Cruises to Barcelona, Spain

Hop on board one of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Spain and explore Spain’s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region. Lying along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the leading industrial and financial center of Spain as well as its main trade and tourist port. Travel with us to on a cruise to Barcelona Spain on our luxury cruise ships and you’ll fall under the spell the beauty of Barcelona Spain. MSC is offering some of the best Mediterranean cruise deals around for cruises to Barcelona Spain.

Barcelona: A wonderfully vibrant city and a cultural and artistic center

Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region.  Lying along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the leading industrial and financial center of Spain as well as its main trade and tourist port.

To the northwest, a set of hills run parallel to the coast and in the southwest, the old town lies along the port divided by attractive tree-lined boulevards known as Las Ramblas.

Barcelona is a wonderfully vibrant city and, having been a cultural and artistic center since the Middle Ages, really makes for a fantastic day away from your luxury MSC cruise ship. With so much to see and do you are guaranteed to have a memorable day off ship.

MSC excursions take in the best that this city has to offer and we bring you, as always, great deals on sights and attractions. Among the most famous of these is Gaudi’s theatrical and undulating building, the Casa Battlo, which children are sure to find fascinating thanks to its marvelous twisted shapes and shimmering colors. Not to be missed is the towering Sagrada Familia church located in the medieval quarter of the city.

More athletic passengers may like to take the opportunity during their cruise vacation to try something new and join us on the Barcelona bike tour – a novel way to explore the city.

However, we recommend to all visitors that they sample Barcelona’s tapas and local Catalan cuisine, as we know that vacations are made memorable by great meals, too!

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Directions


The Barcelona cruise port is at Port Vell in Barcelona which is at the Southern most end of the famous Ramblas. The seaport terminal is only 10 minute walk from las Ramblas. The seven operating terminals, and the various docks and facilities, are a short distance from the city centre and have efficient connections, including access to the railway stations and airport. Cruise Port Address: Sector C, Calle 5, ALm. C-1; Consorcio Zona Franca; Zone Franca Aduanera

Port average temperature

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Barcelona is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, so Atlantic west winds often arrive in Barcelona with low humidity, producing no rain. The proximity of the Atlantic, its latitude, and the relief, are the reasons why the summers are not as dry as in most other Mediterranean Basin locations. Lows can easily affect the area of Barcelona, causing storms, particularly in August. Some years, the beginning of June is still cool and rainy, like April and May. Together with August, September, October and November these months are the wettest of the year. The driest are February, March, June and July. As in many parts of Catalonia, the annual weather pattern varies greatly from year to year.

So, on average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and summer. The order from wettest to driest is: AUT-SPR-WIN-SUM. The Western Mediterranean Climate is one of the most irregular climates in the world. For instance, one year October can be very dry and July or February wet months. Barcelona and London have the same annual rainfall, but London's climate is not as irregular and torrential as Barcelona's.

As for temperatures, December, January and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of 9°C at the Airport and over 10°C in the city. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of 24°C . The highest temperature recorded in the city centre is 38.6°C. The coldest temperature recorded was –6.7°C on 11 February 1956 and –5°C on 12 January 1985. However, in the 19th century –9.6°C was recorded in January 1896. At the Fabra Observatory, situated on the Tibidabo hill, 412 m above the sea level, the record summer temperature is 39.8°C on 7 July 1982, and the lowest temperature ever registered, -10.0°C on 11 February 1956. Near the hills and the Airport annual rainfall reaches 650 mm, and in the city centre about 600 mm.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

