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We are delighted to bring you our massive range of Barcelona Cruise & Stay Holidays. As one of the  biggest cruise ports in the Mediterranean , Barcelona acts as the embarkation port for hundreds of sailings every single year. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with as well as our Smart Packages featuring FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Barcelona providing you with the perfect base from which to explore all that this fascinating city has to offer.

With our Barcelona Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.

Barcelona is everything you need in a holiday location, from its seven stunning beaches to world famous architecture and wonderfully rich Michelin star cuisine it’s a city that leaves you wanting more. Set on the coast in the north east of Spain, it is the capital of Catalonia, a region of Spain which borders on Andorra and France. The people of Barcelona are fiercely proud of their Catalonian location which makes the city a hive of activity with passionate locals who want to show tourists the best of what Catalonia has to offer.

The city was a blank canvas for Antoni Guadi, a Barcelona based architect, who created multiple monuments across the city which have made Barcelona a cornerstone of architectural modernism.

His most famous construction is the Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church which remains unfinished since construction started in 1866. The awe-inspiring structure is unmissable and its shadow looms large over the streets of Barcelona with its soon to be tallest element of the church reaching over 172 metres tall.

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Once you’ve basked in the beauty of Sagrada, head towards the coast and the world famous La Rambla, the city’s most famous street. La Rambla is a pedestrian heavy street running for three quarters of a mile just off the coast. Broken up into five sections, it is a bustling city which is over flowing with first class restaurants and classic Spanish cuisine. Street performers line the busy pavements and whatever time you visit you’ll be able to admire a human statue or a mind-blowing magic trick. La Rambla really epitomises Barcelona life and this one street will tell you everything you need to know about a wonderful city. Due to it being such a popular area expect a lot of fellow tourists trying to soak in the La Rambla culture.

After La Rambla why not pick up some local tapas, ranging from a couple of Euros to over a hundred. Tapas is the personification of Catalan cuisine, these bite sized goodies can be found everywhere you turn, with tapas bars on every corner, why not dive in.

Finally, after your fun filled day, finish it off in Barcelona’s exclusive nightlife. Barcelona may not be known for its nightlife, but that may just be one of its best kept secrets. Due to the vast array of different people across the city you can be sure to find a bar or club to suit you. From classy cocktail bars such as Dry Martini found in the Eixample district to dynamic nightclubs such as Universal found in Sant Gervasi, dance and drink the night away.

Things to do in Barcelona

Camp Nou Experience

Have you ever wanted to hold the Champions League trophy? Or look up around the stands which can hold 99,000 passionate football fans?…

Have you ever wanted to hold the Champions League trophy? Or look up around the stands which can hold 99,000 passionate football fans? Well now’s your chance. Camp Nou is the home to FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most famous sports teams and now it’s your turn to sit in the first team dugout and imagine the call to run onto the pitch to the adoration of the tens of thousands of fans. A must for any sports fan and with a tour of the stadium starting at only 20 Euros it is a cost-effective way to appreciate one of Barcelona’s most important structures not designed by Antoni Guadi.

Museo Picasso

One of the city’s busiest museums, you will be sure to find a queue of people eagerly waiting for the doors to open.…

One of the city’s busiest museums, you will be sure to find a queue of people eagerly waiting for the doors to open. The museum houses Pablo Picasso’s lesser known work from his formative years, where he was developing into the artist we now know and love. Displaying a deep relationship between Barcelona and the city’s adopted son, this immense and astonishing display of his work is not to be missed.

Guided tours are available and workshops with visiting artists are available throughout the year.

Sagrada Familia

Started by Guadi at the end of the 19th Century, this beautiful and iconic cathedral towers over Barcelona’s winding streets.…

Started by Guadi at the end of the 19th Century, this beautiful and iconic cathedral towers over Barcelona’s winding streets. Not for the faint hearted, you can view the city from the top of one of the cathedral’s spires, giving you an unusual and unique view of the city below. As a building still under construction, each time you visit you’ll notice something new.

Tickets range from 15 to 30 euros and can be purchased online, or in person.

Another one of Guadi’s stamps on the city, he along with Eusebi Guell created this area of delight as a way of providing upper class housing with a touch of class.…

Another one of Guadi’s stamps on the city, he along with Eusebi Guell created this area of delight as a way of providing upper class housing with a touch of class. Inspired by Hansel and Gretel, the buildings are quirky and unique and almost immediately unforgettable. Unfortunately, in the early 1900s the Barcelona locals were not as enthusiastic about the design with only two of the sixty houses which were planned being built. In 1984 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage.

Tickets can be purchased for less than 10 euros and pre-booking is recommended.

For something a bit different, how about one of Europe’s largest science museums.…

For something a bit different, how about one of Europe’s largest science museums. Located on the outskirts of Barcelona but within easy reach of the Metro, this museum is always a hit with adults and children alike. The CosmoCaixa covers such a wide variety of sciences, from electric voltage tests to seeing the evolution of our planet. Finally prepare to be amazed by the Flooded Forest, a reconstruction of an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem which is partly underwater and is full with crocodiles and other animals and plants typically found in the area.

Font Magica

Wonder at the wonderful water show at Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain.…

Wonder at the wonderful water show at Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain. Built in 1929 by Carles Buigas and restored for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the fountain is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. Teaming lights, music and water fountains it needs to be seen to be believed, and you can experience it for free!

Without even knowing you will most likely walk over a piece of art from Joan Miro.…

Without even knowing you will most likely walk over a piece of art from Joan Miro. Located on La Rambla, Joan Miro has used characteristic colours for his circular mosaic, the bright colours and quirky design is iconic. Some people stop to admire the work, while others will blissfully stroll on by.

La Bouqueria Market

As a large public market, La Bouqueria is one of the busiest Barcelona tourist attractions. …

As a large public market, La Bouqueria is one of the busiest Barcelona tourist attractions. With its entrance just off La Rambla, it provides a popular location for people wanting to treat their senses. The smells, colours and tastes are something to be desired as you wander through the Europe’s largest food market.

Restaurants in Barcelona

At Enoteca, Chef Paco Perez has created a two-star Michelin winning Mediterranean menu which samples all the delicate delights found in and around Barcelona. Created with all fresh ingredients, each dish encapsulates Catalan cuisine with an innovative twist.

Home to Chef Jordi Cruz, this 3-star Michelin restaurant is a must for gastronomic fine dining in Barcelona. Each dish is created with the most exemplary ingredients, and executed to perfection, leaving a taste in your mouth which will last a life time.

Casa Leopoldo

Located a short walk from La Rambla, Casa Leopoldo can fulfil all your seafood needs. Opened in 1929, the restaurant aims to preserve the traditional cuisine which it has become famous for. Boasting an extensive set menu varying by season, Casa Leopoldo’s high end traditional food will leave you wanting more.

Before you arrive in Barcelona, book a table for the wonderful Tickets. A short walk from the coast, Tickets is a quirky, understated restaurant designed like a Broadway theatre. Serving tapas, tapas and more tapas with a couple of other dishes thrown in, Tickets is the best way to taste everything Barcelona has to offer in one location.

Barcelona Nightlife

Opened in 1933, Boadas is known as ‘the oldest cocktail bar’ in the city and is always full with Barcelona locals who appreciate well-made drinks in a comfortable setting. With an art deco interior, it makes a perfect setting for a quiet drink where you can admire Catalan collectibles which adorn the walls. Smart dress is required, so put on your best and step back in time to the 1930s.

Dry Martini

Opened in 1978 by Pedro Carbonell, Dry Martini has established itself as one of the must-see bars in Barcelona. Originally only serving its name sake, Dry Martini now specialises in tailor made cocktails served by tuxedo dressed waiters. It’s stylish and comfortable bar makes it an ideal location for a grown-up crowd who enjoys a flawlessly made drink.

Jamboree Dance Club is the place to finish your night in Barcelona. Open 365 days a year and until 5am. Hang out with the hippest house DJs in Barcelona every day of the year, and truly get a feeling for clubbing in Barcelona.

Shenanigans Pub

Formerly know as The Quiet Man, this Irish pub has been serving pints of Guinness to the Barcelona public and visiting tourists for years. In its rejuvenation, the pub is now a lively destination for the younger generation.

Get away from the Barcelona hustle and bustle at CDLC. One of the hottest clubs in Barcelona, with various visiting DJs playing the decks. You can find it located just off Somorrostro beach and boasts picturesque views across the Mediterranean, making it a night to remember.

Events in Barcelona 

Barcelona carnival.

The city’s answer to Mardi-Gras, this week-long festival features more than 30 parades – with floats, costumes, dancing a huge firework display. The highlight of the event is the arrival of the “Carnival King”, signalling the start of Barcelona’s biggest party. Held in either February or March every year, the carnival is free to attend, with most of the action being centred around Las Rambles.

The Spanish Grand Prix

Taking place in May, this Formula One Race rivals the likes of Monte Carlo for excitement and entertainment. Held at the Montmelo Circuit de Catalunya racetrack, racing enthusiasts will find this an event not to be missed.

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Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.

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Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.

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Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

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Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

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You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

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20 Best Hotels Near Barcelona Cruise Port Terminal (2024)

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Finding a hotel near Barcelona’s cruise port means you can enjoy those last few moments of relaxation before embarking on your cruise adventure or winding down after your voyage. The right hotel can make all the difference, providing not just convenience but a taste of Barcelona’s vibrant culture and hospitality.

Given that I live in Spain, I’ve explored Barcelona inside and out, and I know how important it is to find that perfect spot where comfort meets location.

So, if you’re scrolling through options, wondering where to drop your bags for easy access to the cruise terminals and the city’s must-see sights, I’ve got the inside scoop.

Take a look at my picks for the best hotels near Barcelona cruise port terminal that offer more than just a place to sleep but a doorway to an unforgettable Barcelona experience.

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Best hotels near Barcelona Cruise Port

1. duquesa de cardona.

pool area of one of the hotels near Bareclona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.9 out of 10 based on 2,040+ review

⭐ NUMBER OF STARS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ( 4 Sup*)

📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

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The Duquesa de Cardona 4* Sup has a rich 19th-century vibe and sits pretty opposite Barcelona’s marina. 

It’s also conveniently located on the avenue that leads directly to the Barcelona cruise port, being less than an 8-minute taxi ride from the terminals, so you’ll be incredibly close to the ship when you’re here.

You’re also a short stroll (1969 feet or 600 meters) from the famous Ramblas, as well as other great sights in the city, making it super well located all round. In fact, if you’re looking for where to stay for your first time in Barcelona , this one should definitely be on your shortlist.

The location was superb! The staff were exceptional and friendly. – ene ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

But it’s not all about what’s outside this seriously beautiful (and historic!) hotel – in particular, the rooftop is the place to be here! Think panoramic city views, a couple of plunge pools, and a swanky bar to sip your drinks.

And hey, they’ve got a gym to burn off all those vacation calories!

For the foodies, the hotel’s restaurant serves up some really good Mediterranean dishes and in summer, the outdoor snack bar gets lively with tapas, BBQ, and cocktails.

Basically, you really can’t go wrong staying here before setting off on your cruise!

2. Gaudi Hotel

pool area of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.2 out of 10 based on 4,990+ reviews


Want to stay a quick stroll from the famous Las Ramblas, while still being a super short drive from Barcelona’s cruise port – all without breaking your budget? Enter the Gaudi Hotel . 

With a shared terrace that offers views of the Palau Güell and the city, you’re right in the heart of Barcelona.

This place is strategically located near the Liceu Metro Station. So, wandering around the city’s big shots like the Boqueria Market, which is just down the road, is a breeze.

The place was so clean and central . I loved the top deck and views, staff are polite and helpful! – nicola ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Oh, and if you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, the Port and Maremagnum Shopping Center are just a 10-minute saunter away. 

Plus modern rooms, wooden floors, and cool city views? Check, check, and check!

3. Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL

view of port at one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.1 out of 10 based on 4,340+ reviews 


📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Moll de Barcelona

Staying in the 5-star Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL means you’re treated to some A-list views of Barcelona’s port – plus you’ll literally be able to walk to your cruise ship from here, as it’s easily the closest hotel to Barcelona’s cruise port!

And that’s not even mentioning that you’re just a 5-minute meander from La Rambla here, so you’re perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything that Barcelona has to offer.

Classy, comfortable, and relaxing! – gilles ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Now, if you’re a pool enthusiast, you’ll be thrilled to hear there’s a seasonal rooftop pool waiting for you. They’ve also got a gym to pump up those muscles, and a swanky terrace to, well, chill.

Hungry? The Grand Marina restaurant dishes out Mediterranean meals that’ll make your tastebuds dance. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for some great tunes and exotic cocktails, the lobby bar’s the place to be.

4. Hotel Oasis

outdoor chairs and big umbrella at one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.6 out of 10 based on 4,730+ reviews 


📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Ciutadella Park

For beach lovers, the Hotel Oasis is just a short hop, skip, and jump away from the bars of Barceloneta, sitting at 200 meters (660 feet) away. And if you’re into more cultural vibes, the Santa Maria del Mar Church is a mere 4-minute stroll.

When you’re not out and about, you might want to chill by the hotel’s seasonal terrace and, oh, did I mention there’s a pool? It’s seasonal though, so time your trip right!

Friendly staff , the location of the hotel is very accessible to subway and restaurants. – fritzi ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Feeling thirsty or peckish? No worries. The hotel’s Oasis café-bar’s got your back, serving up some snazzy cocktails and warm drinks throughout your day.

For a more budget-friendly option, it’s got an incredible array of things on offer, with the location alone making this worthy of an extra star, in my opinion!

5. W Barcelona

W Barcelona one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.4 out of 10 based on 4,900+ reviews


📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Barceloneta Beach

The iconic W Barcelona looks like it’s setting sail right next to Barceloneta Beach. Basically, this 5-star hotel is a complete showstopper.

Here, it’s all about lush design and jaw-dropping views over Barcelona. It’s also just down the waterfront from Barcelona’s cruise terminal, so it won’t take you long at all to get to and from your ship when you’re here

Ready to relax? Dive into their infinity pool or chill at the rooftop bar. Of course, as one of the best hotels near Barceloneta beach , you could always head down to the sand to chill out – there’s direct beach access, after all!

Best hotel in Barcelona with wonderful pools, nice and kind staff. A happy place to be happy! – denilson ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Inside, rooms boast avant-garde design with either Mediterranean or city views. And if you’re feeling peckish, hit up their gourmet restaurant, FIRE, or enjoy a rooftop cocktail at NOXE.

For the beach bums, there’s also the SALT Beach Club & Restaurant with tasty burgers. 

And if you want to indulge, their spa with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room awaits!

6. Cuatro Naciones

one of the room of hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.3 out of 10 based on 3,920+ reviews 


Alright, history buffs, this one’s for you! Cuatro Naciones boasts a location in an 18th-century building right on the famous Las Ramblas. 

Great place to be – in the right spot and great value for money ! – efrain ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

And guess what? It’s just a short walk from the Drassanes Metro Station, making it super convenient for getting around the city. Not to mention that the Barcelona Cathedral, a total must-visit, is only about a 10-minute walk from here.

If your tummy’s rumbling after all that exploring, there’s a bunch of restaurants, bars, and cafes in the Gothic Quarter. Just a heads up, it’s barely a 5-minute walk from Cuatro Naciones. So buen provecho !

7. Hesperia Barcelona Barri Gòtic

street view from one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING : 8 out of 10 based on 2,820+ reviews 


📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Gothic Quarter

Ever dreamt of staying smack dab in the middle of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter? Say hello to Hesperia Barcelona Barri Gòtic , which is a stone’s throw away from the port and a casual walk from Las Ramblas.

Feel like getting some sand between your toes before jumping on your Mediterranean cruise ? You’re in luck. Barceloneta Beach is a mere 15-minute saunter away. Pack those flip-flops!

Excellent value in a great location! – Alan ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

After soaking up the sun, why not dive into the local scene? With a bunch of great bars around the area, you won’t have to wander far. 

Plus, if shopping’s your thing or you’re a fan of sea creatures, both Barcelona Aquarium and the Maremagnum Shopping Center are within easy reach.

8. Park Hotel

a room at one of hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.4 out of 10 based on 2,450+ reviews 


Looking to be in the heart of all the action? Park Hotel , situated in the snazzy Born district, is your ticket to style and convenience. You’re only a 10-minute footslog from Barceloneta Beach, and, oh look, it’s right across from Estació de França Station!

Morning person? Jumpstart your day with a buffet breakfast in the hotel’s chirpy café. 

Excellent location, clean and comfortable, friendly staff . We will definitely come back! – shirli ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

And if tapas tickle your fancy, then you’re in for a real kick with offerings from the award-winning chef Jordi Cruz at the on-site Ten’s Tapas Restaurant.

Location-wise, you’re hitting the jackpot. Dive into some local culture at Mercat del Born public market and Ciudadela Park (hello, Barcelona Zoo!) just around the corner. And hey, the city center’s a breeze with the Barceloneta Metro Station just 984 feet (300 meters) away.

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9. Hotel 54 Barceloneta

a view of cruise port from one of the room of hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.2 out of 10 based on 2,010+ reviews 

📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Barceloneta

Beachfront and design-forward, Hotel 54 Barceloneta is a cozy spot that’ll have you gazing out over the port from its hip terrace. You’re plopped right in the Barceloneta area, so beach vibes are totally guaranteed.

Ready to chow down on some seafood? There are drool-worthy restaurants just a 5-minute wander away.

Very convenient location, well priced, and friendly staff! – d ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

And guess what? Barceloneta Beach is just a 3-minute walk away. If you want to get a taste of the charming Born district, you can get there in 10.

Oh, and if the metro’s more your speed, Barceloneta Metro Station’s a 7-minute stroll away, making the rest of the city easily accessible.

10. Hotel Santa Marta

a beautiful and clean room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.5 out of 10 based on 1,850+ reviews


If you’re into trendy areas, you’re in luck because Hotel Santa Marta is just a short stroll from the fashionable Born area. Plus, with França Train Station right around the corner, you can whizz around Barcelona with ease.

A cozy hotel, very close to the beach and city center! – cromack ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Dreaming of a sandy siesta? The bars of Barceloneta are just a 5-minute walk away, and if you’re up for a little historical exploration, the Gothic Quarter is also a quick stroll.

The Barcelona cruise terminal isn’t much further away either, making this a comfortable place to rest your head after (or before, if you’re awaiting your departure) those days on the high seas!

11. Casa Lirio

a couple having breakfast at one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.1 out of 10 based on 1,790+ reviews

Meet Casa Lirio , located right in the heart of Barcelona. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want breakfast and free WiFi when you’re vacationing? This 2-star hotel’s got you covered.

Some rooms here boast city views from a balcony. Others even have a terrace, perfect for those evening wind-down moments. 

