The visually stunning and highly frequented port of Barcelona is steeped in maritime history. As one of Europe’s most commercially important ports it has acted as a gateway to the Mediterranean for more than 2000 years. Located in the capital of Catalonia, it is not the only port in Barcelona. Its two smaller siblings take the form of yacht-marinas and are called Port Fòrum Sant Adrià and Port Olimpic.
The primary port is divided into 3 parts: Port Vell (the Old Port), the logistics port (also known as Barcelona Free Port), and the industrial port. This varied use of the port contributes to the multiculturalism and energetic atmosphere of Barcelona.
Port Vell is the chief zone and is as varied as it is vast. It contains a fishing port, two marinas, and a maritime station which acts as a base for ferries travelling to Mediterranean locations such as the Balearic Islands, Italy or Southern France. This titanic harbour also includes landing areas for cruise ships and is frequented by ships from well-known cruise lines such as MSC Cruises.
Head up to nearby Montjuïc Castle for an eagle-eye view of the port complex. From here you’ll have spectacular views, and if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous why not try out the cable car for a dynamic perspective?
For cruisers it’s important to know that the cruise terminals are located at the end of La Rambla, a vibrant and bustling street which runs directly through the centre of Barcelona.
In total, there are 9 cruise terminals in total in Barcelona, split between 3 locations. These are Adossat Quay Terminals, World Trade Centre Terminals, and Maremagnum Port Vell.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, located on the shores of the Mediterranean.