Aeroport de Barcelona–el Prat, or Barcelona Airport in short, is Spain’s second largest airport after Madrid Barajas Airport. The airport mostly serves the domestic market, as well as European and North African destinations. Other international routes include flights to and from places in the Middle East, Asia and America.
Although Barcelona Airport sees huge volumes of travellers presently, in the past, it did not take off until the 1992 Olympics. Before the Olympics, Barcelona Airport had to go through extensive upgrading to prepare itself for the influx of about 10 million travellers attending the prestigious event. Since then, the airport grew in popularity and prospered. Up till now, the airport is still undergoing refurbishment, to keep up with increasing demands and changing times.
Barcelona Airport is split into two terminals. Currently, the more recently built Terminal 1 has taken the place of Terminal 2 as the main terminal building, operating about 70% of flights. Now, Terminal 2 only serves a few low-cost or regional carriers, since Terminal 1 became fully functional in 2009. The main terminal building is divided into four storeys, while Terminal 2 comprises three sub-terminals labeled A, B and C. A shuttle bus ferries travellers from one terminal to the other, free of charge.
The impressive infrastructure of Terminal 1, as well as the manifold facilities, ensures travellers’ needs are fulfilled. The sheer size of the building, at 500,000 square metres, prevents overcrowding despite heavy human traffic. Other facilities include 258 check-in counters, 15 baggage carousels, 12,000 parking lots and ample food, retail and entertainment options. Arrivals are found at Level 0, shopping and food amenities on Level 1, and departures on Level 3. Shoppers can expect a diverse catalogue of items, ranging from fashion and accessories to souvenir and gift ideas. For meals, travellers can choose from a wide range of restaurants, cafés, fast food joints, bars and a 24-hour cafeteria. Visitors are unlikely to be left unsatisfied with the vast selection here; however, on the rare occasion that the eateries do not suit your tastebuds, travel out of the airport to Ona Nuit, a great restaurant near Barcelona Airport Hotel for a solid meal.
After shopping and eating, relax at the VIP lounges found in Terminal 1 of Barcelona Airport. The VIP lounges provide complimentary drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, snacks, computer access and reading materials to keep you occupied while waiting.
The facilities in Terminal 2 are developed as well, similar to its counterpart. Apart from shops, tourist information counters, foreign exchange desks and more, free WiFi is also available for travellers looking to keep themselves occupied.
For travellers on a long stopover, the hotels nearest to Barcelona Airport include Renaissance Hotel, Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto Hotel, Ciutat Del Prat and more – only a five to ten minute drive by taxi. Another option is Expo Hotel, which is easily accessible from the airport by RENFE train line, though it is not located near Barcelona Airport.
Fly to Barcelona airport today, and discover what the beautiful city has to offer, starting from its modern airport.