Barcelona overlooks the Mediterranean and is located in a heavily populated area which is a hub of economic activity.

Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometres of urban beaches and large areas of nearby forest. Although it is a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot. You can reach any point in the city by metro, bus and taxi.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Its inhabitants are open and welcoming. The people of Barcelona speak Catalan, their own language, and Spanish. Many of them also understand a little English and French.


Spain is part of the Schengen zone. This means that nationals from EU countries do not need a visa.


Most of Barcelona’s inhabitants are bilingual and speak Catalan, their own language, and Spanish.


The voltage in Spain is 220 volts, 50 Hz.. The plug types are C and F.


The city has a typically Mediterranean climate and enjoys pleasant temperatures all the year round.


The euro (€) is the official currency of the European Union and can be exchanged at savings banks and banks.


Business hours differ between banks. Most banks are open from Monday to Friday from 08:15 to 14:15


In Barcelona mealtimes are usually a little later than the rest of Europe. The city’s shops have long opening hours.

Shopping in Barcelona

Monday to Saturday, from 09:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00.
Most of the department stores do not close at mid-day.