P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Barcelona as a Port-of-Call.
The Catalonian capital of Barcelona provides a vivid mix of ancient and modern but is probably best know for the bizarre Art Nouveau architecture of Antonio Gaudi, in particular the iconic Sagrada Familia, Europe’s most extraordinary – and still unfinished – cathedral.
Boosted by hosting the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona’s Old Port area has been transformed into a thriving area of cafés and restaurants. From there, it is an easy stroll up the famous Rambla to the old town. Las Ramblas is thronged with street entertainers, stalls and bars and is most lively at night and weekends. Not to be missed is the La Boqueria food market with its extraordinary displays of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.
Some of the best food in Spain can be found in the city – paella is a speciality – and the restaurant Cal Pep was recently named as one of the top 50 places to eat in the world.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Barcelona as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Barcelona Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Barcelona Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Montserrat by Rail
The unique ‘jagged mountain’ formations of Montserrat are a magnificent setting for Catalonia’s sacred Benedictine monastery.
During your drive to Montserrat, you will see the scenery change from beautiful countryside to the rugged Montserrat mountain range, which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,235 metres).
The 1,000-year-old Monastery of Montserrat is nestled at the foot of the eroded mountain crags of Montserrat. Like jagged teeth, the rocky formations soar skywards creating unparalleled natural beauty. The famous Monastery, founded as a Benedictine Abbey during the 11th century, is firmly perched on a ledge hanging 2,400 feet above the River Llobregat and is home to the 12th century Black Virgin of Montserrat.
You will transfer to the top of the mountain by rack-railway, which will provide exceptional views of the mountain’s spectacular environment.
Helicopter over Barcelona
Been to Barcelona before or just fancy a quick overview? Why not see the city from the sky on an exciting helicopter ride.
A short transfer to the heliport in the harbour will bring you to your awaiting helicopter.
Hold tight for an exciting 10 minute ride over the colourful city of Barcelona. See if you can spot some of the significant sites such as the Forum, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and Tibidabo hills. You will also fly over FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium and the Olympic grounds and facilities at Montjuic.
Your panoramic helicopter will be flying 1,500 feet over the city to provide you with a true bird’s eye view of Barcelona.
Relax in the comfort of your coach as this panoramic drive introduces you to Barcelona’s attractions at a leisurely pace.
Your tour starts off with a drive towards the Gothic area passing by the Citadel Park, the Arch of Triumph, Roman and Medieval walls and Catalunya Square. Your informative guide will point out all the highlights and give explanations along the way.
Passeig de Gracia is a wide boulevard lined with lovely Art Nouveau buildings that connects the Gothic Quarter to the village of Gracia.
Despite being under construction for more than 100 years, the Church of La Sagrada Familia still lacks complete walls and a roof. Gaudi’s magnificent nativity façade – complete with flamboyant spires, stained-glass windows and sculpted figures – is an architectural masterpiece to behold. Enjoy a brief stop here for photos or souvenir shopping.
A short stop at the panoramic viewpoint of Mirador del Alcalde will be made, from where there are splendid views over Barcelona.
Highlights of Barcelona
An introduction to many of Barcelona’s most famous sights, including its historic heart, Gothic Quarter and the Spanish Village.
One of Barcelona’s famous landmarks is the 600-year-old Catalan Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, built on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to Hercules. View the exterior of this marvellous building as well as absorbing the other sights of the Gothic Quarter.
Your tour continues to the huge Catalunya Square – the main square of the city – before taking the Passeig de Gracia to the city’s most unique attraction, the Church of Sagrada Familia (photostop only). Begun in 1882 and still unfinished, this temple with its profuse decoration is a sight that should not be missed.
Visit the Spanish Village on the Montjuic Mountain, built for the 1929 Universal Exposition. Take a stroll through the Andalusian or Castilian streets in the ‘Village’. Free time will be given for you to browse independently and shop for souvenirs.
Leaving the Spanish Village, enjoy a panoramic view of the Olympic Ring surrounding the Olympic Stadium.
Antonio Gaudi Tour
Explore the architectural legacy of one of Barcelona’s most famous sons, Antonio Gaudi.
On a short panoramic tour of the city, you’ll pass through the Paseo de Gracia, the widest avenue in town. Here, you’ll see plenty of Modernist houses designed by Gaudí including the unusual La Pedrera House and other important architects of the period.
Designed by Gaudi in 1882 and never completed, the Church of Sagrada Familia stands as witness to Gaudi’s creative, although controversial genius. Construction began again in 1939, but faltered due to confusion over Gaudi’s plans. Join your guide for an inside visit and learn about Gaudi’s vision for the Church. The final construction is meant to include 18 towers in total and is based on the 12 apostles, 4 evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.
Park Güell was designed by Gaudi in the early part of the 20th century. Take a leisurely stroll through this hillside garden suburb of Barcelona, fashioned after the English model of a ‘Garden City’.
Barcelona by Bike
A fun and unique way to explore the oldest area of Barcelona – the Gothic Quarter.
With your fellow cyclists, your guided bike ride will begin in the popular Ciutadella Park. Originally a fortress designed for King Felipe V, the Park now offers a small boating lake with stunning orange groves and a variety of parrots that live in the palm trees.
