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The Barcelona Aquarium (L’Aquàrium) is located in the Moll d'Espanya, pier in the Port Vell, next to the Maremagnum, shopping and leisure center. L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is the most important marine leisure in the world on the subject of the Mediterranean See. A series of 35 tanks, 11,000 animals and 450 different species, turn this centre into a unique reference leisure show with an underwater transparent tunnel 80 meters long that crosses under an immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe, which allows visitors to go through it as if they were walking on the sea bed. Divided in different areas: The Mediterranean tanks (14 tanks representing the different Mediterranean communities); The Tropical Tanks (7 tanks with a fascinating world of colors and coral reefs); the Miniacuaria (small tanks to appreciate the details of Mediterranean flora and fauna that may pass unnoticed in larger tanks) and the spectacular Oceanarium with a diameter of 36 metres and 5 metres in depth, it contains 4,500 m3 of water (the largest tank and the one with the greatest number of species such as giltheads, morays, ocean sunfish, rays and two kinds of sharks: the sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) and the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus).
A stroll through transparent tunnel of the Oceanarium is a spectacular experience that allows the visitors to go through it as if they were walking on the sea bed.
Moreover, for experts divers, there is the possibility of diving with sharks, to present these animals from a more scientific viewpoint that might interest divers, and give a message for people to understand sharks; The shark’s course has different parts: a theoretical part on sharks, a guided tour of L’Aquàrium and diving in the Oceanarium to get to be closer to the sharks.
In three levels L’Aquàrium de Barcelona facilities are fully adapted for disabled visitors since opened on September 8, 1995. In addition to the absence of architectural barriers, there are ramps, lifts and adapted washrooms on all floors for a complete visit.
Open all year round from 9:30 Hs, with closing hours from Monday through Friday at 21:00Hs, weekends and public holidays at 21:30Hs, June and September at 21:30Hs and July and August at 23:00Hs.