Barcelona

Barcelona Basics

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What is the best time to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. The best times for visiting the city are late spring and early autumn when the weather is warm and not too hot and you can walk the streets without the feeling you are going to melt. August is a month you should avoid since the climate is unwelcoming and many of the restaurants, bars, shops and others venues are closed.

How safe is Barcelona?

Spain is a safe country Barcelona has a pretty moderate crime rate, however, it has been increasing for the past three years.Violent crime is very rare in Barcelona and it is considered very safe to walk the streets day and night. The main crime problem though is the pickpockets and bag thieves. Just be careful, always have an eye on your bag (especially on La Rambla, the Sagrada Familia church, Sants station and in the subway), do not carry your cell phone or wallet in your jeans back pocket, wear your backpack on the front in touristy areas, don't participate in street games (like the three shell game).

Hospitals

The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) provides EU citizens with access to Spanish state public health services. This may mean free or reduced-cost medical care in the event of minor injuries and emergencies, however, you should travel with insurance (to cover against loss, thief, injury or illness. Every pharmacy with qualified staff can give you an advice and dispense drugs, but if the case is more serious, you should seek medical help. Some of biggest hospitals in Barcelona are Clinical and Provincial Hospital of Barcelona, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona, Hospital del Mar, etc. If you do not have the EHIC, you will have to pay a standard medical fee.

Public Toilets in Barcelona

The public toilets In Catalonia are called also, services or lavabos. They are labeled “caballeros” for men and “damas” or “señoras” for women. It is not hard to find a clean public toilet and it is a popular fact that all restrooms in bars and restaurants in Spain are for free for public (but have in mind that sometimes the staff may give not be completely satisfied with non-customers using the toilets)

Internet & WiFi

There are many free WiFi areas in Barcelona.To be exact - more than 2000 hotspots. In 2011, the city council launched Barcelona WiFi and installed antennas throughout the city. Now the city has one of the largest networks of free internet in Europe. Most public places offer free internet connection as well.

Can you drink tap water in Barcelona?

Barcelona tap water has low levels of chlorine to prevent contamination, but is completely safe for drinking and for cooking. However, most of the restaurants serve bottled water because it tastes better and people prefer it.

Do they speak spanish in Barcelona?

The two official languages in Barcelona are Catalan and Castilian Spanish. There are many people who think that Catalan is a form of Castilian Spanish, however, this is not true. Catalan is a language spoken in three regions of Spain: Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. Though Barcelona is one of the biggest and busiest cities in Europe, many of the local don’t speak English.

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