Barcelona's Best Attractions Just a Stone's Throw from the Cruise Port

There's no lack of things to see and do in Barcelona, even if you're only in town for the day. The city is small enough that it usually doesn't take longer than 30 minutes to get anywhere, either by foot, taxi or public transport, and its big enough where you feel like there's so much to take in, spanning the various corners of town. Whether you're in the mood for walking or hopping on the metro, there are plenty of attractions close to the cruise port. One of the most famous streets in the world is only a few minutes away. La Rambla, renowned for it's eccentric street performers and eclectic shopping, starts at the sea, very close to where the ships dock and heads right up to another attraction, Plaza Catalunya. Although it's about a 25 minute walk from one end to the other, it goes by quickly and is a definite 'must', at least once during your visit. On La Rambla itself is La Boqueria, the largest market in the city with a host of fresh foods including fish, meats, cheeses, vegetables, nuts and wine. So even if you only have a few hours to spend, you don't have to wait by the ship as there are plenty of cool attractions as well as neighborhoods to explore. The Raval and Born are very close to the cruise port, so be sure to take a stroll on Passeig Del Born and Rambla Del Raval. 

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar


Built in 60 years for the Virgin of the Sailors, this church has an elegantly simplistic artistic structure. With few architectural extremities, this church is modestly ornamented with elegant columns and a few buttresses. The stained glass is...  Read More



A definite 'must-see', even if you're not into art. The Picasso Museum, showcases a small yet wide selection of the artist's works; you'll be taken through the different and very diverse stages of his life and career. The Museum often has...  Read More

MACBA (Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum)


Named a national museum in 1990, this is the world's greatest collection of Romanesque mural paintings and home also to an impressive array of 14th and 15th century Gothic art. The MACBA is also known for its unique installations with exhibits...  Read More



If you're hungry or just feel like browsing rows upon rows and stalls upon stalls of fresh fruit, cured hams, authentic Spanish tapas and pretty much anything you might have a craving for, Barcelona's Boqueria market should top the check list....  Read More

Photo courtesy of View from 1898 Rooftop Terrace


The rooftop terrace of the 1898 hotel is one of the best places to take in panoramic views of the city. The hotel itself isn't an attraction, but if you only have one day in the city, then its rooftop terrace is the best place to get a lay of...  Read More

Castell de Montjüic


Few places offer city views like Montjuic. The name literally means 'Mountain of The Jews' and is a former military base in Barcelona. Today it boasts some of the most gorgeous views of the entire city of Barcelona and also holds open air movie...  Read More



Barcelona's city center hub and major landmark separating the old from the new; Plaza Catalunya is a watering hole for teenagers wanting to gather 'after hours', families on a Sunday afternoon, late night beer vendors, tourists and at one time...  Read More

Cathedral La Seu


The construction of this cathedral began in the late 13th century and was not completed until the middle of the 15th century. The interior design is distinctly Gothic, whereas the front and spire of the church were touched with a French...  Read More

Passeig del Born
Photo courtesy of Passeig Del Born


This is a lively, trendy walkway in one of the Old City's chicest neighborhoods. Grab a drink on Passeig Del Born at one of the many tapas restaurants (where Javier Bardem was spotted sipping a few copas not long ago) and spend time people...  Read More



What's a trip to Barcelona without taking a stroll down La Rambla. This vastly famous walkway is one of the most popular stretches in Europe as well as the world. Starting at the the Colon (Christopher Columbus Statue) by the beach, it goes...  Read More


Meet Sam Mednick

Sam’s passion for the sea and mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

Sam's love for traveling has taken her to Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Before...  More About Sam