The ship docks directly in front of a new shopping centre which also has a couple of restaurants/bars outside with tables & chairs out front. Taxi's or buses can be picked up just after the shopping centre which is a 5 minute walk from the ship. We got a taxi to Samil Sands beach which cost approx. 12 Euros each way, it was about 10 minutes in the taxi. It is a really nice beach with a couple of man made swimming pools along the front of the beach which are open to all ( not sure if they charge), there are a couple of restaurants/bars and ice cream stands. There is a macdonalds in front of where the taxi rank is and where you get dropped for the beach, which is directly in front of the beach. The sand is lovely and there are rocks for those that enjoy rock pools, the sea however was a bit chilly so if you like warm water you won't be swimming in it. There did seem to be quite a lot of locals around, but the beach is very large so it did not feel busy. English is not a strong language here so it would be beneficial to have a few Spanish phrases ready.
We loved Barcelona, there is so much to see. We got a taxi from the port as we docked further down from the Ramblas and it cost approx. 10 EURO, it is walkable but I would not recommend with children. The shops in Barcelona are fantastic, with so much choice and really unusual. However, we did a Segway tour which we booked in advance www.barcelonasegwaytour.com - it was fantastic, 2 hours and cost 59 Euros each, but we saw SO much and with 2 teenagers it was definitely the way to go... Would highly recommend.
We docked further from the Praca do Comercio this time and were nearer the 25th April bridge, however, we did attempt to walk to the centre, but it would have taken us approx. 1 hour if we had not flagged a taxi half way there. Without children the walk would be lovely. You come out of the port and turn right away from the bridge, if you stay on the main road you will eventually come to the large Praca do Commercio square which is obvious by the yellow buildings and restaurants etc. The town is behind this square. We however did a Lisbon Segway tour which was amazing, we booked through www.lisbonbysegway.com and did the 1 hour medieval tour. It was excellent and we saw so much that we would never have done by foot as Lisbon is very hilly.
The ship docks approx. 10 minute walk from the start of the shops and 15 minute walk from Talamanca Beach. If you come out of the port and turn left and then follow the road, you will see signs for Talamanca Beach. It is a lovely beach with shallow warm waters, white sands and comfortable beds and umbrellas for hire. There are numerous bars and restaurants along the back of the beach which offer a great selection of food. We walked back a different way via Spa which took us up hill and gave great views of the bay and the ship.
There are places to walk to from the port, but we wanted to go to the beach, so rather than pay the high prices for transfers to Palma Nova beach we choose to take a taxi which cost 20 Euros each way and took about 15 minutes. If there are only a couple of you then the ship excursion will probably work out the same sort of money, but as there are 4 of us, it was cheaper to get a taxi. Palma Nova beach is really nice and has lots of shops and bars etc. along the main road that runs down the back of the beach. There are beds and umbrellas for hire but they get booked up quite early so you need to get there early to get a bed. We hired a long paddle board whilst there for 10 Euros for 1 hour which my son loved, there are also pedalos for hire and along the beach there are jet ski's etc. Palma Nova beach is separated into 3 sections by some steps. Along the main road there is a spa which makes baguettes to order which we brought and took to the beach, highly recommend.
This is very old Spain so a lovely place to walk around. The ship docks immediately in front of the town, you come out of the port, cross the road and walk straight, this takes you to all the roads with lots of great shops. If you keep walking through you will come to a market and then to the Playa de la Caleta beach, which was long and has beds and umbrellas to hire. There are no restaurants or shops along the front so take food and drink with you. The walk to the start of the shops takes 10 minutes and to the beach approx. 25. As you leave the port terminal there are maps being given out which help you find your way.