Portray of the Destination
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city that intergrates
in its urban layout Roman remains, Medival quarters and the most beautiful examples of Modernism
and vanguards of the 20th century. Not in vain, UNESCO has declared the symbolic constructions of
the Catalonian architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaneras part of our World Heritage.
Barcelona has Roman origins, long history and an active economy that have provided Barcelona with
an impresive culture that can be seen in the conservation of its rich historic-artistic heritage
and the promotion of the most novel artistic currents. It has a very wide range of cultural events
as museums, exhibitions, open air sculptures, concerts, theatre and dance. The popular culture can
also be enjoyed in the city with traditions that are deeply established such as the Celebration of
Our Lady of La Mercé Day, or those of the neighbourhoods of Gracia, Sants or Poblenou, a great
opportunity to get to know the most festive side of the city. Walking along the streets of
Barcelona means being surprised at every moment. The pedestrian streets in the ancient
neighbourhoods, green spaces and a splendid maritime façade with modern facilities are a display of
its attitude of integration. La Rambla is a walk way full of trees, street musicians, live statues,
mimes and peddlers offering all kind of products as lottery tickets or jewelry. Interesting visits
are: The Barri Gòtic -the Gothic Quarter-, the heart of the ancient Barcelona, offers many Medival
Gothic constructions; the Picasso Museum; La Sagrada Familia Church and a visit to the Montjuïc
mountain in the south-west of Barcelona that offers a panoramic view of the city centre.
We would like to thank the Barcelona Tourisme Board for the pictures provided.
Barcelona is the Catalonian capital, to the north is the province of Girona and to the south of
Barcelona is the province of Tarragona, Lerida is to the west and the Mediterranean to the east. It
is a coastal city that has more than five km of urban beaches and near to the city there are areas
During the summer the weather can be hot and humid, during the winter the weather is mild, as in
any Mediterranean location. The average yearly temperature usually reach 15 to 8ºC.
When to go
Being located in the Mediterranean coast, the city offers a warm weather during nearly all the
year. Iin Summer Barcelona has an additional appealing between the District of Barceloneta and the
River Besós offering five km of beaches, with many facilities and very popular within the people of
The city was founded as a Roman settlement towards the end 1st B.C. The ancient Bacino Romana had
about a thousand inhabitats surrounded by a rampart, whose remains can still be seen today in the
Casco Antiguo -ancient quarter of the city-. During the Medieval ages the Royal family of Aragón
had lived there and it was considered an economic and political centre of the west of the
Mediterranean from the 13th to the 15th century when they enjoyed a period of magnificence which
can be seen in the Barri Gòtic. During the 15th to the 18th century the city plunged into decline.
During those centuries Barcelona fought to mantain its political and economic independence. The
Bourbon troops defeated the city in 1714 and as a result the rights and privileges of Catalonia
were abolished. In the middle of the 19th century the Industrial Revolution took place and at that
time a cultural recovery was initiated as displayed in the Renaixença that reassessed the
Catalonian as a literary language.
In the 20th century Barcelona had an important urban development and constructed its
charateristic quarter called Eixample were some of the most characteristic modernist buildings are.
Antoni Guadí was one of the most outstanding architects, buildings such as the Casa Milá (known as
La Pedrera) or the Sagrada Familia church.
After the Fascist victory during the Civil War the society of Barcelona recovered its
economic and cultural strength. The Olympic Games in 1992 invigorated again its potential and
guarenteed its status as a capital. The Forum of Cultures in 2004 has reclaimed industrial zones to
convert them into residential districts. The city is looking towards the 21st century with renewed
Barcelona makes its best to offer a festival calendar during all the year. Between February and
March, during the carnival numerous parades and fancy dress dances are performed. The Diada of San
Jordi, also known as Día del Libro is celebrated on the 23rd April commemorating the patron saint
of the city. The Revetlla of Sant Joan, known as la Nit del Foc or Night of the Fire is celebrated
on the 23rd June and it is just the launch of many summer events with fireworks, dancings and
special drinks. Barcelona is full of music, dancings and theatre during the Festival Grec, that
lasts from June until August. The 15th August is the Fiesta Major de Gràcia and all the streets of
the Barrio de Grácia are decorated and live music and dancings can be enjoyed. The last summer
festivities are the Festes de la Mercè, during the weekend of 24th September, with celebration of
concerts, dancings and a swimming competition in the water of the harbour and a correfoc (a street
play with dragons, devils and fantastic figures from the popular mitology throwing fireworks).
