London Stansted to Barcelona El Prat Airport
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and capital of the Catalonia region. Budget carrier easyJet operates a couple of flights daily between London Stansted and Barcelona. El Prat Airport has three terminals, named A, B and C, connected by a walkway. EasyJet operates via terminal A along with other international arrivals and departures.
The airport is about 12km (7 miles) from Barcelona city centre and has excellent transport links. The half-hourly train service to the city centre (the train station is located between terminals A and B) takes 20 minutes and costs 2.25 euros. Buses run every 15 minutes from outside all three terminals to the centrally located Plaça Catalunya. The service is very comfortable and costs just 3.50 euros.
A taxi journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes and costs between 15 and 20 euros, although there is a one-euro supplement for every large piece of luggage.
Barcelona is famous for its art and architecture - the Barcelona-born architect Antonio Gaudi designed many of the city’s buildings, including the unfinished cathedral, La Sagradia Familia, while Pablo Picasso lived in the city during his famous ‘blue period’ and has a museum here dedicated to him.
Barcelona also boasts many cafes, bars and a lively nightlife so you will never be bored.
The best time to visit Barcelona is during spring and summer, although it is advisable to avoid mid-July to late August due to the intense heat.
Places of interest in Barcelona include:
- La Sagrada Família. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to its most famous building, the spectacular cathedral La Sagradia Familia. Unfortunately its architect Antonio Gaudi died in 1926, before its completion, and the debate began as to whether the construction of the cathedral should continue. However, building work is still ongoing and the four towers on the south-western façade have now been completed.
- Museu Picasso. The most visited museum in Barcelona displays many works from Picasso’s early years, especially his ‘blue period’ and impressionist-influenced paintings. Famous pieces on show include ‘The Defenceless’ and the ‘Portrait of Señora Canals’.
- Palau Guell. This art nouveau house was Gaudi’s first piece of work. The guided tour takes you from the grim basement, where Spanish Civil War prisoners were tortured, through the house to the rooftop from where you can view the extraordinary mosaics and chimneys.
- Las Ramblas. Take a stroll along this famous thoroughfare from the centre of Barcelona to the seafront past art galleries, museums and the Gothic quarter.
Looking for hotel accommodation near Barcelona Airport
Although there are no hotels on the airport site, there is plenty of hotel accommodation within easy reach.