What’s so special about L'Oceanogràfic?L'Oceanogràfic is the largest aquarium complex in Europe, with 45,000 animals from 500 species! Its range of species includes penguins, sharks, beluga whales, sea lions, flamingos, and turtles, plus plenty of different species of fish and amphibians! The beluga whales are a special part of the aquarium family - they’re the only family of beluga whales in an aquarium, and in 2016 the Oceanogràfic was delighted to welcome the first baby beluga whale born in Europe, the adorable Kylu. The research undertaken on the beluga whales is allowing scientists to better understand what can be done to protect the species in the wild.
Will my kids enjoy a trip to the aquarium?Children will absolutely enjoy a trip to the Oceanogràfic! They’ll have fun spotting all the different animals and watching the dolphin show, and the tanks are designed in a way that even small children will be able to see inside. There are also two playgrounds where kids can run around and let off some steam. Parents should be aware that children under the age of 4 aren’t allowed to watch the 4D films and should take that into account when planning their day and buying tickets.
Can we feed the fish? Or are there any other interactive experiences?You can watch the animals being fed at various times during the day - it will be written up so check when you arrive. Please don’t feed any of the animals yourself! If you want to discover more about the animals and how to care for them then consider taking a Behind-the-Scenes tour! It costs 12 per person, takes 90 minutes, and you’ll see the quarantine area for unwell animals, the divers’ booth, and the kitchen where food is prepared.
What are the food options? Can we bring a picnic?Visitors aren’t allowed to bring food into the complex. There are 5 different dining options within the aquarium, including a pizzeria, a hamburger restaurant, a large self-service restaurant, and Océanos, a Mediterranean restaurant with a large outdoor terrace. There’s also the option to eat at Submarino, which offers avant-garde dining surrounded by over 10,000 fish - the three-course lunch menu is available for either €35.90, €39, or €45 per person. If you’d like to eat at Submarino then it’s worth making a reservation, especially in the peak tourist season.
How long should I plan for a trip to the aquarium?It will take you about 2 to 3 hours to see everything inside the aquarium, possibly slightly longer if you’re intending to watch the dolphin show or one of the films shown in the 4D cinema. Parents with small children might also need to take a slower pace so that their children can enjoy everything. If you’re intending to visit the Museu de les Ciències as part of a combo ticket then you should plan a whole day for the trip, seeing one attraction in the morning and the other in the afternoon.