Modern, clean, comfortable, great location and friendly staff . Even got free welcome drinks which is a nice gesture. – kamile ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

And all come with the comfort and basics you’d expect, like a desk for those postcard-writing sessions.

Location-wise? You’re close to several beaches including Sant Miquel and Barceloneta. And if you’re flying in or out, the nearest airport, Barcelona-El Prat, is only 7.5 miles (12 km) away, and they even offer a paid airport shuttle. Super handy!

12. Barcelona Hotel Colonial

a room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.2 out of 10 based on 1,640+ reviews


Stepping into Barcelona Hotel Colonial feels a bit like a time travel jaunt, thanks to its impressive colonial stone building. You won’t miss the clock tower, trust me. 

And it’s a mere 10-minute walk from both the Barcelona Cathedral and Barceloneta Beach! Not to mention being only a 10-minute drive to or from your cruise ship.

Staff are friendly and helpful! Location is great , near to most of the top locations in the city. – ahmad ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Inside, you’re greeted with rooms boasting wooden floors, and let’s just say they’ve ticked the box on creature comforts, including soundproofing. So, you can recharge in peace after all your adventures.

But wait, there’s more. Need some retail therapy? The trendy boutiques of the Born district are a smooth 5-minute walk away.

13. Wittmore Hotel

leisure area of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 9 out of 10 based on 170+ reviews 

📍 NEIGHBORHOOD : Ciutat Vella (Old Town) 

The fancy 5-star Wittmore Hotel is for adults only, so leave the kiddos with the grandparents. 

This place boasts views of a vertical garden and a cozy patio, placing you right in the heartbeat of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. And, yep, you’re just around 1312 feet (400 meters) from the Picasso Museum.

Each room here is more than just a place to sleep. Think comfortable, quiet, and decked out with all those little extras like bathrobes, slippers, and some luxury toiletries. 

A memorable stay in a cool, romantic and relaxing hotel ! – noel ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

This means that after a day of exploring (or after a few days of cruising the Med), you can easily relax in style.

Hungry or thirsty? This place has you covered with its on-site bar and restaurant. You can sip and munch on regional dishes and a wide range of wines and cocktails. 

But the cherry on top? The rooftop terrace. It’s got a plunge pool, solarium, and a terrace bar to unwind. 

Plus, with Plaza Reial and the Cathedral of Barcelona both within walking distance, you won’t be short on sights to see.

14. Residencia Universitaria Campus del Mar

a simple room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 7.3 out of 10 based on 1,550+ reviews

Right, let’s dive into Residencia Universitaria Campus del Mar , and no, you don’t need a student ID to get in – although you’ll still get to take advantage of student-friendly prices! 

This place is smack dab in Barcelona’s Barceloneta neighborhood, just 656 ft (200 meters) from the beach. 

And guess what? They’ve got a fitness center to help you keep up with those vacation calories.

Overall great location and facilities , perfect for a few nights in Barcelona. – ema ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Each room comes with its own kitchen area, including a microwave and those all-important tea/coffee facilities. And if you’re into a bit of downtime, there’s a library and a games room equipped with snooker and table tennis.

One great perk, if you fancy exploring Barcelona on two wheels, is that they’ve got bicycles up for rent. Plus, they’re pretty close to Ciutadella Park and the Paseo Marítimo, making it a top spot for a bit of sightseeing.

15. Hotel Medinaceli

a lobby of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.1 out of 10 based on 1,510+ reviews

Next up, we’ve got the Hotel Medinaceli , which, fun fact, is set in the original palace of the Dukes of Hotel Medinaceli. It’s a little piece of history, and it’s only about 656 ft (200 meters) from the famous Las Ramblas.

Now, let’s chat rooms. They’re spacious, bright, and just, well, nice. If you need to cool off after a day of exploring, don’t worry; they’ve got that sorted.

The location of the hotel was excellent . The room was clean and up to date, staff were welcoming.   – cooke ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Around the area? Tons of restaurants, bars, and cafés. If you’re into sightseeing, you’re close to landmarks like the Arc de Triomf, Plaça de Catalunya, and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. 

Plus, it’s a mere 10-minute walk from Barcelona’s Estació de França Train Station. Handy for those train adventures!

16. Exe Laietana Palace

two single bed in a room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 7.8 out of 10 based on 1,450+ reviews

Exe Laietana Palace is a 4-star beauty located in a revamped neo-classical building, right beside the city’s old Roman wall. If walls could talk, right? 

The rooms are pretty swanky with flat-screen satellite TVs and those fancy hydro-massage showers. And some rooms even give you a peek at that Roman wall. 

Everything was excellent! The staff at the counter were very friendly, rooms were clean, and the location is excellent .   – omar ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

(If you’re lucky, you might get one with a sloping glass roof. Talk about room goals.)

If you’re keen on exploring, you’re in luck. Barcelona Cathedral is just 1312 ft (400 meters)) away, and that trendy Born district everyone’s talking about? It’s just a short 5-minute walk from the hotel. Basically, after all your cruising the Mediterranean, it’s time to get those walking shoes on!

17. Catalonia Port

pool area of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.6 out of 10 based on 1,220+ reviews 


Okay, beach lovers, here’s the scoop on the Catalonia Port . This place sits pretty in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, which means you’re smack in the middle of history and culture. 

They’ve even got a sun terrace with a seasonal outdoor pool for when you want to take a dip.

Extremely friendly staff who enhanced our amazing stay in Barcelona. Large, stylish and comfortable rooms .   – jack ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

The contemporary El Racó del Port restaurant will keep your belly happy with its Mediterranean cuisine, Monday to Saturday. And if you’re in a hurry in the mornings, their buffet breakfast lingers till noon on weekends. So no pressure to wake up early!

Location-wise, you won’t need to lace up those walking shoes too tight. The start of the famous Las Ramblas is just 820 feet (250 meters) away. And if you’re a fan of harbors, Port Vell Harbor isn’t too far off, just 1312 feet (400 meters) – so you’re golden!

18. Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona

suite room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.2 out of 10 based on 1,010+ reviews 

📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Ciutat Vella (Old Town) 

The Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona has some incredibly stylish rooms and sits in a super convenient spot, just 960 feet (300 meters) from landmarks like the Santa María del Mar Church and Ciutadella Park.

Now, if you’re the kind who’s into both history and seafood (what a combo!), you’re in for a treat. The historic Born and Gothic districts are super close, and seafood joints are just a short walk along the seaside Passeig de Joan de Borbó. Mouthwatering much?

Location for access to the city was great!   – laurice ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Ready to hit the beach? Great news: in just 15 minutes, your feet can be in the sand. 

And if shopping’s more your jam, Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are less than a mile (1.6km) away!

19. Pierre & Vacances Barcelona Sants

a room with three single beds in one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.3 out of 10 based on 940+ reviews 

📍 NEIGHBORHOOD: Sants-Montjuïc 

For all you soccer (or football, for the locals) fans out there, the Pierre & Vacances Barcelona Sants is a game changer! This hotel is very near to Barcelona’s Camp Nou , being just a quick 5-minute walk from the stadium. 

Each apartment is sleek and bright, and let’s talk about kitchen amenities — you’ve got a fridge, microwave, and even a dishwasher. Perfect for whipping up a snack or two during half-time. 

Oh, and for a bit of an extra charge, they’ve got safes to lock away your precious soccer memorabilia.

Room with easy access . Location was good for getting around.   – glover ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Lastly, location is king! Situated in the lively Sants area, you’ve got shops, bars, and cafés galore.

Plus, Badal Metro Station is just down the road and connects to Sants Train Station in a jiffy, not to mention the short taxi ride you’ll need to get to the cruise terminal from here. 

20. Ramblas Apartments

a room of one of the hotels near Barcelona cruise port

❤️ RATING: 8.6 out of 10 based on 800+ reviews 

If you’re looking to have an apartment while you’re in Barcelona rather than a hotel room, it’s time to take a peek at the Ramblas Apartments . These Modernist-style digs sit right on Barcelona’s iconic Ramblas, and they’re a hop, skip, and a jump (or, you know, a casual stroll) from Plaza Reial. 

The apartments are air-conditioned with either one or two bedrooms. So whether you’re a solo traveler or bringing a pal, there’s space for everyone. 

With full kitchens, you can whip up some quick breakfast before hitting the streets.

Value for money and ideal for a short stay!   – leon ( SEE MORE REVIEWS )

Location-wise, you’re in the heart of it all. The Gothic Quarter is your neighbor, which means plenty of restaurants and tapas bars to explore. 

Plus, major shopping areas and the port? Just a short walk away. 

Oh, and if you’re thinking about the metro, Drassanes station is about 5 minutes from you.

Where to stay in Barcelona before a cruise?

If you’re gearing up for a cruise and need a spot to rest in Barcelona beforehand, Ciutat Vella (Old Town) and Port Vell are good choices. You’ll be in the very heart of the city to let you soak in the local vibe before setting sail, while still being close to the cruise terminal. 

Honestly speaking, Barcelona isn’t that big, and most of the areas of the city that are popular for tourists to stay in tend to be within an easy taxi ride of Barcelona’s cruise port. That’s why you don’t really have to be worried about staying directly next to the port, as you’ll be able to get to your ship without any worries.

At the same time, some areas are more convenient than others – especially when it comes to the direction of traffic and ease of accessibility with luggage (i.e. it’s time to avoid those little medieval laneways!). That’s why I’d suggest the following for where to stay in Barcelona before a cruise:

  • Ciutat Vella (Old Town): Some parts of the Old Town are definitely more convenient than others, especially to make sure you’re on the “right” side of the road for your taxi to easily get you to your cruise. That’s why my top pick for the best hotel near the Barcelona cruise port is Duquesa de Cardona as, for me, it’s the perfect mix of location, history, food options and a truly beautiful building.
  • Port Vell: This area, starting at the Columbus statue and continuing down to Via Laietana, is good for those who want to be that little bit closer to the cruise terminal. It’s also a convenient base for wandering around places like the Gothic Quarter and the Born district. Check out Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL , which is literally within walking distance of the cruise ships – so it’s as close as you can get while still being an incredible hotel.

Unfortunately, when you start looking for hotels that are near the Barcelona cruise terminals, there’s a lot of mis-information on the internet about the best areas to stay. It seems to me that some people just looked at a map, found areas that seem to be near the port and told people to go there.

But that’s not the case in reality, with some of these “close areas” actually making it a bit tricky to get to the port from there. Here are the areas I’d recommend you avoid:

  • Montjuic: Sure, it’s visible right from the Moll Adossat Terminals where cruises dock and might seem close on a map, but that can be a bit misleading. Cabs have to take a super circular route from the cruise terminals to get here and it’s also not the most convenient place from which to explore Barcelona.
  • Poblesec: Located right at Montjuic’s foot, Poblesec is known for its tapas bars. However, the streets here are often narrow and have an uphill gradient, meaning you might have a bit of an (uphill) walk to the nearest taxi or subway station. Youve also got the risk, depending on your hotel’s location, of having to pass through Raval to get to La Rambla, which I wouldn’t recommend as it can be pretty dodgy. Speaking of which… 
  • El Raval: El Raval sits between Paral·lel Avenue and La Rambla in the Old Town. The northern part boasts lively cafes and a rich history. However, the southern end, closer to the cruise piers, isn’t as inviting. It’s older with some areas best approached with caution – to put it mildly (that is: you really don’t need to go there).

What’s the best hotel near the Barcelona Cruise Port with a shuttle?

Contrary to popular belief, the premier hotels situated close to the Barcelona cruise port don’t provide dedicated shuttle services to the port. However, there’s no cause for concern. Taxis in the area are both cost-effective and easily available, ensuring that guests can comfortably reach their desired destinations.

Despite the absence of direct hotel shuttles, Barcelona is a city that boasts an efficient transportation system. Visitors can rely on the taxi network, which not only provides timely pickups but also boasts clear meter-based charging systems, minimizing any risk of overcharging.

For example, my preferred option for hotels near the Barcelona cruise terminals, Duquesa de Cardona , is just an 8-minute taxi drive door-to-door. While it doesn’t have a shuttle to the port, you can see here just how convenient it is anyway.

So if your primary criteria for selecting a hotel is shuttle availability, you might want to reconsider. Many top-notch establishments are at your disposal, and the seamless taxi service in the region ensures you’re never far from where you need to be.

What’s the best luxury hotel near Barcelona Cruise Port?

For those looking for luxury close to the Barcelona cruise port, Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL stands out. Located in the historic heart of the city, Ciutat Vella (Old Town), this 5-star establishment is in  the World Trade Center building, offering spectacular views of Barcelona’s port. 

Moreover, the iconic La Rambla is merely a 5-minute stroll away.

The Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL exemplifies design elegance, with rooms that feature wooden flooring and fabrics of warm hues. Every room is furnished with a flat-screen TV equipped with satellite channels and a spacious work desk. 

The in-house Grand Marina restaurant is known for its Mediterranean dishes made from seasonal ingredients. Meanwhile, the lobby bar sets the mood with exotic cocktails and live music. 

Plus, if you’re an early riser, you can indulge in a lavish breakfast served on the terrace – well, weather permitting.

Wellness enthusiasts can take advantage of the Marina GL’s gym, equipped with a variety of cardiovascular machines and free weights. And if you want a bit of relaxation, massage services are also at your disposal.

Check availability and current prices for this hotel here.  

What’s the best cheap hotel near Barcelona Cruise Port?

For budget-conscious travelers, Hotel Oasis emerges as a commendable option near the Barcelona cruise port. Around the corner from França Railway Station and a brief 100 meters (330 feet) from the lively Born district, this hotel promises convenience without a hefty price tag. 

The rooms are modern, come with air-conditioning, satellite TV, and private bathrooms equipped with hairdryers.

In addition to its affordability, Hotel Oasis is packed with amenities to enhance your stay. During the right seasons, guests can relax at the terrace that houses an outdoor pool.

The Oasis café-bar also remains a popular spot within the hotel, offering an array of hot beverages and cocktails throughout the day.

If you’re keen on exploring the vicinity, the sandy shores and vibrant bars of Barceloneta are a mere 200 meters (660 feet) away. The historic Santa Maria del Mar Church is also within a walking distance, just 4 minutes away. 

The hotel’s strategic location near the Barceloneta Metro Station (only 50 meters/160 feet away) and the serene Ciutadella Park (300 meters/980 feet away) is a definite plus.

See if the Hotel Oasis is available on your cruise dates here.  

How far is the cruise port in Barcelona from town?

The cruise port in Barcelona is conveniently located near the city center. Specifically, it’s situated near the southern end of La Rambla, which means it’s only about a 15-20 minute walk or 10-15 minute taxi ride (with traffic) from the heart of town.

Given its proximity, you can easily access major attractions, including the historic Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Whether you’re interested in historical architecture or boutique shopping, the port’s location provides easy access to both.

Can you walk to the cruise port in Barcelona?

Yes, it’s entirely possible to walk to the cruise port in Barcelona. From areas like La Rambla, it’s a straightforward 15-20 minute walk. It’s a nice route, especially if you’re not in a rush and want to enjoy the surroundings. 

However, if you have heavy luggage or several bags, it might be more comfortable to take transport. In particular, taxis are reasonably priced, so I’d suggest doing that instead.

How do you get around Barcelona from the cruise port?

From the cruise port in Barcelona, there are several transportation options to help you get around the city. Buses, taxis, and the metro are readily available. If you’re aiming for specific attractions, the blue PortBus might be your best option. 

For those who prefer the metro, the Drassanes station is near the lower end of La Rambla. Alternatively, renting a bike is an option if you’re looking to explore the city at a leisurely pace.

Is it easy to get a taxi from the Barcelona cruise port?

Yes, getting a taxi from the Barcelona cruise port is typically straightforward. There are usually many taxis available to serve passengers. However, during peak seasons or times, there might be a slight wait. Note that all taxis in Barcelona accept card payment.

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Barcelona Cruise Port Info + Short Stay Tips and Hotels

barcelona cruise ship passengers get off at the dock

In 2018 4.4 million passengers came to Barcelona by cruise ship, and judging by the questions I’ve got over the years about 2.6 million were docking in the dark (!).

So how the heck do you visit a world class city in no time at all?

The good news is the  Barcelona cruise port is close to the action. It won’t take more than 30 minutes get central and start enjoying the sights and sounds: but you’ve gotta know how!

Allow me to get you on the right track.

Where is the Barcelona Cruise Port?

The Barcelona port has a total of 9 terminals with 7 of them used by cruise ships.

The main cruise docks are Moll Adossat (terminal A, B, C, and D), World Trade Center (North, South, East), and Port Vell Maremagnum .

The area around the port finds itself very close to the bottom of the city’s famous pedestrian boulevard La Rambla . The street links two of the city’s great neighbourhoods in El Raval and the Gothic Quarter .

⚠️  Warning ⚠️ : Barcelona’s top two attractions must now be booked in advance .

You can book fast track tickets to both individually or get them as part of a discount pass:

  • ⛪ Buy now:  Sagrada Familia Fast Track Admission (skip the lines)
  • 🏞️ Buy now:  Park Guell Fast Track Admission  (skip the lines)
  • 🎟️  Buy now: Best of Barcelona Bundle (Sagrada + Park Guell + 10% discount code for all else)

You will not be able to book these tickets on site – lock in your tickets ASAP or you could miss out.

Most cruise ship passengers arrive at the  Christopher Columbus statue  in Portal de la Pau Square. From here there are various transport options which I’ll get into later.

Barcelona Cruise Terminal Map

Here we see the main three cruise ports in Barcelona.

The blue line is the Autobus Azul shuttle  and the pink line is the length of the La Rambla all the way up to Plaça Catalunya . Notice Drassanes metro station with the train decal.

Barcelona Cruise Port to City Centre

Moll adossat (terminal a, b, c, and d).

As you see from my terminal map  don’t attempt to walk central from here. The walk is long and it’s not such a nice road, especially if you have bags to carry and it’s really hot.

Once you’re off the ship you’ll find a shuttle right outside all terminals.

This shuttle is called the  Cruise Bus  (or the T-3 Portbus) and will take you right to the bottom of Las Ramblas where you can start visiting  Barcelona’s top attractions . It is adapted for disabled visitors .

The bus doesn’t run on a fixed schedule. They’re coordinated with cruise ship arrivals. The Moll Adossat – Colón line runs at maximum every 20-30 minutes . The 10 minute trip costs €4.50 one way .

Tickets for the cruise shuttle are bought directly aboard the bus (cash only) or online in advance (less hassle and no lining up and fighting for seats) via Tiqets.

For taxis expect to pay €6.00-€8.00 to get to the Columbus Statue (€15.00 to Plaça Catalunya).

