Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. Wherever you are in Barcelona, there’s always something to see nearby around the neighbourhood or district: jewels of home-grown Catalan architecture, modernisme, and contemporary architecture, markets that are a treat for the senses, treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval city, parks where you can unwind … And the best thing of all is, you don’t have to be a great explorer to find and discover all of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods.
Barcelona has many impressive buildings with styles going from the gothic to the modernism. Also the city has many archaeological sites that are well worth a visit. The ancient roman colony of “Barcino“ -actually Barcelona- practically occupied the same extension of land today is the old Gothic neighborhood in the center of the city. Same place today is located the Barcelona Cathedral, the Catalonia’s official government buildings and the Barcelona’s History Museum.
For detailed information on activities, restaurants and useful tips, please visit the Tourism Barcelona website.
Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a wide range of public transport and sightseeing trasnport options. There are different ticket types so that you can get to where you want to go in Barcelona easily and conveniently.
By Metro, FGC and Tram
Public transport such as the metro, tram and FGC are the quickest, simplest and most convenient way of getting around Barcelona. You can choose from the different ticket types and travel cards.
A fleet of over 1,000 fully adapted buses serve all areas of Barcelona. The integrated fare system means that travel cards can be used on the metro, trams, FGC and Renfe trains (zone 1)
An original and different means of transport to discover the city. Barcelona has fully integrated cycle lanes and you can cycle through the city’s open spaces and parks.
There are 11,000 taxis in the city which can be easily identified by their yellow and black livery. A green light on the taxi roof indicates its availability.
Barcelona has a moderate climate with pleasant temperatures year-round due to its position on the Mediterranean. The best weather is during May, June & September, when temperatures are warm but not blistering and sun is abundant.
Average temperatures in May: Maximum: 21ºC / 70ºF Minimum: 14ºC / 57ºF
The currency used in Barcelona is the Euro (€). The Euro replaced the Peseta on January 1, 2002.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 14.00. Commissions are appreciably variable from one bank to another. It is better not to obtain change in banks located near the monuments and places of interest. In fact it is better to have the travelers checks in Euros.
There are two official languages in Catalonia: Catalan and Spanish, and there are more and more people in the region who understand and speak English.