There is no doubt that Barcelona is a city that hides emblematic places that make for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Marina Port Vell is located in the incomparable setting of the city of Barcelona, and it is very close to surprising and exclusive places that we recommend below:
Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, an example of Catalan Gothic architecture in Barcelona
One of Barcelona’s landmarks near Marina Port Vell is Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.
During their seven centuries of history, Santa Maria del Mar’s walls have witnessed some of Barcelona’s most important episodes: the church shows us, through its Gothic splendour, the prosperity that the city experienced in the past.
In addition to being an architecturally imposing building, Santa Maria del Mar has a series of artistic works that contribute, with their beauty and heritage value, to make for an exceptional visit to the church.
W Barcelona, a luxury hotel with sea views
The five-star Hotel W Barcelona is a sail-shaped building designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. It is 98.8 m high and is located on the Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta (Barceloneta’s promenade) near Marina Port Vell. It has a spa, an infinity pool, jacuzzi and the best views over the city. You can either enjoy an incredible meal or simply have a few cocktails while enjoying Barcelona’s views: people strolling, crew members enjoying sailing, or sportsmen and women working hard next to the sea.
Barceloneta beaches, a lively place with character in Barcelona
Barceloneta beach is the oldest and most famous of Barcelona’s city beaches. It was remodelled just before the 1992 Olympic Games and, as its name suggests, it belongs to the Barceloneta neighbourhood in the Ciutat Vella district.
It has several areas for sports, Wi-Fi connection and a wide variety of bars and restaurants serving Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine. It is considered one of the most traditional areas of the city by residents, schools, visitors and locals, who carry out activities in the sea, on the promenade and on the sand.
The courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum
From Marina Port Vell you can take a pleasant walk to the courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum, located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, next to the Cathedral. The building is part of the former Grand Royal Palace of the Counts of Barcelona.
The inner courtyard is a very special place in the city: It is filled with orange trees and surrounded by arched galleries, with a lovely fountain right in the middle. It is a hidden corner of medieval Barcelona where you can sit and order a tea or a vermouth to enjoy its oasis of peace, stillness, and beauty.
The History Museum of Catalonia, culture and history in a perfect location
The History Museum of Catalonia (MHCAT) was created with the aim of becoming a benchmark in the dissemination and collective heritage of the region. The museum is housed in the Palau de Mar building, formerly the old Almacenes Generales de Comercio (Commerce General Stores), the only remaining building from the old industrial port of Barcelona. In 1991, after intense restoration work, and coinciding with the Olympic Games, the museum was installed with a permanent exhibition on the history of Catalonia.
We recommend a visit to the MHCAT to appreciate the contrast between the building’s old and new features and to go up to the terrace on the top floor, where you can enjoy privileged views over the port and the city of Barcelona.