Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família 
The medieval Barri Gòtic 
The funky El Raval district

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Ramblas, a timeless symbol

Barcelona – Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.

A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruise sightseeing list.

A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA.

Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in gentrified old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets. 

On Passeig de Gràcia there is Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, designed for the industrialist Josep Batlló: the stone facade hangs in folds, like skin, while on the rooftop sprout the celebrated mosaic chimneys and a little tower topped with a three-dimensional cross.

The mountain of Montserrat stands just 40km northwest of Barcelona and it’s a popular trip out from the city. Once there, you can visit the basilica and monastery buildings which fan out around an open square, and there are extraordinary mountain views from the terrace.

Must see places in Barcelona

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    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 cont
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    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person




    Barcelona counts as a centre of Catalan Modernisme – a style linked to the Art Nouveau movement – and this tour is dedicated to acquainting you with some of the best examples the city has to offer. Among the notable architects who popularised the style ar
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        4 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person




      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 bo
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      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        7:30 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person




      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 square
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      • 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.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person




      This family-friendly tour offers half a day of seeing the best city sights, but without putting the usual strain on your feet since you’ll mostly be comfortably seated on a modern coach. The tour begins at Barcelona’s Columbus monument, situated at one en
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      • Limited seats

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person




      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,
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Barcelona

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Muelle de Adosado

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        Entering the city on the main approach roads, follow the signs for Rondes and then the B-10 Ronda Litoral, turning off for the terminal at Exit 21.

        Parking information


        Calle Motors, 144, Barcelona

        Tel: + 34 93 511 37 43/93 223 39 00

        • the parking area is located just a few minutes from the cruise terminal.
        • The parking staff will be waiting for you to lead you to the cruise terminal, at the end of your cruise the staff will bring you to the parking area where you will be able to collect your vehicle.
        Book your parking with MSC
        Car 7 € 80
        Car 8 € 92
        Car 9 € 103
        Car 10 € 115
        Car 11 € 126
        Suv 8 € 80
        Suv 7 € 80
        Suv 9 € 92
        Suv 9 € 103
        Suv 10 € 115
        Suv 11 € 126
        Minivan 7 € 105
        Minivan 8 € 120
        Minivan 9 € 135
        Minivan 10 € 150
        Minivan 11 € 165
        Roulotte 7 € 160
        Roulotte 8 € 183
        Roulotte 9 € 206
        Roulotte 10 € 229
        Roulotte 11 € 252
      • Train

        Barcelona Sants Railway Station is about 6km away from the port. There is both taxi and a bus service to the port from outside the station.
      • Plane

        Barcelona Airport is just a 15 km (9-mile) drive away from the port. You can take a taxi from outside the terminal building. There is no direct bus connection between Barcelona Airport and the port, but you could take the Aerobus to Plaça Espanya and then travel to the port by Portbus or by taxi.


      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

      Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 

      A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 

      And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

      So should you – prepare to be surprised.

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