Barcelona is the gateway for the Mediterranean cruises that use its port and more than a million passengers pass through it every year.
Mediterranean cruises are an affordable family vacation and Barcelona is an option chosen by an increasing number of people, who are planning cruises on the Mediterranean, every year.
Barcelona city has become the starting point of many cruises because of the infrastructures catering to tourism that have been built over the last few years. The airport is one of the best in the world and it receives many direct flights and has many connecting flights to other cities in the world.
The history and cultural richness of Barcelona attracts many people to the city every year and the wide variety of interesting things to do and see in the city make it the perfect starting point for the cruises that use its harbour, which has some of the best instalations on the Mediterranean coast.
There are many European cruise lines and in summer there can be as many as 12 ships docked in Barcelona's harbor.
Barcelona's harbor has 7 terminals and various docks and is well communicated with the airport, the train stations and the cities metro. You can also simply walk from the harbour to some of the Barcelona's greatest attractions like Las Ramblas and the Barrio Gotico, this is a great advantege when time is limited, no need to get on a tour bus and drive for an hour, you arrive and you are there smack in the middle of all the action.
The quality of the harbour installations also help make Barcelona an easy destination for Mediterranean cruises. It is comfortable and user friendly for the cruise ships and their passengers.
The cruise ships normaly dock at the Adosado dock, this is a huge dock in the industrial part of the harbour which is about a 20 – 30 minute walk from the city. There is a bridge that connects the dock to the control centre of the harbour which is about a 5 minute walk from Las Ramblas.
You can also use a taxi or the Portbus to get to the city.
At times if their is space, depending on the ferry timetable to the Balearic Islands, 2 cruise liners can also dock at the Estacion Maritima. This is the best place to dock as it is the closest to the city, only a 5 min walk and you are on Las Ramblas soaking up the atmosphere, enjoying some tapas or letting your imagination run wild as you contemplate the La Sagrada Familia , Parc Guell and all the other Gaudi masterpieces.
The Picasso museum and the Cathedral are also close by so don't miss them.
From March to September the harbour is very busy. All the most important cruise companies use Barcelona's harbour and every day there are more wanting to do so. Some of the European cruise lines offering Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona's harbour at the moment are:
Mediterranean cruises are the best way to discover and get to know some of the Meds best attractions. There are a lot of different packages on offer,and you can choose to do a 2 week cruise or even as little as 5 days.
The most popular cruises go to the famous ports of Civitavecchia, Venice or Marseille, stop at the islands of Capri, Rhodes, Santorini or Lesbos, some even go further reaching Dubrovnik, Túnez and even Istambul. You can even add Saint Tropez and Cannes and Monte Carlo, Palma de Mallorca, Valletta, Nápoles/Pompeii and Athens to the list.
There are some cruises that stand out from the rest, for example, Azmara Cruises will take you around western europe, starting in the Med and then making stops at Kiel, Copenhague, Amsterdam and London.
Silversea Cruises will take you back in time and leaves from Barcelona for Cadiz and then crosses the Atlantic and heads to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
Other popular destinations are Portofino, Livorno, Cerdeña, Sorrento, Amalfi/Positano, Palermo, Cagliari, Mykonos, Niza, Ibiza, Tarragona, Mahón, Lisbon, Messina and Bordeaux.
But the jewel of all these destinations is Barcelona, a magical city that is the gateway to the Mediterranean sea.
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