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    Barcelona – city of Antoni Gaudí

    The only city of its size on the Mediterranean, Barcelona really has it all. Golden beaches, terrific weather, mountains and a history dating back to the ancient third-century settlement of Barcino, it’s also the capital of Catalonia. As such, it has a proud and independent spirit, with a formidable cultural heritage including Catalan Gothic buildings from the Middle Ages, and the modernist architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries –

    typified by the work of Barcelona’s favourite son, Antoni Gaudí.

    His most iconic building, the unfinished La Sagrada Família, epitomises the city: courageous, imaginative and without its like. Add some of Spain’s best museums and Barcelona’s world-famous cuisine, and you have the ultimate European city break destination.

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    Sagrada Família

    Carrer de Mallorca 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 198 0705
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000

    Only part-finished on Gaudí’s death in 1926, Sagrada Família has been a work in progress ever since. Whether the 18 towers will ever be complete is part of its allure, but the fantastical spires and ornately sculpted stone already make it Europe’s most unique church.

    Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu)

    Plaça de la Seu
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 342 8262
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1930

    With a suitably Gothic-looking exterior for a church originally built between 1298 and 1450, the cathedral’s facade was in fact not finished until a century ago. Dark and mysterious inside, it is richly decorated with sculptures and reliefs.

    Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

    Carrer Provença 261-265
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 202 138
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000 (Mar-Oct)
    0900-1830 (Nov-Feb)

    Much loathed by neighbours when it was built in 1910, the surreal building of melting stone is one of Gaudí’s most impressive. Don’t miss the chimney sculptures on the roof.

    Casa Batlló

    Passeig de Gràcia 43
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 216 0306
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100

    Modernism meets fantasy with this mind-bending Gaudí creation built in 1906. The scaly tiles and colourful stone spine of the roof give the impression that the amorphous building is a living, breathing creature.

    Plaça Catalunya

    Plaça Catalunya
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain

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    The most important square in Barcelona is where the Old Town and modern Eixample District converge. Its handsome fountains, immaculate garden and statues make it a popular stop.

    Park Güell

    Carrer d’Olot
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 200 302
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2100 (May-Oct)
    0830-1800 (Nov-Mar)
    0800-2000 (Apr)

    A wonderland of brightly coloured mosaics and dreamlike stone lizards set upon Greek columns, the park designed by Gaudí for his patron, Count Eusebi Güell, is one of Barcelona’s must-sees.

    Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

    Plaça de Santa Maria 1
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 310 2390
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1330 and 1630-2000
    Sun 1030-1330 and 1630-2000

    Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking church is the only surviving example of the Catalan Gothic style with original stained glass and medieval tombs.

    MNAC and Montjuïc

    Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 622 0360
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-2000
    Sun 1000-1500 (May-Sep)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1000-1500 (Oct-Apr)

    Amongst the highlights of the seafront mountain of Montjuïc is Catalonia’s National Museum of Art (MNAC) featuring an expensive collection of 19th and 20th-century works. The highlight is the Romanesque section of frescoes and altarpieces rescued from crumbling Catalan churches.

    Tibidabo

    Plaça Tibidabo, 3-4
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 211 7942
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    Opening times:
    Daily from noon
    (closing times vary; see website for details)

    Topped by a 20th-century neo-Gothic church, the mountain of Tibidabo offers views of the whole city, including Sir Norman Foster’s Torre de Collserola.

    Camp Nou

    Carrer d’Arístides Maillol
    08028 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 189 900
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Securing tickets for El Clásico – the fabled contest between Barcelona and Real Madrid – may be tricky, but just walking into this enormous football stadium is worth it.

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    Country overview

    From sizzling cuisine and riotous fiestas to cutting-edge contemporary art, age-old museums and a palpitating beach culture, Spain sure packs a punch. It’s feisty, sexy and extremely hot – almost like a sensual flamenco dancer who captivates with her mesmerising moves. Whether you are a culture vulture, history buff or beach bum, it’s almost inevitable that with Spain, it’ll be love at first sight.

    As versatile as a chameleon, Spain’s multifaceted personality is further highlighted by different corners of the country: from the golden sun-kissed shores of Costa del Sol to the snow-lathered peaks of the Pyrénées; from the futuristic architecture of Valencia to the medieval towns of Catalonia; from the expansive boulevards of cosmopolitan Madrid to the rural countryside of Galicia.

    Geography

    Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with its smaller neighbour, Portugal, and is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees mountain range that cuts across France and Andorra. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has numerous stretches of coastline that are extremely crowded especially in summer.

