Barcelona

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city that integrates in its urban layout Roman remains, medieval neighbourhoods and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and the avant-garde of the 20th century. Its history goes back to the Roman Empire and the city has always been an incredible cultural melting-pot, encouraging the most innovative artistic trends to flourish.

The city has beautiful beaches, marinas but is also very close to the Litoral mountain ranges and the Catalan Pyrenees.

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LANGUAGES

In Barcelona and all over Cataluña there are two official languages: Catalan and Spanish.

  • Intercat offers Catalan courses of all levels, presencial or distance learning. The basic Catalan course is free.
  • Consorcio para la Normalización Lingüística. The Consortium for Linguistic Normalization organises Catalan courses for adults (from 16/18 years old) in most of the towns of Catalonia. Basic Catalan courses are free. As for the courses of the other levels, they offer discounts for young people and groups.
  • Parla.cat. It is a virtual learning space that makes didactic materials available to learn the Catalan language. It is organised in four levels of learning: basic, elementary, intermediate and sufficiency and each level is organised in three courses. If you choose the free mode, you will have free access to the materials and you will be able to do a totally autonomous learning. On the other hand, if you prefer the paying modality you will have the support of a tutor.

TRANSPORT

On the airport website Aeropuerto de Barcelona you can learn how to come and go to the airport with public transport.

The Ayuntamiento de Barcelona website offers information on public and private transport in the city.

You can also check out the official public transport website:  Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona.

See maps for the metro, trains and tram:  Metro de Barcelona, Ferrocarrils de la GeneralitatTram.

Bicing is a urban transport based on bicycle sharing. A simple, practical and sustainable service that you can use in your journeys around the city to go where you want and when you want, without smoke or noise.

CURRENCY

The official currency is the EURO (€).

TIME

The working day in Barcelona is usually from Monday to Friday (offices) from 8 or 9 in the morning until 6 or 7 pm, with a break of one or two hours to eat around 2 in the afternoon.

The shopping centers usually open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9:30 pm / 10pm. The hours of the shops are very extensive, from 10 in the morning to 2 pm and from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The time for lunch and dinner is a little later than in the rest of Europe. The hours of the restaurants are approximately from 13 to 16h at noon and from 20 to 23h for dinner. There is no obligation to tip, but usually leave 5% if the service has been satisfactory.

PRICES

Barcelona has a wide offer in accommodations, shopping and services for all budgets. Here are some guide prices in Barcelona:

  • Housing. The price of a rental may vary depending on: the area, if you share a flat or rent it alone, if the price includes expenses, etc. A room in Barcelona, in a shared flat can cost between 250 and 350 € per month. Almost every time this price includes expenses (electricity, water, gas, Internet), but it is important to confirm this information with the owner of the house.
  • Food. Practically in each neighbourhood you can find small supermarkets with almost everything. The average cost of a weekly purchase is usually around €40 per person.

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