The Aquàrium, life under the sea
When: Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on weekends and holidays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Where: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s / n
Duration: We estimate the duration of the visit to be 90 minutes.
Visit the largest aquarium with a Mediterranean theme.
Walk through a transparent tunnel 80 meters long where you will enjoy a spectacular walk under the water.
See species as diverse as golden, moray, browns, rays, and sharks.
What will I see?
Do you want to know the Mediterranean Sea on your visit to Barcelona? Try this activity and enjoy a microcosm of the sea, the spectacular Oceanarium, the only one in Europe with express entry. L’Aquàrium is the best aquarium with a Mediterranean theme and is home to the largest number of species. With a diameter of 36 meters and a depth of 5 meters, it contains almost 4 million liters of water. It is home to species as diverse as goldfish, moray eels, sunfish, rays and two types of sharks: the sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) and the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus), the true stars of L’Aquàrium de Barcelona.
Walk underwater inside a transparent 80-meter tunnel. Don’t miss the sharks and other curious species!
‘Aquàrium de Barcelona is the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world. To get to know the Mediterranean without getting wet, we suggest you go deeper and deeper into discovering the 14 aquariums that represent the different marine communities of our sea.
In each aquarium, you can learn about the most characteristic species. You will also be able to observe two recreations of protected areas on the coast of Spain: the Ebro Delta and the Medes Islands, and take a walk through the acrylic tunnel that runs the length of the Oceanarium, which will give you the feeling of swimming among sharks. .
A fascinating world of color opens up before us under the sea. It’s all about coral reefs – unique and spectacularly beautiful architectural creations built by small colonial invertebrates – corals.
The themed aquariums allow you to enjoy the small details of the marine flora and fauna with which you will learn more about the organisms found there.
After visiting our aquariums and the spectacular Oceanarium, the tour will continue on the second floor. Planeta Aqua will help you discover many of the creatures that have adapted to the most diverse aquatic environments: the intense cold, the darkness of the deep and warm tropical waters. You can also admire the way different types of rays, such as freshwater stingrays and eagle rays, swim, thanks to an open tank that holds 20,000 liters of water.
On the circular mezzanine of Planeta Aqua, you can observe living fossils and discover phenomena such as camouflage, symbiosis, some secrets of oceanography and environmental issues. Through computer games, information panels, small aquariums and interactive elements, you can learn about the evolution of different mammals, reptiles and fish, which have adapted to the marine environment.
Jewels of the sea
The sea hides many jewels and treasures. Who has not searched for shells on the beach and been surprised by the rich variety of shapes and colors? Mollusks are soft-bodied invertebrates that are often protected by a shell. They are part of a highly diverse, evolutionarily successful group that has managed to colonize a wide variety of environments on the planet. Clams, oysters, squid, octopus, slugs, and snails are some of the best-known examples.
You can see some of the most amazing and exotic shells ever discovered and the tools Malacologists use to study these invertebrates.
Explore! Kids area
Explore! is an interactive space within L’Aquàrium de Barcelona designed to sensitize children about the marine world. It has more than 50 interactivities in which children can touch, see, listen, investigate and discover nature. It has three Mediterranean coastal environments represented: the marshes of the Ebro Delta, a corner of the Costa Brava and an underwater cave in the Medes Islands.