2016-09-08 Puerto de Arenys de Mar to Port Vell, Barcelona, Costa Dorada, Spain

Arenys de Mar with a population of only around 15,500 depend mostly on fishing and related industry
Arenys de Mar with a population of only around 15,500 people depend mostly on fishing and fishing related industries for their economy
At lunch time we leave the port for our 3 hour journey to Barcelona where we have booked a berth for several days
At lunch time we leave Puerto Arenys de Mar for our 3 hour journey to Barcelona where we have booked a berth for a few days
Arenys de Mar has quite lovely wide beaches and the nearby hotels are very popular during the summer months
Along the coast by Arenys de Mar the beaches are quite wide and during the summer months the hotels are well patronised
On our last visit over 6 years ago we had an enjoyable few days here at Hotel Colon in Caldes d'Estrac
On our last visit nearly 7 years ago we had an enjoyable few days staying here at Hotel Colon in Caldes d’Estrac which is close to where we had just departed from
We pass the larger town of Mataro which dates back to ancient Roman times with recently a 1st Century BC Roman bath house being discovered
We pass the larger town of Mataro, a popular wine growing area which has a population of about 124,000 people. The town actually dates back to ancient Roman times and recently a 1st Century BC Roman bath house was discovered 
In the far distance we can see the outline of Barcelona
As we continue along, in the far distance we can see the outline of the tall building of Barcelona
The tourist town of El Masnou is just northeast of Barcelona and is famous for growing carnations
The old Roman tourist town of El Masnou is just northeast of Barcelona and is famous for growing carnations and also has a strong textile industry
Superyachts moored near Barcelona
Super yachts moored near Barcelona
The 3 conspicuous chimneys by Sant Adria de Besos
The 3 conspicuous chimneys by Sant Adria de Besos

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The huge solar panel in Parc del Forum
The huge solar panel in Parc del Forum on the outskirts of Barcelona
Luxury apartment blocks are numerous around the Parc de Forum area
Luxury apartment blocks are numerous around the Parc de Forum area close to where the 1992 Olympics were held
The bullet shaped Agbar Tower comes into view as we approach Barcelona
The bullet shaped Agbar Tower come into view with the unfinished Gaudi church in the background, as we approach central Barcelona
Looking towards Mount Tribidabo
As we continue towards the port looking towards Mount Tribidabo
Port Olimpic
Port Olimpic
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Placa de Mar the beach in the centre of Barcelona
We head towards the port
We finally head towards the port entrance
A number of freighters are moored off Barcelona Port today
A row of freighters are moored off the Barcelona Port today
Hotel Arts and the Mapfre Tower are the tallest buildings in Barcelona with a large fish sculpture in the foreground
Looking back to the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre Tower, the tallest buildings in Barcelona featuring a very large fish sculpture in the foreground
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One of the very few boats we have seen during our 3 hour trip to Barcelona

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Hotel W with it's modern shape and rooftop bar stands alone on the isthmus near the port entrance
Hotel W with it’s modern shape and rooftop bar stands alone on the isthmus near the port entrance

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We finally enter the port
We finally enter the large port in Barcelona

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Super yachts under construction in the harbour
Super yachts under construction in the harbour
The Jaume 1 Tower and the World Trade Center
The Jaume 1 Tower and the World Trade Center
No shortage of super yachts in the port
No shortage of super yachts in the port

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Duana de Barcelona
Duana de Barcelona, the old customs building of the Port of Barcelona
Rambla de Mar the walkway over the water with the Mirador de Colon and the famous statue of Christopher Columbus
Rambla de Mar, the walkway over the water with the Mirador de Colon featuring the famous statue of Christopher Columbus high up overlooking the port
Maremagnum Shopping Centre
Maremagnum Shopping Centre
The port cable car that leaves from Torre de San Sebastian
The artistic sculpture by fisherman’s wharf
The port cable car leaves from Torre de San Sebastian, a tower 78m tall, houses a restaurant and is accessed by 2 elevators
The port cable car leaves from Torre de San Sebastian, a tower 78m tall, houses a restaurant and is accessed by 2 elevators
Torre del Rellotge Barceloneta, the clocktower which was originally built in 1772 as a lighthouse on Moll dels Pescadors or fisherman's wharf, was converted in mid 1800's
Torre del Rellotge Barceloneta, the clocktower which was originally built in 1772 as a lighthouse on Moll dels Pescadors or fisherman’s wharf, was converted in mid 1800’s
The entrance to OneOcean Port Vell the famous marina in Barcelona
The entrance to OneOcean Port Vell the famous marina in Barcelona where we have booked a berth for several days
After making contact by radio we make our way towards our allocated berth
After making contact by radio we make our way towards our allocated berth
The marina is located in the heart of Barcelona with many of the main sights within walking distance
The marina is located in the heart of Barcelona with many of the main sights within walking distance

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Kismet, a 95m luxury motor mega yacht which was built in 2014, is moored in the harbour at the moment
Kismet, a 95m luxury motor mega yacht which was built in 2014, is moored in the harbour at the moment
The marina seems to have increased in size since our last visit here 7 years ago
The marina seems to have increased in size since our last visit here nearly 7 years ago
As we pass by to access our berth nearby, at 16m long we feel dwarfed by the massive mega yacht
As we pass Kismet to access our berth nearby, at only 16m long we feel dwarfed by the massive mega yacht
We were allocated an amazing position  very close to all the action ashore
We were allocated an amazing position in the very secure marina, also very close to all the action ashore

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We were once again very pleased  with such a fabulous spot to spend a few days!!
We were once again very pleased with such a fabulous spot to spend a few days!!

 

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