The cruise port of Barcelona

Docking in the cruise port of Barcelona

The cruise port of Barcelona, your starting point for great excursions

The cruise port of Barcelona is among the largest in Europe and has good infrastructure and facilities for cruise passengers. Terminals A, B, C, and D lie at Moll Adossat, about 15 minutes walk from the city center and its highlights. Most cruise ships dock here.

Depending on the traffic in port and the size of your cruise ship you can dock at Terminal Sud Barcelona, just 5 minutes away from the city center. The dock is next to the World Trade Center and Torre de Jaume I, a striking monument. Some cruise passangers choose for an excursion to Montserrat in addition to an exploration of Barcelona.

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Cruise to Barcelona

During a cruise vacation to Spain, Barcelona is often on the program. There are also several cruises departing from Barcelona. This fascinating city is conveniently located along the Western Mediterranean and offers various excursion possibilities. Cruises to and from Barcelona are very popular.

Barcelona cruise terminal

The Port de Barcelona has 7 international passenger terminals. It's one of the most important European cruise ports and a Mediterranean turnaround base.

Inside Barcelona passenger cruises terminals you can find:

  • telephones, bar - cafeteria, toilet
  • air conditioning
  • duty free and souvenir shops
  • shuttle service to the center of Barcelona
  • taxi service

Barcelona cruise facts

Language in Barcelona
The language in Barcelona is Spanish, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Barcelona
The currency in Barcelona is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Barcelona
Opening times differ a lot around Spain, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.30h - 14.00h
  • and from 17.00h - 20.00h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia is a 90m high basilica, designed by Antoni Gaudí. It's  dating from 1882 and built in Catalan modernist style.

Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf is a red brick arch in neo-Moorish style. It's dating from 1848 and designed by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.

Font Magica
It's a colorful illuminated fountains on Plaza Espanya. Font Magica is located on Avinguda de Maria Cristin.

La Rambla
La Rambla is a famous, busy, lively and popular promenade street in the center of Barcelona. It's a 1200 meters long and divided into five parts.

Catedral de Santa Eulàlia
It's a Gothic cathedral of Barcelona. Catedral de Santa Eulàlia is dating from 1298 and was dedicated to Eulalia of Merida.

Parc de la Ciutadella
This park is the largest and most popular park in Barcelona. It was built in 1888.

Christopher Columbus Monument
The Christopher Columbus Monument stands out as you walk from the cruise port to the city center. It is a drop-off point for the shuttle bus. From the monument you can walk up north to the Ramblas.

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Getting around in Barcelona

The cruise port is close to the city center. It's easy to reach the heart of Barcelona on foot. Depending on where you want to go and what you want to visit, a taxi can also be a good option. They are plenty and cheap. The most popular option is the shuttle bus from the port authorities. It takes you in a few minutes from the cruise terminals close to Barcelona city center. The rest of the city can be explored on foot or by metro.

Shore excursions around Barcelona

Barcelona offers a lot of possibilities. When your cruise starts or ends in Barcelona consider to book an extra night to get the maximum out of your visit. If Barcelona is your port of call during a cruise, you have to make choices. The 3 most popular things to do during a cruise day in Barcelona are:

  • the monuments and architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí with Casa Battló and Sagrada Familia as absolute highlights
  • the "Waterfront" near the Old Port Barceloneta with its beaches, promenades, bars, restaurants en the beginning of La Rambla
  • Montjuïc Hill from where you have spectacular views over the city and the Mediterranean

Some cruise passengers combine a visit of Barcelona with a visit of Montserrat. This monastery is beatifully located on the hills outside the city in a fantastic National Park.

Weather in Barcelona

Barcelona has a warm Subtropical-Mediterranean climate with dry summers and humid winters. The average annual temperature in Barcelona in summer is between 26°C and 31°C and in winter is between 9°C and 14°C.

Organized shore excursions in and around Barcelona

You can discover Barcelona on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.

Excursions in Montserrat

Excursions in Barcelona

Barcelona tourist information

Close to the pier at Barcelona Terminal Sud is an information kiosk of the Tourist Office You can get a free city map and more info about all Barcelona has to offer.

Cruises to Barcelona

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Barcelona:

Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur Cruises, AIDA, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Windstar Cruises, Royal Clipper, Oceania Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent, SeaDream Yacht Club, Phoenix, Thomson Cruises