Las Golondrinas helps you experience the marine end of Barcelona from a different perspective. This company means ‘the swallows’, started its business in 1888 and was the first company to show the port from the seaside perspective. Currently Las Golondrinas is the only operator of harbour tours.
There are different lengths of duration for the harbour tours, from yacht harbuor, the freight port, fishing port and the long excursion. The ‘Port I Litoral’ long drive takes you to the port facilities, and into the massive open sea at the coast of city limits of Barcelona Port Forum.
#The port of Barcelona
Barcelona is stated to be one of the biggest freight ports in the Mediterranean as the fishing port has seemed to lost its importance almost completely. Barcelona is also considered to be an important ferry port as well, from here ships embark to destinations in the Mediterranean and has jetties for cruise ships.
The short harbor trip lasts for 35 minutes where you will see the sea port as well as the fishing port of Barcelona. This ship passes the Torre del Rellotge, a clock that used to be a lightning tower at the entrance of fishing port in previous times. Followed by the wonderful bridge Pont de la Porta d’Europa which can be slanted upwards for passing container ships, at the Moll Contradic, bulk cargo such as when the wheat is being transshipped. At the boxed container terminal there are large cranes load and unload the gigantic container ships within space of few hours. At the end you will reach the vehicle loading point very closer to the factory of Barcelona, SEAT. The ship goes back along the outer piers, where the cruise ships dock.
#The Harbour tour and cost
This tour is approximately 90 minutes long. This boat leaves the port into the open sea, passes by the wonderful Barceloneta, the port Olympic, the Vila Olimpica, the beaches of Nova Icaria and Bogatell, Mar Bella ad Nova Mar Bella, until it reaches the last stop of Port Forum. Here you will recognize the sports harbor through the large solar plant. Then it turns back the way you came from and takes you back to the port.
The boats are made out of double decked wood, where the boats are 18m long, 5m wide and are open and thus not suitable for the open sea. The boats have a capacity of about 200 passengers.
For the long tour ‘Port I Litoral’ the port and coast enjoys a modern catamarans with an excellent length of 20 or 26 m and a width of 8.30 or 7m. These are also classical double decked boats. However in relation to the double decked boats above, these do not have a sun screen at the top floor so be sure to use screen protection before your arrival. There is also a bar downstairs where you can buy drinks, as well as disability-friendly toilets. The lower deck of the main attraction and specialty of the catamarans, through the glass bottom you can see direct into the ocean, where you can also see the motors. You can enter the lower deck from the front part of the cabin.
If you’re on holiday, vacation or on business trip and living in an accommodation nearby, do not miss this chance of taking a tour or cruise around the main attractions of Barcelona.
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