World Trade Center Dock (N, S, E)

If you’re packing light you can reach the Rambla on foot from the cruise port in  10-15 minutes .

In all you’re just a few minutes from the Bus Turistic stop and about 10 minutes walking from La Rambla (and the Columbus Statue) and the Drassanes metro station (green line L3).

Maremagnum Dock (M)

This cruise terminal is dedicated to smaller ships mostly serving the Balearic Islands. It’s the closest one of them all and getting to La Rambla from here is about 10 minutes walking.

Maremagnum is also one of Barcelona’s top shopping malls, and the only one open on Sunday!

Barcelona Airport To Cruise Port

For the 58% of you starting your cruise in Barcelona you’ll have a few options from El Prat airport to the Barcelona cruise terminal and vice versa. Unfortunately the only direct service is via taxi .

This super-convenient bus departs every 5 minutes from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

If you take the Aerobus , you’ll even have WiFi aboard for last minute planning.

The bus takes you to Plaça Catalunya where you can take the metro two stops to Drassanes or you can hail a taxi and get to the port for about €10.00.

The fixed taxi fare from Barcelona Airport to the cruise port is  €39.00 .

If you’re traveling in a group this is by far the best option for price-quickness ratio. Standard black and yellow taxis run on meters so it’s impossible to be ripped off. Night time and large luggage surcharges are normal.

tourists lining up outside casa batllo in barcelona spain

Best Hotels Near Barcelona Cruise Port

If you’ve read my list of best areas to stay you’ll know I’ve recommend avoiding La Rambla for noise purposes – here are a few hotels hand picked based on blog reader recommendations and shining Tripadvisor scores.

You also may want to consider Airbnb’s discount homestays , hostels , or holiday apartments .

Eurostars Grand Marina GL

☆☆☆☆☆  |  Area: Poble Sec  |  Moll de Barcelona s/n |  Metro: Drassanes

The great thing about this hotel is that it’s as convenient as it is luxurious .

This truly unique glass and marble building takes the form of a transatlantic liner and blends in with the surrounding cruise port. It was designed by the same architect who did the pyramid entrance to Paris’ famous Louvre Museum.

The many terraces overlooking the Mediterranean are a highlight.

Hotel Catalonia Port

☆☆☆☆  |  Area: El Gotico  |  Carrer Ample 1 |  Metro: Drassanes

This boutique gem is famous for its  stylish rooms with hardwood floors .

A benefit is that’s it’s further up from the Barcelona cruise terminal so only a 15 minute walk to the beach . A highly recommended and extensive breakfast buffet. The seasonal rooftop terrace and swimming pool is pure relax. A fabulous 8.8 review on Tripadvisor doesn’t lie.

It’s also walking distance to a great deal of Barcelona’s best restaurants .

NH Barcelona Barri Gotic

☆☆☆  |  Area: El Gotico  |  Carrer Ample 31 |  Metro: Drassanes

At just 100 meters from the cruise port you can’t go wrong with this bright and modern hotel.

Even though you seem to be right in the chaos of the Gothic Quarter this quiet, no-nonsense hotel. Readers rated it very high in cleanliness and location: you’re walking distance to La Rambla, the port, and the city’s beaches.

There’s also an uncharacteristically charming service for Spanish standards.

Barcelona Cruise Ship Passenger Itinerary: 6 Hours

With my Barcelona cruise ship passenger tour all you need is the metro . So grab yourself a T-Familiar travel card : it’s multi-personal and gives you 8 rides for €10.00 anywhere on the Barcelona transport network.

These tickets can be bought at the ticket machines of any metro station.

Expect each person to use 3-4 trips.

Taking cruises from Barcelona with more time? Check out my full one day trip or  3 day Barcelona itinerary .

Stop #1: Gothic Quarter and the Born – 2.5 h

Let’s start at the Columbus Statue where the port shuttle has dropped us off.

We head up La Rambla on foot through the beginning of a little craft market and past legions of tourist trap bars : stay away! After about 10 minutes we take a right at Plaça Reial , one of the most beautiful squares in the city.

Soak up the sights and sounds here and check out the lanterns designed by none other than Antoni Gaudi .

From here we get lost in the labyrinthine streets and squares of the Gothic Quarter. It’s home to some of the city’s greatest sights like the Barcelona Cathedral .

Stop in to check out the impossibly peaceful Plaça Sant Felip Neri and its surprisingly   violent history.

From here we hit the area’s widest street Via Laietana and head down into the Born area, the other face of the old city that’s become a lively neighbourhood full of great restaurants and independent clothing shops.

Here we need to see the Santa Maria del Mar , another of Barcelona’s most beloved churches. In and around this area you’ll want to stop for tapas : these small traditional Spanish dishes are a must.

I recommend Xampanyet (Carrer de Montcada 22), a delicious bodega to try a local cava sparkling wine with some salami, cheese, anchovies, sausages and more. Expect to spend about €25.00 for a decent meal.

Another great option for typical Catalan food here is Nou Celler . This is a spot for Catalan ‘market gastronomy’. Expect to pay about €30.00 a person.

For more ideas check out my list of best restaurants in Barcelona .

🧑‍🎨 Want more of Gaudi? Unlock his masterpieces with the top Gaudi tours in Barcelona .

Stop #2: La Sagrada Familia – 1 h

Stomachs full, we restart the trip to admire one of the most incredible sights in the world: La Sagrada Familia .

To get there we head back to Via Laietana and jump on the metro at Jaume I (L4, towards Trinitat Nova) and get off at Verdaguer. From here we change to the blue line (L5) and get off at Sagrada Familia.

If you’ve bought your tickets online this is mandatory. If you haven’t you’re going to wait a long time, so make sure you’ve made the arrangements beforehand to truly appreciate this world class monument .

That said, even looking at it from the outside is an experience in itself.

Stop #3: Passeig de Gracia and Gaudi – 1.5 h

Let’s get back on the blue line (L5) and get off at Diagonal.

From here we exit at Passeig de Gracia and walk downhill in the direction of the sea. Here we see the origins of Catalan modernism and the two crown jewels of the city: La Pedrera and Casa Batllo .

Normally you’ll need about 90 minutes to visit either one of these buildings properly but you can get a very good sense of one of them using about an hour of your time. Just make sure you book online first.

If you haven’t eaten already there’s El Nacional (Passeig de Gracia 24), an elegant multi-restaurant dining space which covers all cuisines of the Iberian Peninsula.

Stop #4: Plaça de Catalunya and Back – 1 h

We finish off heading downhill until we reach the unmistakable Plaça Catalunya : the city’s unifying square.

If you’re not too tired you can walk back down La Rambla and after about 10 minutes find one of the world’s best food markets La Boqueria on your right.

Grab one of the delicious €1.50 fruit smoothies or try a sampling of classic Serrano ham .

From here you walk another 10 minutes downhill and you’re right back where you started at the Columbus Statue, where you’ll be able to take the shuttle back to the cruise port.

If you’re too tired for the last bit simply take the green line (L3) of the metro from Plaça Catalunya to Drassanes.

Cruise Ship Passenger Itinerary: 1 Day

For this itinerary I recommend doing the 6 hour tour above and adding one or more of the following:

Extra Stop #1: La Barceloneta – 1 h

Why not start the day off with a quick dip at Barcelona’s beaches?

Especially in summer a walk along the beach and a quick aperitif in Barcelona’s seaside barrio is a must. Take bus D20 from the Columbus Statue all the way to Platja de la Barceloneta (Barceloneta Beach).

Here we take a walk up and down the promenade for some  refreshing sea air . If you want a quick suntan or swim I recommend heading towards the sail-shaped tower (the W Hotel) for cleaner waters, but be quick!

From here it’s back on the D20 to the foot of Via Laietana to start the our visit of the Born neighbourhood.

Extra Stop #2: Park Guell – 1.5 h

The fairytale-like, surreal Park Guell completes our visit of Gaudi’s masterpieces.

This walk through Barcelona nature takes us to the famous lizard fountain, a bizarre column temple, and a massive terrace overlooking the city with its emblematic mosaic benches made famous by movies like Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

The view from here is incredible.

In my article on Park Guell you find everything you need to know about visiting, the history, and even the design but please: buy your tickets online. You don’t want to be asked to come back for a later time slot.

Remember that there is a bit of an uphill walk from the bus/metro so those with limited mobility may want to consider a taxi for this portion of the route.

Since the park closes late (in summer at 9:30 pm) I suggest saving this stop on the tour for last, to really enjoy the sunset. You could add this stop after you’ve arrived back to Plaça Catalunya (mentioned in the 6 hour itinerary). From here take bus 24 or the metro green line (L3) to Vallcarca.

You’ll probably be hungry after all that walking, right?

The ideal place for dinner in the classic village neighbourhood of Gracia , with it’s lively squares and diverse offering of bars. To get to Gracia retake the metro from Vallcarca and get off at Fontana.

If you’re looking for traditional Catalan food head for Bilbaro (Carrer del Perill 33). Here you’ll find an old school elegance that’s all but lost in Barcelona. Local couples out on romantic Barcelona nights and waiters dressed to the nines. Try the beef filet! Expect to pay about €35.00 with wine.

If instead you’re in the mood for something a bit more casual I suggest tapas. One of my favourites in the area is Polleria Fontana (Carrer de Sant Lluis 9), a hole in the wall restaurant that used to be a chicken store.

Some great dishes to try (and share) here are the grilled octopus, Russian potato salad with grilled tuna, and the always recommended potato croquettes with ham. Average price here with wine is about €20.00-€25.00.

barcelona cruise and stay

Essential Barcelona Cruise Passenger Information

Make sure you buy your attraction tickets in advance online because lines can cost you hours.

I recommend this for regular visitors as well. You can save up to 20% off ticket window prices and skip the lines like a VIP. For cruise ship passengers on short schedules it becomes essential.

One thing to have handy to save time is a map of the city .

If you’re visiting with a European Union SIM card you’ll be happy to know you can fire up Google Maps any time. As of June 2017 there are no roaming charges for European visitors.

Visiting on a cruise from overseas instead?

There should be enough free WiFi around but cheap  pocket WiFi is available if needed.

Credit/Debit Cards vs. Cash

All European credit and debit cards should work without issue. Other standard Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards from overseas should also work.

American cruise ship visitors beware: PIN-less chip cards won’t work  at automated kiosks. These cards requiring signature verification will only work with a clerk present.

I recommend you keep a little extra cash on hand in this case.

How to Get Around Barcelona

Public transport.

Barcelona cruise ship passengers tend to use the Drassanes metro station for quick access to Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Parc Guell and the area around Plaça Espanya .

If you prefer taking buses you’ll find various lines here. The D20 will take you to the beaches around Barceloneta, while the V13 will take you to Plaça Universidad, where in 5 minutes you’ll be able to get to Plaça Catalunya.

If you’re staying more than a few hours you should consider getting a discount travel pass .

Bus Turistic (Hop on Hop off Bus)

This hop on hop off bus is the best option for visiting the city on limited time.

Here you’ll be able to get a good taste of the city’s greatest attractions without worrying about getting lost and wasting time on the transport.

Remember that the Bus Turistic stop is right at the World Trade Center cruise terminal. If you prefer to continue ahead there is also one at Drassanes metro. Both are on the red line.

There are a ton of people wanting to get on so I suggest buying your tickets in advance to skip lining up for tickets. Buying online also gets you a 10% discount , who doesn’t want that?

Free Now is Spain’s new taxi-sharing app similar to Uber but using the city’s regulated taxis. It’ll allow you to get around the city with licensed drivers driving modern cars.

Yes, you could get the same service by hailing one randomly or going to the cruise port taxi stand but if you sign up using my instructions  you’ll get €5.00 off your first ride .

Keep in mind that you’ll need to download an app .

EU visitors should be able to do this with ease as roaming charges are now a thing of the past. For my overseas readers you’ll be able to do this easily with the WiFi aboard the cruise ship and have the driver meet you at the dock.

The good thing about Free Now is all prices are known in advance. The driver literally can’t rip you off.

The flat rate for taxis from the cruise port to the airport (and vice versa) is €39.00 .

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It’s not easy being a tourist in a new place but it’s not easy trying to provide all the information to an old place either! 😉

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Best Hotels Near Cruise Port In Barcelona

Looking for hotels near barcelona cruise port.

Your cruise is departing from Barcelona and you thought it’ll be very convenient to stay near the Barcelona cruise terminal, so getting there with your luggage is a breeze. You don’t want to stress out about missing the ship! 

The truth is that Barcelona is a very compact city, and in most cases you’ll be able to reach the cruise port within 20 minutes or less no matter where your hotel is located. And I know 20 minutes feels like “near enough” for American standards, for instance. But not for the Barcelona standards.

That’s why many listings of “Hotels near the cruise port in Barcelona” that you can find online mention hotels that a local would never class as “close to the cruise terminal”. Most of these listings have been written by people who don’t leave in the city, and don’t take things in account that a local would quickly spot.

Best areas for hotels near cruise terminal in Barcelona:

Montjuic hill.

Ok, let me start this post by ruling out an area that comes often recommended in other websites. The Hill of Montjuic is located by the Barcelona port. You see it across the water from the cruises docked at the Moll Adossat Terminals. It looks convenient even on a map, but… it’s not. For instance, the Hotel Miramar is often recommended in other websites because it overlooks the port.

But they forget to tell you that it’s difficult to get there unless you take a cab, and that it’s more than 10 minutes walk from any Montjuic site. Only an option if sightseeing isn’t in your plans and staying inside the hotel is all you want to do. There are more hotels in Montjuic , but they are located in the other side of the hill and they aren’t a 5 minute ride to the cruise terminals anymore.

Poblesec and Avinguda Paral·lel

So if you choose to stay in accommodations like the Hotel Brummell , you’ll have to walk to the main street to find taxis or the closest subway station. And despite its misleading name, the Happy People Ramblas Harbour is also here, not in La Rambla.

Avinguda Paral·lel is a big traffic axe that separates it from the Old Town. The Tryp Apolo is the closest to the cruise ship terminal. But the neighborhood where it’s located is nothing exciting, and to walk to La Rambla from there you’ll have to cross the not so safe Raval district . So again, you’ll have to spend money on taxis or time inside the subway to do all your sightseeing.

The Silken Concordia is further away, but it has the same problem. And what about the Universal or the Auto Hogar hotels ? They happen to be located in the side of the street where traffic drives AWAY from the Barcelona Port. And that means you’ll need a detour to get on the right direction, making it a longer ride.

El Raval is the left hand side section of the Old Town, spreading between Paral·lel Avenue and La Rambla. It’s upper part is lively with cafés, museums and enchanting plazas and medieval areas. But… that’s the area further away from the cruise piers.

The lower area close to the Barcelona Port is darker. Old dusty buildings, and the kind of feel you can imagine in a port district. There’s streets with prostitution, drug addicts and street fights. And more pick-pockets than in other areas. I have a list of Raval hotels , but most of them aren’t superclose to the cruise ship terminals.

Hotel Andante and Sixties Ramblas  (previously Chic & Basic Ramblas) could be two decent options in safer areas. Although you must expect to walk a bit to get to any interesting area in La Rambla or the Gothic Quarter. It’s a reasonable walk, but not “right there”.

And there isn’t a quick way to reverse. You must go all the way up to the end of the street, then take a few streets detour to go around Plaça Catalunya. And only then you can start going down la Rambla again. Such a waste of time!

That’s what will happen if you book a hotel in the Gothic Quarter side of it. The right of La Rambla. The side of the even street numbers. And that’s the case of the Eurostars Rambla , the Sonder DO Reial and the International Ramblas Atiram , for instance.

The Oriente and the Arc de la Rambla fall in the good side of the street, but they are somehow basic. Often not what cruise passengers are looking for. Bagués would be the luxury option that stays within less than 15 minutes ride.

Le Meridien and the Hotel 1898 are a bit further, but their main entrance is on a side street, forcing them to go through the Raval to get you to the port. Anyway the detour is short and they stay within the 15 minutes range from the port.

Port Vell / Moll de la Fusta

All the hotels that line up this avenue are on the side of the street heading to the Barcelona cruise ship terminals. Although most of them are in the high-end price spectrum. The most luxurious is The Serras . Followed by Duquesa de Cardona , Duquesa Suites Barcelona and Soho House . Hotel Medinacelli is a 4 star too, but it’s older and not as luxurious as the rest.

Ample street runs parallel to Passeig de Colom although technically inside the low Gothic Quarter. And the traffic also conveniently runs towards the cruise piers. There you’ll find two nice options: Hotel Catalonia Port and Hesperia Barcelona Barri Gotic .

There’s a new opening in the area for adults-only, The Wittmore . I haven’t worked with guests staying there yet, but I’d be wary of it because it’s in an alley that’s small enough for taxis to refuse taking you there or even close enough. And cruisers don’t travel with only carry-ons… Luggage dragging alert!

As for the area, it’s perfect to explore the sites and restaurants of the Gothic Quarter and the Born district, and it’s easy to take cabs or subway to the rest of the city sites.


The area is great for beach and seafood lovers, but it’s a longer walk or ride to the tourist sites. And I need to say there aren’t too many options there. There’s the H10 Port Vell (its proximity to the Gothic Quarter and Born District would make it my favorite here), and further away the Hotel 54 . 

I’ve also seen many people recommending the apartments Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach on Carrer de Sant Miquel 61. It’s located inside the neighborhood alleys but still within 15 minute ride to the port.

A special mention deserves the W Hotel , but not my favorite for many reasons. For what matters to this post, I’ll say it’s located at the very end of the Barceloneta cape, making it the longest ride (20 minutes) to the Barcelona Cruise Port. And it’s far from everything else, so you’ll end up taking cabs every time you exit the hotel unless you are going to the beach. If you are curious about my other reasons to not be fond of it, you can read my W hotel review .

AND FINALLY! Are there any hotels in the Barcelona Cruise Port?

Eurostars grand marina.

If you are boarding a Windstar, Silver, Azamara, Seabourn, MS Berlin, Grand Circle or Aida, for instance, you’ll be right next to the terminal access. Or at least, it’s very likely – ships might change their usual terminal depending on the number of ships on the same day.

It’s a relatively short walk from the beginning of La Rambla. But if you aren’t a big walker, you’ll probably end up taking taxis to explore the rest of the city.

But I’m afraid that if you are boarding a large ship such as Costa, Celebrity, MSC, Viking, Norwegian, Royal Caribean and Tui Mein Schiff, your cruise will be docking in Moll Adossat and there’s no hotel there. No nothing, actually: just the terminals. But the drive there from the Grand Marina is one of the shortest: just 8 minutes.

So wrapping up… Are there other areas where you should consider to stay pre-cruise?

