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BARCELONA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING


BARCELONA CITY FACTS 


  • Barcelona is in the Catalonia (Catalunya) autonomous region of Spain

  • The languages spoken are Catalan and Spanish

  • The currency is EuroIt’s located in the North East coast of Spain on the Mediterranean SeaThe airport is called “El Prat” and receives over 40 million passengers per year

  • There are over 1.6 million residents

  • The coldest month is January (12-18°c) and the hottest August (27-31°c)

  • The port of Barcelona is the biggest cruise port in Europe

  • The works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi are found throughout the city



THINGS TO BE AWARE OF 


  • The tourist attractions can get very busy

  • Pre-book tickets for any attractions you want to visit and check if a time-slot has been allocated

  • There is lots to see and do so plan your time wisely and don’t be afraid to jump in a taxi or use the metro

  • Barcelona is a city with less than 50% Spanish nationals living there, so might not provide a traditional Spanish experience

  • Beware of pick pockets in busy areas and keep your valuables safeIf you go into a pinchos bar where food is out on the counter, its usually self-service and you save the little wooden sticks, to pay for what you ate at the end

  • There is lots of nightlife and late-night bars and clubs but no-one goes in them until after 1amTouts will try to get you into their bar/restaurants, confirm any special offers or special advertised prices before you order



AVERAGE FOOD & DRINK COSTS


  • Barcelona has some great food options and you can easily spend a trip eating all day everyday. But it can be a little more expensive than other parts of Spain. Try to steer clear of any of the typical tourist areas to avoid very steep prices.

  • Prices will vary from place to place but this is a rough guide to give you an idea of the approximate costs:

Small bottle of water =

€1Coffee with milk =

€2Fresh juice =

€2-4Breakfast menu (croissant, coffee and juice) =

€5Ice cream =

€4Beer =

€4Glass of wine =

€4-6Cocktail =

€8Pinchos =

€2Tapas = €5-103

course menu of the day “menu del dia” (usually including a drink) = €12-16





CATALAN LANGUAGE BASICS 


Spanish is spoken in Barcelona but you will find locals speaking Catalan.

Here is a few helpful words and phrases in Catalan – English.

Hola – Hello Bon dia – Good morning Grácies – Thank you Si us plau – Please De res – You’re welcome Si – Yes No – No ¿Que tal? – How are you? Bé gràcies – I’m fine thanks Disculpi – Excuse me ¿Parla Anglès? – Do you speak English? No entenc – I don’t understand Ho sento – I’m sorry Adeu – Bye

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