BARCELONAMonths
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high °C121315162023272725211613
Average low °C456811151819161275
 BCN01 - CITY TOUR (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  Take some time to discover beautiful Barcelona on this enjoyable sightseeing tour of the city. Your Barcelona experience begins at the spectacular Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia, the construction of which began at the end of the 13th and continued into the 15th century. The Cathedral is situated in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic quarter, the city’s largely intact medieval centre. The coach will also drive past two of the famous works by the architect Gaudí for external viewings of the Sagrada Família and the Casa Batlló. Your tour will be rounded off by a stroll around the tranquil Poble Espanyol, a village purpose-built to showcase Spain’s many different architectural styles, and a brief stop at Montjuich Hill for the fabulous views of the city from the Belvedere del Alcalde. Your tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: the Cathedral visit may have to be cancelled on public holidays or if special events are being held. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance.Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BCN01WI - CITY TOUR (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  Take some time to discover beautiful Barcelona on this enjoyable sightseeing tour of the city. Your Barcelona experience begins at the spectacular Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia, the construction of which began at the end of the 13th and continued into the 15th century. The Cathedral is situated in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic quarter, the city’s largely intact medieval centre. The coach will also drive past two of the famous works by the architect Gaudí for external viewings of the Sagrada Família and the Casa Batlló. Your tour will be rounded off by a stroll around the tranquil Poble Espanyol, a village purpose-built to showcase Spain’s many different architectural styles, and a brief stop at Montjuich Hill for the fabulous views of the city from the Belvedere del Alcalde. Your tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: the Cathedral visit may have to be cancelled on public holidays or if special events are being held. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance.Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $61.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BCN02 - PANORAMIC TOUR & SHOPPING (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  The fabulous city of Barcelona is well worth a visit and this whistle-stop tour will take you to see the key sights during an enjoyable half day off the ship. Upon leaving the port, your tour begins with a drive through Barcelona's main streets and squares. A short stop will be made at Montjuich Hill to take in the superb view over the city before moving on for a brief external viewing of the Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s striking yet unfinished neo-Gothic masterpiece. There will also be time to pay the impressive Barcelona Cathedral, which was constructed from the end of the 13th until into the 15th century, a visit before taking you to go shopping in the Plaça de Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona that is ideal for a little retail therapy. Please note: on public holidays or on Sunday afternoon, the shopping stop will be at the “La Rambla”.Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BCN02WI - PANORAMIC TOUR & SHOPPING (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  The fabulous city of Barcelona is well worth a visit and this whistle-stop tour will take you to see the key sights during an enjoyable half day off the ship. Upon leaving the port, your tour begins with a drive through Barcelona's main streets and squares. A short stop will be made at Montjuich Hill to take in the superb view over the city before moving on for a brief external viewing of the Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s striking yet unfinished neo-Gothic masterpiece. There will also be time to pay the impressive Barcelona Cathedral, which was constructed from the end of the 13th until into the 15th century, a visit before taking you to go shopping in the Plaça de Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona that is ideal for a little retail therapy. Please note: on public holidays or on Sunday afternoon, the shopping stop will be at the “La Rambla”.Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $61.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BCN03 - GAUDI'S EXPERIENCE (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Cultural  Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in the fascinating world and works of Barcelona’s premiere architect: the world-famous Antoni Gaudí. After leaving the port, your tour will take you down the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia avenue for an outside view of Casa Batlló, a flamboyant building that is covered in thousands of multi-coloured tiles. Up next is Casa Milà, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for another exterior visit, followed by the Park Güell, a garden complex and one of Barcelona’s key tourist attractions due to its remarkable, sinuous buildings, stunning mosaics and ceramic-covered benches. The excursion also includes time to visit inside Gaudí’s unfinished neo-Gothic masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. Your tour ends with a scenic return drive to the port. Please note: this tour is available only onboard. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 BCN03WI - GAUDI'S EXPERIENCE (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Cultural  Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in the fascinating world and works of Barcelona’s premiere architect: the world-famous Antoni Gaudí. After leaving the port, your tour will take you down the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia avenue for an outside view of Casa Batlló, a flamboyant building that is covered in thousands of multi-coloured tiles. Up next is Casa Milà, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for another exterior visit, followed by the Park Güell, a garden complex and one of Barcelona’s key tourist attractions due to its remarkable, sinuous buildings, stunning mosaics and ceramic-covered benches. The excursion also includes time to visit inside Gaudí’s unfinished neo-Gothic masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. Your tour ends with a scenic return drive to the port.Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 BCN05 - PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & NOU CAMP STADIUM (3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Thanks to the sheer scale of its impressive architecture, Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium – one of the world’s most famous football temples and the largest stadium in all of Europe with a capacity to seat nearly 100,000 people – is a fascinating destination, whether you are a soccer fan or not. Apart from hosting numerous key UEFA matches throughout the years, the stadium has also been used to stage other events, including concerts given by such major pop artists as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman or U2. In 1982, Pope John Paul II even celebrated mass at the stadium, on which occasion he was made an honorary citizen of Barcelona. Your tour begins with a drive-by sightseeing tour past Gaudi’s Sagrada Família, a minor basilica, and up Montjuich Hill before arriving at Camp Nou Stadium. Please note: the feasibility of the tour is subject to the schedule of the football club and then the stadium could be closed with very short notice; for this reason the tour could be cancelled even the day before our call for reasons beyond MSC’s control. The visit to the stadium includes walking upstairs and downstairs and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is not available on Sunday afternoons. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BCN05WI - PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & NOU CAMP STADIUM (3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Thanks to the sheer scale of its impressive architecture, Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium – one of the world’s most famous football temples and the largest stadium in all of Europe with a capacity to seat nearly 100,000 people – is a fascinating destination, whether you are a soccer fan or not. Apart from hosting numerous key UEFA matches throughout the years, the stadium has also been used to stage other events, including concerts given by such major pop artists as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman or U2. In 1982, Pope John Paul II even celebrated mass at the stadium, on which occasion he was made an honorary citizen of Barcelona. Your tour begins with a drive-by sightseeing tour past Gaudi’s Sagrada Família, a minor basilica, and up Montjuich Hill before arriving at Camp Nou Stadium. Please note: the feasibility of the tour is subject to the schedule of the football club and then the stadium could be closed with very short notice; for this reason the tour could be cancelled even the day before our call for reasons beyond MSC’s control. The visit to the stadium includes walking upstairs and downstairs and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is not available on 29 December 2013 (MSC Fantasia).Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BCN08 - MONTSERRAT (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Situated approx. 1 hour by coach from the port of Barcelona lies Montserrat, a mountain-top Benedictine Monastery that forms the highest point of the Catalonian lowlands. Santa Maria de Montserrat, to give the monastery its official name, is a key Catholic pilgrimage site and a favourite destination for religious retreats. Apart from being home to a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat – also known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta – the monastery boasts a basilica with a resplendent interior that stands in stark contrast to its somewhat austere exterior. Interestingly, the monastery also hosts a publishing house that counts as one of the world’s oldest still functioning presses, with the first book having been printed in 1499. You will have time to look around by yourself before returning to Barcelona. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the religious site. Shooting videos or taking photos during the visit to the Monastery is prohibited.

