Barcelona Aquarium – A Mesmerizing World Under the Water

We had a great start to our sightseeing trip the previous day. Though we were tired and had a lazy morning the next day, the new place, its beauty, people and food captivated us. The magnificent buildings of ancient times found everywhere in Barcelona intrigued me. The next place on my must-see list was the Barcelona Aquarium. I had planned to get Joseph ready as we had to start early.


Our cab was ready with a guide; we had to travel to Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell, which is just 2.5 km from our hotel. And our guide directed the cab via Passeig Don Joan Borbó Comte so that we would take just ten minutes to reach the location.


The aquarium was open from 9.30 am to 9.00 pm and we had to procure tickets to gain entry. I couldn’t buy the tickets online, so I had to pay 20 euro per head; however, for Joseph it was only fifteen euro.  Inside the aquarium, I could figure out various other aquariums. The first aquarium, which is the largest and unique, is the Oceanarium built in the shape of a tunnel, which extended to about 80 meters in length. I was really thrilled to find us five meters deep under the ocean.

Barcelona Aquarium
Barcelona Aquarium | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The stunning sight of the Mediterranean with the lovely animals was just a few inches from our body. We saw a few species of shark, stingray, guitarfish, meagre and tuna. We moved to the next one, which was the Tropical aquarium, showcasing the spectacular collections of coral reefs. Here I could identify a few species of fish such as humphead wrasse, dusky grouper, shark, etc. A large volume of Atlantic reefs, which have home in the Caribbean Sea, were also found in another aquarium.


The Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the Red Sea were also represented in the other two aquariums. Moving further, we could find a few tropical fishes, which are quite poisonous and aggressive. There were also themed aquariums exhibiting the flora and fauna of smaller kind. Furthermore, we also found many marine invertebrates such as snakelocks anemone, sea cucumber, lobster and nautilus.

I was thrilled to watch the living fossils at the Planeta Aqua and the molluscs, with some splendid collections of sea shells. There were a few activities for people; nevertheless, we didn’t take part in any one. It was getting late by the time we finished our visit at the Barcelona aquarium. We walked out to our next destination, still mesmerized by the underworld beauty of the sea.

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