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.



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

ELE USAL: The school is aimed at all those interested in learning and improving their knowledge of Spanish as a Foreign Language, with the guarantee of excellence of the University of Salamanca.

  • Morning, afternoon and evening groups
  • Saturday courses
  • Reduced number of participants per group (4 to 10)

Check all the study modalities on the website:

[Discounts available for BAA students]


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.


The official currency is the EURO (€).


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.


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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