Barcelona is not only the capital of Catalonia but also the capital of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With eight listed historical monuments, Barcelona holds the world record. Also Barcelona is famous for its beautiful old town and “Les Rambles”, the well-known boulevard which guides its visitors from the city centre to the beach. Countless cultural, historical and culinary highlights make this city so special and worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
Sagrada Familia Cathedral
View from Tibidabo classic amusement park
The Mediterranean sea breezes mean that Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather. Find out for yourself and check the forecast!
Barcelona is a pretty safe place as big cities go. Even so, following the advice given by the local authorities will help ensure your stay is a pleasant one.
Environmental and social sustainability is one of Barcelona’s watchwords and that’s why you’ll find a whole host of initiatives to allow you to enjoy a more efficient and sustainable city. Discover them for yourself!
El Born Cultural Centre
The working day in Barcelona usually begins at 8 or 9 in the morning and ends around 6 or 7 in the evening, with a one- or two-hour break for lunch at 2pm. This is the daily life and routine that befits the Catalans’ reputation in the rest of Spain as a hard-working people. Lunch and dinner are usually eaten a little later than in the rest of Europe. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, and from 8pm until 11pm. Tipping isn’t obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if they are satisfied with the service. Shops have long opening hours, from 10am to 2pm and from 4.30 to 8 or 8.30pm. In Barcelona city centre, most shops don’t close at lunchtime and large shopping centres and department stores open until 10pm in summer.
With regard to prices, Barcelona features a wide range of accommodation, shops and services to suit all pockets. Here are some approximate prices in Barcelona: a single public transport ticket costs 2.40€, an espresso coffee between 1 and 1.50€; a lunchtime set menu can cost between 8 and 15€, a cinema ticket 10€; a sandwich 3 to 4€, and a newspaper about 1.30€.
Smoking is prohibited in all bars and restaurants in Barcelona.
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. You’re sure to get by.
Flying to Barcelona
Located only 12 km from Barcelona downtown, Barcelona’s airport El Prat (BCN) is the second-largest airport in Spain and among the top 10 in Europe. Several national and international airlines offer non-stop service to Barcelona El Prat.
In order to arrange your transport from Barcelona airport to your hotel or to the Teknon Medical Center (approx. 20 – 30 min.) you can choose between different options: public airport transfer, taxi or private transfer.
Public taxi service is available 24/7, the rates change depending on the schedule. Airport taxi ranks are located in front of the entrance doors of Terminal 1 and 2 of Barcelona airport. Also, taxis can be booked in advance with bookTAXI at www.booktaxibcn.com.
Public airport transfer
Aerobus – Express | www.aerobusbcn.com/en
Aerobus is the official shuttle bus service that connects the airport BCN-El Prat and the centre of Barcelona every 5 minutes, every day of the year, in approximately 35 minutes. Passengers travel between any of the two airport terminals (T1 or T2) and downtown Barcelona (Pl. Catalunya) in only three stops.
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La Barceloneta Beach (below)
Gothic quarter (far below)
Sagrada Familia detail
Sant Pau Hospital
Sant Pau Hospital detail
Sant Pau Hospital detail
Inside Palau de la Música
Barcelona from the air
Las Ramblas promenade
Inside the Sagrada Familia
Montserrat mountains nearby Barcelona