Port Vell (Barcelona)
Located on the west of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe. The city recently won the 2011 National Geographic prize for the best resort city and was recently voted as the second best place to visit in the world by U.S. New Travel.
The marina of Port Vell was originally created for the 1992 Olympic games and has since undergone a huge restructuring, making it one of the most modern, safe and well equipped marinas in the Mediterranean, able to host even luxurious Superyachts. Situated in the centre of the city, the port has 148 berths, which can accomodate boats of up to 120 metres in length. The marina is made up of imposing modern glass and steel buildings which offer guests high quality services to ensure a pleasurable stay. Among the services offered by the Marina are a welcome centre with receptionist, open all week and 24 hours a day; a spa and gym equipped with the latest equipment and personal trainers to look after your well-being; a welcoming relaxation room for crew where a number of activities are held; a private club and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the marina and the berthed superyachts.
The marina of Port Vell is an ideal place for those who want to experience an unforgettable holiday, leaving nothing to chance, perfect in every minute detail. From the port it is easy to reach the main tourist attractions of Barcelona. Discover one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in Europe or use it as your base to see some of the most beautiful destinations of the Mediterranean, for example the Spanish islands only a few miles from the marina which offer amazing panoramas and days full of fun and adventure.
Barcelona is lively, colourful, and unmissable, with a range of diverse sights, and gives every visitor an unforgettable holiday.
Ready? Here’s a brief guide to some of the attractions that shouldn’t be missed in Barcelona!
Start with the famous works of Antoni Gaudì, who brightened the city with his colours and bold designs.
Sagrada Familia: This is one of the symbols of the city and every year it attracts over 2 000 000 visitors from all over the world. The building is considered one of the most ambitious and original buildings in the modern world. Its construction started in 1882 and has never been finished: originally the project was three facades representing the nativity, the crucifixion and the resurrection, but this last piece was never realised. When you visit the Sagrada Familia you will be enchanted by the tiny details that decorate the walls of the basilica and the description of how it was built.
Casa Batlò: The peculiarity of this building is the undulating walls covered in stone and crystals, creating a wonderful Catalan style mosaic with weaves of coloured glass and ceramic discs. The roof of the building is made of large scales and resembles the back of a dragon, a statue of which is located on the terrace from which you can get a roof top view of the whole city.
La Pedrera: This building, also called Casa Milà, today hosts a museum dedicated to Gaudì and various temporary cultural shows. Another interesting exhibit is a room in which you can see a recreation of a typical bourgeois Catalan house from the XIX century.
Parc Guell: The park is a magical and fable-like complex that will amaze you with its forms and colours. On the main entrance stairs you will find the famous salamander (or some say its a dragon), the other symbol of the city. The park has been a Unesco heritage site since 1984.
Once you’ve finished your tour of the works of Gaudì it will be time to immerse yourself in the pumping heart of the city: Las Ramblas
At 2 Km long it is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. Connecting Plaza Catalunya to the sea, it is used daily by hundreds of tourists who want to experience the liveliest part of the city. On a walk along Las Ramblas you will pass by shops, bars, cafés, street artists, souvenir shops, typical restaurants and numerous tourist attractions like the Bouqueria market, which as well as being beautiful to look at is a great place to try typical Catalan products.
For those who like green open spaces and want to see the city from high up, we suggest you go to the splendid parks of Montjuic and Tibidabo. The first has a castle that you can visit, while the second has an antique fairground that will take older visitors back in time while the younger ones enjoy themselves.
Suitable for everyone, Barcelona also has something for dreamers, those passionate about art and culture and sport lovers:
Fuente Magica: The magic fountain of Montjuic has a daily show that will leave you breathless: the water jets are synchronised with music and colour.
Museum of Picasso: The museum contains one of the biggest collections of works by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and is one of the most visited museums in the city.
Camp Nou: For lovers of sport and particularly football, you can’t miss a trip to the stadium of FC Barcelona, which with its 120 000 seats is the biggest stadium in Europe. You can buy a ticket to visit the pitch and the museum and find out all about their greatest players.
Book your berth at Marina di Port Vell and stay in one of the most beautiful and attractive marinas of the Mediterranean and discover the many delights that the city has to offer!