    Spain has two main groups of islands that are popular with tourists: the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located 193km (120 miles) southeast of Barcelona, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa (mainly Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma). Located in continental Africa, the tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla also form a part of Spain.

    Mainland Spain is the second highest and most mountainous country in Europe, with an average height of 610m (2,000ft). The Pyrenees stretch roughly 400km (249 miles) from the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast.

    In places the peaks rise to over 1,524m (5,000ft), the highest point being 3,404m (11,169ft).

    The main physical feature of Spain is the vast central plateau, or meseta, divided by several chains of sierras. The higher northern area includes Castile and León and the southern section comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. In the south, the high plains rise further at the Sierra Morena before falling abruptly at the great valley of the Guadalquivir.

    Southeast of Granada is the Sierra Nevada, which runs parallel to the Mediterranean. Its summit Mulhacen, at 3,718m (12,198ft), is the highest point on the Spanish peninsula. The highest peak in Spain is the Pico del Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, measuring a height of 3,718m (12,198ft).

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    Key facts

    Population: 47370542

    Population Density (per sq km): 94

    Capital: Madrid.

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    General business opening hours

    In Barcelona, Seville and Granada, business hours are generally 0800/0900-1800/1900, with an extended lunch break from 1330-1500/1600. In Santiago de Compostela and Malaga, office hours are generally 0900-1400 and 1700-2000. Banks and government offices open only in the morning.

    In Madrid, standard business hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1400 and 1600-1900, although 0800-1500 is quite common during summer. Larger companies and multinationals, however, are increasingly working through the day, in line with the rest of Europe

    Country overview

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note: Additional dates are celebrated as regional public holidays.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Day of the Balearic Islands: 01. March 2014
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2014
    Maundy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Day of the Balearic Islands: 01. March 2015
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 12. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Barcelona’s superb public transport system is operated by TMB (www.tmb.cat/es). The integrated ticketing system covers the metro, bus, tram and railway, with tickets available from metro stations, tram stops and some kiosks. There are many different types of passes for single, one, two or three-day tickets, as well as the T10, valid for 10 journeys.

    Taxis

    No matter the time nor place, you won’t have any problem hailing a taxi in Barcelona. There are also lanes reserved for taxis and buses so you don’t get stuck in traffic. If you want to be extra sure, book over the phone or internet 24 hours a day with Radio Taxi Barcelona (tel: 902 222 111; www.radiotaxibarcelona.com).

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    Nightlife in Barcelona
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    One of the nation’s party capitals, Barcelona is a city that has it all when it comes to nightlife from the vast seafront discotecas, to the traditional taverns and tables sprawling across lively plazas.

    One of the nation’s party capitals, Barcelona is a city that has it all when it comes to nightlife from the vast seafront discotecas, to the traditional taverns and tables sprawling across lively plazas.

    Monvínic

    Carrer de la Diputació 249
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Aiming to have one of the best ranges of bottles from all over the world, this sleek wine bar was designed by Sergi Ferrer-Salat.

    La Bolsa

    Carrer Tuset 17
    08006 Barcelona
    Spain
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    In this novel bar, drink prices fluctuate depending on demand, like a boozy stock market.

    Jamboree

    Plaça Reial 17
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    This jazz venue with a history dating back half a century is a local institution.

    Fàbrica Moritz

    Ronda de Sant Antoni 39-41
    08011 Barcelona
    Spain
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    This brewery serves different craft beers from the iconic Moritz brand, with a history dating back 150 years.

    Antic Teatre

    Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís 12
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
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    An alternative locale with recycled furniture and a lovely green patio.

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    With plenty of fresh fish on the menu, Barcelona is one of the best gastronomical cities in the world.

    Tourists come to try the food as much as anything else, with its mix of contemporary wizardry and classic Catalan cooking.

    Windsor

    Carrer de Còrsega 286
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Set in an impressive Catalan Modernist building, the super-elegant Windsor offers updated takes on Catalan cuisine.

    4Gats

    Carrer de Montsió 3
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    An old haunt of artists through the decades including Picasso, this legendary café and restaurant is worth it just for the bohemian atmosphere.

    Tickets Bar

    Avinguda del Parallel 164
    08015 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    Brainchild of El Bulli legend Ferran Adrià’s brother, Albert, this fun, lively tapas bar and restaurant is styled on an old ticket booth.

    La Fonda

    Carrer dels Escudellers 10
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    This classy but reasonably priced restaurant serves very typical Catalan food.

    La Tasqueta de Blai

    Carrer de Blai 17, Poble Sec
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    A buzzy nook of a bar on a popular street for tapas; sizable delicious snacks and glasses of beer alike are €1.

