Port and Beach
About Port and Beach
Barcelona’s port is actually a series of small ports linked together and accessed by pedestrians via a long boardwalk which extends from Las Ramblas to the beaches until Forum. It was reconstructed in 1992 due to the Olympic games.
If you are interested in the history of Barcelona’s ports, lighthouses and sailors, then head to the Maritime Museum located at the southern edge of the Old Town and at the end of Las Ramblas. Here you will find exhibitions regarding naval items, such as a ship model collection, a collection of navigational instruments and a collection of Galleon figures.
Another place to visit at the port is the Maremagnum mall, which offers two floors of shops. Here you can find them categorised into: clothing, shoes, jewellery, food, homeware, electronics, cosmetics and toys. From 2012, the roof floor has become a gourmet level with nice open-air terraces surrounded by a selection of twenty restaurants that offer good quality dining with city and harbour views.
Another important place to visit in Port Vell is the Mirador de Columbus, which was dedicated in 1888 as a part of the ceremonies, marking the Universal Exhibition. It is situated at the end of Las Ramblas. Inside the statue of Christopher Columbus, you can take the lift to the top which has a viewpoint of 60 meters above the ground, where you can enjoy great views of Barcelona.
Moreover, the Port has many other features, such as bicycle renting spots, information points, L'Aquarium of Barcelona, the World Trade Center, and many nightclubs and restaurants that attract many international and local visitors.