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The pros of walking to Barcelona Airport.

Ricardo Bofill's redundant 1996 Barcelona airport control tower with southern Collserola. I believe the tower was designed redundant--too far away from the runways, the surface coating inhibiting radio traffic.

Ricardo Bofill's redundant 1996 Barcelona airport control tower with southern Collserola. I believe the tower was designed redundant--too far away from the runways, the surface coating inhibiting radio traffic.

Currently being stalked by the owner of a Bergamo guesthouse, determined to pick me up in her devilmobile. I actually quite like walking to and from airports. Barcelona Airport, for example, is easily accessible on foot from Barcelona. In the two and a half hours it takes from the city centre you get: good views of Montserrat way up the Llobregat valley; duck hunting in the nature reserve; and the chance to recover lost property in the toxic slum that is El Prat. A short detour enables a visit to the Zona Franca rustbelt and on Sundays to the gypsy leading brands market.

Montserrat looming behind El Prat del Llobregat and its population of artichokes and chorizos

Spanish imperialists coming in low to bomb Barcelona airport

No one has ever commissioned a walk to or from this or any other airport. One possible candidate is known not to relish assistance.

Update: there is now a free, self-guided walk from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona, post here.

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Comments

  1. I reckon you underestimate the market. I met a Belgian who used to walk from Dublin city centre – lived above the Temple Bar – to the airport (he never missed his flight). He’s got rather an extensive family. There is potential in it.

  2. It’s marvellous – if you leave home late, you run there, but you’re in control. Since Ryanair markets Girona airport as Barcelona, I suppose you could walk there too. An early morning start should get you onto an evening flight.

  3. I’ve never done the walk to Ringway (Manchester) but it must be possible since there’s The Airport Inn whose back garden abuts onto the runway. It’s a tremendous day out for deafening children.

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