During the 2½ hour bike ride, you’ll pass by the Zoological Museum, Parliament, Arc del Triumph and Palau de la Musica until you reach the Old Town’s Gothic Cathedral. Here you will have some free time for shopping or to explore the Cathedral independently.
The tour continues through the famous and colourful avenue of Las Ramblas, passing through historic squares. Soak up the history and admire the beautiful old buildings as you cycle through the very narrow streets lined with unusual shops. From Columbus Square, the route will take you back to the Ciutadella Park, passing through the Moll de la Fusta, Passeig Maritim and Port Olimpic.
Gothic Quarter City Walk
Enjoy an introduction to Barcelona’s historic heart, the Gothic Quarter, which exudes the very essence of the city.
From the Monument of Columbus, you’ll enter the colourful boulevard known as La Rambla. The walking tour then begins from the oldest part of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, surrounded by the remains of Roman walls. This is an ‘island’ within the urban metropolis with narrow, tortuous streets of ancient stone and magnificent historical buildings.
Moving into the Gothic Quarter, you will cross Plaça Reial to arrive at the site of the Palau de la Generalitat, a 15th century Gothic structure with a renaissance façade. After visiting Plaça Nova with its twin semi-circular towers of the well-preserved Roman Walls, and following the remaining ruins, you’ll arrive at the Cathedral, a Gothic structure dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
At the Boqueria Food Market, you’ll have a chance to ponder the many food stalls and soak up the atmosphere of the place.
Following the visit, there will be some free time for independent sightseeing and shopping before rejoining your coach back to the ship.
Visit the prestigious home of F.C. Barcelona – one of the biggest clubs in Europe and Europe’s largest football stadium.
A short panoramic drive will take you past Via Layetana, Passeig Gracia and the Diagonal area. Heading into the Montjuic Mountain, you will be able to see the Olympic Ring, Olympic Stadium and a short photostop will be made at the mirador.
Known locally as the Barça, Camp Nou is home to the city’s famous football club, F.C. Barcelona. This is one of the world’s richest football clubs and has more than 100,000 members. On arrival, you will go through the visiting team’s changing room, and continue along the corridor where players enter onto the ground. Afterwards, the guide will show you the press room and interview room.
Football fans will enjoy a visit to the Barça Museum, which displays memorabilia and trophies. You will have an exterior view of the impressive stadium, built in 1957 and extended in 1982 to accommodate 98,000 seated fans. A guided tour will be followed by free time to explore independently. As you exit the ground, there will be an opportunity for souvenir shopping.
Fantasy Island Waterpark
Make a splash at the Water Park of Isla Fantasia!
There’s water action everywhere with 21 different attractions at Fantasy Island, including Torpedo Slides, Grand Rapids, Aquamania, Double Spiral, Foams, Kamakazes, Superslides and a children’s pool with a set of mini slides in the shape of different animals. Hurtle down the rapids before encountering an exhilarating splashdown – soak up the excitement and shoot into mid-air reaching mind blowing speeds. Feel the sensation as you slide up and down in a spinning giant tube, and hang on tight in your boat as you tumble down to a splash pond below.
To give you flexibility during your day, lunch has not been included in the fare and can be purchased from the variety of cafés within the Park.
With so much to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
Barcelona and Tapas
Enjoy the gastronomy and architecture of Barcelona. Taste traditional Spanish tapas in 2 different restaurants!
Leaving the port, enjoy a short panoramic drive passing sights such as the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera towards the Passeig de Gracia where you’ll stop at a local Tapas restaurant for a taste of typical tapasof the region.
Continue to the Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family Church, designed by Gaudí in 1882. This unique church was never completed and stands witness to Gaudí´s creative, although controversial, genius mind. Construction began again in 1940 but faltered due to confusion over Gaudí´s plans.
Join your guide for a walk around the perimeter of the church as you learn about Gaudí´s vision.
After your exterior visit of the Sagrada Familia, your coach will take you to the Olympic Port, passing by the Arc Triomph and the Ciutadella Park, to enjoy your next tapas experience. Here you will have wonderful views over the Mediterranean sea whilst you savour the Catalonian flavours and sip a glass of beer or soft drink before returning to the ship.
Views of Barcelona and Flamenco
Capture views of Barcelona, explore the Spanish Village and enjoy a typical Flamenco show.
Start your tour with a panoramic drive passing by the ‘Passeig de Gràcia’, which is one of the major avenues in Barcelona. Upon arrival at the ‘Sagrada Familia’ you’ll have a short stop to take some memorable photos.
This is a great example of Gaudí’s artistic talent which was never completed but has become a symbol of Barcelona all over the world.
Continue through the city where you’ll pass by the Plaça Espanya before arriving at the Spanish Village. Since it was built in 1929, this small village has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists, with its souvenir and craft shops, small streets and squares with caféterias and bars all set in the natural surroundings of the hill at Montjuïc.
Your guide will take you on a tour through the streets of the “village” before you enjoy a refreshing drink and Flamenco show. Flamenco is a Spanish art form with roots deep in Andalusia, Spain’s southern region.
On your return to the ship you will have views from the mountain of Montjuïc Hil, the Olympic Ring and the port of Barcelona.
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