As I said at the beginning of this post, Barcelona is a very compact city and no matter where you stay it’s unlikely to be more than 30 minutes away from the Barcelona Cruise Port. So if you don’t need to be 15 minutes drive or less… Sure! Stay somewhere else and make the most out of your time in the city! It’s fun to get out of the hotel and be right there where you want to be!

Check out my recommendations for Hotels in the Gothic Quarter , Hotels in the Born District , Hotels in the City Center , Hotels in Passeig de Gracia and Hotels by the beach .

What are your favorite hotels near Barcelona Cruise Port?

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Are you departing from Barcelona for a cruise trip?

Or stopping in the city after a long repositioning cruise?

We know most passengers prefer to stay near the Barcelona port and prepare or unwind after a Barcelona cruise so it makes sense to find a hotel nearby.

If you’re looking to spend a couple of days exploring the city before or after you set sail, then you’ll want to keep reading.

From modern apartments to luxury, 5-star hotels, Barcelona has plenty of incredible hotel options.

But more importantly, they offer shuttle services so you don’t have to carry your luggage around.

Below, you’ll find a list of the 18 best hotels near Barcelona cruise port with shuttles.

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1. Hotel Miramar Barcelona GL

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For an ultra luxurious stay in Barcelona, look no further than the Hotel Miramar Barcelona GL.

This 5-star hotel provides world-class service to each and every guest.

The hotel itself is even located inside a former palace built in the Neucentisme style.

Hotel facilities range from two swimming pools to gardens overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

There is also a L’Occitane Spa on-site and 24-hour room service.

To top it off, each room comes with floor to ceiling windows and a designer shower or bath tub.

  • Guest Rating:  8.4
  • Star Rating:  5 stars
  • Address:  Plaza Carlos Ibañez, 3, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona

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2. Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL

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Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL is one of Barcelona’s most iconic hotels.

This luxury hotel was designed to look like an ocean liner.

It is only a 4 minute walk from the ferry terminal and less than 10 minutes by foot from La Rambla.

Rooms are modern in style, offering free WiFi, televisions, mini bars, and whirlpool tubs.

There are also larger suites with living rooms available.

Beyond the rooms, amenities range from a piano bar and gym to a water view terrace and art exhibits.

  • Address:  Moll de Barcelona WTC, Ciutat Vella, 08039 Barcelona

3. Hotel Brummell

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For a more boutique experience near the Barcelona cruise port, consider Hotel Brummell.

This trendy hotel contains just 20 rooms.

This exclusivity is a real perk for guests.

Unlike your typical hotel, this luxury property is bursting with amenities including unlimited yoga classes, a running club, a garden and sauna, and an outdoor pool.

Guest rooms are chic, modern, and ultra Instagrammable.

Rooms come with rain showers, yoga mats, and contemporary art and furniture by prominent European artists.

  • Guest Rating:  9.3
  • Star Rating:  4 stars
  • Address:  Nou de la Rambla, 174, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004 Barcelona

4. W Barcelona

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Be treated like royalty at the W Barcelona.

This ultra trendy, ultra luxurious hotel is sure to enchant you during your stay in Barcelona.

First off, the location is superb.

It has an oceanfront location right along Barcelona’s famous beach boardwalk.

There are three restaurants, plus a beachside eatery, a rooftop bar, and a lounge.

There is also an outdoor infinity pool with a poolside bar, as well as a sauna, spa, and fitness centre.

You’ll be able to see the iconic building from your cruise ship, although you will need a shuttle to escort you around the port to reach W Barcelona (or vice versa).

  • Guest Rating:  8.5
  • Star Rating:  5 star
  • Address:  Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1 – Passeig Joan de Borbo, Ciutat Vella, 08039 Barcelona

5. Sweet Inn Apartments – Ramblas

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Sweet Inn Apartments are one of the bestselling accommodation options in Barcelona for a reason!

If you want to live like a local while in this Spanish city, this is the property for you.

Each apartment is a feast for the eyes, with trendy furniture and decor.

Other perks include free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen televisions, a full kitchen, and a seating area.

There is also daily housekeeping and laundry services.

To top it off, you’re only steps from La Rambla.

  • Guest Rating:  8.8
  • Address:  8 Carrer d’en Serra, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona

6. Duquesa Suites Barcelona

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If a standard hotel room doesn’t offer enough space for your needs, then you’ll love Duquesa Suites Barcelona.

This all-suite hotel overlooks the Balearic Sea.

It is located in a historic building that dates back to the 18th century.

Each suite comes with WiFi, televisions, sitting areas, and kitchenettes.

There is also laundry service, easy beach access, and a seasonal outdoor pool with sunloungers.

From the rooftop deck, you can sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you enjoy panoramic views of the city.

  • Guest Rating:  9.2
  • Address:  Plaça Antonio López 5, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona

7. Duquesa de Cardona 4* Sup

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History meets luxury at the Duquesa de Cardona 4* Sup.

This 4-star hotel is located beside the Port of Barcelona and dates back to the 17th century.

There are two restaurants on-site, on of which has port views, as well as a cocktail bar.

There is also a rooftop sundeck with an outdoor pool available to guests.

Rooms are contemporary and minimalist.

They come with free WiFi, air conditioning, mini bars, bath robes and slippers.

  • Address:  Passeig Colom, 12, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona

8. Aparthotel Arai 4* Superior

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New and old worlds collide at the Aparthotel Arai 4* Superior.

This one-of-a-kind Barcelona hotel can be found inside an 18th century palace.

Rooms feature modern, upgraded bathrooms and furniture paired with brick walls and vintage decor.

For a unique touch, all of the furniture comes from reclaimed material.

There are two restaurants, a rooftop pool, and a sauna.

Select rooms feature spa-style showers and terraces with scenic views of the city down below.

A shuttle service for additional charge can be arranged to travel between the hotel and cruise port.

  • Address:  Avinyo, 30, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona

9. Sant Antoni Lovely Apartment

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You’re sure to feel right at home at Sant Antoni Lovely Apartment.

This Barcelona homely stay is rustic meets modern in design.

It consists of 1 bedroom with air conditioning, WiFi, a kitchenette, a washing machine, and two bathrooms.

There is also a beautiful terrace and bike rentals available.

Finally, the location is unbeatable.

At the Sant Antoni Lovely Apartment, you’re mere steps from the Boqueria Market, Magic Fountain of Montjuic and 5 minute drive from Barcelona cruise port.

  • Address:  25 Ronda de Sant Pau 1st floor, door 1, 08015 Barcelona

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10. The Wittmore – Adults Only

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In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is where you’ll find The Wittmore.

This adults only hotel features elegantly decorated rooms with mini bars, TVs, and private bathrooms.

Some rooms even have courtyard views.

There is an upscale restaurant/bar on-site, as well as a lounge/library area for guests to relax in.

To unwind further, head up to the rooftop deck where full-size sun loungers await.

There is also a solarium and bar on the rooftop terrace.

  • Address:  Riudarenes, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona

11. Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach

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Modern apartments in the heart of Barcelona is what you’ll find at Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach.

This home stay option is conveniently located near Barcelona’s cruise ship port.

It is also mere minutes from Barceloneta Beach.

So if beach access is your priority, this is the spot for you.

Each apartment suite comes with a kitchenette, linens, flat screen TV, and air conditioning.

There are also plenty of markets and local restaurants only a short walk away.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address:  Calle Sant Miquel, 61, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona

12. Happy People Ramblas Harbour

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This artsy apartment rental complex in Barcelona is a great option for cruisers.

Happy People Ramblas Harbour is 5 minutes from the nearest metro station.

While Barcelona’s port and cruise terminal are only a 15 minute walk away.

It is also located in the trendy Poble Sec neighbourhood, which has plenty of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.

Apartments are bright and airy with open concept designs.

Each apartment includes free WiFi, a kitchen area, high ceilings, and stylish decor and furniture.

  • Guest Rating:  8.1
  • Address:  Mata, 24, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004 Barcelona

13. Paral·Lel Flat

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Do you want a chic, minimalist apartment in the heart of Barcelona?

Yes, please!

Paral-Lel Flat offers free WiFi and air conditioning to its guests.

The apartment features 3 bedrooms and is ideal for groups travelling together.

There is a washing machine, flat screen TVs, and full kitchen in the apartment.

Bicycle rentals are also available in the building.

Paral-Lel Flat is one of the closest options near the Barcelona Cruise port, but a shuttle can be arranged for additional charge.

  • Guest Rating:  5.9
  • Star Rating: 4 star
  • Address:  Carrer de Piquer 55, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004 Barcelona

14. ClassBedroom Port Ramblas

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For accommodation near Barcelona’s cruise port, look no further than ClassBedroom Port Ramblas.

This 3-bedroom apartment features free WiFi, air conditioning, and an adorable balcony overlooking the city.

The apartment also has a full kitchen and living space with a washing machine.

Bike and car rentals are available in the building.

The location is also unbeatable.

Plaça Reial, Picasso Museum, and the Cathedral of Barcelona are all within walking distance.

  • Guest Rating:  8.6
  • Star Rating:  4 star
  • Address: 5 Carrer de Montserrat, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona

15. ApartEasy – Port apartment

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In Barcelona’s Sants-Montjuïc district is where you’ll find ApartEasy – Port Apartment.

This modern apartment unit will give you and your travel companions access to the entire apartment suite.

Features include air conditioning, three bedrooms, a terrace, a kitchen, and a washing machine.

There is also an on-site housekeeper who will come in daily to clean.

ApartEasy’s convenient location makes it a great spot for tourists who want to explore the city.

Nearby you’ll find Plaça Reial and the Picasso Museum.

  • Guest Rating:  8.2
  • Star Rating:  3 star
  • Address: 19 Carrer de Vila i Vilà, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004 Barcelona

16. Aspasios Plaza Real Apartments

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Clean and contemporary, Aspasios Plaza Real Apartments are one of the best stays in Barcelona.

Studio apartments come with air conditioning, balconies with street views, and chic wooden floors.

Sleeping and living areas are included in each studio, along with WiFi, a TV, and a DVD player.

Each apartment also has a kitchenette, dishwasher, and washing machine.

Finally, the apartments are in an extremely walkable area of the city.

They are just steps from the famous La Rambla.

They are also only a 2 minute walk to La Boqueria Market and the Liceu Opera House.

  • Address:  Ferran, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona

17. Old Town Ramblas Apartments

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Experience Barcelona like a local at Old Town Ramblas Apartments.

This unique apartment complex is one of the nicest in the city.

Floor to ceiling windows, brick walls, and modern furniture are just a few of the perks.

Each apartment comes with a kitchenette, a balcony, free WiFi, and a smart TV.

Within 10 minutes by foot from the apartment you can be at La Rambla or Avinguda Parallel.

There also plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes right nearby.

  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address:  Different addresses , Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona

18. Casa Codina

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Laid-back apartments is what you can expect at Casa Codina.

This Barcelona stay is located in the Poble Sec neighbourhood.

Apartment amenities include free WiFi, air conditioning, full kitchens, sofas, and dining tables.

There are also laundry facilities and an airport shuttle available.

Further, Casa Codina is only a few minutes from Carrer de Blai, a street famous for its tapas bars.

It is also less than 15 minutes by foot to Plaza Espanya.

Barcelona Fira Convention Centre and Las Arenas Shopping Centre are both located in Plaza Espany.

  • Address: Magalhaes, 39, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004 Barcelona

Want to see more Hotels near Barcelona Cruise Port?

As you can probably tell by now, Barcelona has no shortage of luxurious hotels near the Barcelona Cruise port.

From spacious apartments to boutique style hotels, you’ll definitely have plenty of options in Barcelona.

Plus, many of them are conveniently located near the city’s major attractions.

And all of the hotels above offer shuttle services to make your trip as hassle free as possible.

We hope you have a magical time in Barcelona!

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Despite being the busiest cruise port outside of the USA, Barcelona hotels don’t offer the park and cruise options that are found elsewhere due to limited parking at their premises. So whilst it’s still well worth arriving the day before your cruise in case of unforeseen delays, staying at a hotel and then leaving your car there only provides a single option that we could find. The other hotels below are well situated for a stay before or after your cruise and if you are driving to Barcelona, check out the  parking options  here .

We’ve rounded up some great options and have done a quick comparison in the table below. As with all our tables, you can filter and sort the information to quickly find a hotel that is perfect for you. Clicking on the name of the hotel will take you to further details below, including reviews so you can find out what other travellers have to say.

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Carrer de Palaudàries, 26, 08004 Barcelona | 934 42 06 66  |   Hotel 1 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 4-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

The only hotel we are aware of that offers a cruise parking package and takes you to the port at an additional cost. With an Indian style spa, sun terrace and no need to transfer your car to another car park on the morning of your cruise, this could be the ideal place to stay the night before you set sail. 

DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  <10-minutes walk

PARKING:  Depends on the package

SHUTTLE TO PORT:   Additional Cost

BREAKFAST:   Included



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Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona | 936 03 90 00  |   Hotel 2 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 5-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

Located right at the port, you’ll either be able to walk to your cruise terminal or catch the Port Bus to get to your ship. Coupled with 5-star luxury, this could be the most convenient and luxurious way to stay in Barcelona before or after your cruise.

Amenities at this hotel include a pillow menu, terrace with Mediterranean views, and a fitness room. 

DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  Stops at the hotel

PARKING:   €27.50 per day, only during the stay


BREAKFAST:   Additional Cost

POOL:   Outdoor


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DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  <5-minutes walk

PARKING:   Only during your stay



CHECK IN/OUT:   3 PM / 11 AM


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Carrer d’Albareda, 6, 08004 Barcelona  | 934 43 13 10  |   Hotel 4 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 2-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

You can’t beat the price of this hostel and it gets great reviews. So if you want to save some euros, then this offers shared accommodation, with an evening home-cooked meal and only a ten-minute walk to the port bus in the morning for a bargain price.

Other amenities include coffee/tea in the common area, self-serve laundry, and a terrace for relaxing or visiting with other guests.

PARKING:   Not available

CHECK IN/OUT:   2 PM / 11 AM


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DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  <15-minutes walk

PARKING:   €13-20 per day, only during your stay


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DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  5-minutes walk

PARKING:  €22 per day, only during your stay



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Plaça de Carlos Ibáñez, 3, 08038 Barcelona | 932 81 16 00  |   Hotel 8 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 5-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

With indoor and outdoor pools, so you can swim whatever the weather, as well as a full-service spa, sauna, and rooftop terrace, Miramar can provide a luxury stay before or after your cruise holiday.

DISTANCE TO PORT BUS:  <20-minutes walk / 5-minutes drive

PARKING:   €18 per day, only during your stay.

POOL:   Indoor and Outdoor


Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12, 08001 Barcelona | 933 17 90 32  |   Hotel 9 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 3-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

Located off a side street from the famous Las Ramblas Boulevard, Hotel Gaudi offers some rooms in an art nouveau style to emulate its namesake’s work. Some rooms also offer views over Gaudi’s Palau Guell and the sun terrace provides panoramic views across the city.

Other amenities include a coffee bar, fitness centre, and a welcome drink.

PARKING:   €20 per day, only during your stay


Andante hotel.

Drassanes, 23, 08001 Barcelona | 934 41 25 45  |   Hotel 10 on Map Below  |    Read Reviews of this 3-Star Hotel   |   Back to Table

Claiming to offer 4-star facilities at a 3-star price, Andante offers great views from its 11th-floor infinity pool and a fitness centre. What a great place to chill out the night before your cruise!

POOL:   Rooftop Infinity


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Top 10 Hotels in Barcelona near Cruise Port

Barcelona Columbus Monument and Port Vell

Many cruise ships dock here every year. The harbor area (Port Vell) is buzzing with trendy cafes and restaurants.

Within walking distance you will find the Ramblas, a popular and well-known tourist boulevard in the center of the city.

You cannot miss Plaza Catalunya with its giant fountains and impressive La Sagrada Familia (tickets) cathedral, which is more than worth a visit.

Due to a pleasant climate all year round, Barcelona attracts many tourists who come to enjoy art, culture and nature. Whether you choose a city trip, a sun holiday or a cruise holiday, Barcelona has it all.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stay a couple of nights in Barcelona before or after a cruise. Popular areas include the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Eixample (the Sagrada Familia), El Born and Plaza Catalunya. When staying here, hotels are within walking distance to many sights.

Plaça de Catalunya, centrally located, is one of the most popular places to stay. Its a short distance to Las Ramblas and a short walk to the Gothic quarter. From Catalunya square you can catch the HOHO bus or take the metro. Taxi ranks are also available.

So, let’s check out the 10 best hotels in Barcelona Spain for cruise passengers.

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What are the Best Hotels in Barcelona for Cruise Passengers?

1. eurostars grand marina hotel gl ★★★★★ (closest).

Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL is the closest hotel from the Barcelona cruise port. Located at the foot of Las Ramblas, within the World Trade Center building, this property is only a few minutes walk from the North, South and East Terminals.

Some rooms here offer excellent port views , other have a balcony and larger guest rooms can accommodate families. For anyone who may be cruising out of Barcelona, and looking for a luxury hotel close to the embarkation terminal, this classy establishment is the perfect place to stay.

Distance to Cruise Port: Walking Distance – 1-7 minutes by bus (depending on which terminal)

Eurostars Gran Marina Hotel in Barcelona

2. Hotel Miramar Barcelona GL ★★★★★ (Close to Port)

If you love to travel in luxury and style before or after your cruise, or you just want to splash out on a fancy hotel, Hotel Miramar is one of Barcelona’s top five star hotels. This classy establisment combines traditional and modern architecture with all modern amenities, and has a fantastic location on Montjuic Mountain .

You can stay in one of the luxurious rooms or suites. These are impecable, well-appointed and comfortable. From the gardens you have jaw-dropping views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona cruise port.

Distance to Cruise Port: 5-10 minutes

3. H10 Cubik 4* Sup ★★★★ (Popular)

H10 Cubik 4* Sup is a top hotel in Ciutat Vella , central located in the immediate vincinity of the Plaça Urquinaona and metro station. The historic Gothic Quarter and the old city centre are within easy walking distance.

From the incredible rooftop bar you have a magnificent view of Barcelona. There’s also a small swimming pool with sun beds, ideal to refresh yourself after a day of sightseeing. Rooms are beautifully decorated, well equipped and spacious.

Barcelona Plaça Reial hotel and restaurants

4. Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella ★★★ (Affordable)

Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella is a stylish, contemporary designed 3 star hotel directly across the street from the Ciutadella Park . You can easily walk to nearby Gothic district, a very pleasant neighborhood with many authentic (tapas) restaurants and medieval architecture.

Rooms are not too big, but nicely decorated and feature a modern bathroom. Panoramic vistas from the roof-top bar are fabulous. This hotel is the perfect option for cruise travelers looking for a more budget-friendly, good value for money property.

