Barcelona and Local Information

Barcelona is a major European cultural city known for its Roman remains, historic and artistic heritage. A leading international business city with a stunning coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, many beaches and the Catalan Pyrenees.


In October, the weather in Barcelona is mostly warm with a average of 6 days of rain. The average temperature averages 17°c to 23°c.


The official currency in Spain is the euro (€/EUR). Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 2pm) and at the bureaux de change also open every day in Barcelona city centre, and at the main railway stations, Estació del Nord bus station and at the Airport, where they have longer opening hours.


In Barcelona, and throughout Catalonia, there are two official languages: Catalan, the language of the Catalans, and Spanish, the official language of Spain.

Opening hours

The working day in Barcelona usually starts at 8 or 9 in the morning and ends around 6 or 7 in the evening, with a one or two-hour break for lunch at 2pm.

Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, and from 8pm until 11pm. Tipping isn't obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if they are satisfied with the service.

Shops have long opening hours, from 10am to 2pm and from 4.30 to 8 or 8.30pm. In Barcelona city centre, most shops don't close at lunchtime and large shopping centres and department stores open until 10pm in summer.

Smoking is prohibited in all bars and restaurants in Barcelona.

Places of Interest

There are many activities and sites to see in Barcelona, visit the  Barcelona Visitors Bureau website (Turisme de Barcelona) for all the information you need to plan your spare time.


As in most European countries and also in Catalonia, GMT is the time system used in Barcelona. Clocks are two hours ahead of GMT in summer.


To find out if you require a visa to enter Spain, please click here.


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