“Barcelona enters your blood and steals your soul” [Carlos Ruiz Zafón]
A magical city, able to excite at first glance. The Catalan city is one of those places that are loved, immediately.
It will be for its splendid architecture; good food; the warmth of the people; its wonderful parks; the splendid monuments; the sea and its never cold climate. The reasons why it is worth visiting the city, are really many.
A city never banal, at the forefront, that can express its charm at any time of the year. Barceloneta, its beautiful promenade, is a constant invitation to make “fiesta” between bar-tapas and bars open until late at night. El Gòtic, true home of all artists. Art that you breathe in every corner of the city, where you can walk in the sign of Pablo Picasso and Anton Gaudì. Barcelona of the Sagrada Familia. Barcelona of Montjuic.
Barcelona … it enters your blood and steals your soul.
HOW TO GET TO BARCELONA
The plane is the most convenient, quick and fast way to reach the Catalan city. El Prat, is the nearest airport; Girona-Costa Brava, is a valid alternative, because not far from the city.
Barcelona El Prat is an international airport, located in the municipality of El Prat de Llobregat, about 12 km southwest of Barcelona. It is the second airport, for passenger traffic, all over Spain, as well as, among the top ten in all of Europe.
The airport is the hub of the Vueling airline. It has two Terminals, of which T1 is among the largest in the world! It is well connected to the main Iberian and European destinations; in addition, several direct flights to Asia, the United States and South America are insured.
From the airport, there are several solutions that allow you to reach, more or less quickly, the city center.
From February 2016 is active the 9 line of the subway which connects the airport with Zona Universitària (terminus). In our opinion, it is the best way to reach Barcelona. The 9 Line of the metro passes through both airport terminals. In T1, it is located on the ground floor inside the airport; in the T2, it is located externally, just outside the Terminal, near the train station. The 9 line makes the following stops: University Area, Collblanc, Torrassa, Can Tries / Gornal, Europe / Fira, Fira, Parc Logístic, Mercabarna, Les Moreres, El Prat Estació, Cèntric, Parc Nou, Mas Blau, Aeroport T2 and Aeroport T1. A Torrassa connects with the 1 Line. Collblanc, 2 line and Zona Universitaire is connected to the 3 line.
There are also numerous buses that operate from morning to evening, in addition to the express link AÈROBUS. Allow the center to reach 2,20€ only.
In our opinion, however, the metro remains the preferred solution.
Girona Costa Brava, instead, thanks to the numerous low cost connections, it is an excellent alternative.
Sagalés connects the airport with numerous Iberian destinations including Barcelona, Girona, Lloret De Mar, and the Costa Brava. The buses, rather modern, have all the comfort and wifi line. Furthermore, they can be used by people with reduced mobility. They leave in front of the exit of the airport terminal.
The 602 bus connects in about an hour Girona Costa Brava with Barcelona. The bus stops at: Av. Meridiana – Felip II – Metro Sagrera; Estació del Nord; Rda. de St. Pere 21-23. The one-way ticket costs 16,00 €.
Barcelona has one of the most important commercial and industrial ports in the whole of the Mediterranean. Every day, from here, there are about 15 crossings. The city is connected with Civitavecchia, Livorno, Savona and the Sardinian Porto Torres, in Italy. Boats to Ibiza, Ciutadella & Mahon on the island of Menorca and the ports of Alcudia and Palama in Mallorca also leave from the Catalan port. In addition, links to Tangiers, Med and Nador in Morocco.
Furthermore, all the major cruise lines dock in Barcelona. No cruise in the Mediterranean can disregard the Catalan city, which is a must for all. Seven of the nine Port Terminals are available for Cruise Ships.
To reach the Catalan city, from the Spanish capital, you have to travel more than 600 kilometers. Distance doubled if you wanted to leave from Portugal. Lisbon, in fact, is about 1250 kilometers.
The distances are not prohibitive, however, from southern France. Montpellier is 350 kilometers, Marseille 500 and Nice 650 kilometers. By making the stops, even from Genoa, in Italy, you can think of facing a road trip to Barcelona. The distance is about 800 kilometers.