So Easy Jet’s canceled/delayed your flight (again) and you’re stuck in Barcelona during the holidays! Lucky for you the new terminal was recently finished and if you had to kill time anywhere in the city, this place is definitely not too shabby. Barcelona’s airports are actually known to have some of the best shopping in the city as you’ve got the trendiest stores all clumped together including ones like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mandarina Duck, Lacoste amongst plenty of others. There’s also a wide variety of duty free shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Depending on which terminal you’re stranded in, will determine what you do. Terminal 2 (T2) has been slightly upstaged by the arrival of Terminal 1 (T1-aka New Terminal) and now has less shops than before. That being said, there’s still enough to keep you occupied as there’s 2A, 2B and 2C, all easily accessible if you’re in T2.
So if you’re stranded for a few hours and don’t feel like leaving the airport here’s a few ideas on how to keep from going stir crazy in Terminal 2.
- Cal Pere Wine Shop- Offers local and international wines and is good for last minute gift ideas.
- Natura Casa – Latin American and African style, this store has a wide range of eclectic merchandise and often has some ‘interesting’ (erotic) books for sale that can keep you occupied for a few hours.
- La Botiga de Barca – Perfect for the Barca Fan. A great place to pick up some last minute Barcelona Football merchandise.
- Restaurante Self Mediterraneo – Self service restaurant with hot and cold food open from 6am -10pm
- Pans & Company – Fast food restaurant open from 6am-10pm
- Restaurante Terracota – Specializing in Italian food, they have a wonderful salad buffet. Open from 6am-10pm
If you’re lucky enough to get stranded in Terminal 1, here’s a few options to keep entertained:
- Secrets Sucres – An atypical sweet shop
- La Farga – Upscale pastry shop
- Desigual – If you’re into LOTS of colour, this Spanish store is for you. Even if you’re not, it’s worth checking out as it has a style entirely onto itself.
- La Perla – High class women’s Italian underwear
- Imaginarium – Keep the kids entertained! Hands on children’s toy shop for kids of all ages beginning at 0.
- The Shop – Largest duty free shop in Terminal 1, including tobacco, alcohol, cosmetics, food and more.
Unfortunately Barcelona hasn’t yet hopped on the free wifi bandwagon. If you have a laptop though you can connect, albeit for a few euros.
There’s really not too much to see or do near Barcelona’s airport as far as museums or cool exhibits are concerned. There are however, a few hotels close by where you can enjoy a good meal, with non regurgitated air, in a refreshing change of scenery before heading back to the holiday madness.
Renaissance Hotel-Five minutes away by car with a bar, restaurant, pool and happy hour cocktails!
Tryp Hotel- Also five minutes away by car this is more of a businessperson’s hotel, although it’s well equipped with the essentials during a long layover: Bar and restaurant. However it doesn’t have a pool.
Up for an adventure?
Depending on how much time you have, or on how willing you are to chance missing your flight, if you’re going to venture into Barcelona, there’s one definite must see: The Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s greatest masterpiece and recent staging ground for the ‘Papa’s’ visit (Pope), has been under construction since 1882 and isn’t expected to be completed until 2026. Regardless of religious affiliation or your love for Churches, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia is seriously awe inspiring and worth the trek. At night, the Church lights up and some say it’s actually even more beautiful to see once the sun goes down.
So, if you’re up for a bit of an adventure, here’s how to get to the Sagrada Familia as fast as possible, from the airport.
Take the Aerobus from the terminal directly to Plaza Catalunya. This will run you approximately 5.50 Euros and take about 30-35 minutes. Once in Plaza Catalunya ask where the metro is (there’s about 3 stops within 2 minutes walking distance) and hop on either the purple or blue lines (L2 or L5). The purple line is most easily accessible if you walk up from Plaza Catalunya on Paseo de Gracia. You should be able to catch it directly from one of the stops on Paseo De Gracia. Get off at the Sagrada Familia stop and you’re there! You should be able to get there in about an hour or an hour and a quarter (assuming all goes smoothly). Depending on how much time you have and want to spend there will determine the length of the journey. There’s no need really to go inside the Church, especially if you’re strapped for time, however if you’re not in s rush the elevator that takes you to the top is pretty cool and gives you a spectacular view of the city.