Barcelona, Spain — Port Profile
Name: Port de Barcelona
Address: Muelle Adosado- Terminal D
C/Portal de la Pau, n6 08039
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Barcelona is on the northeast coast of Spain. From the airport (Aeropuerto de Barcelona) it’s about 10 miles (14 kms) or about 25 minutes by taxi to the ship and to downtown. From the ship to downtown is about 5 minutes by vehicle.
You have four main Barcelona airport transport options to the city centre (Placa de Cataluna). All of them are a reliable, efficient and clean means of transport, and they all take more or less the same length of time.
By taxi expect to pay around 25 Euros for the journey into the city center. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you’re carrying. You’ll find the rates displayed inside the cab. All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the meter plus any surcharge. Surcharges include a supplement for travelling from the airport, or to or from the port and also for each suitcase, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi.
The Aerobus offers shuttle service from the airport and it stops at all three terminals and will take you to the city center where you can alight either at Placa Espana or Placa de Catalunya. From there you can catch the metro underground. The ticket price is 3.90 Euros for a single and 6.70 Euros for a round trip. Tickets can only be purchased on the bus. Save 20 percent on the ticket price with the Barcelona Card.
The RENFE train service runs approximately every 30 minutes to and from Barcelona airport to the city center. Travel time approximately 25 minutes and the cost is about three Euros.
There are four companies that offer cheap car hire from the airport. But, Barcelona Airport Transport is excellent and you really shouldn’t need car hire unless you have special needs
In addition to international names like The Four Seasons and Le Meridien, there are no shortages of Spanish-based hotels in this picturesque seaside city. Among them is the Hotel Husa Meson Castilla, a converted former nobleman’s home, fully furnished with antique furniture from the Catalan artesans’ headquarters of Olot.
Lying on the Mediterranean Sea near the north end of the Costa Brava, Barcelona is more than just the second largest city of Spain, its largest port, and its chief commercial and industrial center.
Modern Barcelona is a combination of what was and what is yet to come, a physical and intellectual crossroads of the past and the future. The Carthaginians founded the city, and it flourished under the Romans and Visigoths before falling to the Moors and to then to Charlemagne. Evidence of that past is everywhere, in its structures, overhead and under foot.
Today’s Barcelona is now exactly what it always has been – the stronghold of Catalan separatism and a place that flaunts its many past insurrections. It has always been the Spanish center of anarchism and other radical political and intellectual movements and it’s that past that gives the city its ongoing vitality with a population determined to prove its differences.
Barcelona is also what many think is Spain’s cultural heart. Still passionately Catalan in attitude and language, you’ll find charm and excitement in its great cathedrals, its cosmopolitan attitudes, its architecture, trendy night spots, refurbished neighborhoods, and in its music, art and language.
The city is between the sea and the mountains and is both traditional and avant-garde. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan and modern city in Spain and it’s a reputation that’s justified.
Physically, it’s like many European cities with broad avenues, bustling traffic, and striking new buildings. But, it’s the oldest part of the city – the Barrio Gotic (The Gothic Quarter) – with its winding, narrow streets and where Roman walls are still visible, that will immediately capture your heart.
Pass through Arab arches and around Romanesque colonnades over which towers the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (13th–15th century) and its cloisters that house a museum of sculpture, paintings and rare tapestry.
At the Plaza de Cataluna, at the head of the Gothic Quarter, you’re at the city’s heart, its primary gathering place. No political gathering, no great outrage or expression of any importance takes place anywhere else in the city.
Along the nearby Las Ramblas, you’ll find the city’s favorite promenade, the Spanish equivalent to Paris’ Left Bank. It’s where Barcelonians pass time at bookstalls, buy flowers, converse with artists, have their portraits painted in chalk, sit in cafes and watch the world walk by.
Las Ramblas is a wonderful promenade leading from the port to Placa de Catalunya, the center of old Barcelona. Lined with shops, cafes, flower stalls, street performers, and a wonderful food market called Boqueria, it’s one of the city’s most popular places. On your walk, you’ll pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s circa 1848 opera house that was gutted by a fire in 1994 and has since been rebuilt. Las Ramblas ends at the Placa de Catalunya — a huge plaza that’s the heart of the city and is surrounded by shops and cafes.
Visit the ancient Church of Santa María del Mar, the city hall, and the Lonja or exchange. Also notable is the Church of the Sagrada Familia (begun 1882), designed by Antonio Gaudí. Barcelona is the site of the Fine Arts Museum of Catalonia and the Picasso Museum.
Unlike some European cities, Barcelona is not just a hostage to its past. The 1992 summer Olympic Games brought the world to its doorstep and gave it the chance to flaunt its charms.
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit the Joan Miro Foundation museum. The building, designed by Josep Lluís Sert, is a combination of city and rural and where trees are as important as the work of the modern artist.
And shopping in Barcelona is a delight. Not only will you find hundreds of small boutiques lining every major street in the city, but there are a couple of centers that have their own character and can’t be missed.
El Corte Inglés is Spain’s largest department store chain and is seen by the Spanish as a symbol of their Culture. Many products and services in various local stores cater to the country’s diverse regions. It offers from the last fashion tendencies to all kind of home products, clothing, perfumery, a supermarket, a library, a gourmet store, tickets for cultural events, and a travel agency. You can’t miss this enormous building in plaza Catalunya.
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Barcelona is a very walkable city, particularly in the older quarters, such as Barrio Gothic, with its winding streets. There’s an excellent (and fairly clean) subway system, and buses operate to all the major attractions. Don’t miss a stroll along Las Ramblas, replete with produce and flower stands, and a historic opera house.
This gothic quarter has architecture that dates back to the 13th century and this area has wonderfully old-Europe style atmosphere. Streets are winding and narrow and numerous boutiques, antique shops and artisan galleries are plentiful. Its best known attractions include the Museu Picasso. Santa Maria del Mar is one of many cathedrals worth inspecting. Built between 1329 and 1383 its simple lines and sophisticated elegance stands in contrast to Barcelona’s mostly ornate architecture.
And for something completely different, take a motorcoach past the Montserrat Mountain Ridge to the Benedictine Montserrat Monastery, founded in the 11th century.
Visit the many architectural wonders of A magical park with amazing buildings, sculptures, and tile work designed by Antoni Gaudi. While several of his works are within easy walking distance of Placa de Catalunya, the crown jewels of his talents can be found in Sagrada Familia, the massive cathredral that is still under construction, long after Gaudi’s death in 1926; and at Park Guell, a magical place for youn g and old..
You will also find Gaudi’s old home in Park Guell, in the northern part of the city and easily accessible by tram. The park also contains his home as a small museum.
The Picasso museum is “the” museum to visit in Barcelona both for the work of the Barcelona-born artist and for the building itself. It is five medieval palaces linked together to make a single museum. It’s indispensable for understanding Picasso’s formative years and his genius is reflected through the more than 3,500 works that make up the permanent collection.
It also reveals his relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death. There are oils and drawings from Picasso’s Barcelona period and even some works from later stages in his career.