L’Aquàrium information

Barcelona , Spain
Moll d’Espanya
+34 93 221 74 74
Getting there
Metro: Drassanes
More information
adult/child €20/15, dive €300
Opening hours
9.30am-11pm Jul & Aug, to 9pm Sep-Jun
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It is hard not to shudder at the sight of a shark gliding above you, displaying its toothy, wide-mouthed grin. But this, the 80m shark tunnel, is the highlight of one of Europe’s largest aquariums. It has the world’s best Mediterranean collection and plenty of colourful fish from as far off as the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef. All up, some 11,000 fish (including a dozen sharks) of 450 species reside here.

Back in the shark tunnel, which you reach after passing a series of themed fish tanks with everything from bream to sea horses, various species of shark (white tip, sand tiger, bonnethead, black tip, nurse and sandbar) flit around you, along with a host of other critters, from flapping rays to bloated sunfish. An interactive zone, Planeta Aqua, is host to a family of Antarctic penguins and a tank of rays that you watch close up.

Those with a valid dive certificate may dive in the main tank with the sharks.