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.
The Barcelona Aquarium, locally known as L’Aquarium de Barcelona, was opened in 1995. It is part of Aspro Parks, a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid. Aspro owns and operates over 60 leisure attractions across Europe.
Are you planning to visit Barcelona? In this article, you will find useful information about the Barcelona Aquarium: from interesting facts to opening hours, entry fee and more. Note: This is not a sponsored article, it includes purely my personal experience. All photos were taken by me.
Where is the Barcelona Aquarium?
It is located in Port Vell, a port in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia region, in northeast Spain. The aquarium is centrally situated in the city, so it is easy to get to.
Metro: L3 (green line) to Drassanes and L4 (yellow line) to Barceloneta. Bus: 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15, and V17. Bicycle: Bicing station at L’Aquàrium. Car: Ronda Litoral, exit 21 and 22.
Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n – 08039 Barcelona
Coordinates: 41°22’36.6″N, 2°11’03.6″E
Altitude: 17 meters/ 55 feet
Phone: +34 93 221 74 74
Opening times & Ticket prices
Monday–Friday: 10.00–19.30 (or 20.00 in April, May, and October)
Weekends and public holidays: 10.00–20.00 (or 20.30 in April, May, and October)
Every day of June, July, August, and September: 10.00–21.00
Last admission: one hour before closing time.
Adults (11+): 21 €
Children from 5 to 10 years: 16 €
Children from 3 to 4 years: 8 €
Family Pack | 2 Adults + 2 Children (5 to 10 years old): 63,50 €
Friends Pack | 4 Adults: 72,00€
People with disabilities (with accreditation): Reduced fees directly at the box office.
Interesting facts about the Barcelona Aquarium
- 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.
- It consists of the 14 Mediterranean, 7 tropical and 14 themed aquariums, therefore, you can be sure to discover some amazing sea life.
- 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 top 5 most beautiful fishes at the Barcelona Aquarium
With a wide variety of exotic sea creatures, there is something for everyone. Here are my top 5 most beautiful species of fish at the Barcelona Aquarium.
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 meters (131 feet) or more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Visiting the Barcelona Aquarium
I had a great time slowly walking around looking at all the marine animals at the Aquarium. As I did not grow up near a sea, there were many aquatic lifeforms that I had never seen before. In conclusion, being able to see these animals up front was an amazing experience.
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Have you been to the capital of Catalonia? Have you visited the Barcelona Aquarium recently? If so, what did you think of the experience? Feel free to post a comment below.