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Beautiful Barcelona: The Ultimate Guide for Cruise Line Visitors

What To Do When Visiting Barcelona On Your Cruise

If you’re cruising in the Mediterranean, there’s a good chance that Barcelona will be one of your ports of call. With its stunning architecture, Mediterranean atmosphere and plentiful things to do, it’s easy to see why! This vibrant city is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in Europe. From the Gothic Quarter to La Rambla and the Sagrada Família, there’s plenty to see and do in this eclectic city. In this blog post, we’ll give you our top tips for making the most of your cruise holiday in Barcelona!





Exploring Barcelona On Foot

With the Barcelona Cruise Terminal located just a few minutes from La Rambla, it’s easy to get around. Take to the city on foot to take in the beauty of its splendid architecture including of course the work of Gaudi. If you’re an architecture fan, there are many other architects whose work you can observe while visiting this beautiful city. If you enjoy serene and quiet places, Barcelona has a majestic mountain to offer to its visitors known as Montjuic. You can get to the top of the hill on foot to get a bird eye’s view of the city and to take pleasure in the tranquillity of nature.

Did you know that Picasso spent the early years of his life in Barcelona? This is yet another attraction of this magical city that makes tourists, particularly those who admire art, go crazy with excitement. You will be able to see many landmarks that are still present in almost their original shape to picture the city as seen and enjoyed by the great artist.



The Home Of Football

For any football fan, the chance to watch some of the world’s greatest players at the Nou Camp is an opportunity not to be missed. If you’re on a cruise and stay package, we can help get your tickets to games too.





Must-See Attractions In Barcelona

The Sagrada Família is one of the most iconic buildings in Barcelona and it’s a must-see for any cruise visitor. This stunning, unfinished church was designed by acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí and has become an emblem of Catalan culture. To get the best view of this masterpiece, you can take a tour or ride the lift to the top of one of its towers.

The Gothic Quarter is another popular spot for cruise visitors. This picturesque district is full of winding streets, bustling plazas and hidden gems like the Palau de la Música Catalana. It’s a great place to explore on foot and soak up some of the city’s history.

The beaches are another highlight for cruise tourists in Barcelona. Just a short distance from the city centre, you’ll find a number of beautiful beaches like Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine.





Time To Eat!

The food in Barcelona is truly something to behold! From traditional Catalan cuisine to modern gastronomy, the city offers a wide array of delicious dishes. No visit would be complete without trying some Spanish tapas, like pan con tomate or patatas bravas. Enjoyed with a glass of cold sangria or cava, it’s the perfect way to end your day in Barcelona.

The city is full of lively restaurants and bars that offer a unique dining experience. A traditional place is recommended for enjoying such a feast, such as Can Pineda, Petit Comite, Can Valles, and Ferrum – only to name a few. Check out their seafood, desserts, hamburgers, wines, and the traditional mouth-watering tapas.



Enjoy tapas in Barcelona on your cruise
Enjoy tapas in Barcelona on your cruise


Cruise & Stay In Barcelona

Many cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, MSC, NCL & Virgin Voyages start and/or finish their Mediterranean itineraries in Barcelona. With it’s mix of beach, city and style, it makes for a great place to spend a few nights either before or after your cruise. Our team of cruise experts can help you book a cruise and stay package with nights at one of Barcelona’s brilliant hotels. We can also recommend and book excursions in the city too including one of my favourites – The Barcelona Tapas Tour.

Come along on this 3-hour walk through Barcelona’s stunning Old Town, where you’ll get to try some of the best tapas and drinks in town. You’ll be guided by locals who know all the best spots, and by the end of the tour, you’ll feel like a true Insider!

  • Catalans love their tapas, and you can find traditional dishes like pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) and patatas bravas all over the region. Grab a glass of wine or local vermouth and enjoy!
  • Get caught up in the energy of city life and hear tales of history and daily Barcelona, Catalan, and Spanish life
  • Take a tour of some of the historical landmarks the city has to offer




And Finally

The city of Barcelona is full of history, culture and beauty, making it an ideal destination for cruise tourists. From exploring the stunning architecture to sampling delicious Catalan cuisine, there’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or a cultural experience, Barcelona has it all. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your cruise holiday to Barcelona today!

Finally, don’t forget to explore some of the other attractions in Barcelona. Take a stroll through Parc Guell or take a day trip to Monserat Abbey. There are plenty of things to see and do in this vibrant city, so make sure you take the time to explore it!



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