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What is there to do with limited time in port? 

8 Answers

top answer by
Dave from Houston

If you can cancel the cruise, do it now. Those cruises are not the way to see Europe. When they hit port, it is like a herd of cattle attacking a city.

We were on the Venice waterfront one morning just before a cruise ship docked. It was lovely. As soon as they let the gangplanks down, it was awful. It was a shoulder to shoulder crowd, long lines to see anything, and very uncomfortable. 

I'd like to see cruise ships just go away.

Fly to Barcelona. Rent a car in Barcelona and head north along Spain's Costa del Bravo. There are some lovely small towns and harbors on the beach. Just a little farther and you're in southern France. The Cathar history in that area is very interesting as are their castles. The well preserved city of Carcassone is awesome.

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answered by
Bruce from Sydney, Australia

Depends on what is limited time.

Even a small amount of time will allow you to get off and look around the port. There is a modern shopping centre and cinema there. Across the water is La Rambla. A more traditional area with tapas bars and even a market off one of the side streets. There is also a restaurant that provides flamenco shows. There are often mimes along the stretch or road.

So even an hour is enough time to experience Las Ramblas from the port.

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  1. La Rambla (attraction)
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answered by
Javier from Zaragoza

You can take a walk on La Rambla, the most typical street in Barcelona there is the market Mercat Boqueria and El Barrio Gothic. If you have time to eat I recommend the typical Puertas de Mur, 7 restaurant which is nearby.

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  1. La Rambla (attraction)
  2. Mercat Boqueria (restaurant)
  3. El Barrio (restaurant)
  4. Puertas de Mur, 7 (address)
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answered by
Crystal from Anchorage

Barcelona is a beautiful city with a lot to see and do near the port. There is a metro, buses, taxis, and a hop on hop off bus to help you get around. Here are some sights you should be able to see in a day:

  • Sagrada Família-Do this as soon as they open and buy your tickets in advance online. Then you can skip the long ticket line and avoid the worst of the crowds.
  • Mercat Boqueria- This covered market is right off La Rambla and is a great place to go sample meats, cheeses, and agua frescas. I also recommend this as a morning stop as the vendors seem to start closing up around lunch time.
  • Güell Palace- This palace was one of Gaudi's first projects.
  • El Barri Gòtic- A nearby neighborhood to explore, shop, and each churros with hot chocolate.
  • Platja de la Barceloneta- Relax by the beach and people watch. Also a good place to look for seafood and paella.

Hope this gets you started! Happy travels!


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  1. Barcelona (city)
  2. Sagrada Família (neighborhood)
  3. Mercat Boqueria (restaurant)
  4. La Rambla (attraction)
  5. Güell Palace (attraction)
  6. El Barri Gòtic (neighborhood)
  7. Platja de la Barceloneta (attraction)
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answered by
Diane from New York City

Don't know how limited you mean but see the Camí de la SegueraParc Güell, take a walk down La Rambla , more time see the old town. 

Time permitting take the hoho bus to get to all these places easily  

Boat docks right in town

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  2. Parc Güell (attraction)
  3. La Rambla (attraction)
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answered first by
Stuart from Redondo Beach

Sagrada Família is a must.

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answered by
Terry from Honaunau, Hawaii

Most impressive attraction is Sagrada Família La Sagrada Familia, a must see attraction.  If you have more time stroll La Rambla and visit the market, Mercat Boqueria

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  1. Sagrada Família (neighborhood)
  2. La Rambla (attraction)
  3. Mercat Boqueria (restaurant)

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In Barcelona, you can visit Colubmus monument Mirador de Colom. Go up the tower and have good views of the city.

Also from right there, check La Ramblaand maybe with enough time El Barri GòticBasilica of Santa Maria del MarCathedral of Barcelona

Also the Port Velland Maremagnumare nice spots too.

Not far from the port, you can enjoy the La Barcelonetabeach. Nice tapas and bars.

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  1. Mirador de Colom (attraction)
  2. La Rambla (attraction)
  3. El Barri Gòtic (neighborhood)
  4. Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (attraction)
  5. Cathedral of Barcelona (attraction)
  6. Port Vell (attraction)
  7. Maremagnum (attraction)
  8. La Barceloneta (attraction)

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