Barcelona Day Trips Cruise Port Excursions

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Written by  Rob Whitworth

If your Mediterranean cruise departs from Barcelona or has it as a cruise port destination, here are some ideas for what to see on your stopover in this enchanting city.  Recently Barcelona, Spain has become a top tourist destination, and cruise lines are a big contributor, delivering thousands of travelers to this city every week. Overlooking the deep blue color of the sea this city bustles with life, food, culture and religion, ensuring that most anyone will find a top attraction for their layover or visit to the city.

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Famous Church Architecture

This city has an amazing collection of churches for those who love to explore religious history, culture and the architecture of these stunning buildings.  If you were a fan of Ken Follets Pillars of the Earth where the story details the construction of the cathedrals, you could spend a couple of day at local churches and imagine how they arose from a plot of earth to their current glory.

One of the most famous church attractions is the ever-evolving construction of the Sagrada Família that is beautiful and draws architectural lines and details that would amaze anyone.  In 1882 the first cornerstone was laid and building has evolved ever since to become a UNESCO World Heritage site today.  The original architect, Gaudí, envisioned 18 towers in total that would rise to the heavens with the tallest one representing Jesus Christ.  

Catedral de Barcelona Night
Churches of Barcelona - Temple of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sagrada Familia

The Color and Curves of Park Güell


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The travel video featured in this article launches with a city view from Park Güell, one of the most colorful icons in the city.  This is another UNESCO World Heritage location where architect Gaudí and others have transformed this area of the city into a place to relax that bridges natural and unnatural objects that will have your eyes wandering at every turn.  Over 4 million visitors tour the grounds annually, and to ensure that this physical impact does not harm the park, it restricts the number of visitors they allow in the park.  It is therefore best to plan ahead and get your tickets in advance or with a local tour. The main entrance greets visitors with Hansel-and-Gretal style gatehouses and we highly recommend that you pay the extra fee for a guided tour to experience the full cultural experience behind the exhibits and art in this park. 

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 Casa Batllo - Photo Credit: Michele Ursino

 For the art enthusiast, the great artist Pablo Picasso once studied here.  A collection of his works are on display in the Museo Picasso.

Nightlife in Barcelona

A city that comes alive at night is how many would describe Barcelona.  If you are waiting to embark on your cruise from the port, this city will not disappoint you with several options to get your vacation underway.  Barcelona is known for its electronic music and dance scene with top DJs spinning up tunes for local and new travelers.  The Raval district is a great place to start the night with excellent cuisine options.

Barcelona In One Day

If you only have one day in Barcelona, get your day started early by catching the northbound (blue) route on the Barcelona Bus Turistic at a stop near your hotel where you will travel along the Passeig de Gràcia where you can hop off and visit several famous architectural treasures, like the Casa Lleó Morera, the Pedrera, and the Sagrada Família, to name only a few of the famous architectural marvels along the way. 

In the afternoon, you can take the southbound (red) bus route to visit Montjuïc Hill, a high point that overlooks the city and harbor, and along the way on the Avinguda Maria Cristina enjoy the museums and landmarks as you walk up the hill.

Later in the afternoon, take a stroll through the historic Gothic Quarter for a taste of the city's Roman and medieval past with its narrow cobbled streets and the Barcelona Cathedral.  Finish the day with dinner at a restaurant on La Rambla, the famous tree-lined pedestrian avenue lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and lots of people.  It stretches for almost a mile, or 1.2km, connecting Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.

Barcelona Travel Video

From the video producer:

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film....
Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014

In few other cities is it possible to walk from spectacular location to spectacular location. I had a fantastic time adventuring around Barcelona's winding streets making this film.

Special thanks to Ferran Macià Edo and his colleagues from Agència Catalana de Turisme (Catalan Tourism Board) for helping me get access to shoot at numerous stunning locations including:

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Gran Teater del Liceu
Sagrada Familia
Museu D'Historia De Barcelona
Palau de la Música
Santa Maria del Pi

And an extra special thanks to Marta Garriga Bardalet for patiently modelling during an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day.

My time in numbers:
363 hours work
75 Hours Logistics and Travel
31 Hours Scouting and Location Finding
78 Hours Shooting
179 Hours Post Production

26014 Camera Raw Files
817gb of data

Kit List
Nikon D800 DSLR
Nikon D7100 DSLR
Nikon D7100 DSLR
Nikon D3200 DSLR
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye
NIkon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX
Nikon 16-35 f/4G AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor
Nikon 28mm AF f/2.8D
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II
Promote Control

Barcelona GO! was part of a project commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board. Five video artists created five videos using different techniques. All of the videos can be seen on their YouTube channel:

Sound Design and Music: Slava Pogorelsky

Rob Whitworth
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