In our article today we are going to talk about the cruise port of Barcelona: One of the most important in the world.
Among the many styles and forms of travelling that exist today, cruise tourism is one of the most popular. It is a very quiet way of travelling, full of comforts that, a few decades ago, could only be afforded by a privileged few.
Today that has changed completely and the cruises are within everyone’s reach.
Barcelona has become one of the capitals of this type of pleasure travel. There is a wide range of cruises from Barcelona available in all types and conditions.
So much so that it is easy to get lost. That’s why we want to help you find your way so that you can find out as much as possible and get to know the different options before you decide.
Pullmantur, MSC or Costa Cruceros are some of the best known companies whose cruises depart from Barcelona or make stopovers in its waters.
With them and many others you will have the opportunity to travel long distances in a very comfortable way and get to know very different cities on your way. Are you interested? Keep reading!
General Overview of the Port of Barcelona and its cruises.
First of all, we would like to tell you that the Port of Barcelona (in capital letters) is not just anything.
To give you a better understanding, the main port in Spain moves an average of 300,000 passengers a month, between embarkation, disembarkation and transit, in the hands of 42 different companies (the so-called shipowners).
The port has seven international terminals, excellent public transport links with the city and all kinds of facilities (which you can consult in detail here). There are shops, restaurants, currency exchange offices… It has an impressive size.
Here is a link that will be very useful to guide you if you have never been there.
Through the cruises departing from Barcelona you can travel practically all over the world. Apart from the Mediterranean cities, you can reach Southampton/Dover in the British Isles, Warnemunde in the German Baltic, Copenhagen and Stockholm in Scandinavia…
…And to the coast of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo), Buenos Aires, the Caribbean islands (Cuba, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Martinique), the Dominican Republic and Florida, New York and even Los Angeles… Well, if it’s not the entire world, it’s certainly half of the world. Without exaggerating.
There are several routes around the Mediterranean of different durations and with different scales.
Some of the most frequent routes that the cruises that pass through Barcelona do would be:
- The already mentioned circular routes (starting and ending in the city) through the Western or Eastern Mediterranean, with 2-5 departures each month.
- The East Atlantic routes that take us to Funchal in Madeira, the Canary Islands or the coast of Morocco.
- The transatlantic to the Caribbean, South America (Brazil and Argentina) or the East Coast of the United States (Florida or New York).
- The most exclusive Mediterranean routes, with stops in places rarely used on this type of trips such as St. Tropez in France or Santa Margherita in Italy.
- The half-way around the world, an infrequent voyage, which takes us to the west coast of the United States through Panama.
A port with a clear Mediterranean identity.
But without a doubt, the true attraction of the port is evident in its Mare Nostrum routes. Cruises from Barcelona along the Mediterranean are very frequent; the soul of Barcelona’s passenger port. The great coastal cities of France, Italy, Croatia and Greece are undoubtedly the most sought-after jewels by cruisers.
The destinations you can visit from Barcelona are very numerous, as we have seen, but the most common are:
- Genoa, Venice, Livorno (Florence) and Civitavecchia (Rome) in Italy.
- Santorini, Mykonos and Piraeus (Athens) in Greece.
- Dubrovnik in Croatia and Kotor in Montenegro.
- La Valletta in Malta.
- Tangier in Morocco.
- Lisbon and Porto in Portugal.
- Marseille and Bordeaux in France.
- Not to mention the Spanish ports (Alicante, Malaga, Cartagena, Palma de Mallorca, La Coruña, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a long etcetera).
Mini cruises from Barcelona are becoming a very successful trend. Tours of less than a week, only three or four nights, which take you back to the city after having set foot in a couple of towns not far away.
An excellent idea for a long weekend or for those who are not sure they like cruises and want to try the experience for a few days.
At the other extreme are the longer cruises, lasting more than three weeks, in which we experience a real immersion (never better said) in the world of cruising. Some go deep into the Atlantic and others take us to sparsely frequented corners of the eastern Mediterranean (such as Kusadasi in Turkey).
Other details about cruises.
If you have already started looking, you have probably noticed that there are big differences between some cruises and others in terms of price, even if they are similar in duration or route.
It is because, as in everything, the range of products is wide. If you have a favourite cruise company, you can always look for the ones that this company offers in the port of Barcelona.
And what if you have to be at the cruise port in Barcelona one day before getting on the boat (sorry, boarding)? Ugh, I wish all problems were like this… Barcelona is one of those places where if you get bored it’s because you want to.
You can spend a day or a lifetime, the city will always surprise you.
Anyway, with so little time (24 hours, let’s say) the places to visit depend a lot on everyone’s tastes. Maybe you won’t have time to make our list of essential things (7 things to do, in any case, if you travel to Barcelona), but you will surely find two or three experiences that you can enjoy in just one day, if you organise yourself well.
If you want to find a place to eat in Barcelona, don’t miss our post: Book a table now at these 5 top restaurants in Barcelona.
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