Maremagnum: a shopping centre with views of the sea and the port of Barcelona

Valérie
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Article updated 13 March, 2019. 0 comments

We challenge you to name any other shopping centre with such amazing views of the Mediterranean! Maremagnum, right by the port of Barcelona, is a truly unique retail destination. Come on in!

maremagnum and port
Where?

Moll d'Espanya, 5
métro Drassanes

When?

Every day including Sundays and public holidays (except 1st May and 25th December)

Why?

for the stunning location

The Maremagnum shopping centre, entirely surrounded by water, isn’t just a retail destination – it’s an attraction in its own right. The pretty seaside setting means that far from being a chore, shopping becomes a relaxing, pleasurable experience.

Maremagnum: record numbers of visitors

Some statistics to give you an idea of just how popular Maremagnum is: in 2016, the centre attracted almost eleven million visitors, compared to a little over 4.5 million for Sagrada Familia the same year. It seems unbelievable, but we’re telling you, it’s true….

maremagnum exterior

Maremagnum: the best and the worst

The best of Maremagnum

Opened in 1995, the shopping centre offers a whole host of advantages:

  • It’s open almost every day of the year, even on Sundays and public holidays (except for 1st May and 25th December)
  • The setting is simply idyllic, a stone’s throw from the port and a short distance from the statue of Christopher Columbus, Las Ramblas and the Aquarium
  • The shopping centre offers spectacular sea views. From some of the restaurants and cafés, you can see the iconic red cable car over the port and the spectacular Hotel W reflected in the sea – now, where’d I put the camera?
  • Enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city: instead of traffic, listen to the cry of the seagulls and the boats leaving the port
  • The curvy wooden bridge over the water to the shopping centre is just like something you’d find on a ship – enjoy the crossing!

bridge to Maremagnum

  • Make sure you stop to admire the floating artworks by the sculptor Robert Llimós: little white people looking up at the stars (Mira Estels). The work is based on a poem by Joan Brossa.

floating sculpture near Maremagnum

The downside to Maremagnum

Maremagnum has its weak points, and it’s as well to be aware of them:

  • As Maremagnum attracts a lot of tourists, it also attracts pickpockets. However, if you keep an eye on what’s going on and keep tight hold of your things, everything should be just fine.
  • Despite being spread over three floors, the centre isn’t actually that big, and the individual shops – of which there are 80 – are generally quite small.
  • The interior design of Maremagnum is nothing special, and the hallways have no particular charm to them.
  • If you’re wanting to visit a specific store (Oysho, for example), you’d be better off visiting one of their other establishments in the city (e.g. Pelai 40 or Rambla Catalunya 75) – these dedicated spaces are bigger and have a wider range of stock.
  • Things are set to change, however: Klépierre, the French company which owns the centre, has announced plans to extend. Work should be finished by the end of 2021.
Maremagnum gallery

Maremagnum: clothing

blue T shirt drawing

Clothes stores on the ground floor (P 0)

  • Desigual: world-renowned Spanish ready-to-wear brand
  • Ikks: clothes, bags and accessories for men, women and children
  • Felgar: clothing boutique founded by a couple from Barcelona, specializing in mid-range Spanish brands such as Murt and Jocavi, alongside international brands including Liujo or Max Mara
  • Intimissimi: Italian lingerie chain
  • Lacoste: a famous international sports and fashion brand for men and women
  • Lefties: affordable Spanish fashion for men, women and children
  • Macson: urban, relaxed menswear
  • Pull & Bear: Spanish clothing brand (a member of the Inditex family) for both men and women
  • Victoria’s Secret: notorious lingerie brand from the US of A

Clothes stores on the first floor (P 1)

  • Bershka: clothing from the Spanish Inditex group
  • H&M: fast fashion for men, women and children of all ages
  • Inside: quirky, urban womenswear
  • Jack and Jones: fashionable menswear
  • Kaotik.0: Catalan clothing boutique for men, women and children
  • Mango: famous womenswear brand
  • Oysho: another member of the Spanish Inditex family, selling lingerie and womenswear
  • Pimkie: affordable French fashion brand
  • Springfield: Spanish menswear chain, part of the Cortefiel group
  • Stradivarius: budget womenswear from the Inditex group
  • Superdry: British urban clothing brand
  • Women’s Secrets: Spanish women’s lingerie brand

11 degrees boutique store, Plaça de l’Odisea

British brand 11 Degrees runs the only store on the square outside the shopping centre.

Maremagnum: sports shops

  • Adidas:  German brand established in 1949, selling clothing, shoes and other sports accessories
  • The Official Barcelona FC Store: articles sold by the local sporting giants du grand club de foot barcelonais
  • The Official Real Madrid Store: articles sold by the biggest club in Madrid, and the principal rivals of Barcelona!
  • New Balance: sporting goods for men, women and children

Maremagnum: shoes

womens stiletto drawingThere are only two shoe shops in Maremagnum, both on the ground floor.

