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Pre-arrival Info


It is the largest city of Catalonia and the second one in Spain.


Barcelona  official language is catalan although  Spanish is also spoken everywhere.

What to eat in Catalonia

Bread with tomato, escudella(veges soup), snails, anchovies of  l´Escala ... and all the dishes from the rest of Spain as: Spanisha omelette, breaded squid, paella, fried anxovy, Spanish ham....

Opening hours in restaurants

In Barcelona city center , you can eat at any time. For a la carte or menu restaurants, the kitchen is usually opened from 1pm to 3.30pm


Barcelona is a fairly safe city. Beware of pickpockets. Avoid carrying backpacks on your back in crowded places and avoid leaving bags on the floor or next to you while you are sitting on a terrace, cafeteria, underground ... We advise ALWAYS carry them next to you all the time. Use the safety boxin your room  and go outside with only a few money and no kore than one credit card.

Business Hours

In the center stores are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm.

Shopping malls are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm..

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm. There are currency exchange offices in Las Ramblas.


Tipping is not expected, though welcome, especially waiters. It depends on the restaurant, it is left up to 10% tip. Normally if the service is good, tip is also good.


220-240 AC / DC voltage

An adaptador can be borrowed in the reception desk


Country code in Spain is is 34 and area code for Barcelona is 93.

For international calls dial 00 the country code area code.

Barcelona Tourist Office

It is in Plaza Catalunya, although our receptionists wil help you with all the information you need.

Telephones for mergency

In case of  Emergency call 112

Police call 092

Ambulance call 061

Fire department call 080

National and local holidays

January 1: New Year's

January 6: Epiphany

Good Friday and Easter Monday: March or April usually

May 1: Labour Day

June 24 : San Juan

August 15: The Assumption

September 11: National Day in Catalonia

September 24: Patron of Barcelona "la Merce "

October 12: El Pilar

November 1: All Saints

December 6: The Constitution

December 8 : The Immaculate Conception

December 25: ChristmasDay

December 26: Boxing Day

** Most of these days all shops, banks .. . are closed. Only the 6th and 8th of december everything remains

opened due to the Christmas shopping.




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