Destination Guide - Barcelona

Catalonia’s history is as colourful and varied as a Dali piece: the capital, Barcelona, was founded by the Romans; ruled by Muslims for more than 200 years; reclaimed by Christians; and then moulded by a slow and ongoing Catalan cultural recovery. Get a feel for the region through its world-renowned gastronomical offerings (elBulli is in Catalonia), architecture (think Antoni Gaudí), and Mediterranean coastline (think beaches).

The Basics

Currency: Euro (€)
Population: 1,600,000
Country code: +34
Area code: 93
Time zone: +1
Daylight savings: End of March to end of October
Languages: Catalan and Spanish
Electricity voltage: 240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: European socket with two round pins
Mobile network: GSM


    • Eixample
    • Palau Nacional/Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
    • Parc Guell
    • Camp Nou


  • 6 January
    Cabalgata los Reyes Magos/Procession of the Three Kings
  • 17 January
    Cabalgata dels Tres Tombs/St Anthony's Day
  • 24 June
    St John's Day
  • 11 September
    National Day of Catalonia


Barcelona experiences a moderate Mediterranean climate throughout the year. Summer (June to August) average temperatures are in the mid to high-20s (degrees Celsius), though daytime temperatures often climb into the 30s. Winter average temperatures (December to February) are around 10 degrees.

Getting there and around

Barcelona is well covered by public transportation, with metro lines, trams, suburban trains, buses and taxis. For travel to and from Barcelona International Airport there are regular trains and buses to the city centre and taxi ranks outside of the terminals.

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