The Barcelona coast is an open space and a crossroads of cultures which offers an endless array of ideas.
From the top of the Columbus Monument, 60 metres above the city, you'll be able to see where the city meets the sea and spot the medieval shipyards below which house the city's maritime museum, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona.
You can enjoy the maritime atmosphere as you wander through the old harbour, the Port Vell, and the Rambla de Mar, the walkway leading to the Aquàrium de Barcelona, Europe's biggest oceanarium; and the Moll de la Fusta wharf which leads to the imposing Palau de Mar, home to the Museu d'Història de Catalunya. At street level you'll find terraces where you can stop for a bite to eat or a drink and soak up the seafront vibe. And nearby, in the district of La Ribera, you'll find the medieval commodities exchange, the Llotja de Mar, as well as the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar, which is an absolute must-see.
On the Moll de Pescadors, the fishermen's guild, the Confraria de Pescadors, runs guided tours that will tell you about the history of the fishing community in the Barceloneta, and you'll see the clock tower, the Torre del Rellotge, which has stood guard over the harbour since 1772. You'll also be able to enjoy the Barcelona ocean at its magnificent beaches and the Port Olímpic, where water sports take centre stage. From here, you'll also be able to visit the city's Olympic village, the Villa Olímpica.
And there could be no better way to discover Barcelona's maritime landscape than on a boat trip along the coast, from the Port Vell to the Port Fòrum, on one of the city's iconic pleasure boats "Las Golondrinas" with views of the city's skyline.
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