After my last post I felt inspired to write some more about mysterious places in Barcelona. I recently stumbled on articles regarding abandoned, possibly haunted, metro stations. Lots of legends and tales are spread on the Internet and the city even offers guided tours to enjoy scary nights.
I found that there are possibly 12 ghost stations in Barcelona. Some of them were in use for some time, others have never been finished or inaugurated. Since then to the day, they are shut down and abandoned. Nevertheless, you might still catch a glimpse of some of the hidden stations if you look out the next time you take a ride on the metro. Although hidden in the dark tunnels, it is possible to spots stations like Correos, Gaudí, and Banco.
Right on the yellow line (L4), between Jaume I and Barceloneta, lies the long-forgotten metro station Correos. Correos was the end of the now non-existent line 3. This metro stop in Barcelona was opened in 1934 but was shut down in 1972 to facilitate the extension of the line. Of course, the swift speed of the metro combined with the poorly lit tunnel may make it difficult to spot the station, however, with the right light and if you are on the lookout, it’s possible. You can also see the old entrance right in front of the Post Office building on Via Laietana.
Another notable unopened metro station in Barcelona is Gaudí. The station can be spotted through the train window close to the Sagrada Familia station before reaching Hospital de Sant Pau. The station is located just below Avinguda de Gaudí, in front of the Sagrada Família (between Carrer de la Marina and Carrer de Lepant). It was constructed around 1968, however, in 1970 the government in charge dismissed the plan blaming costs and left the station without ever being inaugurated. Gaudí remains closed but it is fully equipped with elevators, fire exits, lights and enough space on the platforms to receive passengers.
Another and quite mysterious station is Banco. It was built by the city council in 1911. It is an unopened metro station on the yellow line between the Urquinaona and Jaume I. The station preserves a interesting and likable urban legend. The Legend holds that the Banco station linked the bank offices on the surface to a secret underground passage, through which money was transported. However, the station was never opened nor finished.
Two other ghost stations to mention are Travessera Metro station (between Fontana and Diagonal, at the height of Travessera de Gràcia) which was built but never used and FGC Avinguda de la Llum station which is located next to Plaça Catalunya. It has never been used. It is said that Avinguda de la Llum was once a major project for an underground city, 175 meters long and 10 meters wide, the first in Europe. However, it was never built. In 1929 it was planned to include a total of 68 stores of various kinds, including a cinema, a recreation room, and even showers. The idea was to build a small city under the city.