Like many other areas along the seashore of Barcelona, Port Vell (the old harbour) has been a degenerated area before the 1992 Olympic Games. In a huge urban restructure project Port Vell, neighbouring Barceloneta and its beaches have been transformed to open the city up to the sea.
From industrial wasteland two yacht harbours have been created that encompass a peninsula with a large entertainment complex.
The most popular attraction in Port Vell is Barcelona’s aquarium, where you can even dive with Mediterranean sharks yourselves!
Next to it, the IMAX cinema with its huge 600sqm screen invites you to incredible voyages around our planet that will definitely stimulate your senses.
Along the Maremagnum complex with its shops, bars and restaurants you can reach Barcelona’s harbour promenade over the wooden swing bridge along Rambla Mar.
Port Vell’s promenade is on the site of the former city motorway. This motorway has been put under the ground so that you can now stroll along the old customs building (Aduana de Barcelona). On your right you have got the maritime museum (Museo maritime) and along the pier on your left you will reach Barcelona’s World Trade Center, a hotel and convention center in the middle of Port Vell.
How to get to Port Vell?
Go La Rambla all the way down towards the Columbus statue. Directly behind it the promenade takes you into Port Vell.