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Airport Insider // Barcelona-El Prat Airport

BCN airport, Raul Urbina

Photo by Raul Urbina

MILES FROM DOWNTOWN BARCELONA: 8
NUMBER OF TERMINALS: 2

In 2009, the second-largest airport in Spain behind Madrid Barajas added Terminal 1 to handle the bulk of its international flights. Two years later, airport reviewer Skytrax named El Prat the "Best Airport in Southern Europe." Coincidence? We think not. Read on to learn more about the already legendary "T-1."

Architectural Pedigree // Renowned postmodern architect Ricardo Bofill designed the sword-shaped structure, which boasts gleaming white granite and floor-to-ceiling windows offering killer views of downtown Barcelona.

Environmentally Sound // Terminal 1's roof is outfitted with hundreds of solar panels that heat water throughout the airport.

Socially Conscious // Both terminals at El Prat feature "spaces for solidarity"—kiosks for nonprofits to publicize their efforts.

Eat and Drink Local // Grab a bite at Mussol, a sit-down spot serving meats and produce sourced from Catalan farms, or take the edge off with a Spanish brew from the Medas beer bar.

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