Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny winters, warm summers and
relatively low rainfall. Temperatures during the summer months of July and August can be quite
hot during the day, with temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77-86 degrees Fahrenheit),
but are very pleasant in the evening.
Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport
or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and
a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic
Taxis in Barcelona may be ordered by phone, picked up at authorized taxi stands or flagged
down in the street. Always check that the meter is running. Taxis must usually be paid in cash
though some accept credit cards.
Barcelona has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one,
two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant and reasonably
priced. Free parking is very limited in the city center and car parks are expensive, so car rental
is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services,
but most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.
Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 20.00; however,
in the city center and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10.00 to 21.00, or
even later in some tourist spots such as Maremagnum.
AII major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler''92s checks can
be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting
major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish
currency is the Euro (€).
There are no restrictions on visitors entering Spain with goods bought in another European
Union member country, as long as they are for their own use and not to sell.
Banks are open from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday during the summer months.
In restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers and so on, a gratuity is not included in the price.
Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of
the bill, depending on the quality of the service. Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on
the luggage you have, 1 to 3 Euros.
Electrical Power: A 2-pin round adapter is necessary for electrical appliances. The electric
current used is 220 volts/50hz. For those bringing 110 volts/60hz appliances, be sure to use an
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For touristic information about Barcelona, please visit Barcelona Turisme