Basic info

Everything you need to know before visiting Barcelona





Most of people living in Barcelona speak Spanish and Catalan, which is also the official language. Many understand English and French, and can guide tourists when they ask for information.

Time Zone


Barcelona, as the rest of Spain (except the Canary Islands), applies the time corresponding to the Greenwich meridian UTC / GMT +1 hour.



Barcelona is the second most populated city in Spain after Madrid, and the eleventh in the European Union. The metropolitan area of Barcelona has more than 5 million inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in the European Union.


Barcelona enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with humid and warm summers, and mild and relatively rainy winters.

The annual average of temperatures in winter is of 11º / 12º and in summer 22º / 25º.

Security and Coexistence

As in any big city, there are certain places or situations in which it is necessary to be careful with your belongings. Be careful with people who are directly addressing you as, unfortunately, tourists are the main target of pickpockets.

We recommend that you pay special attention on public transport, in the main tourist attractions, in the crowds of people and in the bars and terraces, among others.

Other suggestions:

  • Use the safes of the hotel or lodging to deposit valuables such as documents and airline tickets. Do not take all the money provided for your stay with you.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport or national identity document and not the original.
  • Always carry the bag closed and try to carry it in front of the body and not behind it.
  • Do not neglect your luggage at any time, especially in the hotel, public transport and airport.
  • As in the whole European Union, the emergency number is 112. Through this number you can contact police, fire and ambulance.

Respect the norms of coexistence of the city, as well as its public and private patrimony.

Currency and prices

In terms of prices, Barcelona has an extensive offer in all areas, which allows finding accommodations, shopping and services available to all pockets. Here are some guide prices in Barcelona: € 2.15 for a single public transport ticket, between € 1 and € 1.50 for a coffee; a midday menu can range between € 8 and € 15, a movie ticket costs € 10; between € 3 and € 4 for a sandwich, and € 1.30 a newspaper.

There is no obligation to tip, but usually leave 5% if the service has been satisfactory.

Art passport

Barcelona Art Passport te invita a emprender un viaje fascinante a través del arte en los seis mejores museos de Barcelona. Descubre la mejor colección de pinturas murales románicas del mundo, disfruta del modernismo y déjate sorprender por el arte y la creación más contemporáneos. Los universos de Miró, Picasso y Tàpies te esperan al embarcarte en esta experiencia única, sin colas ni esperas.

Ahórrate el 45% del precio normal de la entrada.
Válido durante 12 meses.
Olvídate de hacer colas y gana tiempo con el acceso preferente (no aplicable a grupos).
Visita las exposiciones permanentes y temporales de los seis mejores museos de arte de barcelona.
Entrada gratuita para niños menores de 16 años.