Towards the end of October to the end of November, there is the International Jazz Festival where
the jazz and blues rhythms can be delighted.
The gastronomy of Catalonia is based mainly in the products of the land that are produced in the
different seasons. The Olive Oil, the aromatic spices, fresh products such as fruits, vegetables,
fish and meat are the essence of the called "fresh - market cuisine" this means that the dishes
that are prepared according to the product of every season.
Also, the better chefs carry out the magic to transform this wealth of ingredients into the
finest Catalan dishes, from the most traditional ones to the most modern dishes. The market called
La Boqueria, in La Rambla, is the city's flagship food market. Its colourful stands, with their
abundance of fruit, vegetables and fresh fish, are well worth stopping to admire.
Catalan cuisine is one of the most auspicious expressions of the Mediterranean cuisine and
consists of carefully prepared dishes using natural products which are also nutritious, healthy and
Yes:si. No:no. Hello:hola. Good bye:adios. Good morning:buenos días. Good afternoon:buenas tardes.
Good night:buenas noches. Please:por favor. Sorry:lo siento. Thank you:gracias. Doctor:médico.
Pharmacy:farmacia. Numbers: 1:un. 2:dos. 3:tres. 4:cuatro. 5:cinco. 6:seis. 7:siete. 8:ocho.
9:nueve. 10:diez. 11:once. 12:doce. 13:trece. 14:catorce. 15:quince. 16:dieciséis. 17:diecisiete.
18:dieciocho. 19:diecinueve. 20:veinte. 21:veintiuno. 22:veintidós. 30:treinta. 40:cuarenta.
50:cincuenta. 60:sesenta. 70:setenta. 80:ochenta. 90:noventa. 100:cien. 1000:mil. Days of the week:
Monday:lunes. Tuesday:martes. Wednesday:miércoles. Thursday:jueves. Friday:viernes.
Saturday:sábado. Sunday:domingo. Common words: big/small:grande/pequeño. Hot/Cold:caliente/frío.
Open/Clossed:abierto/cerrado. Good/bad: bueno/malo. New/old:nuevo/viejo. Push/Pull:empujar/tirar.
Entrance/exit:entrada/salida. Ladies/Gentlemen:señoras/señores. Far/near:lejos/cerca.
Left/Right:izquierda/derecha. Taxi:taxi. Bus:autobús. Meals: Breakfast:desayuno. Lunch:comida.
Dinner:cena. Menu:menú. Wines:vinos. Dessert:postre. The bill:la cuenta. Common phrases: Do you
speak English?:¿Habla inglés?. I don´t understand:no entiendo. where is it?:¿donde está? How much
is it?:¿Cuánto es? What time is it?:¿Qué hora es? Could you help me?:¿Puede ayudarme?
The official currency of Spain is the Euro. There are bank notes of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Euros. Also coins of 2 and 1 Euro and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
1 EUR (Euro) = 1.20 (United States Dollar) 1 Eur (Euro) = 0.66 GBP (British Pound Sterling)
In comparison with other countries within the European Union and perhaps due to its high tourist
vocation, Spain is one of the cheapest countries. Obviously, the prices vary depending on seasons
being summer the pick season.