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    Fiesta de La Mercé

    24 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The Fiesta de la Mercé promises to be the biggest party of the year, involving plenty of live music, spectacular fireworks and Catalonia’s national drink, cava (champagne). Numerous events take place during these three days of celebrations – including parades featuring giant wooden figures and human pyramid competitions where groups of castellers stack up and compete to form the highest human tower. For the full programme of events, enquire at the main tourist office at Plaça Catalunya.

    Festival Internacional de Jazz

    10 October – 30 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Playing host to one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, Barcelona sets you in the mood for jazz every winter. The festival features heavyweight artists as well as up-and-coming names in the jazz industry. It takes place in venues all over Barcelona, ranging from the grand Palau de la Musica to bars like Jamboree. Each event requires individual tickets. Previous performers include Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Cobb, Marcus Miller, Jamie Cullum and Charles Lloyd.

    Fiesta de Santa Llúcia

    12 – 13 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various other venues.

    The festivities to the “queen of light” begin with a noisy procession through the old town in which the narrow streets ring with the sound of thundercrackers before the evening ends with a modest firework display. The following day sees the pilgimage to the ermita of Santa Llúcia on top of the small hill above the old town for a special mass and a short procession with the images of Santa Llúcia and Santa Barbara.

    Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos)

    5 January 2015

    Venue: Various streets in central Barcelona.

    On 5 January every year, the evening before Twelfth Night (Epiphany, 6 January) the Three Kings (or Three Wise Men of the New Testament) arrive by boat at the waterfront of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta) to be greeted by the Mayor of the city and conducted to the nearby park of Ciutadella. From there the Three Kings depart in their carriages, the principal part of a grand parade that proceeds slowly through the streets and avenues of the centre towards the Olympic Stadium. The Kings and other participants in the parade throw barley sugar sweets and other sweets to the children lining the route. There are many stalls along the way, especially along Gran Via. The days leading up to the parade allow the opportunity for children to inspect the Three Kings’ boat and carriages, and to leave messages requesting gifts, which they (and adults, too) receive, traditionally, on 6 January.

    Festes de Sant Medir

    3 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Grácia and various other venues.

    In the neighbourhood of Gràcia, the religious festival of Sant Medir is celebrated in full vigour as its streets convert into a carnival for the day. Celebrations are in the form of street parties and parades with colourful floats. Sant Medir was an honest farmer who experienced a miracle after displaying loyalty to the Catholic Church, this day was therefore commemorated to celebrate his faith.

    Barcelona Marathon

    15 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Streets of Barcelona.

    Thousands of runners from around the world take to the streets of Barcelona for this big sporting event. The route, which changes every year, leads them past many of the main historical landmarks of the city. Locals turn up in even greater numbers to show their support to those taking part. The aim is to finish the 42km (26 miles) race in less than six hours.

    Trofeo Conde de Godó de Tennis

    20 – 26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Reial Club de Tennis.

    The thrilling tennis tournament is held annually at the Trofeo Conde de Godo de Tennis on the ATP circuit between some of the world’s best and up-and-coming players. Spain’s oldest tennis club provides a brilliant atmosphere for this hotly contested tournament.

    La Diada de Sant Jordi (Lover's Day)

    23 April 2015

    Venue: Streets and squares in Barcelona.

    One of the most celebrated events in Barcelona, Dia de Sant Jordi commemorates the death of the city’s patron saint, Sant Jordi (St George). Celebrations are reminiscent of Valentine’s Day but with a twist: Men give women roses while women give men a book in tribute to Cervantes who died on this day in 1616. The best place to celebrate this event in Barcelona is along La Rambla, which transforms into a massive flower market and book stall.

    Spanish Grand Prix (Formula 1)

    8 – 10 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Circuit de Catalunya of Montmelo.

    Otherwise known as the ‘Gran Premio de Espana de Formula One’, the world’s best 20 drivers compete here in one of the most important races of the year. All the action can be seen from the stands and on the 17 giant screens – not a skid nor a pit-stop need be missed. The Circuit de Catalunya of Montmelo has improved its facilities for spectators, now offering 14 grandstands, three of them under cover. This is considered to be a particularly well-designed circuit. The capacity for spectators is 104,000 and there are facilities for camping and car parking, as well as food and drink within the circuit complex. There are two days of practice and qualifying sessions before the big race on 22 May.

    Primavera Sound

    28 – 30 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Parc del Forum.

    For three days in late May/ early June, the Parc del Forum becomes centre stage for a host of international DJs and musicians. Sponsored by Estrella Damn, the music festival sees some of the most current international acts take to the stage alongside veteran festival players and Spanish acts.