Travel Time to Port of Barcelona: 7-12 minutes

5. Olivia Plaza Hotel ★★★★ (Best Value)

Olivia Plaza Hotel has one of the best locations in central Barcelona, facing Plaza Catalunya at the top of Las Ramblas . It’s an excellent property for cruise passengers in search of a top rated superior hotel, easy to walk to several touristic attractions.

This chic design hotel combines modern decor with traditional Spanish touches. Rooms are spacious, some feature a terrace and the larger suite has a bathroom with spa bath. It’s one of the nicest hotels in Barcelona Spain.

Taxi to/from Barcelona Cruise Terminals: 7-14 minutes

6. Almanac Barcelona ★★★★★ (Luxury)

If you’re planning to stay pre- or post cruise in a 5 star Barcelona hotel , you should consider the Almanac Barcelona. It’s undoubtedly one of the best rated luxury accommodations in the city, perfectly set a stone’s throw away from central Plaza Catalunya , which is the hub for the city’s public transportation system.

This really wonderful establishment features beautifully designed guest rooms and suites, a spectacular rooftop terrace with chaise lounges and pool. Top quality hotel.

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: 9-15 minutes

Cruise ships in Barcelona Port

7. Sercotel Hotel Rosellon ★★★★ (Sagrada Familia Views)

Sercotel Hotel Rosellon is a very nice, modern hotel boasting the most incredible views of the La Sagrada Familia from its roof-top terrace . Property is well located only 1 block from the Cathedral and a metro station, ideally for sightseeing.

Rooms are comfortable, stylish and air-conditioned. We can recommend those which have views of the Sagrada Familia. Its the perfect accommodation for anyone who wants to stay within close proximity of Gaudi’s masterpiece.

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: 12-18 minutes

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Spain

8. H10 Casa Mimosa 4* Sup ★★★★ (Top Reviewed)

Offering the most spectacular views over Gaudi’s La Pedrera, H10 Casa Mimosa 4* Sup will certainly meet your expectations. The hotel is situated in the Eixample district in Barcelona. Location of the hotel is very central yet quiet , just a block away from the Passeig de Gràcia which is one of the city’s most famous and exclusive promenades.

Each of the property’s 48 guest rooms are bright, classy and beautifully designed. Facilities are excellent with a inner garden, sunny terrace and a plunge pool. The 7th floor rooftop rooftop overlooking Casa Milà is a favorite with many guests.

Distance to Port of Barcelona: 10-15 minutes

Casa Mila building of Gaudi in Barcelona

9. Hotel 1898 ★★★★ (Las Ramblas)

Hotel 1898 is a stylish, central located hotel on La Rambla , the most famous boulevard which runs from Port Vell near the cruise terminals all the way to Plaça Catalunya. Enjoy fine dining at the property’s Mediterranean restaurant or open-air tapas bar. The hotel’s heated roof-top pool or beautiful basement spa is ideal to unwind.

Rooms are elegantly furnished in colonial style, luxurious and equipped with a marble bathroom. Its one of Barcelona’s finest hotels, not far from the Gothic Quarter.

Taxi to Cruise Port: 5-10 minutes

10. ICON Bcn ★★★★ (Family Friendly)

Before you go on a cruise with your family , it is good to know that ​68-room ICON Bcn is one of the best hotels to stay when traveling with kids . Some rooms here have bunk beds to accommodate families with two children, while the triple rooms have a single and double bed.

Ideally located in the Eixample neighborhood, this boutique hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Barcelona’s major sights such as the Casa Milá building and the Sagrada Familia church, both designed by Antoni Gaudi and found within this district.

Taxi to Cruise Ships: 9-14 minutes

Barcelona Cruise Terminals

Port of Barcelona cruise ship and terminals

The Port de Barcelona, located at the end of Las Ramblas, is home to 7 international passenger terminals and one of the largest European cruise ports. Its also the most important turnaround port in the Mediterranean.

Terminals A, B, C and D are based at the Adossat Quay, which is the furthest away from the city centre, so walking is not recommended. Most (larger) cruise ships from among Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and MSC dock here.

Smaller vessels can dock at the North, East or South cruise terminals, right next to the World Trade Center and Torre de Jaume I. The Grand Marina hotel is only a few minutes walk away, and the best place to stay when embarking or disembarking here.

Other Barcelona hotels can easily be reached by taxi or private transfer. Especially during disembarkation it can be worth considering a private shuttle service , as there can be very long queues for taxis.

What to Do and See in Barcelona

Gothic Quarter Barcelona

A visit to one of the beautiful cultural buildings of the famous modern architect Antoni Gaudi such as the huge imposing cathedral Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà and Park Guell with colorful wavy mosaic decorations should not be missed.

La Sagrada Familia , Gaudi’s masterpiece, is a real must see when in Barcelona. Be sure to go inside but its advisable to book tickets online in advance, as it can be very busy.

Parc Guell is another top sight in Barcelona, designed by the famous Gaudi in 1900-1914. Admire so many of Gaudi’s designs and beautiful mosaics in this park.

Wander through the beautiful Gothic quarter , one of the city’s oldest districts. It is not to be missed for culture and architecture enthusiasts. You will also find good restaurants there. Mercat de La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona. Unbelievable how many colors and products you see here. Just walk around and let your senses be stimulated.

When you say Spain, you think of tapas. Delicious traditional Spanish small dishes that you should definitely try. Together with a glass of delicious wine you can enjoy one of the many terraces that the city has to offer.

Football fans will get their money’s worth by visiting the fascinating FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou .

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What is the Best Affordable Hotel near Barcelona Cruise Port?

Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella is a stylish, contemporary designed 3 star hotel directly across the street from the Ciutadella Park. You can easily walk to nearby Gothic district, a very pleasant neighborhood with many authentic (tapas) restaurants and medieval architecture. Rooms are not too big, but nicely decorated and feature a modern bathroom. Panoramic vistas from the roof-top bar are fabulous. This hotel is the perfect option for cruise travelers looking for a more budget-friendly, good value for money property.

What are the Best Reviewed Hotels near Barcelona Port?

Olivia Plaza Hotel has one of the best locations in central Barcelona, facing Plaza Catalunya at the top of Las Ramblas. It’s an excellent property for cruise passengers in search of a top rated superior hotel, easy to walk to several touristic attractions. This chic design hotel combines modern decor with traditional Spanish touches. It’s one of the nicest and best value hotels in Barcelona Spain. Another top reviewed hotel is H10 Casa Mimosa 4* Sup . Offering the most spectacular views over Gaudi’s La Pedrera, this property is situated in the Eixample district in Barcelona.

What is the Closest Hotel to Barcelona Cruise Port?

Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL is the closest hotel from the Barcelona cruise port. Located at the foot of Las Ramblas, within the World Trade Center building, this property is only a few minutes walk from the North, South and East Terminals. Some rooms here offer excellent port views, other have a balcony and larger guest rooms can accommodate families. For anyone who may be cruising out of Barcelona, and looking for a luxury hotel close to the embarkation terminal, this classy establishment is the perfect place to stay.

What are the Best Hotels in Barcelona Before Cruise?

If you’re planning to stay pre- or post cruise in Barcelona, you should consider the Almanac Hotel . It’s undoubtedly one of the best rated luxury accommodations in the city, perfectly set a stone’s throw away from central Plaza Catalunya. H10 Cubik 4* Sup is another top hotel, located in Ciutat Vella within walking distance of the historic Gothic Quarter and the old city centre.

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The Ultimate Barcelona Cruise Port Guide: Expert Advice, Essential Information & How to Get There

In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the Barcelona cruise port, including addresses, cruise line terminals, directions, services, and more, so you can make the most of your pre- or post-cruise stay.

Important Info:

  • Barcelona Cruise Port Address: Port of Barcelona D’Adossat Terminal, Moll Adossat, 1, 08039 Barcelona – Spain, and World Trade Center Barcelona, Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona – Spain. Visit the BCN Port Website here.
  • Cruise Lines and Terminals: The port has seven terminals, with different cruise lines docking at each terminal. Check your boarding documentation for your specific terminal.
  • Parking: Long-term parking is available at the World Trade Center Barcelona and Terminal E, with 24-hour security and optional car-washing services at the World Trade Center.
  • Getting to the Port: You can get to the port from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN) by rideshare, shuttle, or public transit (metro and bus). From Girona-Costa Brava Airport, you can take a taxi or bus.
  • Amenities and Services: The port offers Wi-Fi, bathrooms, wheelchair assistance, porters, and waiting areas with seating and restaurants. There are also luggage storage services available through a private company.

Barcelona Cruise Port Address

Location and contact information.

The Port of Barcelona, officially named Port de Barcelona, is a complex with seven cruise terminals. The main address is Moll Adossat, 1, 08039 Barcelona – Spain . This is where you’ll find Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. Additionally, the World Trade Center Barcelona, located at Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, serves as a docking point for smaller cruise ships. Port Website.

Barcelona Cruise Port Terminal Information: Cruise Line by Cruise Line

Even with multiple terminals, navigating the Barcelona cruise port is relatively straightforward. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from each terminal, organized by cruise line.

Cruise Line-Specific Terminal Information

Cruise lines are assigned to specific terminals based on their ship size and itinerary. Here’s a list of cruise lines and their corresponding terminals ALWAYS DOUBLE CHEK! This represents the most common terminals per cruise line:

Terminal A: MSC Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises

Terminal B: Celebrity Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Costa Cruises

Terminal C: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara Cruises

Terminal D (Palacruceros): Cunard Line, Windstar Cruises, Royal Caribbean International

Terminal E: Silverseas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Virgin Voyages, Explora Journeys, Sea Cloud Cruises, Ponant, Disney Cruise Line, Lindblad Expeditions

World Trade Center Barcelona (North and South Terminals): Smaller ships ( 830 feet ) from various cruise lines

Terminal facilities are generally identical across all terminals, with the exception of Terminal D (Palacruceros), which offers additional amenities, including a larger waiting area and more dining options.

Important note: Be sure to check your cruise line’s documentation for specific terminal information, as assignments may change.

Nearby Landmarks and Attractions

If you have some time, before or after your cruise there are a few places to check out in the area. We’ve also put together a list of the things to do in Barcelona for you .

1 Day Itinerary in Barcelona

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The Barcelona cruise port is conveniently located near landmarks and attractions. The historic Barri Gotic or Old City is a 10-minute shuttle ride from all the terminals.

Popular spots like La Rambla, a known pedestrian street, and the Columbus Monument are easily accessible by walking or taking a taxi. You can also explore the Gothic Quarter visit the Cathedral of Barcelona or enjoy a leisurely stroll along Barceloneta Beach. These attractions showcase the city’s history, architecture, and culture. Make sure to plan your time as it typically takes around 10 to 15 minutes to travel between the cruise port and downtown via shuttle or taxi.

From the ship to the center of Barcelona

In all terminals, there are plenty of options to reach the center of the city. Taxis are plentiful and shuttle busses operate through the ships on a regular basis (sometimes complimentary, sometimes with a small fee). Just about every part of Barcelona worth visiting on a day trip is accessible within 20 mintes.

Can you walk across the port bridge to the city?

In short, it *IS* possible but it’s a hike. It is much longer than it appears on a map. Expect that you could spend an hour getting from your ship to the start of La Rambla / Columbus Monument. It’s not possible for people with mobility issues to walk this area.

Restaurants Near the Barcelona Cruise Port (Plus Shopping and Other Services)

When you’ve just arrived at the port you might want to grab some last minute supplies before setting sail. While most of the vicinity, around the port is industrial there are plenty of shopping options just a short shuttle ride away.

Exploring Dining Choices; From Small Bites to Upscale Dining

Barcelona offers an array of dining establishments ranging from Spanish tapas to upscale fine dining options. Wander along Ample Street (Carrer Ample) a two-block area filled with a mix of restaurants and quaint shops. Another must-visit spot is the Mercado de La Boqueria, a public market brimming with fresh produce, artisanal meats, and more. For a culinary adventure, venture into the lesser-known alleys and streets, near the port. In many areas of Barcelona, commercialism has unfortunately taken over leading to eateries that cater more towards tourists rather than reflecting the true essence of the city and its culture. But amazing local eateries can be found in the above-mentioned areas.

Shopping and Other Services: Convenience Stores, Pharmacies, and More

To stock up on crucials or grab some souvenirs, you’ll find convenience stores, pharmacies, and other services within walking distance of the port. Take a shuttle to the bottom of La Rambla and explore the vendors lining the waterfront, offering standard souvenirs, handmade leather goods, interesting crafts, antiques, and more.

Luggage Storage near the Barcelona Cruise Port

Keep in mind that there is no luggage storage available directly at the Barcelona cruise port.

There are numerous locations that work through companies like Stasher or Bounce. These companies contract with local businesses to securely store your luggage. So if you arrive early or plan on taking a late flight after your cruise, using one of these services will only cost about 5 euros per bag for the whole day. (Don’t be surprised if you’re directed to a local bike shop or cigar store for storage, these services contract with a variety of retail type establishments).

Getting to the Cruise Port

The reality is, if you’re getting a cab from any location in the city, they’ll know where to go. But just in case, here’s some information!

Traveling by Car & Parking Choices

Navigating your way to the Barcelona cruise port is quite straightforward with any GPS system. For those driving themselves there are two parking facilities to choose from; World Trade Center Barcelona and Terminal E. Both spots provide round-the-clock security measures with the World Trade Center parking area being indoors and even offering car cleaning services. Keep in mind that parking at either spot will entail taking the Cruise Bus to reach Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. It’s advisable to book your parking spot in advance at both locations.

On Foot; Directions, for Walking from Nearby Hotels and Tourist Spots

If you prefer walking to reach the Barcelona cruise port you can easily stroll over from hotels and popular attractions. For instance, if your accommodation is located in the Barri Gotic district, a leisurely walk of 10 to 15 minutes will lead you to the port entrance. Starting from La Rambla area head eastward towards the waterfront. Follow the signposts directing you towards the cruise port.

If you have more than one bag, walking may not be an option since the streets are uneven and it can be challenging to keep track of your belongings.

If you choose to walk, just follow the seaside walkway. Look out for signs leading to the cruise terminal. Remember that the port area is quite extensive so it’s important to know which terminal your ship is docked at and plan your path accordingly. Be cautious while walking as there can be a lot of traffic and pedestrians, in the area.

If you reach the Columbus Monument and the beginning of La Rambla on foot, you’ll likely want to take a taxi over the bridge (Unless you’re fortunate enough to have your ship dock right in the center of the port entry).

Getting from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN) to the Barcelona Cruise Port

If your journey to the Barcelona Cruise Port begins at Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN). You have plenty of options to get to the port from the airport, depending on your budget, time, and preferences.

Public Transit from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport to the Barcelona Cruise Port

Barcelona’s efficient public transportation system can take you from the airport to the cruise port. Take Line 9 and transfer to Line 3 at Zona Universitaria station. The closest metro stop to the port is Drassanes, which sits at the foot of La Rambla. From there, catch the T3/PortBus cruise shuttle bus, a five-minute walk away, to reach the cruise terminals.

It’s best to get a taxi or cruise shuttle from the station! Most ships park over a long bridge that is not pedestrian-friendly. While it’s walkable, it’s not advised AT ALL.

Airport Taxi Service to the Barcelona Cruise Port

Taxis are readily available outside the arrival level of the airport. The ride to any of the cruise terminals takes about a half-hour, depending on traffic. Cost? Expect to spend € 50 to get to the port from BCN.

Be aware that taxi fares may vary depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. Make sure to check the estimated fare before you start your journey. Additionally, some taxi companies may not accept credit cards, so it’s a good idea to have some euros handy. (ATMs are available in the airport)

Getting from the Girona-Costa Brava Airport to the Barcelona Cruise Port

Girona-costa brava airport taxi service to the barcelona cruise port.

Transfer to the Barcelona cruise port by taxi is another option, but be prepared for a long and expensive ride, taking around an hour. The fare will be approximately €120-150 , depending on traffic and the time of day.

To book a taxi in advance, you can contact companies like Radiotaxi Girona (+34 972 20 20 20).

Keep in mind that flying into the Barcelona-El Prat International Airport is often more convenient, but if you do find yourself at Girona-Costa Brava Airport, a taxi ride might be your best bet.

Public Transit from the Girona-Costa Brava Airport to the Barcelona Cruise Port

An alternative to taxis is the Sagales bus company shuttle, which runs between the airport and Barcelona, but only coincides with Ryanair flights. Unfortunately, there is no direct public transit option from this airport to the Barcelona cruise port; every other route involves several transfers.

Taking the Train to the Barcelona Cruise Port

If you’re arriving from another European city for a cruise (or departing to another city after a cruise) this information is for you!

Barcelona differs from European cities as its train system doesn’t have a direct link to the cruise port. Nonetheless there are train stations in proximity that provide convenient access to the port.

Nearby Train Stations

The train hub in Barcelona, Barcelona Sants is approximately a 20-minute taxi ride from the cruise port. Regional trains also serve Placa de Catalunya, Estacio Franca, or Passeig de Gracia stations all located in the city center and reachable by taxi.

Train Timetables and Ticket Costs

Service frequency and ticket prices vary depending on the type of train and route. You can view schedules and purchase tickets on the Renfe website or at train stations.

Travelers bound for the port should be aware that trains generally operate regularly. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to plan and check schedules beforehand. From Barcelona Sants station taking a taxi to reach the cruise port typically takes 20 minutes & costs approximately €20 subject to traffic conditions. Alternatively, you can opt for a bus or metro ride from the station to reach Drassanes | Metro line 3 (L3), which’s a short stroll away, from the port.

Make sure to contact your cruise line for any suggestions, on train stations or shuttle services. It’s an idea to book your train tickets on time to get the best prices.

The address, for Barcelona Sants station is Plaça dels Països Catalans, s/n 08014 Barcelona, Spain.

Wheelchair and Accessibility at the Barcelona Cruise Port

Terminal accessibility features.

Features like ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms make the terminals at the Barcelona Cruise Port wheelchair-friendly. Additionally, all terminals have designated areas for passengers with reduced mobility.

Assistance Services for Passengers with Disabilities

Features of the assistance services include trained staff to aid passengers with disabilities, as well as adapted transportation vehicles.

This service is available at all terminals, and it’s recommended to arrange mobility assistance through your cruise line to ensure a smooth experience. Wheelchairs are available, but booking in advance guarantees proper transportation. The port also offers adapted transportation vehicles to facilitate embarkation and disembarkation.

Please note that there is no luggage storage available at the Barcelona cruise port for passengers with disabilities. However, the port has a partnership with Bags&Go, a private company that transfers luggage to a hotel, the airport, or train station.

