100 years of aviation in Barcelona
Barcelona has, at long last, its aviation museum...if only temporarily...from 13th May to 12th June, the Centre Cultural Aeronautic, a multipurpose contemporary building located near Barcelona's international airport Terminal 2, is hosting the exhibition "Catalunya Aeronàutica 1916-2016", that celebrates the centennary of civilian aviation in Catalonia.
With this purpose, the Fundació Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya, a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteers, has assembled a remarkable collection of aircraft that are connected to the development of aviation in Barcelona and Catalonia.
For example, visitors will come across a replica of a Blériot XI. This aircraft type, is best known for having completed the first crossing of the English Channel by air, but has also the honour of having been the first aircraft to fly in Spain, taking off from the very spot where the Barcelona's present day airport is located.
Despite its pioneering role in the development of aviation in Spain, and its current position as one of Europe's top airports, for most of the last century Barcelona lacked a local aircraft industry, any major home airline or air force establishment, which means the static display is mostly oriented towards general aviation models, including quite a few sailplanes.
How to get to the Centre Cultural Aeronàutic?
This is maybe the hardest part...
The center is within walking distance of Barcelona-El Prat airport Terminal 2, that is itself connected to the city through teh recently inuagurated Line 9 of the Metro, as well as suburban train and the Aerobus.
In the map below I have roughly highlighted the path you should follow if going there on foot from Terminal 2.
Opening times are:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30- 13:30 and 16:30 - 19:30
Entrance is free.
And remember: only until the 12th June 2016!
Last, but not least, there is also some great planespotting nearby (although, again, not easy to get too without a car!)