What do you see in Aquarium Barcelona?
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona will keep the visitors entertained throughout the whole visit, due to amazing exhibitions and exciting activities. Moreover, the aquarium is also famous for its research activities and educational programs offered mainly for children.
There can be visited 35 aquariums and 11.000 animals from 450 species, representing both the Mediterranean and the tropical marine biome. The aquarium has two main parts: the Mediterranean and the tropical areas.
- The Mediterranean section – this part contains 14 large aquariums which represent different Mediterranean Sea creatures such as morays, octopuses, dogfishes, corals, etc.
- The tropical section – the 7 large tropical tanks exhibit the biome of the Caribbean, the Red Sea and the water near Hawaii.
Besides these 21 large aquariums, there are several themed tanks which give visitors detailed information about the maritime creatures.
The famous Oceanarium is a large tank which provides habitat for a wide range of large Mediterranean fishes, for instance rays and sand-tiger sharks. Visitors can walk through an 80-meter-long transparent underwater tunnel, which is unique in Europe. Passing through this tunnel gives the feeling of literally being underwater, and through the glass walls it is possible to watch the aquatic animals in their natural environment. At the end of the tunnel there is an underwater playground established especially for small children.
This is an exposition of creatures that have adapted themselves to their extreme habitat, for example cold arctic oceans, warm tropical seas or dark deep sea areas.
Diving with sharks
Beside the observation of the maritime life the aquarium offers also a great opportunity for swimming together with the most wonderful and dangerous monsters of the Mediterranean water, namely the sand tiger sharks. It is an interesting question how to dive next to these creatures without being attacked by them. The official explanation is that sharks do not really like the taste of the human flesh. Nonetheless, some of the locals say that the animals do not attack people because they are drugged. If you know any other better reason please let us know. L’Aquarium de Barcelona
In addition to these special attractions, in Aquarium of Barcelona you can admire an exhibition on shells, sleep together with sharks and participate at different games. Moreover, there are many organized informative programs for children. You need to know that Barcelona Zoo (Zoo de Barcelona) is also very popular with kids. There can be visited animals from many different species. At the same time, the aquarium has a great advantage against the zoo because it offers a very detailed image about the Mediterranean underwater world.
All in all, L’Aquárium de Barcelona offers a great opportunity to admire the diversity of the Mediterranean maritime world. It is similar to the underwater observatory in Eilat. But you need to be aware that it is not cheap, but it is worth a visit, mainly for those who visit Barcelona with children.