Porters and Baggage Handlers, at the Barcelona Cruise Port

At every terminal, you’ll find porters and Red Caps ready to lend a helping hand.

Porter Services; Help with Luggage and More

On embarkation day, cruise porters are on hand at every terminal to help with your luggage and ensure its securely loaded onto the ship. They’re also there for any heavy lifting tasks you might have including wheelchairs, strollers, etc.

Red Cap Services: Personalized Assistance for Passengers

For a touch of luxury, passengers can take advantage of the Red Cap services providing assistance to those in need. Whether it is guiding you through the terminal or assisting with mobility challenges these dedicated staff members will make sure you receive the attention and care you may need.

It’s important to mention that Red Cap services are especially beneficial for passengers with disabilities or mobility issues. With their expertise navigating the terminal becomes a breeze. To ensure a stress-free experience remember to arrange for Red Cap assistance through your cruise line of time.

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Bathrooms at the Barcelona Cruise Port

All cruise terminals at the Barcelona Cruise Port have modern and clean bathroom facilities, making it easy for you to freshen up before or after your cruise.

Cleanliness and Amenities

Bathrooms at the terminals are well-maintained and equipped with expected amenities. You’ll also find baby-changing facilities and accessible bathrooms for passengers with disabilities.


Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are available at each terminal. Additionally, there are lowered sinks and grab bars to ensure easy use for passengers with mobility impairments.

Do you need to arrange mobility assistance? Every cruise line has contact details for these arrangements to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.

Barcelona Cruise Port Wi-Fi

Not all cruise ports offer reliable Wi-Fi, but Barcelona has rolled out Wi-Fi in nearly all locations in the terminals. Most of the time, this is a free service, but there are still commercial companies in some areas that charge for Wi-Fi.

Barcelona Cruise Port Waiting Area and Seating

Many cruise passengers find themselves waiting at the Barcelona cruise port, whether it’s for their ship to arrive, for embarkation to begin, or for their travel companions to finish up last-minute tasks. Fortunately, the port’s waiting areas are designed to make you as comfortable as possible.

Comfort and Amenities

The waiting areas in each terminal are modern, climate-controlled, and equipped with ample seating. You’ll also find a restaurant or bar where you can grab a snack or drink, including the local favorite, café con leche. Some terminals even offer VIP lounges and children’s zones to keep everyone entertained.

More Tips About the Barcelona Cruise Port

  • Cruise Ship Shuttle Bus Services: Many cruise companies offer free shuttles that will pick you up and drop you off at the same place, so check to see whether transportation is included.
  • Walking Distance: If your ship docks at the World Trade Center, you won’t need the shuttle since points of interest are within walking distance.
  • The Area Near the Barcelona Cruise Port: Unless you dock at the World Trade Center, don’t bother walking from your ship to the city. The path from the closest berth will take at least 45 minutes over a steep, highway-like bridge that does have a sidewalk but also has cars speeding by.
  • Luggage Storage: There is no luggage storage available at the Barcelona cruise port. However, the port does have a partnership with Bags&Go, a private company that transfers luggage to a hotel, the airport, or train station. There are also private storage options available near the port.
  • Arrive Early: Plan to arrive at the terminal at least two hours before departure to allow for security checks and boarding.

Expect outdoor lines

On several recent embarkations from Barcelona, we experienced unusually long lines OUTSIDE of the covered terminal areas! In the summer heat, people became very uncomfortable and downright angry. So expect this COULD happen and bring a bottle of water and have snacks easily available in case you end up standing outside for a while.

Common Questions and Answers

For those who want to know more, here are some common questions and answers about the Barcelona Cruise Port:

Tips for getting to the port, parking, and amenities can be found in our comprehensive guide. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask!

Q: Where is the Barcelona Cruise Port located, and what are the addresses of the terminals?

A: The Barcelona Cruise Port, officially named Port de Barcelona, is a complex with seven cruise terminals. The main terminals are located at:

  • Port of Barcelona D’Adossat Terminal: Moll Adossat, 1, 08039 Barcelona – Spain (Terminals A, B, C, D, and E)
  • World Trade Center Barcelona: Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona – Spain (North Terminal and South Terminal)

Q: How do I get from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN) to the Barcelona Cruise Port?

A: You can get to the Barcelona Cruise Port from the airport by:

  • Rideshare services like Uber and Cabify (but there are easier options like Taxis)
  • Shuttle services from various companies
  • Public Transit: Take Line 9 and transfer to Line 3 at Zona Universitaria station, then take the T3/PortBus cruise shuttle bus from Drassanes station
  • Taxi: Available outside the Arrivals level of the airport, approximately a 30-minute ride

Q: What amenities and services are available at the Barcelona Cruise Port?

A: The Barcelona Cruise Port offers various amenities and services, including:

  • Long-term parking at the World Trade Center Barcelona and Terminal E
  • Wheelchair and mobility assistance available through cruise lines
  • Porters and Red Caps are available at every terminal on embarkation days
  • Bathrooms and Wi-Fi available at each terminal
  • Waiting areas and seating, as well as restaurants and bars
  • Some terminals have VIP lounges and children’s zones

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The 16 BEST Hotels in Barcelona Near the Cruise Port (2024)

Have you been wondering about the best hotels in Barcelona near the cruise port ? I’ve got you covered!

The Cruise Port of Barcelona is renowned as one of the busiest in the world, and there are many hotels near Barcelona cruise port to choose from. If you’re planning a cruise that departs from or ends in Barcelona, accommodation can make all the difference in your travel experience.

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I spent a month living in Barcelona recently, and I had time to explore the ins and outs of the city, especially the area around the cruise port, Las Ramblas and Barcelona’s beaches. During that time, I also booked day passes at lots of Barcelona hotels and had a chance to look around.

The truth is, you can access most places in Barcelona within 30 minutes in a taxi; even if you stay in neighbouring Castellefells or at Barcelona Airport, you will still be only 15-20 minutes from Barcelona cruise port.

However, if you want to stay nearby for convenience and enjoy more time in the hotel in the morning (especially if you are travelling with kids), these are the BEST hotels near Barcelona cruise port to suit all budgets.

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My Top 3 Picks: Hotels in Barcelona Near the Cruise Port

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Hotel Eurostars Grand Marina

, ✅ Closest hotel to the cruise port

✅ Luxury hotel

✅ Outdoor pool with amazing views.

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Sofitel Barcelona Skipper

✅ Two pools – 1 on the rooftop and 1 near the beach.

✅ Right by the Gothic Quarter

✅ Excellent Location

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Andante Hotel

✅ An affordable option

✅ Within walking distance of the port

✅ Rooftop pool

The Location of Barcelona Cruise Port

Zoom in and out on the map to see where Barcelona cruise port is in the city:

Barcelona cruise port is located next to the areas of Ciutat Vella, or Barcelona’s old city centre. The port has 2 ferry terminals and 7 cruise terminals. You should look into which terminal your ship leaves from.

Adossat Quay’s Dock

At Adossat Quay, you’ll find the series of terminals labelled A through E . Located furthest from the heart of the city; these terminals provide a more secluded area where cruise ships dock.

Barcelona Cruise Terminals at the World Trade Centre

Within the vicinity of the World Trade Centre (WTC) pier, two terminals are located, aptly named North and South .

Adjacent to the WTC, the Sant Bertrand Terminal stands, primarily serving as the departure and arrival point for ferries that ply between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.

Maremagnum Port Vell hosts a small, unique terminal. However, this terminal caters primarily to large shipping vessels and not typically for cruise liners.

How to Choose a Hotel Near Barcelona Cruise Port

There are some very high-end hotels near the Barcelona cruise port with all the facilities you need. There are also some hostal style accommodation options if you’re on a budget or you’re arriving late the night before your cruise departs.

It’s also worth noting the time of year. During peak season from June-August, the prices increase dramatically, which could make the hotels very near the port or the ones with better facilities like pools out of your budget. Make sure you book in advance if this is the case!

How You Will Travel to the Cruise Port

By Taxi: If you prefer the flexibility and convenience of travelling by taxi, you can afford to stay a bit further from the cruise port, even up to 30 minutes away. This allows you to explore a broader range of hotel options. This means you can stay in Badalona, Castefells or most of Barcelona City for a quick transfer to the cruise port.

Walking or using Public Transport: If you are relying on public transport or walking to reach the cruise port, it’s advisable to choose a hotel that is located very close to a metro station. This way, you’ll ensure a seamless and hassle-free commute to the cruise terminal.

Location Preferences

Think about what kind of surroundings you would like your hotel to be in. If you’re a beach lover and would like to spend some time soaking in the sun, a hotel near Barcelona’s beautiful beaches would be ideal.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and history, choosing a hotel closer to the city center or historical areas might be more your style.

Time Spent at the Hotel

Consider how much time you plan to spend at the hotel. If you’re likely to be out and about, exploring the city or engaging in pre-cruise activities, a simple and clean hotel might suffice.

However, if you plan to enjoy some leisurely time at the hotel, opting for one with additional amenities such as a pool, spa, or a rooftop terrace can enhance your stay.

The Best Hotels in Barcelona Near the Cruise Port

The closest : hotel eurostars grand marina hotel, 🌟🌟🌟🌟.

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: 1 minute walk

Hotel Eurostars is the NEAREST hotel to Barcelona cruise port and one of the most luxurious hotels in Barcelona. If you’re looking for a pre-cruise hotel in Barcelona the Eurostars is perfect.

The hotel’s prime location of eurostars grand marina hotel is just a 5-minute stroll from Las Ramblas and only 500 meters from Drassanes Metro Station. You’ll be just 15km from Barcelona el prat airport too.

Located within the World Trade Center building (where the port shuttles drop you off, and 2 terminals are located), the Eurostars Hotel has 291 rooms with plenty of family room options.

There’s also an outdoor pool with some of the best views of Barcelona cruise port. The hotel also has a gym, and The massage offerings at the hotel are varied and designed to harmonize your body and mind.

The Grand Marina restaurant serves Mediterranean delicacies, and you can enjoy exotic cocktails at the lobby bar.

If you’re thinking of driving to Barcelona, you can conveniently park your car near the hotel for €30/day.

👉   Click here to book your stay at Eurostars Grand Marina!

Hotel Miramar 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: An 18-minute walk or 6 minute taxi ride.

At Hotel Miramar, you can be nearby some of the best things to do in Barcelona and enjoy a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Set in a former palace on Montjuïc Mountain, the Miramar Hotel combines historical charm with modern elegance and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a luxurious bathroom stocked with L’Occitane toiletries. Choose from Deluxe, Premium, or Suite Miramar rooms.

The hotel has a L’Occitane Spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room. A seasonal outdoor pool amid lush gardens is also available.

The Studio Miramar restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine, and you can have amazing drinks at the terrace bar.

Hotel Miramar is one of the best hotels near the Barcelona cruise terminal, less than 10 minutes from Plaça d’Espanya and Passeig de Gràcia and within a 20-minute walk to cultural landmarks like the Joan Miró Foundation and the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hotel Miramar

Hotel Nuevo Triunfo 🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 14-minute walk, 5 minute bus journey or 6 minute taxi ride.

Hotel Nuevo Triunfo sits right next to Montjuïc Mountain, one of Barcelona’s most scenic locations.

The hotel’s prime position means the city’s pulse is always close by. You’re a mere three-minute walk from Paral·lel Metro Station. Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous boulevard, is just a ten-minute stroll away.

In your room, you’ll find more than just a place to rest. Each space is thoughtfully designed with air conditioning and a seating area. Triple rooms are also available – a rare find in Barcelona.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hotel Nuevo Triunfo

INNSiDE by Meliá Barcelona 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 13-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride.

The INNSiDE by Meliá Barcelona Apolo is located at the foot of Montjuïc; a mere 7 minutes walk from the iconic Las Ramblas and right next to the Parallel metro station for easy travel around Barcelona.

There are large, comfortable rooms with smart décor and complimentary minibar treats.

The hotel serves an energizing buffet breakfast. In the evenings, you can savour light meals at the snack bar or dine in one of the 2 restaurants. If you prefer, there is also a 24-hour room service.

The peaceful terrace is a sanctuary for relaxation, or perhaps, you’d like to try out the 24-hour fitness centre. Bicycles are also available to rent, which is an ideal way to explore the city, especially the promenade that spans Barcelona’s beaches. Make sure you go all the way to Llevant Beach – my favourite!

👉 Click here to book your stay at INNSiDE by Meliá Barcelona

Andante Hotel 🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 14-minute walk or 7 minute taxi ride.

Situated in the vibrant Raval Quarter within the Ciutat Vella district, the Andante Hotel is a great choice of hotel near Barcelona cruise port. The hotel’s location is 350m from Drassanes Metro Station and the famous Las Ramblas.

It is also within walking distance to the Port Vell, cruise terminals, the Maremagnum leisure area, and the Parallel Theatre district.

The hotel has 134 modern and practical rooms across 10 floors, including double, triple, family, and single rooms. Some rooms offer a balcony or panoramic views.

One of the hotel’s highlights is its rooftop pool, which provides amazing views of Barcelona. This spot is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. The hotel is also equipped with a gym.

👉 Click here to book your stay at the Andante Hotel

The Coronado Hotel 🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 17-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride.

The Conrado Hotel is one of the best Barcelona cruise port hotels. It’s affordable in a fantastic location next to Barcelona’s commercial and business centre on Avenida Diagonal. A mere 5-minute journey takes you to the cultural treasures of Passeig de Gràcia, Las Ramblas Catalunya, and Barcelona’s famed modernist route.

You’ll find yourself only a short stroll from the renowned modern style route and in the heart of an upmarket residential area, giving you a taste of the real Barcelona.

Single and twin rooms are available, and you can request a cot free of charge. The hotel also offers breakfast which can also be served in your room.

👉 Click here to book your stay at the Conrado Hotel

Hostal Apolo Barcelona 🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 15 minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride.

Hostal Apolo Barcelona is one of the best affordable hotels near Barcelona cruise port, located in the Sants-Montjuic district, just off Avinguda Parallel and a 5-minute walk from the Paral-lel Metro station for easy access to Barcelona’s attractions.

Hostal Apolo is strategically located close to popular sites such as Las Ramblas, the port, and the Gothic quarter, all within a ten-minute walk. Montjuïc Park is easily reachable too.

The rooms feature simple, modern decor in single, double, and triple rooms, with private or shared bathrooms. Some rooms also include balconies.

The surrounding neighbourhood boasts a selection of cafes and bars. For dining, numerous restaurants can be found near Las Ramblas. The hostel also offers a 24-hour reception and luggage storage for added convenience.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hostal Apolo

Hotel Barcelona Universal 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 15-minute walk or 8-minute taxi ride.

If you’re setting sail from Barcelona, Hotel Barcelona Universal is an excellent choice. Located in the vibrant Poble-Sec area, known as Barcelona’s theatre district, the hotel is a short walk from Las Ramblas/

A major perk of staying here is the accessibility to public transport, as the hotel is well-connected with metro lines and bus stops. This connectivity is ideal for effortless exploration of Barcelona’s diverse attractions.

One of the highlights of Hotel Barcelona Universal is its rooftop pool and terraces with views of major landmarks such as Sagrada Familia.

Rooms can be single, double, twin or triple, and the hotel also has superior and privilege rooms available.

The T Universal Terrace Lounge is a must-visit. Open from April to October. It serves authentic tapas and a selection of Mediterranean-inspired cocktails in a cosy ambience. Wolf Tavern on the first floor offers a breakfast buffet to kickstart your day, and in the evenings, it transforms into a haven for cocktails and tapas.

A Fitness room equipped with all essentials. For relaxation, indulge in a massage or head to the solarium.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hotel Barcelona Universal

Onix Liceo 🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 15-minute walk or 8-minute drive.

Onix Liceo is located in the lively El Raval neighbourhood, nearby La Rambla (Barcelona city centre), Plaza Real, and the beach.

The hotel boasts a blend of historical and modern design, with mozarabic arches in the H2O Lounge, adding a touch of grandeur. There is a sun terrace and an outdoor pool (open from April to October).

Rooms at Onix Liceo are spacious and air-conditioned, accommodating up to 2 adults and 1 child.

Free water, coffee, and tea are available 24/7, and the hotel also offers car and bicycle rental services.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Onix Liceo

Sofitel Barcelona Skipper 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 9-minute taxi ride.

Sofitel Barcelona Skipper is a stylish haven right by the Gothic Quarter. If you’re cruising with family and looking for a luxurious stay near the cruise terminal, this hotel is a perfect choice.

What stands out are the two pools – one on the rooftop with amazing views of the Mediterranean and the other in a quiet garden close to the beach. Both pools have bars, so you can unwind with a drink in hand.

For food lovers, the TENDIEZ restaurant serves up delicious tapas. Want to make the evening special? Head to the rooftop bar for cocktails and watch the sun set over the sea.

The rooms are elegant and cosy. You get to choose from a range of different views – gardens, the city, or the sea.

Staying active is easy with their modern fitness centre. And if you love greenery, the hotel is wrapped in gardens that keep the atmosphere fresh.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Sofitel Barcelona Skipper

Hotel Catalonia Port 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 7 minute taxi ride or 13-minute walk.

Located in the vibrant heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Hotel Catalonia Port is a fantastic spot for those looking to soak in the city before setting sail. It’s nearby the El Born Quarter and within easy reach of the seafront.

The hotel boasts modern rooms that focus on both style and comfort. The on-site restaurant – El Racó del Port serves seasonal Mediterranean cuisine from Monday to Saturday. During the weekends, you have the option of a late buffet breakfast available until noon.

One of the highlights of Hotel Catalonia Port is its interior courtyard, where you can unwind on sunbeds, take a refreshing swim in the seasonal pool, or indulge in available spa treatments.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hotel Catalonia Port

W Barcelona: One of the Best Barcelona Hotels 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 16-minute taxi ride.

Welcome to the iconic W Barcelona , one of the finest hotels in Barcelona, Spain, where luxury and style meet stunning views of Barceloneta Beach and further afield. . If you’re looking for Marriott hotels near Barcelona cruise port, the W is one of the best options.

Designed by renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, this striking sail-like structure dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking design throughout.

The hotel boasts a range of luxurious rooms, each featuring avant-garde design and offering mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean Sea or the city. Relax in comfort with a chaise lounge, indulge in the latest entertainment on a flat-screen TV, and experience the refreshing rainfall shower.

Dining at W Barcelona is an experience in itself. The FIRE gourmet restaurant serves up delectable cuisine, while the ECLIPSE rooftop bar on the 26th floor offers cocktails and panoramic views of the city and sea.

For a beachside treat, head to SALT Beach Club & Restaurant, where innovative burgers and specially crafted cocktails await.

