Known for its Mediterranean charm, exquisite art, and delicious Catalan cuisine, Barcelona is one of the most desired travel destinations in Europe. Barcelona is the home of Gaudi, where he created one of the most impressive artworks in the world; while Picasso created his first paintings in Barcelona and most of his early years’ artworks are located in the Picasso museum in Barcelona.
Barcelona airport transfer
The El Prat airport in Barcelona is the major airport serving the Catalan capital. The airport is well connected to the city center and the Barcelona airport transfer takes approximately 20-30 minutes. There are regular train and bus lines running from the airport, as well as, airport taxis and private airport transfer.
Public transport is an excellent choice for solo travelers. There is a Barcelona airport bus running from T1 and T2 every 5-10 mins, or you can take the regular bus number 46 and the night buses N16 and N17. The train station is located at T2 and you can easily get to the Passeig de Gràcia station in the city centre. Starting from 12th of February, 2016, there is a metro line available from Barcelona airport with multiple stops around the city.
Both terminals have taxi ranks where you can take an airport taxi. This is a fast way to get directly to your destination, although you may need to wait in a queue. In order to avoid this, you can book in advance a private airport transfer. This is a door-to-door service and a convenient way to get from Barcelona airport to your destination. The price for the taxi transfer is fixed and charged by vehicle, so it’s a very cost-effective option when you’re travelling with a group.
Getting around the city
Barcelona is one of those cities which are pretty easy to navigate and the main attractions are in the city center or nearby, so you can explore them on foot. However, the suburbs and the Barcelona surrounding area are equally beautiful and have many hidden gems, so you can use public transport or Barcelona taxis to get there.
Locals recommend you to use the metro as it is the preferred public transport option in Barcelona. There are six lines running from the main station, Plaça de Catalunya and you will easily recognize them by the red signs in diamond shape with the letter M. The bus network in Barcelona is well organized and extensive, but it gets really busy in rush hour, so you might get stuck in traffic more than expected, so try to avoid this. There are night buses available as well, in case you want to explore the Barcelona nightlife.
The fastest and easiest way to get around the city is by using Barcelona taxi service. You can take one right at the street or order taxi on the phone. If you like everything to be under control, you can arrange your Barcelona taxi transfer around the city in advance, by booking this service online. Usually, these providers offer private Barcelona tours, so you can just relax and enjoy the city, without wasting any minute.
Top 5 attractions in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia
The most visited monument in Spain which inspires millions of tourists every year is the La Sagrada Familia. The last art masterpiece by Gaudi is still unfinished after more than 100 years of construction. However, you can still admire the uniquely ornamented façade and explore the interior. We suggest climbing the stairs or taking the lift to enjoy the breathtaking view of Barcelona skyline.
Park Guell by Gaudi
Located on the Carmell hill overlooking Barcelona, the Park Guell by Gaudi is a colorful artistic piece, considered to be Gaudi’s most artistic one. You’d better save your breath because reaching this park involves a lot of walking up the hill, or you can get Barcelona taxi which will take you right there. The initial idea was to create a residential garden area with 60 houses, but today is a public park protected by UNESCO.
La Boqueria market
Food is an important part of Catalan lifestyle and culture, so it’s best to head straight to the local markets and have a taste of Catalan cuisine. Barcelona is the home of the Europe’s largest food market, La Boqueria, located in the middle of La Rambla. There is an endless line of stalls with fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts and anything you need to make a delicious specialty. Some stalls are selling freshly prepared meals, like seafood, so we recommend trying some as you will be surprised by the taste.
Santa Maria del Mar
Considered to be one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world, Santa Maria del Mar is an imposing landmark which needs to be on the top of your itinerary. It dates back to the 14th century and the construction took only 55 years, which was incredibly fast for that time. The extensive and spacious interior was partially destroyed during the Civil war when the Baroque altar and the central choir were destroyed in a fire. Fortunately, the magnificent stained-glass windows were preserved.
Camp Nou football stadium
Camp Nou is one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona and the top priority for football fans from all over the world. This massive stadium is the home of the famous FC Barcelona and attending a match is an unforgettable experience. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to feel the thrilling atmosphere, you can still visit the museum and learn about the history of this club through the interactive touch screens and take a peek at the dressing rooms.