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A quick guide to your Catalonian mini break, including the must-see sights of this coastal city.

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Our Barcelona Travel Guide

Whether you’re pressed for time, on a budget or simply unsure of what’s on offer, our Travel Guide is here to help you make the most of your time in the Catalan wonder of Barcelona.

Barcelona is a city break with a twist, and great for those seeking warmer climates. In fact a staggering 7.5 million tourists visit Barcelona each year - not surprising given its vibrant culture and culinary attractions - with something to suit most tastes, and budgets.

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Main Facts About Barcelona

Currency
The euro is Barcelona’s main currency. In 2000, us Brits got a lot more bang for our buck at a rate of 1.725 GBP against the euro. Currently it’s a mere 1.104.
Language
The region of Catalonia has two official languages; Spanish and Catalan. In offices and schools, Catalan is the dominant language. Road signs and labels e.g. in museums are usually bilingual. Within the tourist sector however, many employees speak English.
Weather
The average summer temperatures in July and August are around 28°C. The best time to visit Barcelona is from May to June when temperatures fluctuate between 16 to 25°C.
Power Plugs
For Spain there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Spain operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Population
The current metro area population of Barcelona in 2020 is 5,586,000, a 0.81% increase from 2019. The metro area population of Barcelona in 2019 was 5,541,000, a 0.86% increase from 2018.
Fun Fact
Barcelona is half the size of Birmingham and can easily be navigated by foot.

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Even the moon was embarrassed by the beauty of Barcelona
-Andrew Barger        

Getting Around Barcelona

By Bus
Check out the local tour buses - you can grab a day pass and travel all over the city from Park Guell and FC Barcelona to Barcelona Zoo and the Olympic Stadium.
By Cable Car
Enjoy heights? Then you’ll relish in the chance to fly high above Barcelona’s pretty streets and get a birds eye view of this beautiful city in a cable car. Why not take the opportunity to ride to MontJuic? Vertigo sufferers beware!
By Tricycle
A little sightseeing from the saddle never hurt anyone so why not try a guided tricycle tour, it’s a really affordable way of exploring the city. Plus, a chance to rattle around Barcelona on three wheels is, dare we say it, a little cooler than hopping on the local bus.

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Food & Drink

Barcelona is rich with many cafes, restaurants and bars where you can try everything from traditional Spanish dishes and drinks to authentic Catalan foods.

Tourist Mistakes for Barcelona

Avoid Barcelona in August - it’s very hot, very sticky and very touristy
Laying at Barceloneta beach - it’s somewhat overrated. We recommend you walk a little further to Bogatell beach
Don’t waste time waiting in line for attractions when you can order online in advance, saving precious hours of your trip that may otherwise be spent queueing
Avoid overpriced food, things and experiences. It’s easier said than done, but we don’t want you getting unnecessarily ripped off
Don’t underestimate pickpockets, they’re a common issue in Barcelona, particularly at tourist hotspots such as Las Ramblas, Sagrada Familia and Plaza España, so please be careful
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