The hotel features two pools, the SUN Deck and WET Deck, surrounded by inviting decking and loungers. Direct beach access allows you to soak up the sun and enjoy the sand between your toes. Unwind in the W Spa, complete with a hot tub, sauna, steam room, and a brand-new relaxation area called GETAWAY.

At W Barcelona, you’ll be immersed in luxury and comfort. Each of the 473 guestrooms and suites offers panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Barcelona, providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable stay.

👉 Click here to book your stay at W Barcelona!

Other Options to Consider

Ibis styles bogatell 🌟🌟.

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 13-minute taxi ride.

The Ibis Styles Bogatell is NOT within walking distance to the cruise port, but if you want to enjoy some Barcelona beach time after your cruise, this is the perfect place to stay.

I was looking at this hotel for a pre-cruise hotel close to Barcelona cruise port, but to explore Barcelona after your cruise, the Ibis Bogatell is one of the best pst cruise hotels in Barcelona.

Reach the beach on foot in just 12 minutes or take a leisurely stroll to Port Olímpic. Just one metro stop away, you can discover Barcelona’s iconic cultural centre. From our hotel, you are minutes from Sagrada Familia. Thanks to its proximity to the L4 line, exploring the Gothic Quarter and La Pedrera is a breeze.

The rooms blend modern features with cosy touches for the ultimate retreat. Choose from a double room or a superior room with a terrace.

There is a rooftop pool with deckchairs and a lovely bar serving snacks and tapas, all accompanied by sweeping sea views.

The hotel has a delicious breakfast as well as a cocktail bar called Onada.

There is also a dedicated play area for the little ones.

👉 Click here to book your stay at the IBIS Styles Bogatell

Hotel Arts Barcelona 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 10-minute taxi ride.

Discover the epitome of luxury at Hotel Arts Barcelona , one of the best hotels in the city, where extraordinary experiences await you. If you’re looking for Marriott hotels near Barcelona cruise port, this is one of the best options.

Rising tall as a landmark on the coast, Hotel Arts Barcelona offers breathtaking panoramic city and beach views. This urban resort combines tranquillity and genuine luxury, providing impeccable service tailored to your needs. The guestrooms, suites, and serviced penthouses exude comfort and elegance, flooded with natural light.

Indulge in the culinary delights of Hotel Arts Barcelona with its five gastronomic restaurants and a cocktail bar. From exquisite Mediterranean cuisine at the Michelin-starred Enoteca restaurant to relaxing poolside dining during the summer, the hotel caters to every palate. I had one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had here!

The hotel has an Infinity Pool and family pool, surrounded by lush gardens. Try the 43 The Spa, located on the 43rd floor, where organic luxury meets a sense of tranquillity high above the city. I loved my time at the spa and had an amazing massage.

Perfectly situated next to Barcelona’s Olympic Port, Hotel Arts Barcelona offers easy access to shops, lively bars, and the iconic Barceloneta Beach. Explore the city’s cultural attractions, visit Gaudí’s masterpieces, or simply enjoy leisurely walks along the beach.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hilton Diagonal Mar: A Taxi Ride Away, But We Loved Our Stay! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Hilton Diagonal Mar Hotel is right opposite the Diagonal Mar shopping centre and 400m from Platja de Llevant beach – my favourite in Barcelona.

The seasonal outdoor pool boasts is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of sightseeing or to join the city’s trendy crowd during our popular Pure parties at the weekend.

Michelin-starred chef Artur Martinez weaves magic with his innovative seasonal dishes and tapas at the restaurant. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, every bite promises an exciting journey for your palate. Fancy a drink? Our Ma’i bar serves artisan coffee and regional wines to complete your gastronomic experience.

Don’t forget to check out Purobeach Barcelona, our seasonal beach club rated among the world’s best, featuring a bar and resident DJ for your entertainment.

With excellent metro links, you’ll be a 20-minute ride from the city centre whether you’re here for business, shopping, or the beach. There’s also a large taxi rank outside and a fast road that goes straight to Barcelona cruise port.

👉 Click here to book your stay at Hilton Diagonal Mar

Where I’m Staying Before My Next Cruise: SB Barcelona Events 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Distance to Barcelona Cruise Port: A 22 minute taxi ride.

Hotel SB BCN Events is located just out of Barcelona in Castelldefel, adjacent to the Olympic Canal and Ànec Blau shopping centre. Barcelona’s bustling city life is just a short drive away.

The hotel features a well complete with a steam room, hammam, and sauna. There’s also a fully-equipped gym large outdoor swimming pool and a kids’ playground. Here, you’ll be just 22 minutes by taxi from the cruise port, and you’ll be paying the price of a room only Hostal in Barcelona centre but have all these facilities.

The 323 spacious rooms range from double to executive suites, some even boasting terraces, offering stunning views of the Olympic Canal or mountains.

The on-site restaurant offers an executive menu and à la carte options. The stylish poolside snack bar serves a delightful array of cocktails.

You can also take a leisurely 25-minute stroll to the beautiful Castelldefels beach or find retail therapy at a large shopping centre just a 4-minute walk away.

👉 Click here to book your stay at SB Barcelona Events

Travelling to and From Barcelona Cruise Port from Your Hotel

Transfer: If you book a private transfer, your driver will be where your ship disembarks, holding a sign with your name on it.

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Taxi: A taxi is a good option to travel from Barcelona cruise port hotels to the port. Getting off the ship, there could be large taxi queues.

Walking: If you’ve booked one of these hotels, they are all within 1 mile of the cruise port and easily walkable unless specified. The cruise port is a 15-minute walk to La Rambla. If you disembark at a further away terminal, the ‘Cruise Bus’ with shuttle you to the world trade centre. You will have to do this if you disembark at terminals A to E. A single ticket is €3.

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In Barcelona, you’ll find stunning architecture, delectable cuisine, and vibrant cultural experiences at every turn. Get to know Barcelona’s many distinct neighborhoods, including the Old Town or Ciutat Vella , where you’ll find museums, cafes, and shopping. Venture to the Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gotic , and stroll through its narrow streets, where you’ll see the best of Barcelona’s Gothic architecture, mystical corridors, and old city cafes. Another must-visit stop in Barcelona is Las Ramblas, the famous pedestrian walkway in the heart of the city that will take you past restaurants, bars, stores, and the storied Boqueria food market.

This Spanish coastal gem is not only one of the most popular cities in the world, but is also a departure port for cruises around Europe. Cruises from Barcelona visit some of the most beautiful destinations in Spain, including Seville, Ibiza, and Malaga, as well as gorgeous Mediterranean destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Malta. Spend a few magical days in this spectacular city before embarking on a cruise of a lifetime through Europe.


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Embark on an in-depth experience in the city where your cruise starts. Stay in accommodations we’ve carefully selected. Enjoy tours guided by experts to see the must-sees and do the must-dos. Take private transportation between your airport, hotel, and ship.

Guided Tour Highlights:  Explore the best of Barcelona, including iconic sites such as Antonio Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell and the Picasso Museum. Experience the culture, savor the cuisine, and marvel at the art and architecture of this dynamic city.

Top Destinations on Cruises from Barcelona

Greek islands.

Sail around Greece’s idyllic islands, where you’ll dive into crystal-clear waters and discover historic landmarks. Walk along the white-washed buildings of Santorini, visit the Temple of Venus in Rhodes, enjoy fresh seafood in Mykonos, and admire the stunning Parthenon in Athens. This spectacular cruise will also take you to the preserved medieval city of Valletta in Malta and Ephesus in Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Discover the magic of Spain during a cruise around the Mediterranean. Soak up the sun and embrace the boho-chic spirit in the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. Visit Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona and admire the Moorish architecture in Andalusian cities like Seville and Granada. Savor traditional Spanish cuisine in Valencia, known for its excellent paella; Vigo, home of the world-famous Albariño; and Bilbao, where you can easily spend a day trying out its wide-array of tapas and pintxos. 

Experience la dolce vita during a cruise that stops in Italy’s most beautiful destinations. In Venice, make your way through the floating city’s romantic canals and intimate alleyways. Visit the chic island of Capri, where you’ll find the Blue Grotto, and the ancient city of Pompeii that was buried under ash after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, or visit the golden beaches of Santa Margherita in the glittering Italian Riviera. Finish off your trip with a day in Rome, where ancient ruins, spectacular art, and delectable food await.

Explore the coastal wonders of France. In Florence, start your day on the coast of the Ligurian Sea and end the day looking up in awe at the Gothic-style Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Settle into the French Riviera in Nice, a charming town filled with glitzy beaches and seaside restaurants. Discover the scents of Provence, known for its lavender and perfumes.

Wine and dine your way through Portugal, a destination of culinary capitals and seaside escapes. Explore the medieval buildings and cathedrals in Lisbon and finish off a day of sightseeing with a sweet pastel de nata . Visit the lovely vineyards of the Douro Valley in Porto and sip on the city’s most popular export, Port wine. Discover Madeira, a tiny archipelago of four islands off the coast of Portugal.

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When you’re not busy exploring each port destination, you’ll have endless entertainment options, bars and lounges, and innovative venues to experience on board. Spend your days at sea unwinding at The Spa and your nights dancing under the stars. A cruise with Celebrity around the Mediterranean is an unforgettable experience unlike any other.

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Barcelona port facilities & location.

The Port of Barcelona is a popular departure port for Mediterranean cruises and is a little less than an hour’s walk away from the center of the city. You can also take a bus shuttle service that runs between the port terminal and the famous Christopher Columbus monument that welcomes visitors at one of the ends of Las Ramblas. Another option is to travel by taxi, which will get you downtown in about 20 minutes.

Top Sights & Landmarks to See Before Cruises From Barcelona

La sagrada família.

Barcelona’s most iconic monument and an absolute must-see for any visitor is the world-renowned La Sagrada Familia, envisioned and created by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. As a religious man, Gaudi devoted a large part of his life to this majestic, towering cathedral and unfortunately died before its completion. The sheer size of its majestic towers and the immaculate detail displayed on every square inch of the cathedral and basilica—both indoors and outdoors—is unparalleled. La Sagrada Familia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, and Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the basilica in November of 2010.

Santa Maria del Mar Basilica

The Santa Maria del Mar Basilica might seem simple when compared to La Sagrada Familia, but this Gothic cathedral is equally as stunning. It is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style and is notable because of its intricate stained-glass windows and unifying proportions. While most churches took centuries to build, Santa Maria del Mar was completed in only 55 years, from 1329 to 1383. Known as the “People’s Church,” the basilica has suffered through extensive damage twice: First during the 1428 earthquake and later in 1936, when rioters burned parts of its facade for 11 days straight during the Spanish Civil War. After both instances, the cathedral was rebuilt to its former state.

Casa Milà (Pedrera)

In 1905, Pere Mila and his wife, Roser Segimon, purchased a plot of land measuring over 1,800 square meters and commissioned Gaudi to build a new property for them. This gigantic structure—often the ridicule of their peers and contemporaries—became their home with attached apartments that the couple would rent for profit. Casa Mila became known as La Pedrera (“the stone quarry”) because its façade seemed nothing like a mansion, but more of a strange stone monstrosity to locals. Casa Mila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Casa Batlló

In 1904, Josep Batlló commissioned Gaudi to build this stunning, dreamlike structure. The tiny details will astound you, and the surprising dragon-shaped roof makes Casa Batlló impossible to miss during your visit to Barcelona. The imaginative design was inspired by both the ocean waves and dragons, and stands out even among the ornately-decorated homes that line the Passeig de Gracia. Tour the grounds using an interactive video guide that accompanies your audio tour, showing you in virtual reality form what the different spaces looked like long ago.

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Top things to do in barcelona, spain, shop along las ramblas.

The famous pedestrian walkway known as Las Ramblas is nearly a mile long and is one of the city’s major thoroughfares, leading from just across from the Barcelona cruise terminal port to Plaza de Catalunya in the center of old Barcelona. As you stroll, you’ll pass restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, street performers, street food vendors, and a famous food market called Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (or simply “la Boqueria”). If you stroll the entire length of Las Ramblas, you’ll end up in Plaza de Catalunya, an enormous square with fountains, a small park, and plenty of photo-worthy sights.

Visit Barcelona’s Sport Stadiums

Every sports enthusiast will be thrilled to visit the city of Barcelona for its many sports stadiums, whether you’re exploring before or after a cruise from Barcelona. The Olympic Stadium was actually built before the Olympics existed, but it was remodeled for the event held in Barcelona in 1992. Soccer fans can visit Camp Nou Stadium, home of FC Barcelona (or “Barca” as the locals call them). Camp Nou holds nearly 99,000 fans and is Europe’s largest stadium. Go on a tour of the stadium and see everything from the team’s changing rooms to the tunnel, the press area, and more.

Explore Park Güell

Park Güell is yet another stunning representation of Gaudi’s unique design and vision. In 1900, a rich count purchased a massive plot of land and designated it to be a ‘garden city’ for the city’s wealthiest patrons. Gaudi’s design of the park and homes inside the garden city proved to be too elaborate for their time, and the project was unfortunately abandoned in 1914. The two houses and park grounds make up a magical place that will sweep you away as it showcases some of Barcelona’s famous sights and symbols.

Walk Around Barceloneta

Once a quaint fishing village, this highly sought-after area is now an adorable beachfront neighborhood with brightly colored houses and a charming beach that faces the Mediterranean Sea. If you continue to follow the waterfront, you eventually reach Port Olimpic with its bars, cafes, and small shops. Stop in the Casino de Barcelona to try your luck or enjoy a floor show.

Stroll Through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

One of the most well-known districts in all of Europe is Barcelona’s well-defined and fascinatingly unique Barri Gotic , or “Gothic Quarter.” Mystical and strange, yet beautiful and cleverly unique, the architecture of Barcelona’s stunning Gothic Quarter is a must-visit highlight. The 13th-century architecture that defines this area has a mystical old Europe feel, and the streets are winding and narrow, like corridors running through the city. While visiting the Gothic Quarter, be sure to spend some time in El Born, the trendier neighborhood known for its hip galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, and small cafes.

Where can I eat in Barcelona?

You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, and street food vendors along Las Ramblas. However, if you prefer to taste the truly authentic Catalan and Spanish-style cuisine on your Barcelona cruise, it is worth taking a stroll down the backstreets to discover the hidden culinary gems of this city.

Boqueria Food Market

More than just a fresh produce market, this world-renowned attraction plays host to many bar-style restaurants serving freshly prepared local cuisine in a lively setting.

Owned by Pep, one of the friendliest locals you’ll meet, Cal Pep is one of Barcelona’s best-known spots for tapas.

Can Culleretes

Local specialty dishes are the main draw of Can Culleretes, one of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona.

Los Caracoles

Famous for its caracoles (snails), Los Caracoles is another of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona, and it is also unique for its outside stone rotisserie.

What’s the culture & history of Barcelona?

There are two legends that describe the story of Barcelona’s founding—one attributing the city’s foundation to the mythological demi-god Hercules, and the other that states that Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal’s father, founded the city in the 3rd century BC and named it Barcino after his family’s lineage. Barcelona was conquered and inhabited by the Visigoths in the early 5th century, transforming it into the capital of all Hispania for a few years. Barcelona became a hub for Catalan Separatism during the Catalan Revolt of 1640 to 1652 against Philip IV of Spain. During the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona continued to thrive as the second-largest city in Spain in the center of a region that remained relatively prosperous.

In recent history, the Summer Olympics came to Barcelona in 1992. To prepare for the games and the massive crowds that would accompany them, many industrial buildings and businesses that lined the waterfront in Barcelona were demolished to make room for a two-mile beach for tourists to enjoy. New construction projects popped up all around the city, resulting in more beaches, parks, and nature-centered areas. All these changes and improvements to city life transformed Barcelona into one of the most-visited cities in the world.

Where can I go shopping near the Barcelona cruise port?

The street stalls, vendors, and small shops that line Las Ramblas are an excellent place to find inexpensive souvenirs, such as FC Barcelona football memorabilia, small trinkets, leather bags and shoes, as well as hand-crafted ceramics and lacework made by local artists.

How can I get around Barcelona?

Barcelona is a pedestrian-friendly city with plenty of public transportation options. From the Port Terminal, there is a shuttle bus service that will drop you off directly in Las Ramblas. If you’re looking to explore Barcelona in a short amount of time, you can board one of the hop-on, hop-off tour buses that visit major landmarks and popular tourist destinations. If you prefer to explore the city on your own, you can also use any of the bus routes, metro lines, or taxis found all over the city.

What are the local currency & tipping customs?

In Barcelona, the currency is the euro. You won’t have any trouble finding ATMs throughout the city, especially in heavily populated areas like Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Should you need currency exchange services, you will find these in the airport, most major banks, and in currency exchange offices on Las Ramblas. The exchange offices are typically open for later hours than banks, but you will receive a better exchange rate at most banks. Tipping in Barcelona is not expected, but if you do feel inclined to do so, leave anything from 5% to 10% as a token of appreciation for great service.

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World's second-largest cruise ship to call Port Canaveral home

ORLANDO, Fla. — Port Canaveral has a new, very large resident.

The world’s second-largest cruise ship — Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas — arrived Thursday morning.

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The world's second-largest cruise ship  — royal caribbean’s utopia of the seas — arrived in port canaveral thursday according to the cruise lines international association's 2023 state of the industry report, port canaveral second busiest u.s. port for cruises, and third in the world, in 2022 the disney cruise ship treasure is coming to port canaveral at the end of 2024, and royal caribbean's star of the seas is expected to arrive in 2025.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association's 2023 State of the Industry report, Port Canaveral was the second-busiest U.S. port for cruises, and third in the world, in 2022. 

Only PortMiami and Barcelona Cruise Port in Barcelona, Spain, were busier, the report says .

Travel agents and port officials say the demand is strong enough to close the gap.

According to Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray, Port Canaveral trailed Miami by about 400,000 passengers in 2023 — which would be down significantly from the approximate 800,000 difference for 2022 noted in the CLIA 2023 report.

But, when it comes to what industry has been thriving lately in Central Florida, people have to look no further than in the waters.

Tabbitha Stewart, CEO of Premium Travel Concierge, says bookings for cruises in the past year have nearly doubled out of Port Canaveral.

She said a big factor in that is the port's affordability.

“Three- to four-day cruise, you are looking at $200-300 per person,” Stewart said. “Then, a seven-day cruise is about $700 per person.”

“Most of my clients, even outside of Florida are coming to Orlando,” Stewart added. “That’s our No. 1 destination, and there are people asking would we be able to do Disney and a three- or four-day cruise out of Port Canaveral?”

Aside from the now Utopia of the Seas in the port, the Celebrity cruise ship Equinox will be in port come December.

The port doesn’t look to stop there.

