About Port Vell Barcelona
Port Vell is a waterfront harbor in Barcelona, located at the end of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. It plays a different face for the City of Barcelona, compared to the mountain and beach. Upon entering the Port, you will see some of the most spectacular yachts and amazing panoramic views. Port Vell is full of energy all year round, offers several options for activities, restaurants, and resting areas.
Beware of pickpockets.
The Urban Renewal Program
Port Vell was part of an urban renewal program. This program’s main goal was to transform the Old Port area into a multifunctional land: Hotel, Offices, Culture, tourism, sport, and Leisure.
The Port Authority manages the Port Vell, an independent organization governed by the guidelines of the Central Government. Thanks to their good relationship to make the renewal program possible.
Some of the significant transformations were 1. cultural and training equipped, such as building the museum and the lighthouse. 2. free public space development in continuation from the Ramblas to Olympic Village and Barceloneta 3. connecting the City of Barcelona from Las Ramblas to the quay area – La Ramblas del Mar, which was designed by the architects Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñón, with a modern and minimalist architecture style. 4. developed commercially by expanding the entertainment options, such as Barcelona Aquarium and IMAX, adapting a shopping mall and restaurants. 5. Last but not least, the completion of the new ship’s terminal allows Barcelona to become the headquarter port for the Mediterranean boats and cruises.
10 Things to do at Port Vell Barcelona
1. Take a Walk
Port Vell walkway can begin from Las Ramblas and stretches over the sea area; Beautiful scenery and vibrant energy will be surrounding you; it is a relatively large and spacious area to walk around.
The Port incorporates a swing bridge that allows ships to enter and exit the harbor. It is a cool scene for kids to witness; it opens every 30 minutes on the half-hour.
2. Admire the Sunset
Port Vell is definitely one of the best and easiest places to admire the Sunset in Barcelona. We prefer visiting Port Vell at dusk.
There are multiple benches available to relax and enjoy the panoramic view with a fresh breeze from the marina. There’s nothing better than watching a sunset and spending quality time with people you love.
3. Ferris Wheel
If walking around the Port provides a close-up experience of several landmarks, the Ferris Wheel is one of the best ways to get a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Sunset over the Port on the left, and a beautiful view over Montjuic on the right.
4. Barcelona Aquarium
L’Aquarium Barcelona is the largest and the most important Museum of Marine Science of the Mediterranean in Europe, and it has over 11,000 marine animals from 450 species. This Aquarium is a popular family travel destination, all the colorful marine creatures swimming around in a larger-than-life tank and experiencing magical marine life.
5. Maremagnum Shopping Center
Maremagnum is a retail mall that offers a variety of clothing stores, homewares, and restaurants. We enjoy coming to the mall after walking around the Port.
Maremagnum has both indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Outside, The Mall has a playground and a large area for kids to play. There is also a park close by where you can rest on the grass.
6. Segway Tour
Segway has been a growing trend in the tourism industry since early 2000. Most people probably have seen people riding an electric vehicle with a platform cruising around the City’s sideways. Segway is an electric transport that allows you to move around in a quicker and less tiring way; it is navigated by the body movement.
Most importantly, being a sustainable traveler, we want to be more conscious of our selections. While walking is generally the best option. However, the benefits of Segway are safe and zero emissions. It contributes to decreasing pollutions and climate change, as electricity produces fourteen times fewer gas emissions than a car with the same distance.
If you are traveling with a group, a segway tour is a new and fun option to explore the City.
7. Sunset Sailing Experience
Arrange a romantic sunset sailing experience, take an evening yacht trip, and absorb the sea breezes. An ideal activity for couples that want to add a special romantic touch in Barcelona.
8. Cable car to Montjuic Mountain
Cable cars at the Port Vell will take you up to Montjuic Castle on the top of Montjuic Park. The cable car is another way of getting a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. It feels like flying over the City.
9. Visit the History Museum of Catalonia
The History Museum of Catalonia tells the history of Catalonia; a story lies its beauty and sorrow. There are also several experimental and interactive exhibitions, certainly an excellent destination for families with children.
10. Christmas Market in December
In 2019, the Catalan government organized a new Christmas fair to celebrate Port Vell’s 150 years with a 30 meter Christmas tree, which marks the tallest tree recorded in Catalonia.
Port Vell continues to host the Christmas market in the following year, offering various wooden stalls with Christmas decorations, food, crafts, and gifts. Christmas markets are a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
How to get to Port Vell?
- Plaça de Catalunya Station: Enjoy the 20 to 30 minutes walk down on the famous las Ramblas.
- Drassanes Station: The nearest station to Port Vell
- Pas Sota Muralla – Pl. Pau Vila: V15 , 47 , N8 and N28
- Portal de la Pu: D20, 59, H14, 120, V13, N0, N6, N26.c