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Facts about Barcelona -  good to know before you go!

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and it is Spain's second largest city after Madrid. It has a surface area of 100,4 km² and it is divided into 10 districts: Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Sants-Montjuïc, Les Corts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí.

During the last few years, a few districts has been "unofficially divided" and the citizens of Barcelona now also include El Raval, El Born, Barceloneta, Sagrada Familia and Vila Olimpica in the list of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods.

Click on the links above for more information about each district or go directly to our Barcelona neighbourhood guide.

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People in Barcelona have been using the Euro (€)
since 2001.


Catalan is the official language in Barcelona, together with Spanish. Although Barcelona is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations you may find it hard sometimes to have a conversation in English.


Barcelona has a population of 1 603 178 inhabitants although if you include all the suburbs the population is estimated to be 4 856 579.

Source: Barcelona Turisme

Time Zone

Barcelona is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich time.

What time of the year should I visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is one of those cities you can visit at any time of the year. If you are looking to get a nice tan and have a swim in the Med you should go in June, July, August or September. Spring or autumn are better if you want to see a FC Barcelona game, do some shopping, or maybe just walk around in this city full of culture.

Climate in Barcelona

The climate is typically Mediterranean, which means that the summers are hot and humid and the winters are mild. Most of the precipitations come during the spring and the autumn. Average annual temperature is 17.6º C. See chart below:




































Sundays in Barcelona = business closed

On Sundays all shops are closed. The exception is the Maremagnum shopping centre in Port Vell. The museums are also open but only until 3 pm.


Barcelona is considered a safe city but you have to watch out for pickpockets. They operate everywhere in the city but especially nearby metro stations and the main tourist attractions.
Learn how you can protect yourself from pickpockets and what you should do if you get robbed.


If you need an ambulance or you need to reach the police or fire department call 112. See contact information for your consulate or embassy below:

British Consulate General
Avenida Diagonal, 477, 13a
08036 Barcelona

Telephone: +34 93 366 6200
Fax: +34 93 366 6221
Office hours: 07:00 - 15:00

Irish Consulate General
Gran Via Carlos III, 94
08028 Barcelona

Telephone: +34 93 491 5021
Fax: +34 93 411 2921
Office hours: 09:00 - 13:00

Unites States Consulate General
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona

Telephone: +34 93 280 2227
Fax: +34 93 280 6175
Office hours: 09:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 17:00

National Day

Catalonia's National Day is celebrated on September 11th. Spain's National Day is celebrated on October 12th.

Tourist Information
In Barcelona there are several tourist information offices where you can find maps, ask questions or just receive information. The main office is situated on Pl. Catalunya just across from El Corte Inglés.


See a complete list of the public holidays celebrated in Barcelona.


Are you interested in eating something delicious in one of the best restaurants in Barcelona? See our list of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in the city.

Want to go shopping in Barcelona? Read our Shopping Guide.

Looking for a cheap place to stay in Barcelona? We know the right hostel for you.

The latest from Barcelona.
The magic kings are almost here

On Thursday, the arrival of the three kings parade will fill Barcelona with joy and excitement. The parade starts at 18:00.

See map over the parade
Koku Kitchen - Ramen in Barcelona

Swedish chef Robban Johansson is the creator behind Koku Kitchen, a ramen restaurant on Carabassa street down in central Barri Gotic. Do not miss next time around in Barcelona.

Koku Kitchen on Facebook
The three kings arrives to Barcelona on Thursday

As each year, the Three Kings receive a warm welcome from the people of Barcelona while they parade through the centre of the city. The parade start at 18:00 it will come to an end at 21:00.

Photos from the parade
Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona is definitely one of the best shopping cities in Europe. In Barcelona you can stroll around shopping while passing by historical monuments, beautiful buildings and cosy tapas restaurants.

Barcelona Shopping Guide
Visit the markets!

In Barcelona there are many markets you can shop at. The Boqueria on La Rambla is the oldest and probably the best but there are other really nice ones.

Markets Barcelona
Go Car - The talking car

These small yellow open cars fits one driver and one passenger. Follow a GPS guided route to the best attractions in the city.

Go Car Tours
La Castanyada

Barcelonas "Halloween" is called La Castanyada. This traditional festival celebrated in Barcelona where people will be eating chestnuts and sweet potatoes all over town.

Where in Barcelona would you like to stay?

Do you want to stay close to the beach or in the city center? We help you choose the neighbourhood that matches your wishes.

Barcelona neighbourhood guide
Pablo Picasso

"The exhibition shows Picassos work from him as a boy, his school years in Barcelona to the melancholic blue period, surrealism and cubism in Paris."

Visit the museum
New Year s Eve in Barcelona

To celebrate New Year s Eve in Barcelona is very popular. It is however important to reserve your hotel early as prices tend to rise the closer we come to New Year s Eve.

Celebrate New Years Eve in Barcelona
Hotels in Barcelona
La Mercè 2016

If you are visiting Barcelona next week you should consider yourself lucky. Between the 18 and 24 of September we celebrate the biggest festival in Barcelona: La Mercè! A big fiesta with Catalan traditions and a lot of music. Everything is free!

More about La Merce
Las Ramblas in Barcelona

It s almost impossible to have visited Barcelona without hearing about La Rambla - the busy avenue with its street performers, street vendors, terraces and market, La Boqueria.

Read more
Beer in Barcelona?

After you have had enough cava and wine, it might be nice to try a tasty beer. La Cerveteca is an amazing bar and the boys serve beers from all over the world and for a good price. If you are not sure which one to choose, they let you try first. It is fun and it is delicious. The bar is located right next to El Correos (the main post office)

La Cerveteca
It is time for the Festa Major de Gràcia

Festa Major de Gràcia is one of the biggest and most colorful festivals in Barcelona. During the festival from the 15th to the 21th of August, the streets and balconies in Gràcia are decorated. Do not miss if you are in Barcelona!

Festa Major De Gràcia
Gràcia neighbourhood guide
Top squares in Gràcia

Have you heard about the relaxed and sweet neighborhood Gràcia? Read our guide about how to find the best squares and terraces in the area.

Top Squares in Gràcia

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Relax a few days in the nice village of Sitges.
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Let us guide you to the best squares (placas) in Barcelona.
We tell you about our favourites in Barcelona!
Miró, Picasso, Dalí and Tapies. Here you find our favourites.
From Miró museum you have an incredible view!
Summer in Barcelona equals party and fiesta!
Street Festivals in Barcelona.
Cool postcards and other design from Barcelona!
Different Souevenirs from Barcelona in Urbarna.
Visit the holy mountain just outside Barcelona.
Experience Montserrat!
We have the guide to all Barcelona's beaches!
Barcelona beach guide
Visit Camp Nou and FC Barcelona!
A night on Camp Nou is an incredible experience
Join us when we visit Barcelona's markets
Food markets in Barcelona
In May each year Barcelona organize Formula 1
Missa inte Formel 1 cirkusen
Sant Jordi the 23rd of April each year in Catalonia
Sant Jordi and the dragon
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Dream yourself away in the beautiful and mystical Labyrinth Park.
An unknown Jewel


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