Barcelona is a really popular tourist destination, with thousands and thousands hopping on board a plane every year to get their fill of the Spanish sunshine in one of Spain’s most vibrant and bustling cities.
As well as historical landmarks and impressive ancient architecture, there are also exciting, modern elements of Barcelona that are being generated all the time. One of those developments is the incredible marina – otherwise known as the Mare Magnum. We’ve put together a guide on this great space to show you just how worthy it is of a visit!
There are some exquisite bars and restaurants
Catalan cuisine (the food of Barcelona) is truly incredible, and what better setting to experience it than in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water? There’s a whole host of different restaurants offering their take on Mediterranean cuisine, along with a heap of metropolitan cocktail bars and friendly cafes, so whether it’s a 3 course meal you’re after or just a coffee, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
You can shop ‘til you drop!
In between the eating and drinking, you can do a lot of shopping at the marina, too. It boasts a full range of shops that are the best Barcelona has to offer in terms of fashion and accessories, and the best part is, that they’re open 7 days a week, and even during most holidays, too, so you won’t have to worry that nothing will be open if you go out of season.
It’s home to one of the largest aquariums in the world
The Maremagnum is home to one of the world’s largest aquariums specialising in the Mediterranean Sea – the L’Aquárium. It houses more than 11,000 fishes and marine creatures of 450 different species, and therefore is a must-see for families as little ones will be fully engrossed in the beautiful creatures on display.
You can see the famous Mirador de Colom
The marina is also home to a glimpse of the rich heritage that Barcelona has, which includes a famous statue of Christopher Columbus, which was inaugurated in 1888. It provides visitors with an incredible viewing station that can be accessed by a lift that is located inside the actual column. The view of Barcelona from the top (an eye-watering 60 metres high) is unbeatable!
You can visit incredible museums
As well as iconic monuments, there are great museums to get lost in and learn more about this wonderful city in. The museum dedicated to the maritime, culture, conservation, study and dissemination of maritime heritage – the Museu Marítim de Barcelona – is a must for those interested in life at sea. It is housed in the building of the Royal Shipyards. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Catalonian heritage and its citizens, the Museu d'Historia de Catalunya may be for you! The building it’s housed in is known as Palau de Mar and is the former General Stores of Commerce, designed in 1881.
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