Barcelona Aquarium

by Arūnas
Barcelona Aquarium
The Barcelona Aquarium is the richest marine center in the world for Mediterranean fish species. It attracts more than 1,500,000 visitors annually making it the 4th most visited place in the city of Barcelona.

L’Aquarium de Barcelona consists of the 14 Mediterranean, 7 tropical, and 14 themed aquariums, therefore, you can be sure to discover some amazing sea life. It features over 11,000 water-dwelling animals of over 450 different species. They are housed within 35 aquariums containing a total of approximately 5 million liters (1.30 million gallons) of water. 

The Oceanarium – a microcosm of the Mediterranean Sea – is the largest aquarium, with a diameter of 36 meters (118 feet) and 5 meters (16 feet) deep. It crossed by an 80-meter (262 feet) glass tunnel that allows you to walk among sharks, eels, and rays. 

The Barcelona Aquarium worth visiting even if you are not a big fan of the underwater world. I had a great time slowly walking around looking at all the fish.

My favorite fish at the Barcelona Aquarium

Yellow tang

The Yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) in nature is found in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, between Hawaii and Japan. The habitat of this species is from inside the reef out to depths of 40 m (131 ft) or more.

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Smiling Yellow tang

This is a medium size fish, with an adult growing to a length of almost 20 cm (6–8 in). The species has an oval-shaped, vibrant yellow body, therefore, is one of the most popular fish in a saltwater aquarium. Its lifespan is 30 years in the wild and 10 years in captivity.

Longspine spinefish

The Longspine spinefish (Macroramphosus scolopax) is found in the Atlantic, Indian, and West Pacific Oceans. The species has a long beak in the shape of a tube, with a small mouth with no teeth at the end, and is up to 18 cm (7 in) long.

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Curious Longspine spinefish

These fish inhabit at depths of 40 to 300 m (131–984 ft). They swim slowly, often with the body vertical and the head down.

Royal dottyback

The Royal dottyback (Pictichromis paccagnella) is found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They are usually seen hovering close to corals and rubble in shallow coastal reefs.

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Two-colored Royal dottyback

The fish features a half yellow and half purple body and grows to 5–7 cm (2–3 in) long. Any aquarist will recognize the Royal dottyback as an excellent aquatic pet to care for in their home aquarium.

Gray angelfish

The Gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) a species of large fish found on coral reefs of the western Atlantic Ocean, at depths ranging from 2 to 30 m (7–98 ft).

Gray angelfish
Elegant Gray angelfish

They may live up to 10 years. The maximum recorded length is 60 cm (24 in). The maximum recorded weight is 1.8 kg (4 lbs). These fish are curious and brave, as a result, they are a popular subject for underwater photographers.

Humbug damselfish

The Humbug damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus) is a coral-dwelling fish found in groups sheltering in the arms of staghorn corals over shallow lagoons and inshore reef flats. These fish range throughout much of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Red Sea.

Humbug damselfish
Striped Humbug damselfish

Sporting three black stripes on a white body, the species has a zebralike appearance. It can grow to a size of almost 10 cm (4 in) and is considered a good “starter” fish for beginning saltwater aquarists.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Useful information
Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell
08039, Barcelona

10:00–20:00 (winter), 10:00–21:00 (summer).

21 € (full).

Barcelona map

The aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, next to the historical center.

How to get to the Aquarium?

If you live in Barcelona and use public transportation, these are the best options for you:

Bus: 47, 59, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15, V17 and V19.

Metro: L3 (green) Drassanes and L4 (yellow) Barceloneta.

Bicycle: Bicing station at the Aquarium.

If you come via private transportation, take the Ronda Litoral to exit number 21 and 22.

Where to stay: Best Hotels in Barcelona, Spain

I hope you enjoyed my Barcelona Aquarium post. If you love animals and like visiting aquariums and zoos, here are a few more posts that I recommend you read next:

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