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Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 BCN08WI - MONTSERRAT (4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Situated approx. 1 hour by coach from the port of Barcelona lies Montserrat, a mountain-top Benedictine Monastery that forms the highest point of the Catalonian lowlands. Santa Maria de Montserrat, to give the monastery its official name, is a key Catholic pilgrimage site and a favourite destination for religious retreats. Apart from being home to a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat – also known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta – the monastery boasts a basilica with a resplendent interior that stands in stark contrast to its somewhat austere exterior. Interestingly, the monastery also hosts a publishing house that counts as one of the world’s oldest still functioning presses, with the first book having been printed in 1499. You will have time to look around by yourself before returning to Barcelona. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the religious site. Shooting videos or taking photos during the visit to the Monastery is prohibited.

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Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 BCN10 - FLAMENCO SHOW (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  This tour lets you simply sit back and relax on the coach while you enjoy drive-by viewings of Barcelona’s main sights, including the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, which was consecrated as a minor basilica by the Pope in 2010. Continuing up to Montjuich Hill, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below and after a photo stop, head for Poble Espanyol, a unique open-air architectural museum situated on the hill. The museum was originally constructed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929 with the aim of mimicking a townscape that would reflect the architecture, style and culture typical of various Spanish regions in a single place. A 30-minute flamenco show accompanied by a fruity sangria punch rounds off your tour.

Price per person $81.00 Adults $57.00 Children

   


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 BCN10WI - FLAMENCO SHOW (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Drink included  This tour lets you simply sit back and relax on the coach while you enjoy drive-by viewings of Barcelona’s main sights, including the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, which was consecrated as a minor basilica by the Pope in 2010. Continuing up to Montjuich Hill, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below and after a photo stop, head for Poble Espanyol, a unique open-air architectural museum situated on the hill. The museum was originally constructed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929 with the aim of mimicking a townscape that would reflect the architecture, style and culture typical of various Spanish regions in a single place. A 30-minute flamenco show accompanied by a fruity sangria punch rounds off your tour.

