Day Trip Rucksack
Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack
Passeig de Colom is the broad street in front of Port Vell running from the Columbus monument towards Parc de la Ciutadella, has a series of elegant 19th and 20th century buildings.
Notable is the Central Post Office, Correus i Telegrafs, in Plaza d'Antonio López (recently renamed plaça de Correos in 2021) which was designed by Josep Goday i Casals and Jaume Torres i Grau in 1926 and built between 1914 and 1928 following a mixture of Catalan Modernism and Noucentism styles.
The post office overlooks Barcelona Port Vell and has a façade comprising four columns at the top of a staircase to the three entrance doors, above which are 4 statues and a large coat of arms.
The front of the building is Barcelona's main post office with a grand customer hall and lobby for posting letters and parcels. The back of the building is today a large mail sorting office and headquarters building for the Spanish postal service.
The customer hall is naturally illuminated by sunlight filtering through a central glass dome. The ceiling, arches and upper parts of the walls are decorated with classical frescoes by artists Josep Galí, Francesc Labarta, Josep Obiols and Francesc Canyelles. One of the paintings features the Greek god Hermes, son of Zeus and messenger of the Gods.
Once you enter via the stairs between the columns, you pass through revolving doors into a lobby. Beyond the lobby is the customer attention hall. The building is still a fully functional post office and you can send a parcel or a registered letter from here.
To be attended you need to use the ticket machine by the door and choose enviar - send or recoger - pick-up. When the number on your ticket comes up on the display screen, go to the booth indicated.
Even if not needing postal services this building is worth a quick look in to see the ornately decorated customer attention hall.
Note that in Spain you can buy stamps and envelopes and postcards in tobaco shops (estanco's). You only need to go to a postal office for parcels or registered mail.
The main entrance to Correos is via about 10 stone steps with a ramp entrance for wheelchairs and pushchairs to the left of the main entrance.
There is bicycle anchorage in front of Correos Barcelona.
You must not be dressed in beachwear when visiting the Correos building interior.
Address: Plaza d'Antonio Lopez, Barcelona. 08002
Nearest TMB Metro is Drassanes on the green (L3) line or Barceloneta on the yellow (L4) line.
City walk in Barcelona in Old port area via Maritime museum, Torre Colon, Maremagnum shoping centre, Boat tours, Post office, Our lady of Mercy Basilica and Wax museum.
Distance: 3.69 Km
Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1
Transport Network: Barcelona Metro