+1 GMTOfficial Language
Spanish and CatalanSurface area
99 square kilometres Population
1,500,000 citizensPolitical Regime
Constitutional MonarchyPublic holidays
January: 6th - Three Wise Men's Day, 17th - Festes dels Tres Tombs; Febuary: Carnival/Carnestoltes
(every year depends on the date), March: 3rd –Fiesta de Sant Medir en Gràcia, April: 23rd - Sant
Jordi (Saint George); May: Corpus Christi – Saint Ponc's Day; June: 23rd –24th Sant Joan (Saint
John ), Festival del Grec, end of June, September: 11th – Catalonia National Day, 24th - Mare de
Dèu de la Mercé, November: Jazz International Festival of Barcelona, December: Christmas.Religion
Like the rest of Spain, the majority of the citizens are Catholic and this is also reflected on the
festival calender of the city. Nevertheless, the cosmopolitan condition of the city makes posible
the existence of other creeds, all related to immigration. There are Jewish Temples, Mosques and
90% Catholic, 8% Muslim and 2% JewishArrival / Departure
Strategly placed in the South of Europe, Barcelona counts on excellent road, maritime, and air
infrustractures that permits a fast and easy access to the city from any international or national
destination. With more than 21 million travelers per year the Airport El Pratt is the second
largest in terms of the number of passengers. From the Airport there are daily flights to other
main cities in Spain, emphasizing the air shuttle Madrid - Barcelona, with flights that links both
cities every 30 minutes. Paris, Bordeaux, Milan or Rome are some of the international destinations
that depart from Barcelona. There is a train connection from the airport to the Sants Station every
30 minutes from 5.43AM to 22.13PM. Other alternative mean of transport is the taxi or the Aerobus,
the bus departs every 12 minutes from the Plaza de Catalunya.Safety
Taking into consideration the importance of tourism in Spain, the security of the tourists is one
of the first priorities of the country, however, some advises are always useful to the tourists: it
is reccommended to take money needed in the moment and not all the holiday money especially if you
are inside an aglomeration of people to avoid any type of problem.Visa
The European Union tourists do not need visa to enter into Spain. Neither those citizens of the
United States, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and the rest of the Latin American countries, though a
return ticket must be bought. Travelers from Australia, Anguilla, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, South
Korea, Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Israel, Japan, Macao, Malaysia,
Montserrat, New Zealand, Saint Helena, Singapore and Turk & Caicos do not either need visa
provided that they do not stay more than 90 days in Spain.Clothing
Thin clothes during almost all the year, apart from winter, from December to February, it is
advisable bring a coat.Electricity
220 volts. 50 mhz. The plug sockets that are in use are of two circular plugs.Radio and Television
The main stations are: Cataluya Música, Cataluya Cultura, Com Radio. In Catalan: Catalunya
Informació and Onda Rambla. In terms of TV, the most popular include TV3, Canal 33, TV3, Canal,
TV5, Antena 3, TVE. There is also a great quantity of local television channels.Telephone
The code for Spain is 34 and the code for Barcelona is 93. To make an international call, firstly
you need to dial 00 followed by the code of the country and the telephone number. For phone calls
inside Spain there is no need for a special code when phoning within Spain. In terms of mobile
phones the technology of the country is GSM, but in many cases it is not compatible with the ones
that are in use in other places for example such as United States, Japan. The most important
operators are AMENA (website: www.amena.com); Movistar (website: www.movistar.tsm.es) and Vodaphone
It is normal to find public phones along the streets and they work with coins or cards which
can be bought. Also it is normal to find what is called locutorios, premises full of telephone
booths where you can call without using coins nor cards only paying when you finish your call.
There is also other services such as; sending and recieving faxes, or the use of the internet
whilst you pay for the use of it.Police
080Tourist health care services
061Newspapers and Magazines
Some of the newspapers that are popular are: La Vanguardia, El Periódico de Catalunya, Sport. There
is a wide range of different types of magazines that covers any issue. The most important in
general are; Epoca, Semana, Interview, Primera Línea, Tiempo de Hoy.Postal Service
The postal service in Spain is efficient, letters within Europe should take around 3 or 5 days.
Special delivery should cost a minimum 2.5 Euros. The opening times are from 8.30AM to 20.30PM,
Saturdays 8.30AM to 13.00PM. Visit the web site www.correo.es. When sending international mail you
can also use Fedex or UPS.Health Care Services
The Spanish Health care system in general is good. In reality, the only precaution is the heat of
the sun which could cause heatstroke. Also Spain counts on an extensive network of health care
centres where first aid is offered as well as qualified doctors.Airport
Barcelona Airport, Edificio Bloque Técnico, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat. Number of terminals: 3.
Tel: (0034) 93 298 3838, Fax: (0034) 93 298 3737. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.aena.es. The airport
is located in Prat de Llobregat, 14km south-east of the city centre.Public Transport
Public transport in Barcelona is efficient with a large quantity of urban bus services, these cover
a vast part of Barcelona and even connect to the outskirts of the city. Also Barcelona has a very
good underground network. Generally there are plenty of taxis that are available to take you to and
from the centre. The trip takes about 30 minutes and will cost around 15 Euros. All the taxis in
Barcelona are black and yellow and they must charge just the cost shown in the metre (also the cost
of the luggage). The taxi service is normally good, simple and reliable. The underground is the
easiest way of getting around the city, although sometimes the tourist will need a bus or a train
in order to get to a certain part of the city. Every few minutes there are buses that departs to
any part of the city. There are special cards for travelling called tarjetas multiviajes that offer
discounts which is worth while in getting.