Price per person $81.00 Adults $57.00 Children

   


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 BCN12 - HIKING IN COLLSEROLA NATURAL PARK (5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  A green oasis in the midst of one of the Mediterranean coast’s most densely populated urban areas, Collserola Natural Park gained national park status in 2010 and is now a protected area. After being transferred to the park (30-min. drive), a professional mountain guide will accompany you on a journey through natural diversity. Besides the park’s astounding landscapes, the tour also offers a unique high-up perspective of Barcelona’s world-famous architecture, including the Sagrada Familia basilica, Camp Nou stadium and 38-storey Torre Agbar. You will pass by the Collserola Tower, designed by Sir Norman Foster for the 1992 Summer Olympics, before arriving at the summit of Tibidabo. This 512m peak overlooks the city and is the site of the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, a modernist church, where the bus awaits you for the return trip to the port. Please note: as this tour includes an 8km trail walk, we recommend wearing hiking shoes and bringing water. This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties. Tour guides in English or Spanish only. This tour operates from June until the end of September.

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Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 BCN21 - HIGHLIGHTS OF BARCELONA, MONTSERRAT & WINE TASTING ( approx. 7.5 hours, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Tasting included  Celebrated the world over for its fabulous architecture, Barcelona is yours to enjoy as your coach first takes you around the city’s main sights on this all-day Catalan experience. The route will take you down Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s main boulevards, for an outside visit to Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the incredible Sagrada Família. Leaving the breathtaking basilica behind, a location of equally awe-inspiring proportions is next: the jagged sandstone columns of the Montserrat Mountains and the abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, an impressive complex of buildings that affords glorious views of the countryside below. A key Catholic pilgrimage site and popular as a religious retreat, the abbey not only hosts a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, aka the Black Madonna, but also a basilica with an ornately decorated interior. Some time to soak up the beguiling surroundings and have lunch (not included in the price of the tour) then follows, after which your travels continue by coach to the village of Sant Sadurni and the Cavas Vilarnau wine cellars. Apart from a chance to see how wine, sparkling wine and the bottle-fermented Spanish cava are made, you will also be able to please your palate during the tasting session that concludes your visit. The relaxing return drive to your ship brings your Catalonian outing to a close. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the religious site. Shooting videos or taking photos during the visit to the Monastery is prohibited. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is only for guests onboard MSC Splendida & MSC Poesia (22.09.2014).

Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 BCN21WI - HIGHLIGHTS OF BARCELONA, MONTSERRAT & WINE TASTING (7.5 hours, lunch not included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Tasting included  Your excursion will begin with an orientation coach drive of Barcelona to admire its key sights. You will drive along “Paseo de Gracia” to reach the “Sagrada Familia” for an external visit of Gaudi’s unfinished Neo-Gothic masterpiece. Next you will leave Barcelona for a 1-hour coach drive to Montserrat, a key Catholic pilgrimage site and a favourite destination for religious retreats. Apart from being home to a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat – also known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta – the monastery boasts a basilica with a resplendent interior that stands in stark contrast to its somewhat austere exterior. After the visit you will have free time in Montserrat to have lunch (not included). Your tour will continue with a stop at the “Cavas Vilarnau” cellars, in the small village of Sant Sadurni. Here you will learn the production process of wine, sparkling wine and Spanish champagne. A tasting is included before concluding your tour with the return to the port. Please note: the guide will give explanation only outside the Monastery; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the religious site. Shooting videos or taking photos during the visit to the Monastery is prohibited. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is only for guests onboard MSC Splendida.

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BCN27 - ELECTRIC BIKE TOUR OF BARCELONA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  New  Presenting Barcelona from its most appealing angles, the tour takes you through the city on an electrically assisted bike to both its high-est point and down to the sea to sail along the shoreline. Starting at the historical Barri Gòtic, you’ll first get a Mercedes-Benz eBike for an easy ride to the cable car up to the city’s best viewpoint, Montjuïc Hill. Back on your eBike, you’ll reach the impressive 17th-century Montjuïc Castle for an outside viewing and an amazing panorama of the city below. Then it’s down to the city’s lowest point to board an eco-boat. The scenic cruise to the Olympic Harbour, which hosted the sailing events of the 1992 Olympics, will deliver splendid views of the cityscape and main beaches. Your tour of Barcelona’s best naturally also includes a look at two of the buildings designed by the fa-mous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. After passing through Ciutadella Park and the beautiful Arc de Triomf, you will reach Gaudí’s as yet unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, where you’ll have some free time. Then it’s on to the splendid Passeig de Gràcia for exter-nal views of Casa Milà, or La Pedrera as the building is also known, before you head back to the Barri Gòtic to board a coach for your return trip to the pier and your ship.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $90.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.