Port Vell

Port Vell, Barcelona: Address, Port Vell Reviews: 4.5/5

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This lively harbor, full of yachts and cruise ships, is home to a popular entertainment complex, featuring a mall, several restaurants, a movie theater and an aquarium.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Drassanes • 3 min walk
  • Liceu • 7 min walk
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
My last visit here was in 1970. To say it is different is an understatement. For the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona wisely decided to renovate the port and they kept the original facades of the classic old buildings and selectively demolished many old textile factories and decaying urban buildings to make way for the renovations along the now beautiful harbor, changing Barcelona into a world class city. Palm trees from Morocco were installed along a newly designed seaside promenade. The transformation was astounding to me and wholly unrecognizable. Cruise ships soon followed adding to the income and notoriety from tourism.
Written September 27, 2020
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John W
Douglas, UK2,023 contributions
We came to Port Vell to watch Circ Raluy Historic. Resident here for 3 months over Xmas and New Year.

Great show. Old fashioned, vintage. Made everyone laugh.
Written January 19, 2020
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,196 contributions
I had this experience and it was wonderful to take a walk with friends next to the boats and seagulls fly above you. Beautiful colors, happy people and the breeze of Cataluna!
Written December 4, 2019
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,476 contributions
Friends
Nice views of boats and massive yachts. Right on the harbor. Boats and more boats.

There was this restaurant called Luz de gas right on the harbor. Had an upper deck for seating too.

So much to take in. Lots and lots of great bottles of red wines, lots of local cuisine and beautiful yachts to aspire for one day.

Food wasn’t bad, the wine was better.
Written January 30, 2020
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Danish Harraz
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia268 contributions
Couples
Love this place as there is a shopping mall with many unique shops to look at. Best of all, lots of tapas restaurants to choose from and the price ain't that expensive as in Las Ramblas.
Written December 13, 2011
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Reuven Segal
Ashkelon, Israel316 contributions
Couples
Beautiful and impressive place.
An amazing place with numerous entertainment options and attractions for each individual taste.
warmly recommended.
Written July 24, 2016
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Reuven Segal
Ashkelon, Israel316 contributions
Couples
The perfect place to relax. Sea, yacht club, entertainment venues, shopping center, boat trips for those who want, seagulls - and generally a great atmosphere.
Written October 12, 2013
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Reuven Segal
Ashkelon, Israel316 contributions
Couples
Experience a fun family outing
Amazing and beautiful area with lots of options for families and couples.
Worth a visit.
Written August 24, 2015
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Reuven Segal
Ashkelon, Israel316 contributions
Couples
Old Harbour of Barcelona - very beautiful. Lots of entertainment options, cruises, shopping and more. Worth a visit!
Written July 21, 2014
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BenW511
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa35 contributions
Friends
A floating luxury hotel with endless entertainment activities. The food was excellent and we could not wait each evening to try out the new menu. Although we stayed in the smallest/cheapest standard room we had enough space to sleep comfortable and the clever use of space meant lots of storage. This is a very easy and convenient way to visit a variety of ports and countries. I highly recommend the use of the shore excursions provided by Royal Caribbean. This is the best way to make the most of your day on shore with no stress, seeing all the highlights of the port while still having some free time to explore on your own. The cruise is ideal for families with children of all ages as well as singles of groups of friends. The personal is very helpful and friendly and the service great. The shopping in Florence was great and the visit to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast a highlight.
Written July 25, 2012
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