Barcelona, which is on the Catalan coast, is one of the main ports of the Mediterranean. There are several theories about the origin of the city, and Barcelona has a rich and eventful history.
The town is divided into ten districts which correspond to the independent villages that were once incorporated in the city. Some kept their rural character, others are more urbanized. Since the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona is a modern metropolis.
Artists such as Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, and Dalí left impressive traces, such as the Sagrada Família. Tapas, Sangria, and Paella colors the culinary life of Barcelona. It is a city that has everything. Culture, a favorable climate, good food, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant nightlife.
For an exploration of Barcelona and its highlights, a full day is needed, though a combination with an excursion to the nearby Montserrat is possible. In that case, your day will be well filled. If your cruise ends or starts in Barcelona you can better book an extra night to enjoy the city.
You can easily explore Barcelona on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or through one of our local partners.
Popular ports for an excursion to Barcelona are: