Crowd Free Attractions to Visit in Barcelona During Covid-19
After months spent quarantined in our homes due to the worldwide spread of coronavirus, we are now again free to move and explore. Even if it seemed difficult, life is slowly getting back to the way it was before the pandemic. Because, after all, mankind is able to adapt to new circumstances and evolve within them. We all learned that is possible to enjoy our time without going out. We got used to wearing face masks when in public, to maintain safety distances and avoid crowded places. Those few but vital rules are making social life possible again, allowing mobility inside and outside our own countries. So whether you are a foreign traveler or a local, keep reading to discover all the attractions you can safely visit in Barcelona avoiding any crowd!
The best way to avoid the crowd is to escape the city, of course. In this case, your best option would be MONTSERRAT, a 1,200 m high mountain 50 km northwest of Barcelona. Once here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Benedictine Monastery and see La Moreneta. In order to allow both tourists and faithful to safely visit Montserrat, the Sanctuary has established a free system of reservation. Booking your visit will prevent you to wait in a crowded queue.
Address: 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona
How to get there:
- By bus: with Autocars Julià, from the Barcelona Estació Sants bus station to Montserrat Monastery.
- By train: FGC trains to Montserrat depart from Barcelona-Plaça Espanya Station. Take the R5 (Barcelona-Manresa) line that also links up with the Montserrat cable car and rack railway stations. In fact, once at the Monistrol de Montserrat Station, you can take Montserrat’s Cremallera, a public transport service that ascends more than 600 metres up the mountain.
Go on a hike: Montserrat and Tibidabo
If you aim to avoid enclosed spaces and any related crowd, then consider going on a hike. With some of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HIKING TRAIL of the whole region, you will just be spoiled for choice! Hiking in Montserrat you will visit some of the most peaceful spots, once shrines of hermits. Get back in touch with nature enjoying fresh air and beautiful landscapes.
Tibidabo is the most popular hill surrounding Barcelona. Several routes will take you to the top of the hill. And since you will already be there, why not visiting one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe? TIBIDABO AMUSEMENT PARK, in fact, opened in 1905. With more than 25 rides and attractions and a whole set of safety rules to protect both customers and employees, you will have the time of your life!
- Montserrat: 08199, Barcelona
- Tibidabo: 08035, Barcelona
- Tibidabo Amusement Park: Plaça del Tibidabo, 3-4, 08035, Barcelona
Hot to get there:
- Montserrat → Train: from Plaça Espanya take the R5 train to Monistrol de Montserrat.
- Tibidabo → Metro: brown line L7 from Plaça Catalunya to Avenida Tibidabo; change to the Tramvia Blau to Plaça Dr Andreu from where the Tibidabo funicular leaves. Bus: Barcelona Bus Turístic, which stops next to La Rotonda building at Avenida Tibidabo.
GAUDI’S GENIUS: LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLÓ, CASA MILÀ, PARC GÜELL
But if you can’t wait to enjoy a peaceful visit to the most famous buildings in Barcelona with no crowd around you, this is your chance! In fact, the attractions that have made the city famous worldwide have reopened their doors to tourists. Each of these buildings has separate entrances and routes for individual tourists and groups. This will facilitate your visit, allowing you to safely enjoy the tour and avoiding crowd formation.
Those attractions have been recognized with certifications stating the fulfillment of all the safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Among them the installation of hand sanitizers at the entrance and at various points along the tour routes and the closing of areas where safety distance can’t be guaranteed. Once again, we recommend booking your visit to avoid queues and crowds.
- Sagrada Familia: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
- Parc Güell: Carrer Olot, 7, 08024 Barcelona
- Casa Batlló: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona
- Casa Milà: Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona
How to get there by walking :
To avoid the sometimes crowded public transport, you can also walk to the various sites. It only takes a few minutes to walk and you can take advantage of this time to discover some of the most beautiful areas of the city
- From Park Güell to Sagrada Familia
- From Casa Batlló to Casa Mila (Pedrera)
- La Sagrada Familia → Metro: L2, L5 Sagrada Familia. Bus: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, B22.
- Casa Battló → Metro: Passeig de Gràcia L2, L3, L4. Train: RENFE – Passeig de Gràcia Station; FGC – Provença Station. Bus: H10, V15, 7, 22, 24; Barcelona Tourist Bus (Red and Blue) – Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies; City Tours – 3A, Passeig de Gràcia – Casa Batlló; Barcelona Guide Bureau.
- Casa Milà → Metro: L3, L5 Station Diagonal. Train: RENFE – Passeig de Gràcia Station; FGC – Provença Station – La Pedrera. Bus: V15, V17, H10, H8, 7, 22, 24, 6, 33, 34.
- Parc Güell → Metro: L3 – Lesseps or Vallcarca Stations. Bus: H6, D40; Bus Turístic, blue line; Barcelona City Tour, “East” green route.
Now that you have our little list of crowd-free attractions you can visit in Barcelona, all you have to do is booking!
Don’t forget to constantly check the evolution of the situation. And always wear your face mask when in public, protecting yourself and others as well.