The Disney cruise ship Treasure will be arriving at the end of the year, and next year the Star of the Seas, a second Icon Class ship from Royal Caribbean will also be in.

Between new ships and added parking lots that altogether can hold up to 100,000 cars at one time, Murray says Port Canaveral is not just a seasonal port, but a year-round one.

Murray also said 2024 is on pace for a record year for travel at Port Canaveral.

In 2023, which was a record year for Port Canaveral , 6.8 million passengers arrived. This year the port is on pace for 7.5 million, and in 2025 they are projecting another new record of more than 8 million passengers.

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Squirt Guns and ‘Go Home’ Signs: Barcelona Residents Take Aim at Tourists

Locals confronted visitors to the Catalan capital in a whimsical (but very serious) demonstration against mass tourism and housing shortages.

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Amelia Nierenberg reported from London and Rachel Chaundler from Zaragoza, Spain.

For the last few months, tourists in certain areas of Spain have found fewer welcome mats and more hostility. Anti-tourism graffiti loops across buildings, and tens of thousands of people have protested this year against unsustainable mass tourism.

Over the weekend in Barcelona, locals’ anger over housing shortages, overcrowding and the cost of living was tangible — and wet.

Residents of the Catalan capital took to the streets on Saturday with water guns, squirting them at diners eating al fresco.

About 2,800 people demonstrated, the police said, a figure that some organizers said was an undercount. Some carried signs with messages like “tourists go home” and “you are not welcome,” and doused families at restaurants.

“Spraying someone with water is not violent,” said Daniel Pardo Rivacoba, who helped lead and organize the protest.

“It’s probably not nice,” he added, “but what the population is suffering every day is more violent.”

Rosario Sánchez, a high-ranking Spanish tourism official, condemned the protests. She argued that the citizens were “not saying ‘no to tourism,’” but instead looking for changes that addressed their quality of life.

“Spain is one of the safest tourist destinations that exist,” she wrote in an email. “Specific incidents with tourists are reprehensible uncivil behavior that has nothing to do with the reality of our country.”

A large crowd of protesters, some holding flags, filled a plaza.

The headlines could drive people away and hurt the tourism industry, which is core to Barcelona’s economy, said Christian Petzold, the director of BCN Travel, a tour operator in the city. Tourism accounts for 14 percent of Barcelona’s gross domestic product and about 150,000 jobs, according to data from the City Council.

The protesters and their supporters say that the demand for short-term housing is exacerbating an increasingly unaffordable rental market. The mayor, Jaume Collboni, announced plans last month to get rid of all short-term housing by late 2028. He called it the city’s “ largest problem .”

Mr. Petzold suggested that some of the anger was misplaced, citing a high number of expatriates and digital nomads, who bring higher salaries to the competitive rental market.

“These people have more impact on the city and everything than the actual tourists,” he said. “This blame on the tourists is a bit cheap.”

And, locals say, tourists are everywhere, crowding monuments, streets and restaurants. In catering to them, locals say, businesses end up selling a bland simulation of Barcelona (paella and sangria, anyone?) that could overtake the city’s genuine character.

“Our city has been sold as a postcard,” Adrián Suárez, a 27-year-old engineer and activist who participated in the protests, wrote in an email.

In other parts of Spain, where nature is more of a pull, ecological challenges are more central.

“The Canary Islands have a limit,” said Sharon Backhouse, the director of GeoTenerife, a science, travel and research company in the Canary Islands, who participated in the protests there. “They don’t want any more hotels and they want a new tourism model. They want their natural spaces respected, not cemented over.”

And it’s not just happening in Spain. Cities worldwide are trying to find the right balance.

Venice is testing what amounts to an admission fee for tourists . Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, has urged young British men to “ stay away ,” barred cruise ships from the city center and is banning new hotels .

Officials in Japan, also reeling from a glut of visitors , put up a screen to block a popular view of Mount Fuji that was often used as a selfie backdrop. Bali asked tourists to pay a visitor fee . The Galápagos Islands, which had a record-breaking 330,000 visitors last year, will too .

Barcelona, a bucket-list destination , has been especially inundated. It has a population of 1.7 million, and more than 12 million tourists stayed at least one night last year, up from 10.7 million in 2022. This year could set a record, city officials said.

“We should be happy and grateful that people are interested in coming to our country,” said Carmen Sánchez, who has been a tour guide in Barcelona for 18 years.

“Tourism is fundamental,” she said, adding, “Attacking tourism is not the way forward, because we are all tourists. Everyone travels and anyone who says they don’t is lying.”

Regardless of the source of the problem, for locals, “there is no place to go anymore,” said Tarik Dogru, an associate professor of hospitality management at Florida State University who studies Airbnb. “It’s kind of a city for tourists only.””

Residents, who are struggling to stay in their city, are skeptical about the plan to eliminate short-term housing rentals. “Let’s see what’s happened in five years,” Mr. Pardo Rivacoba, the protest organizer, said.

But if Barcelona does not come up with a sustainable path forward for its residents and its natural resources, experts said, it risks its future.

“The city will be left with no resources,” Dr. Dogru said, adding, “There won’t be any tourists. And it’s a dead city.”

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The war on tourism is starting anew, with Covid-19 quarantines officially in the rearview window. Anti-travel attacks have been common in 2024, from the spray painting of a pair of private jets at Britain’s Stansted Airport, attempts at blocking U.S. airports, and a move to ban Israelis from visiting the Maldives.

What if an Olympics was held and nobody came? That probably won’t happen in Paris this summer, despite the violence , but many Europeans are saying they don’t want tourists.

In the U.S., Maui is still recovering from the disastrous fire that killed 102 people and destroyed historic Lahaina. Although the Maui Economic Development Board says the island's visitor industry accounts for nearly four out of every five dollars generated there, a young hotel worker acknowledged that in Hawaii, "You're kind of raised to hate tourists.” Such attitudes, as well as the ambivalence of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority towards tourism, have given many a sense that tourists, no matter how respectful, are unwelcome.

The latest news from the anti-tourist front is that Barcelona residents attacked foreign diners with water guns. The demonstrators even put crime scene tape around hotel and café entrances.

Time Magazine treated it as a big joke. “Thousands of angry Barcelona residents took to the streets over the weekend to participate in a protest against mass tourism in the Spanish city. Their weapon of choice? The humble water pistol.”

“Video footage showed protesters squirting water from colorful pistols at travelers who were dining in Las Ramblas, a tourist-heavy district. As soggy tourists awkwardly scurried away, Catalans were seen chanting ‘tourists go home’ and using red tape to cordon off hotel and restaurant entry points. Other demonstrators held signs that said, ‘tourism kills the city.’”

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A demonstrator takes part in a protest against mass tourism on Barcelona's Las Ramblas alley, on ... [+] July 6, 2024. Protests against mass tourism have multiplied in recent months across Spain, the world's second-most visited country. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona visitors didn’t find the ‘protest ’ so friendly or fun. “Tourists enjoying a nice meal in one of the world’s most popular cities have been attacked by locals as overtourism reaches boiling point,” said one report. BBC footage showed 2800 demonstrators descending on tourists, shooting water pistols at them and chasing them out of restaurants and cafes.

In photos, the tourists, singled out for attack, share looks of fear and confusion. Was this a terrorist attack? What did they spray? Why? Did I do something wrong? Most choose to run away, rather than fight back, which could have made a bad situation worse.

In the U.S., spraying people with water can potentially constitute assault.

The protests came after the local government raised the tax on tourists and announced the coming end of short-term rentals within five years. Local authorities say the cost of housing has risen 68% in Barcelona over the past decade. They blame short-term rentals like Airbnb, yet the demonstrators target hotels, restaurants, and individual tourists.

While short term rentals no doubt raise apartment prices in Barcelona, tourists who visit put money into the restaurant owner’s pocket, the waitress’ purse, and billions into the city’s economy. In Barcelona, 26 million tourists generated $13.8 billion euros in spending in 2023.

Unemployment in Spain is about 11.3%, and unemployment among young people 20-24 is 25%. Yet the tourism sector accounts for 12.6% of Spanish jobs, or 3,018,820 people, up 2.1% since the previous year.

Demonstrators put symbolic cordon on a bar-restaurant window during a protest against mass tourism ... [+] on Barcelona's Las Ramblas alley, on July 6, 2024. Protests against mass tourism have multiplied in recent months across Spain, the world's second-most visited country. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Those who took to the streets to terrorize tourists obviously don’t agree with Spain’s Minister for Industry and Tourism, Jordi Hereau. He said, "The tourism industry is not only growing quantitatively, as this successful 2023 record of visits and spending at the destination shows, but also - and this is more important - qualitatively, with better jobs linked to the tourism sector, a lower rate of temporary employment and a greater number of salaried employees with permanent contracts.”

Barcelona is not the only anti-tourist destination in Europe. The Telegraph recently rated how hostile various European destinations were towards British visitors.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Corfu and Provence rated 2, Capri 3, and surprisingly, tourist-overloaded Santorini was just a 4. Tenerife was a 5, and Venice and Split in Croatia 6 of 10. Amsterdam and Barcelona are at the boiling point, with 7 out of 10 upset about overtourism. Majorca, 8 of 10, leads the disgruntled list.

In Majorca, ‘a week rarely goes by without an anti-tourist demonstration.’ In May, more than 10,000 marched to protest tourism and the lack of affordable housing. Another anti-tourism protest will take place in Majorca on Sunday, July 21.

President of the Balearic Islands Marga Prohens said “Precisely because we love tourism and believe in our economic model, the time has come to set limits.” A tourist tax and banning large cruise ships is on the agenda. Venice did the same, charging a $5.37 fee on the busiest 29 days.

But only 50,000 people live in Venice, a number that can be equaled by tourists on a busy day. By contrast, 1.7 million people live in Barcelona, including 432,000 foreigners, or 25%. Do foreign residents, including 43% who have higher educations, increase competition for apartments?

Demonstrators hold signs reading 'Turism decrease' during a protest against mass tourism on ... [+] Barcelona's Las Ramblas alley, on July 6, 2024. Protests against mass tourism have multiplied in recent months across Spain, the world's second-most visited country. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, anti-tourism activism can also be based on prejudice. This spring the government of the Maldives decided to ban all Israeli tourists from the exotic islands. Nearly 11,000 Israelis visited Maldives last year, just 0.6% the total tourist arrivals. The Maldives is a tiny Islamic republic of 1,000 coral islets, known for its secluded sandy white beaches and turquoise lagoons.

The Maldives president, Mohamed Muizzu, decide to puta ban on Israeli passport holders. Public anger over the war in Gaza, (begun by the October 7 Hamas attack that killed over 1200 Israelis) was cited.

On June 10, the Maldives Parliament moved a bill to amend the immigration law to bar entry to Israeli passport holders and Israelis with dual citizenship. However, Maldives sources later said it would be difficult to enact a ban to discriminate solely against Israeli Jews, as more than 2 million Moslems also live in Israel.

An unnamed local businessman added that the Maldives’ brand as a safe haven for people of all faiths and nationalities could be damaged. The ban on Israelis “could foster a perception that antisemitism or religious extremism poses a threat to foreign tourists.” To some, memories of a British tourist roughly detained by police for wearing a bikini in the Maldives are still fresh.

Or as Reason Magazine put it, “The Maldives Banning Israelis Is a Disgrace. President Mohamed Muizzu cannot claim to be on the right side of history while adhering to a textbook definition of bigotry.”

A campaign poster to boycott KFC along with the Palestinian flag is seen posted on the street in ... [+] Malé. Pro-Palestinian posters, signages, and Palestine flags are seen at random places in Malé. The Maldives in June 2024 announced its intention to ban Israeli passport holders. (Photo by Matt Hunt/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The announced ban on Israelis has done significant public relations damage. Personally, I have no intention of flying 24 hours, 32 minutes and paying thousands of dollars to visit a place which seeks to discriminate. I don’t care how nice Maldives hotels, beaches, surfing or scuba diving are.

World understanding and appreciation of different cultures are a key part of tourism’s contribution. Worldwide, travel and tourism's direct contribution to gross domestic product was 7.7 trillion U.S. dollars in 2022, a significant 7.6 percent share of total global GDP .

Despite this, the travel industry is not invulnerable. Disasters like COVID are one thing, attacking tourists because they want to visit your country is quite another.

Barcelona, a beautiful city with a historically welcoming culture, is in danger of becoming the punchline in the old Yogi Berra joke. “It’s so crowded no one goes there anymore.”

Tourists stand in front of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona on July 5, 2024. (Photo by ... [+] Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Thinking of going to Barcelona? 'Better not,' tourists told

The organisers behind an anti-tourism protest don't think water pistols alone will change Barcelona's tourism model - but if it's enough to make some people stay away, that's fine by them.

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Thursday 11 July 2024 16:25, UK

Protesters shoot water from water guns at tourists during a protest against mass tourism in Barcelona, Spain, July 6, 2024. The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024. REUTERS/Bruna Casas

Water pistols squirted at tourists, tape crisscrossing the doors of hotels, placards brandished at lunching holidaymakers.

The images from an anti-tourism protest in Barcelona were stark - but do they tell the whole story?

About 3,000 people took part in the demonstration in the Catalan capital on Saturday , led by the Assemblea de Barris pel Decreixement Turistic (ABDT), which translates to Neighbourhood Assembly for Tourism Degrowth.

Why did they take to the streets - and should tourists reconsider their trips?

'Tourists go home'

The messages painted on cardboard placards were succinct: "Tourists go home"; "Tourists out"; "Barcelona is not Disneyland".

A person holds a sign during a demonstration against mass tourism on July 6, 2024, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Some 2,800 people, according to the City Council, have demonstrated in the center of Barcelona against mass tourism, under the slogan 'Enough. Let's put a limit to tourism'. The demonstrators declared that there is a tourist industry that "has enormous negative impacts, in labor, social and environmental terms". 06 JULY 2024 Lorena / Europa Press 07/06/2024 (Europa Press via AP)

So are tourists really not welcome in Barcelona?

A spokesperson for ABDT told Sky News that, like the protests against overtourism in the Canary Islands , Saturday's demonstration was aimed at the tourism industry and authorities rather than individuals.

But unlike Tenerife residents who were keen to distance themselves from the "tourists go home" rhetoric, Barcelona's protesters are happy for potential visitors to take their message on board.

"If anyone asked us, 'should I come to Barcelona or better not?' our answer would be 'better not'," the spokesperson said.

"It hurts the city and its people and it's not even worth it for you," they added.

They acknowledged it will take more than individual travellers changing their habits to alter the industry, but said they believed in everyone travelling "less, closer and better".

"It would be great if some tourists stop coming, but that won't happen because of water guns, and won't happen in general by itself," they continued.

They said people squirting water guns and blocking hotel entrances with tape were "spontaneous actions" during the protest, but added: "The organisation does not condemn these actions, they are not even violent."

Several people protest in front of a hotel during a demonstration against mass tourism, July 6, 2024, in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Some 2,800 people, according to the City Council, have demonstrated in the center of Barcelona against mass tourism, under the slogan 'Enough. Let's put a limit to tourism'. The demonstrators declared that there is a tourist industry that "has enormous negative impacts, in labor, social and environmental terms". 06 JULY 2024 Lorena / Europa Press 07/06/2024 (Europa Press via AP)

A manifesto for degrowth

ABDT's goal is "tourism degrowth" - both a reduction in tourist numbers and the city's economic dependence on the industry.

They published a manifesto outlining the reasons for the protest, saying "citizens suffer directly from the consequences" of tourism.

They say neighbourhoods have been gentrified and local identity lost, public services are under pressure, the cost of living and housing has gone up, and the planes, hire cars and cruise ships that carry tourists around damage the environment.

"It's true that many people depend on [tourism], but most of that money stays in the hands of a few rich [people]," the spokesperson told Sky News.

Tourism sector jobs are renowned for being precarious, with "awful work conditions and the worst wages in the city", they said.

Demonstrators protest against mass tourism in Barcelona, Spain, July 6, 2024. The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024. REUTERS/Bruna Casas

Holiday rentals push out locals

Tourist numbers and housing costs have escalated in tandem, prompting calls for controls on the former to bring down the latter.

In 2023, Spain welcomed a record-breaking 85 million international tourists.

And Barcelona, home to 1.6 million people, saw almost 26 million overnight visitors in 2023, according to Barcelona City Council.

With the rental market dominated by short-term tourist lets, housing has become unaffordable for many residents.

Over the past decade, rents have risen 68% in the city, and the cost of buying a house by 38%, according to the property website Idealista.

Even in the last year things have got worse, with rents in June up 18% on average compared to the previous year.

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Dozens of people during a demonstration against mass tourism, July 6, 2024, in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Some 2,800 people, according to the City Council, have demonstrated in the center of Barcelona against mass tourism, under the slogan 'Enough. Let's put a limit to tourism'. The demonstrators declared that there is a tourist industry that "has enormous negative impacts, in labor, social and environmental terms". 06 JULY 2024 Lorena / Europa Press 07/06/2024 (Europa Press via AP)

Cracking down on short-term rentals

On 3 July, Spain's government announced a crackdown on short-term and seasonal holiday lettings.

Listings on platforms such as Airbnb and must have licences, and the government will ramp up its investigations to make sure they do.

"If a house doesn't have a licence for tourism, advertising it on internet platforms should be illegal and thus punished," consumer rights minister Pablo Bustinduy told state broadcaster TVE.

Barcelona's mayor, Jaume Collboni, announced plans to ban renting homes to tourists , cancelling the licences of all 10,101 apartments currently approved as short-term rentals by November 2028.

Spain's Constitutional Court is deliberating whether the move is legal.

Apartur, the association of tourism apartment owners, said the measure amounted to expropriation (the taking by the state of private property, ostensibly for public good).

ABDT, meanwhile, said the plan did not go far enough to tackle overtourism, noting it was announced alongside proposals to increase the number of hotel places.

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What do locals think?

The majority of residents still feel tourism is beneficial rather than detrimental to the city, according to a report published by Barcelona City Council in 2023.

But attitudes have shifted in recent years, the report shows, with increasing criticism of the industry and its impacts.

"More and more people believe that Barcelona has reached its tourism capacity limit," the report says.

"The economic contribution of tourism is recognised but this benefit does not tip the balance in its favour."

Half of respondents said they avoided areas popular with tourists, including the Old Town, the area surrounding the Sagrada Familia, and Park Guell.

Targeting tourists is 'reprehensible uncivil behaviour'

Rosario Sanchez, Spain's secretary of state for tourism, condemned the protests, telling Sky News the country remains one of the "safest tourist destinations".

"Specific incidents with tourists are reprehensible uncivil behaviour that has nothing to do with the reality of our country," she said.

She argued protesters were not "not saying 'no to tourism'," but wanted changes that addressed their quality of life.

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