Welcome to Barcelona

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Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations.

Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visit the Market of la Boqueria or shop at El Corte Inglés. Sample some of the many bars, cafés and late night haunts while you’re at it.


Population 1.8 million
Currency Euro, €1=100 cents
Opening hours Usually 09.30 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 20.00 Monday–Friday with some variations. Many establishments have the same opening hours on Saturdays and some are open until lunchtime on Sundays. Shopping centres and many large stores do not close for lunch/siesta.
Website www.bcn.travel
Newspapers La Vanguardia
El Periódico
El País
El Mundo
Emergency numbers 112
Tourist information Turisme de Barcelona
Plaça de Catalunya 17 - basement
+34 932 853 834