Barcelona City Guide

Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain, after the capital Madrid. It has a population of 1.5 million people. The city is located on the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is a beautiful city, with its bustling streets and a cheery atmosphere. Its many stores, museums, cafes, theaters, art galleries and bars are pretty impressive! Barcelona hosted the Olympics in 1992, although Barcelona lost its 1990s leadership in business and finance to Madrid. Barcelona enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with warm and pleasant temperatures all year round. Since it is located on the seacoast, it has high humidity level, and it can get quite warm especially on months June and August. The best Barcelona weather is during the months of September to early December, when you get plenty of sun but humidity levels are a lot milder. These months are perfect times to go to the beach, have a tan, and go swimming. Barcelona is mainly hot and dry, with an average rainfall of only 1.7 inches in a month. On months September and October, rainful rises to an average of 3 inches a month. During winter season, temperature goes down to 10 degrees C, although it never gets too cold. Best visit Barcelona from May to September, when weather is most dry and reliable. Barcelona's main airport is located in El Prat de Llobretat, which is 12 kilometers southwest of the city. Once you arrived, a train connects the airport to Barcelona, which arrive every 30 minutes from 5:43 AM to 10:13 PM. The train ride to the city's center takes around thirty minutes. Barcelona has trains that arrive to and from Paris, Geneva, Milan and Zurich from the Estacio de Franca Railway Station. Barcelona Festivals - The Carnival (February) – celebrated with extravagant parades and beautiful fireworkds set off by colles de dracs. - Festival of Sant Medir (March 3) – procession in the Gracia district, which includes activities like tossing candies for the children. - Corpus Christi Festival (June) – includes parades with giant and big-headed carnival figures. The traditional ou com balla (or 'dancing egg) can be seen in the fountain of the Cathedral's cloister during this festival. - Festival of Sant Jordi (April 23rd) – festival to commemorate Sant Jordi or St. George. Stalls are found all over the city that sells books and roses to locals and tourists. Other Important Things to Remember… - Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, and their national language is Catalan. (Although Castilian is also spoken by many locals here) - Climate is typical Meditteranean: 24 degrees C during the summer days, and 11 degrees C during the winter season. - Most shops and restaurants close for a few hours (usually between 1:30 to 4:30 pm), so that they could take a long break called the 'siesta'. - Banking hours on weekdays: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 12:30PM. - A hostal is a modest hotel that provides no perks and services. It is quite cheap, so if you want to save money, hostals are good accommodations. Hostals can be identified by the letter H or HR.