The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Even from the sea, you can spot the 173-meters-high mountain Montjuïc in the southwest. Barcelona boasts a mild Mediterranean climate with average temperatures exceeding 13°C even in the winter. Barcelona also has a lot of history and landmarks to offer, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Sagrada Familia. Winding alleyways, street artists, and fish restaurants along the promenade also characterise Spain’s second-largest city. Beach bums also get their money’s worth as the city beach is very inviting. The Gothic Quarter and the aquarium on the Rambla should not be missed.
Barcelona is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Mediterranean and worldwide. You can combine your cruise from Barcelona with a city tour. Many cruise passengers take advantage of this opportunity and plan a little more time before their departures.
The port of the Spanish metropolis is in the heart of the city, where the famous boulevard La Rambla begins. The port has nine terminals – seven of which are dedicated to cruise ships. The terminals are accessible from the city centre on foot or by shuttle bus, so it’s no problem to check in and hand over your luggage. You can get to know the Catalan city for a few hours before your cruise from Barcelona.
In Barcelona, you can combine a beach holiday with a city trip. Those seeking peace and quiet, as well as those after adventure and culture, will get their money’s worth. If you visit Barcelona, you should visit the Sagrada Familia. The church was designed by Antoni Gaudi in a modernist style. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. Even if you’re not a big church fan, it’s worth at least a short stopover to admire the unique building. On the church façade, you will discover colourful details. On each side of the building, you will discover new and unique details.
Park Güell is also a work by Antoni Gaudi, inviting visitors on a colourful journey. The park was completed in 1914 and offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Park Güell can be easily reached via small escalators. Enjoy the Spanish way of life; make yourself comfortable amid these artistically famous houses – the colourful landmarks of Barcelona – and snake and reptile sculptures.
Antoni Gaudi’s artistic traces run through the city. Reserve tickets, so you can enjoy the view of the city from the roof of Casa Batlló.
Another Barcelona highlight is the Tibidabo. It is one of the city’s local mountains. You can reach the summit by bus or tram. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave this magical place for a panoramic view awaits you, high above the rooftops of Barcelona. The amusement park and church, which are located on the Tibidabo, make the mountain a destination for both the young and old.
If you prefer something quieter, stroll along the seafront promenade and take a ride on the port cable car (Teleférico del Puerto Barcelona) to Montjuïc. The Castell de Montjuïc is also located on this mountain.
You can also relax at the Placa d'Espanya. From the Palau Nacional, the national palace, which was built in 1929 for the second World Expo, there is a great view of the city – and Tibidabo right across the street. At the Palau Nacional, you will also find the Font Màgica de Montjuïc. Beautifully illuminated by colours in the evening, it is also worth a visit during the day without lights.
Opposite the Palau Nacional, directly at the roundabout, is Arenas de Barcelona, a former bullring turned shopping centre. Here’s a tip: The roof of the arena can be reached free of charge via the escalators inside. From here, there is a beautiful panorama view over Barcelona. Enjoy delicious tapas or a cool refreshment at one of the rooftop restaurants.