City Manager

City Manager

Ana Fernández

Good To Know

1. Bar (Bar) - Cel (Sky) - Ona (Wave). Barcelona has everything you may need to enjoy an amazing short trip to one of the most outstanding cities in the world. It's surrounded by the sea and mountains and the weather is never bad at all, not even in winter. Eventhough, it has never been trendy to wear sandals and socks at the same time so don't do it unless you want to get some attention :-)

2. It's a bilingual city: catalan and spanish are spoken everywhere. Although, you will be more likely to speak in catalan as it's part of the culture of the region. Say "Bon dia" (Good Morning), "Bona nit" (Good Night), "Hola" (Hi) and "Adéu" (Goodbye) and you'll get to the heart of the locals.

3. Some traditions that you may think are typical from Spain won't be found in Barcelona, as the city looks after the catalan culture: Bullfightings are banned for good and Flamenco is not the typical dance from our folklore. However, "Sardanes" is our traditional catalan dance and "Castellers" (human towers) are some of the local activities that can be seen almost every weekend in the city. A good sangria can't be found everywhere and it's now becoming an infamous thing for massive tourism. Instead, order a good Vermouth with olives or a glass of Cava, our local sparkling wine.

Fastest option: Taxi. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Cost: approximately 30€ (+5€ per luggage)

Cheapest options: Aerobus (from Terminal 1) The journey takes about 35 minutes. Cost: 5'90€ luggage included. Metro L9 Sud (From Terminal 1) Cost: 4'50€

Police: 088 or 091
Ambulance: 061
Taxi: +34 933 22 22 22 (Barna Taxi)

The city is easily walkable and mostly easy to get around while using the metro but you may also rent a bike anytime. A single metro-ticket costs 2'15€ and a T-10 (which includes 10 single trips) costs 9.95€ and it can be used by more than one person.

- Specialties of the town to eat: Tapas: Patates braves, Berberetxos, Olives, Calamars a la Romana, Truita de patates, Txistorra. Pa amb tomàquet. Main course: Arròs a la cassola, Escalivada, Escudella, Esqueixada, Bacallà amb samfaina. Sweets and Desserts: Crema catalana, Coca de vidre, Xuxo de crema, Xocolata desfeta
- Specialties of the city to drink: Vermut (Morro Fi, Cinzano), Cervesa (Estrella Damm, Estrella Galicia, Moritz), Orxata (mostly in summer), Granissat (local fruity smoothie).
- Typical meal times: Lunch 13-14h, Dinner: 21-22h
- Tipping: 5%
- Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap? Not unsafe at all, but better to drink from bottled water. There are high levels of lime in unfiltered water that comes from the tap.

- A cup of coffee in the restaurant: 1.30€
- A lunch menu in the restaurant: 10-15€
- A ride in a taxi (cost / km): Basic price: 2,10€, Price per km: 1,30€, Price per waiting hour: 21,23€

Good areas to go out at night and have a good one with your friends are Marina (plenty of little pubs and the starred club Razzmatazz are there). Poble Sec (a good area to have tapas and local food to warm up for the night, also Sala Apolo is right there) and Barri Gòtic is the place to be for a pub crawl around Plaça Reial and the little streets of this centric neighbourhood.

Opening times:
21h until 5 a.m from Monday to Saturday, but surely mainly during weekends.

You will find the core of the shopping areas in the city centre around Portal de l’Àngel, Maremagnum or even Arenas de Barcelona (a former bullfighting arena). It is also a good reccomendation to explore other areas like Born (for craftmakers & little workshops) Gràcia (small businesses, creative design shops and eco-groceries stores) Poblenou (bikes workshops, eco and bulk food stores).
Opening times:
10h until 20.30h from Monday to Saturday

Mercadona, Condis, Sorli Discau, Bonpreu, Consum, Dia

- Alcohol is not allowed to drink in the street unless it is in a terrace.
- If you are being offered beer cans for 1€ on the street note that they are not safe to drink because they are previously hidden inside the trash or sewers. In any case, drink them at your own risk.
- When approached at night in Les Rambles offering free entrance to a club make sure the people who offer you the flyers are from the official ones.
- When using the electric stairs in the metro, stand on the right side to allow people walk up and down through the left side.

Hello: Hola!
Thank you: Moltes gràcies / Merci
Please: Si us plau
Goodbye: Adéu

With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Apart from that free WiFi is easily at your own hand in Barcelona. After the launching of “Barcelona WiFi”, the city council installed antennas throughout the city. You can get online for free in shopping centres, bars & restaurants, at the airport, city’s buses, metro stations and most public parks.

My souvenir recommendations



A freshly designed t-shirt conceptualized by local graphic designers giving a new approach of the typical touristic souvenirs.

La Central del Raval, C/ Elisabets, 6, 08001 Barcelona

Morro Fi - Appetizer Kit

Morro Fi - Appetizer Kit

In Catalonia, as well as in Italy, it is common to have an "aperitiu" that includes a fresh vermouth along with some olives, thick fried potatoes, mussels and cockels that are bathed with our beloved red spicy sauce. With this kit you will have a premium quality package with all of it, so you can bring home one of our best kept appetizer treasures.

Consell de Cent 171, 08015 Barcelona

Vaho Bags

Vaho Bags

Vaho recycles advertising banners from Barcelona and makes bags, purses and wallets out of them. Every product is one of a kind and the patterns and colors come out from festivals and cultural events that previously happened in the city. You will be owning a piece of Barcelona back home that no one else would have.

Bonsuccés 13 08001 Barcelona

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Keith Haring mural


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Bunkers del Carmel


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La Pedrera - Casa Milà


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Hospital de Sant Pau


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Parc del Laberint

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