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Whether you need a doctor, details about the car, parking, use of public transport, a list of Internet cafes or references to the need of duty-free shopping, here we have extensive and useful information for you. In about 30 articles we give an answer to nearly all important questions relating to a successfully stay in Barcelona.

Medical care in Barcelona

Medical care

Finally the holiday arrives. The joy of the journey abroad is great. However, one should not forget that the holiday could be tarnished or that the business trip does not quite run that smoothly, due to an upset stomach or an injury.

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Hired cars in Barcelona

Hired cars

For trips into the close or more distant vicinity or an airport transfer with plenty of baggage, a car however, gives a pleasant flexibility.

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Driving car in Barcelona

Driving in Barcelona

As a matter of principle we won't advise you to drive a car in Barcelona. It is chaotic and difficult for Non-Spanish people standards; parking spaces are rare and expensive. Alternatively, you have a very well-developed public transport with buses and subways which easily take you to all places of interest.

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Paying and money

Paying and money

Currency in Spain is the Euro €. You can exchange currencies at the airport for sure, for example Swiss Franks or GBP into euros. All over the city you can get cash all day and night with the Maestro (EC) card and credit cards at countless cash mashines.

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Diplomatic representations in Barcelona

Diplomatic Representations

In a limited way consulates are able to help you. Top priority, however, is emergency consultation and advice. In rigorous, limited and exceptional cases, the consulate is allowed to give financial help, which of course has to be paid back.

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Electricity in Spain and Barcelona

Electricity

The mains voltage is in Barcelona as in the whole of Europe 230 volts AC, plug adapters are hardly necessary.

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Reductions and discounts in Barcelona

Reductions

At almost almost all facilities there are a significantly reduced price for pensioners, students, and people with disabilities. Also the regular admission can be reduced with the Barcelona Card.

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Bank holiday overview for Barcelona

Bank holiday overview

Holidays in Barcelona have a high priority, not just the religious holidays. Often the holidays whre celebrated with street festivals and many events.

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Luggage Storage in Barcelona

Luggage Storage / Lockers

In Barcelona you can safely store your luggage at several places. This is ideal if you arrive by boat, for example, and have some time before flying back. So you can relax and enjoy your time.

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With your dog or cat in Barcelona

Pets

Basically, it is possible to take pets like a dog or a cat with you when travelling to Spain. For travelling within the EU, your animal strictly needs an anti-rabies inoculation.

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Internet in Barcelona

Internet in Barcelona

In Barcelona a free public Wi-Fi network in the entire city will be established, the "Barcelona Wifi". In many places you can already get free internet access with a notebook, tablet or smartphone.

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Opening hours in Barcelona

Opening hours

In Barcelona you will get goods for daily needs in smaller supermarkets around the clock. However, restaurants, shops and public facilities have their own opening times.

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Car park in Barcelona, garages and parking places

Car parking

On numerous public parking garages and parking lots, you have the opportunity to park your vehicle. Parking places directly at the sights are rare, and if existing often occupied. Cars get towed away even with small parking violations.

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Where smoking is allowed in Barcelona and where not

Smoking

Since January 2011 the new, far-reaching Spanish Non-smoking Protection Act is law. The previous special rules, such as separate smoking areas in restaurants, or free choice in bars, no longer exist.

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Security, theft and loss in Barcelona

Security, theft and loss in Barcelona

In general, one can say that Barcelona is no more dangerous than any other major European city. However, you should follow a few rules of conduct so that you won't be the victim of a robbery or theft.

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Souvenirs and gifts from Barcelona

Souvenirs and gifts

Here we have a few ideas for you, what you can purchase in Barcelona as a souvenir or as a gift for back home.

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How to make a phone call in Barcelona

Phone calls in Barcelona

The cell phone boom makes the public telephones needless. You can barely find any. In most of the phone boxes - if you find one - you can pay with coins. You can't get back a current balance of coins that is not used by the end of the call.

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Emergency assistance

Emergency assistance

In a case of emergency it is useful to have a couple of phone numbers and addresses. The numbers of police emergency, fire and ambulance you should know not only at home but also in Barcelona.

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Public facilities in Barcelona

Facilities

Public toilets on the streets are rare. Unfortunately, these are also not suitable for wheelchair users. At the service times of the beach there are countless toilets at each beach section.

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Tourist information in Barcelona

Tourist information centres

In the tourist information you can buy books, postcards, souvenirs, information on events and museums. Even here, you receive free maps. These are usually quite sufficient to navigate in Barcelona.

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