    Sonar Music Festival

    12 – 14 June 2015
    Website

    The annual Sonar International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is an event that attracts over 80,000 people to the city with a mix of new musical talent and international artists. The event is divided between ‘Sonar by Day’ which is a mix of concerts and exhibitions of new talent and ‘Sonar by Night’ which is mainly concerts and shows with well known international acts headlining.

    Corpus Christi

    19 June 2015

    Venue: Barcelona Cathedral and various venues.

    Religious processions and parades take over the streets of Barcelona throughout the month of June. Major boulevards in Barcelona are decorated with flower carpets, adding colours to the vibrant city streets. On many of the city’s water fountains, you will spot l’ou com balla, a hollowed-out egg ‘dancing’ on the fountain spouts. If the egg does not break, it is said to mean good luck for the year ahead.

    Festival of Saint John

    23 – 24 June 2015

    Venue: Streets and squares of Barcelona.

    Known as the ‘Verbena de Sant Joan’, this festival of fire takes place over the shortest night of the year, welcoming the arrival of the longest day. Subject to strict regulations, people light bonfires in streets outside their homes and in public places. As the evening warms up, parties get underway with drinking, dancing and consumption of ‘coca’ – a speciality cake. Fireworks add sparkle to the flaming night sky as people get together to celebrate this pagan tradition, tied in with the notion of witches and enchantments. Similar summer solstice festivities take place in towns and villages throughout Catalonia.

    Barcelona Summer Festival (Grec)

    2 – 20 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Teatre Grec and various theatres in Barcelona.

    Barcelona’s Summer Festival is one of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit the city. Popularly known as the ‘The Grec’, the festival offers a great mix of entertainment with musical highlights from previous years including Joss Stone, Brian Wilson, Craig David and Marianne Faithful. Each year the organisers aim to bring something new and different to the international audiences who attend the festival. Most of the 45 events of the Barcelona Summer Festival of theatre, music and dance are performed at Teatre Grec, a Greek-style amphitheatre on the hill of Montjuic.

    Montjuïc de Nuit

    3 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Montjuïc Hill.

    Montjuic de Nit is a free annual cultural event when the museums, theatres, parks, gardens and sports facilities on Montjuïc hill in Barcelona are open to the public. Enjoy everything from evening swims to free musuem visits.

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    The Mediterranean metropolis has a vast array of options, with seaside hotels, vast luxury towers and boutiques based out of historic buildings.

    With its year-round popularity, prices can be eye-watering but there is plenty of budget lodging too.

    Hesperia Tower

    Gran Via 144, Hospitalet de Llobregat
    08907 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    This Richard Rogers-designed building is 107m (350ft) high with 280 stylish rooms and excellent views of the city.

    Granados 83

    Carrer Enric Granados 83
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Comfortable and sophisticated, Granados 83 is a handsome hotel in the Eixample District.

    Chic & Basic Born

    Carrer de la Princesa 50
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    Contemporary chic with lots of eclectic touches, this hotel is ideally placed in the El Born barrio.

    Abba Rambla

    Rambla del Raval 4C
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    In the heart of the up-and-coming Raval area, this buzzy hotel is all about location.

    Wilson Boutique Hotel

    Avinguda Diagonal 568
    08021 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    One of the best value options in the affluent Eixample neighbourhood, Wilson Boutique Hotel is based out of an impressive 1930s building.

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    Climate and best time to visit Barcelona

    Barcelona’s ideal Mediterranean climate is one of the city’s biggest attractions, and its seafront is flooded with tourists during the summer. But there’s much more to do in this glorious ancient city than languish on the beaches, and for exploring its architecture, museums and parks, high summer is too hot and crowded; August is also the month that Spanish people holiday, adding to numbers in the city. Temperatures are good in May, with less visitors; Barcelona also hosts the popular music festival Primavera Sound in the same month. The weather is still great in September, which is also the time of Festes de la Mercè, the city’s most important festival in honour of its patron saint, with parades, outdoor concerts and numerous events.

    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.

    The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty.

    The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.