The trains of line 1 Rodalies (Cercanías) operate between the city centre (zone 1) and the
airport (zone 4). The Journey will cost around 2.1 Euros. The trains depart daily every 30 minutes
from 6:10am till 22:40pm. In 16 minutes the train arrives at the Sants Station, and in 21 minutes
to the Plaça Catalunya. The Aerobús A1 service goes from the airport to the Plaça Catalunya
stopping at the Sants Station. The journey lasts around 40 minutes and will cost around 3.2 Euros.
The buses to other places, the EA and the EN departs from the Plaça d´Espanya every 80 minutes, the
journey will take around 50 minutes and will cost around 1 Euro.
Also the Barcelona Bus Turistic, a double-decker bus, will take and help you to discover in a
comfortable way the more attractive and interesting places of the city. You can get on or off the
bus however many times you want, in any of the 42 bus stops. It is possible to combine the three
routes with the same ticket in the five points of connection.Railway
Due to its link between the mainland and the European continent, Barcelona is also an important
railway gateway. From the Estación de Francia, at the end of the Barcelona Harbour, trains called
Talgo depart to Paris, Geneva, Zürich and Milan. Other railway stations with long way trains are
those located in Passeig de Gràcia and that of Sants, near to la Plaça d'Espanya. The trains called
Euromed stand out for their quality and speed, they connect Barcelona-Sants and Valencia in less
than three hours. In 2004 the High Speed line Madrid - Barcelona was inaugurated.
Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia – Esquina Aragón, s/n 08007. Tel: (0034) 902240202
(0034)902243402 Barcelona Sants Plaza Dels Països Catalans, s/n 08014. Tel: (0034) 902240202,
Barcelona Estació de França: Avenida Marqués de L' Argentera, s/n 08003. Tel: (0034)
FF.CC. Generalitat de Catalunya Tel: (0034) 932 051 515 RENFE : Tel: (0034) 902 240 202
Barcelona North Bus Station: Passeig de Gràcia - Esquina Aragón, s/n 08007. Tel: (0034) 2656508
Bus Station of Barcelona Sants: Calle Viriato, s/n 08014. Tel: (0034) 4913183
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (Customer Service Tel: (0034) 93-318-7074 TMB
(Departamento de Relaciones Externas) Calle 60, num. 23 Sector A Polígono Industrial Zona Franca
As all great metropolis cities, Barcelona has such a volume of traffic that from time to time and
in parts of the city, can become slow. By road, the motorway A-7 binds the Mediterranean motorway
with France and facilitates the access to the tourist centres of the Costa Brava and other regions
of the province of Girona. The Motorway A-2 goes to Zaragoza and towards Madrid and Bilbao. The
Estación del Nord is the main terminal of regular lines of buses, so much national as
international. There are also more companies leaving from the Sants Station.
Information: Autopistas de Catalonia Tel: (0034) 934-146-543/938-946-568Car Rentals
There car rentals operating in the Airport of Barcelona as Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Sixt.
Avis Barcelona Airport, 08820. Tel: (0034) 93 2983600 open from Monday to Saturday 7.00am to
12.30am and Sunday 7.00am to 12.00 am. (the firm has more branch offices that can be found on their
Europcar: Estación de Sants. Plaza Països catalans, s/n 08014, Barcelona. Tel: (0034) 902 105
055 (there are more branch offices that can be found on their website. www.europcar.com).Ship
The Harbour of Barcelona is one of the assets of the Mediterranean, it offers regular journeys by
ferry to Majorca, Ibiza, Italy and the possibility of transporting a car. Likewise, it is a
starting point and a stopover of numerous tourist cruisers.
Information: Autoridad Portuaria de Barcelona: Tel: (0034) 933-068-800.See climate
From 20 to 40 EurosA coffee
0.90 EurosThe Bus
1.15 EurosThe taxi
1.65 Euros when the meter starts running plus 0.75 - 1 Euro per km.The Underground
Ticket for 2 days 8.80 EurosThe train