One of the best and easiest ways to get around Barcelona is to use the city’s Metro network since it is quick, convenient, and very well-connected across the city. Chances are that you’ve ridden the Metro many times and are familiar with the majority of the stations on the various lines. But what about the Gaudí Station? Or the Correos Station? They probably don’t ring a bell because they are just a few of some of Barcelona’s ghost stations, or Metro stops that have been abandoned over the years and now are some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets.
Banco Station (L4)
Banco Station was built in 1911 as part of Line 4 and is located between Santa Eulalia’s Cathedral and the Mercat de Santa Caterina in Ciutat Vella. By looking carefully and closely while riding the Metro, you can spot it between Urquinaona and Jaume I, although it’s not in the best condition. For a while, Banco was the depot for Line 4 and legend says it served some of the banks in the area, but now it is completely abandoned.
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Gaudí Station (L5)
Gaudí Station was built in 1968, but officially never opened as a designated Metro stop. It is located just next to the Sagrada Família underneath Avinguda Gaudí and can actually be seen sometimes while traveling on Line 5 to the current Sagrada Família stop. The project to open this station was abandoned in favor of opening up the current station, which is just a bit closer to the famous cathedral. Currently, the foyer is still in use by the TMB service for employee purposes.
Correos Station (L4)
Also on Line 4 is Correos Station, which lies under via Laietana between Jaume I and Barceloneta. First incorporated in 1934, Correos Station was originally built to be the end of Line 3 and served as the terminus for several years. However, in the early 70s it was decided that the Metro was to be extended to La Barceloneta and therefore several stations under Via Laietana were abandoned in order to construct new stations incorporated with other lines.
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Ferran Station (L3)
Ferran Station was built in 1947 and was shut down about 20 years later when the city, and therefore the Metro network, began to grow and expand. It is located under La Rambla and was a part of Barcelona’s original Metro line. This station was abandoned when it was decided that Lines 3 and 4 would be expanded and that older stations would be replaced with newer and more modern ones. This station was replaced by the current Drassanes stop on Line 3.
Travessera Station (L3)
Located under Gran de Gràcia, halfway between Diagonal and Fontana, is Travessera Station. The idea was to build a station between these two stops to make the journey between them shorter since it was thought that theses two stations were too far apart. However, the plans were abandoned early on and little work was completed on Travessera Station. For now, it just adds to the legend and intrigue of Barcelona’s ghost stations.
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