  • Marypaz: Spanish women’s footwear brand
  • Primadonna: Italian women’s footwear and accessories

Maremagnum: jewellery and accessories

hat and glasses drawing

Jewellery and accessories stores on the ground floor

  • Calzedonia: Italian lingerie brand specialising in socks, tights, leggings and swimwear
  • Claire’s: British high-street favourite for cheap n’ cheerful jewellery and accessories
  • Pandora: Danish brand offering a vast range of jewellery and charms
  • Parfois: Portuguese brand offering jewellery and accessories at affordable prices
  • Sunglass Hut: US brand selling the latest collections from famous sunglasses manufacturers
  • Time Road: Jewellery and watches from the Festina Lotus group

Maremagnum: toys and souvenirsteddy bear drawing

  • Juguettos: toys for children aged 0 – 12
  • Sense of Barcelona: souvenir shop

Beauty products and perfume

perfume bottle drawing

Beauty products and perfume on the ground floor

  • Forever Flowless Stand: stand selling luxury products made from diamond dust
  • Kiko: famous budget-friendly Italian cosmetics brand
  • Lush: a UK favourite – 100% vegetarian beauty and bath products, not tested on animals
  • Marco Aldany: the only hairdressers/beauty salon in Maremagnum
  • Primor: cosmetics, perfume and parapharmacy brand founded in Malaga
  • Obey Your Body: stand offering personalised skin analysis
  • The Body Shop: another British classic, with natural beauty products at reasonable prices
  • Yves Rocher: famous French brand selling plant-based beauty products

Beauty products and perfume on the first floor

  • Druni: a Valencia-based chain selling cosmetics, perfumes and parapharmacy items

Maremagnum: bars and restaurants

sardines

Once you’ve finished shopping – or even if you just fancy a break – stop off at one of the restaurants or cafés in the shoping centre. Some of them have spectacular sea views, not to be missed!

Mediterranean cuisine:

Ground floor (Planta 0)

  • El chipirón de Moncho’s
  • Elx restaurant
  • Enrique Tomás: Spanish ham specialist
  • Fresc Co
  • La Sureña
  • Tapa tapa

Second floor (Planta 2)

  • Baritimo Lounge Club
  • Café del Mar
  • Gustos Barcelona
  • Mirando al mar: as the name suggests, the terrace at this restaurant offers superb views of the sea and of the cable car over the port. We haven’t tested it yet, but it’s garnered some great reviews.

International cuisine

Ground floor (Planta 0)

  • Kurz&Gut: German

Second floor (Planta 2)

  • Fabián Martin: Italian
  • Udon: Asian

Sandwiches and salads burger drawingGround floor (Planta 0)

  • Pans & Company

First floor (Planta 1)

  • McDonald’s

Second floor (Planta 2)

  • Subway
  • Ola Terraza

Ice cream and coffeecoffee drawing

Ground floor (Planta 0)

  • Haagen Dazs
  • Illy: Italian coffee

First floor (Planta 1)

  • Coffee Break
  • Farggi
  • Starbucks

Maremagnum: the cocktail bar

cocktail drawing

  • Barítimo, on the second floor, is the only cocktail bar in the shopping centre. It offers a perfect setting for drinks with friends or even a meal (we haven’t tested it yet, but reviews are generally poitive). The photo below was taken from the terrace.
  • We’re big fans of the view of the port cable car and Hotel W, which can also be seen from the terrace at Mirando el Mar and from la Cervecería la Sureña, on the ground floor.

view from the marítimo bar at maremagnum

Maremagnum: opening times

Store opening times:

  • 10am – 9pm (10pm in summer)

Café opening times:

  • 9am – 10pm

Restaurant opening times:

  • 11am – 3am

Specific days:

  • 24th December: 10am – 8pm
  • 25th December: certain stores are closed
  • 31st December: 10am – 8pm
  • 1st January and 6th January: noon – 9pm
  • 1st May: certain stores are closed

Maremagnum: useful information

handicap logo

  • The whole centre is wheelchair accessible.
  • Maps are available from the information stand on the ground floor.
  • There are Amazon lockers by the entrance on the ground floor, so you can pick up orders if you so wish.

Getting to Maremagnum

Metro

  • Drassanes (L3): around a 10 minute walk away
  • Barceloneta (L4) à environ 15 minutes à pied

Bus

  • Bus nº120, 64, 59, H14, D20, 14, 51, 17, 45, 39, V17, N6, N9, N12, N15
  • The tour bus stop nearest to Maremagnum is on Passeig Colom

To get to Maremagnum via the Ronda Litoral, take exit 22 (Barceloneta Port Vell)

Parking at Maremagnum

  • There’s a 24-hour carpark just below the Maremagnum shopping centre.
  • It costs less than 5 cents/minute, so around €3/hour with a daily maximum of €24.

Other carparks near Maremagnum

If you’re planning on staying at the Maremagnum all day, you’d be wise to compare prices – you’re sure to find cheaper full-day rates in one of the nearby carparks than in the official carpark.

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Valérie

Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!