All the major cruise lines dock in Barcelona. Whatever the type and the name to which you entrust your holiday, no cruise in the Mediterranean can disregard the Catalan city. This is a must for all. Even for a short visit.
Depending on the company and sometimes even the same ship, you will have a time between 6 and 10 hours. Really ridiculous, considering the size and the offer! The advantage of the city, however, is represented by the proximity of the Crocieristico Terminal with the center: this makes it possible to take full advantage of the time available.
Seven of the nine Port Terminals are available for Cruise Ships; probably, your ship will have docked at Terminal Adossat Quay, just a couple of km from the center.
If, for one reason or another, you have no intention of walking, excellent service is available T3 PORTBUS at the cost of 3,00 € for one way, and 4,00 € return (tickets can be purchased directly on the bus). The T3 bus, connects all the cruise terminals of the port with the monument to Cristoforo Colombo, Rambla area at 5 minutes walk from the Metro stop Drassanes (green L3 line). From here, it will be possible thanks to the efficient transport system, the whole city. This stop will be your reference when you make the reverse path to return to the ship.
From the T3 stop, near the Mirador Colom (the monument dedicated to Columbus) walk the mythicals on foot Rambla. They await you shopping, tapas bars, street performers and much more. it is the busiest street in Barcelona, both by day and, above all, by evening.
Not to be missed, in the area, the famous Mercado de la Boqueria. In a blaze of colors and aromas, you can spend some time trying Catalan DOC products. Let yourself be tempted by the exquisite Jamon Serrano and the many delicacies on display. You certainly will not regret it.
Going down, turn left, at the height of Placa Reial; we arrive at the historian Barrio Gotico, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, made up of narrow streets, churches, squares. Here, everything has remained intact or almost like in the Middle Ages.
A couple of minutes from Plaça Reial there is the stop Liceu: take the metro and get off at Passeig de Gracia: here you will find House Battlo, to all effects the symbol of Barcelona.
Extravagance and beauty in this work by Gaudi; inside it is all a vortex of waves, curves and spirals. The house has also been designed to receive natural light in all its parts; this work has consecrated Gaudì as one of the most visionary architects in Europe (prices: adults - 24,50 €, students, over 65 years and boys from 7 to 18 years - 20,50 €.) Open every day of the year from 9 to 21 ). From this link, you can buy your tickets at a special price.
Continuing up Passeig de Gracia, after 500 meters you reach the civic 92, at the corner with Carrer de Provença: here, in all its splendor, another masterpiece signed Anton Gaudì, or Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera (literally, stone quarry). Built between the 1905 and 1912 on behalf of Roser Segimon and Pera Milà, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Currently it is possible to visit the entrance hall, the roof and an apartment furnished with period furniture, partly designed by Gaudí himself, according to his "Catalan modernism". There are 6 floors, on each of which there are eight apartments; there are also two internal courtyards, which guarantee high brightness.
In the attic there is an interesting museum on the construction techniques of Antoni Gaudí.
At this link you can take a virtual tour of the structure: we recommend it.
Until February, the structure is open every day from 09: 00 to 18: 30. From the 27 February to the end of November closes at 20: 30.
The adult ticket costs 22,00 €; students and / or 65 pay € 16,50; children from 7 to 12 years, 11,00 €. Free up to 6 years.
These times and prices are valid for the "normal" visit. There are also types in combination with temporary exhibitions or for night visits. The latter, really beautiful and evocative, allows you to appreciate the beams of this beautiful building. From this link you can buy the ticket with a guided tour.
Hardly, you can make an exhaustive visit to both "Houses"; choose, maybe, one! Equally difficult that you have more time to devote to the city. We recommend taking the metro and getting off at Drassanes. If you still have some time, take another walk for La RamblaOf course it should not hurt!
The alternative itinerary of this brief visit to Barcelona starts with the symbol of the city, that is, the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia; more commonly, Sagrada Familia. Even for a short visit to Barcelona, one can not ignore the iconic monument!
Obviously, always starting from the Columbus monument, where the T3 stop (the bus that connects the cruise terminal to the city), we recommend an excursus in La Rambla, the busiest street in the whole city, where you will find bars, shopping and famous Mercado de la Boqueria. From here, take the metro and get off at the stop Sagrada Familia, for your visit.
Gaudì worked all his life on this work, unfinished to date and whose completion time is expected after the 2030; the themes of the whole decoration include words from the liturgy; the towers are decorated with words like "Hosanna", "Excelsis", and "Sanctus"; the great door of the Passion façade reproduces words of the Bible in various languages, including Catalan.
INFO SAGRADA FAMILIA:
duration of the visit about 90 '
TICKETS SAGRADA FAMILIA: 15,00 €.
ENTRANCE AND GUIDED TOUR: 24,00 €.
TICKETS WITH AUDIOGUIDA AND GAUDÌ MUSEUM (at Park Güell): 26,00 €.
TICKETS WITH VISIT TOWER AND AUDIO-GUIDE: 29 € adults / 21 € students
From April to September from 9: 00 to 20: 00.
From November to February from 9: 00 to 18: 00.
October and March from 9: 00 to 19: 00.
25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January from 9: 00 to 14: 00.
The visit to the building will take away much of the time available, but we believe it is worth it. Keep in mind that, depending on the time, you may find a not indifferent row at the ticket office and at the entrance. Depending on how much time you have left, before returning to the ship you can take a look at Casa Battlò or Casa Milà, or, again, take a trip to the Olympic Port.
As we always love to emphasize: always choose according to your personal tastes!
PLEASE NOTE: all the information contained in this guide for a brief visit to Barcelona are for information purposes only. Therefore, you are always invited to plan your excursion taking into account the limited time available. We are not responsible for any repercussions for your cruise.