of the day – especially between 10 am and 11 am. Find out everything about Barcelona Aquarium tickets.
The crowd is thin and visitors can get a better view of the fish and sharks in the aquarium.
The guides are also fresh at the start of the day, which translates to better, energetic tours and detailed answers.
Some tourists buy Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium tickets on the same day and visit the zoo in the morning. In such a case, we suggest you reach the Aquarium by 5 pm.
This is the time when the crowd gets thin again, and you can be amongst the fish and shark by yourself. With fewer people, this period also makes for better photographs.
However, try not get too late. Depending on your level of interest you may take 2 to 3 hours to experience the whole Aquarium. If you get late, you may have to miss out on some of the exhibits.
If you want to dodge the crowd entirely, any date between January 8th and 23rd March will be the best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium. If you want to enjoy the nice balmy Barcelona sun, we highly recommend the month of March.
October is also preferable for avoiding the long queues. The weather remains pleasant enough to explore the city and the marine creatures are also in a jaunty mood.
If you are visiting Barcelona in winter, the best time to visit the Barcelona Aquarium will be the days when outdoors fun isn’t possible because of the cold.
Barcelona Aquarium directions
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona can be reached via many roads and routes. If you are on a self-drive tour of Barcelona or Spain, you should take the road Ronda Litoral, exit 21 and 22.
In case you have last mile issues in identifying the spot, fire up your Google map for Barcelona Aquarium directions.
If you love walking, you can walk down the famous Catalan street of La Rambla and reach the Columbus Monument. From there once you face the sea you will notice a quaint wooden bridge. The wooden bridge will take you to the Moll d’Espanya, the place where L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is located.
If you are stationed near Parc del Forum, use it as an opportunity to take a boat ride using Las Golondrinas. The ride will take you from the Forum harbor to the Port Vell. Port Vell is right next to the area where the Columbus Monument is located. Once you reach the Columbus Monument, a 12-minute walk will get you to the Aquarium.
If you have booked a ticket on the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus service you need to get down at the Moll d’Espanya stoppage which is right next to the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona.
Barcelona Aquarium by Metro
You can also take other modes of public transport in order to reach the Aquarium.
Board one of the trains on Metro lines L4 Barceloneta and L3 Drassanes to reach your destination.
If you boarded L4 Barceloneta, remember to get down at Barceloneta Metro station. If you opted for L3 Drassanes, you need to get down at Drassanes stop, which is next to the Columbus monument.
Barcelona Aquarium by bus
You can also reach the destination with the help of public bus routes such as V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15.
Few of these busses will drop you at the Port Vell from where you need to guide yourself to the destination.
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