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    74 %

    70 %

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    13 °C

    55.4 °F

    12 °C

    53.6 °F

    13 °C

    55.4 °F

    14 °C

    57.2 °F

    16 °C

    60.8 °F

    19 °C

    66.2 °F

    22 °C

    71.6 °F

    24 °C

    75.2 °F

    22 °C

    71.6 °F

    20 °C

    68 °F

    16 °C

    60.8 °F

    14 °C

    57.2 °F

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan22 °C-4 °C12 °C5 °C72 %40 mm54.8 h
    Feb25 °C-6 °C12 °C6 °C68 %31 mm45.9 h
    Mar26 °C0 °C14 °C7 °C70 %53 mm55.8 h
    Apr27 °C-1 °C16 °C9 °C69 %50 mm57.1 h
    May34 °C4 °C19 °C12 °C69 %57 mm68.2 h
    Jun35 °C9 °C23 °C15 °C69 %37 mm48.9 h
    Jul36 °C12 °C26 °C19 °C68 %35 mm210.1 h
    Aug36 °C13 °C26 °C19 °C71 %55 mm58.6 h
    Sep34 °C6 °C24 °C17 °C74 %98 mm66.6 h
    Oct30 °C2 °C19 °C13 °C76 %101 mm65.6 h
    Nov26 °C0 °C15 °C9 °C74 %57 mm54.9 h
    Dec23 °C-3 °C12 °C6 °C70 %54 mm54.3 h
    year36 °C-6 °C18 °C12 °C71 %668 mm586.7 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +34

    Telephone

    Most telephone boxes require telephone cards that can be purchased in grocery stores. Call centres and internet cafés allow you to call overseas at a lower rate. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are. Emergency calls: 112.

    Mobile Telephone

    Coverage is good throughout most of the country. It is relatively easy to get a mobile phone to use temporarily in Spain. Most service providers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica offer prepaid SIM cards (that include data roaming). Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.

    Internet

    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas in Spain, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels. It is generally easy to find good and fast connections throughout Spain. Most hotels and airports in Spain offer Wi-Fi access.

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    Shopping in Barcelona
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    Key Areas

    Designer shops and high-street brands are clustered around the golden highway that is Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s main streets. Important modernist architecture hosts the likes of Armani and Chanel.

    Markets

    Near the Sant Antoni metro station, Mercat de Sant Antoni is a flea market taking place every Sunday morning. It’s full of old records, music and film posters, second-hand books, and lots of kids perusing the comic book stands and making football card swaps.

    Els Encants is another market next to Glòries metro, with second-hand clothes and antiques (open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat). Finally, El Mercat de La Boqueria on the famous Las Ramblas promenade is unmissable with a wide range of Spanish hams, cheeses and more.

    Shopping Centres

    By the port, Maremagnum is the most popular mall in the city. In Plaça Espanya, the Arenas shopping centre is based out of an old bullfighting ring with rooftop restaurants offering great views of Barcelona’s mountains.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and stricter religious customs have been superseded by more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women (outside of a business context) are greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek (left then right).

    Spaniards eat late; lunch around 1400-1530; the evening meal 2100-2300.

    The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former, though large restaurants are obliged by law to have a substantial non-smoking section.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Spain is generally safe to eat. Most restaurants and bars adhere to a certain standard of hygiene. For those with sensitive stomachs, try to avoid street food, such as churros, kebabs and jacket potatoes. These are usually sold in small street-side stores especially in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Other foods to look out for include seafood that might not be fresh and sandwiches and omelettes that might have been left out for too long. Tapas bars may sometimes serve foods that have been kept overnight, so be careful what you eat.

    Foods sold in local markets are generally fresh and affordable. If you’re extremely careful about what you eat, these are the best places to look for clean and fresh produce. Tap water in Spain is safe to drink but some complain that tap water in Ibiza can be quite salty and  has an unpleasant taste so it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. Tap water is suitable for washing, brushing teeth, etc. Bottled and mineral water are easily available throughout the country and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

    Other Risks

    In mid-summer temperatures can reach over 40°C and heat-related risks are high. Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear strong sunscreen and cover your skin with a hat and loose clothing. If partaking in hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities avoid the midday hours and limit exercise to early mornings or late evenings.

    The national police have set up a telephone hotline for tourists to use in non-emergencies. Those who wish to report a crime such as theft or lost property should call 902 102 112; callers can speak German, English, French or Italian. On islands such as Ibiza be aware that alcohol and drugs are prevalent. Stay hydrated when consuming alcohol and be aware that spirit measurements are generous. Taking drugs is illegal and drug dealing is dealt with very severely by the local police and courts. Every year accidents happen in resorts with holidaymakers falling from hotel balconies, often when under the influence of alcohol. Take care on hotel balconies at all times and avoid excessive drinking.

    In Mallorca in late summer waves of jellyfish can make an appearance, and while these are not deadly, they can give a very painful sting.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Kurt Dr. Günther
    Clinica Diagonal
    C/Sant Mateu 24-26
    08950 – Esplugnes d. LI Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel. +34-93-2053213

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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