This first launch will be about the basic facts you should know when you come here, pointless things everybody knows, unless, of course, if you are a tourist. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the HOW Questions of Barcelona!
Euros. The official currency in Spain (and most European countries). But if you are not carrying this kind of currency with you at the moment to pay, you will probably be able to use a VISA or some other kinds of credit/debit cards.
You might generally find us speaking in Catalan (which is a latin language in some point between Spanish and French) or Spanish. But don't worry if you can't communicate in neither of them - most people you will meet, will be pleased to give a shot to their English knowledge. And, anyway, there's a high chance you will come across with someone who can speak French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese... you never know!
Although many people use their private car or take a taxi, there are many other options offered in town. The public net of undergrounds and buses is absolutely safe and fast. And cheaper than a limousine. Also, Barcelona is a really walkable town, so you could be surprised if you stroll around the city!
That has a simple answer! Barcelona is quite a good city to improve your orientation around. You only need to remember the four cardinal points: Sea - Mountain; Besós - Llobregat. The sea and mountain indications will be pretty clear once you are in the city (Collserola mountain on the top and the Mediterranean is all the way down), and then the other two are the rivers surrounding it. Looking to the mountains, Llobregat on the left, Besós on the right.
So, point is: if you ever get lost, try to situate you and the direction of the place you want to go (and then if necessarily ask someone to help you.).
Timetables and eating schedules are most likely to be different from yours. Breakfast is whenever you wake up (and feel really hungry in the morning). Lunch is usually between 2pm and 4pm (even thought you will be able to fins kitchens open between 1pm to 5pm). Then, dinner will be generally taken at 9pm or around.
(of course, this is meant as a general guidance and doesn't meant that I or most of the people has ever stolen anything -not even intended to)
Barcelona is a largely safe city, but you still need to be cautious. Pickpocketing is the word. It's is improbable that you are hurt in a robbery in the street, but no matter what, you still have to be careful and look after your personal objects as there are quite some experts in stealing-without-even-noticing-it in town.
Oh, dear sun! We love you. The Mediterranean climate is nice and soft. You might want to check how had been on the last days before heading to Barcelona but on main facts it is hot in Summer (between 25 - 32 Celsius or 75 - 90 Fahrenheit degrees), windy and rainy in Autumn, and then gently cold in Winter (about 5 to 15 Celsius or 40 to 60 Fahrenheit usually) and breezy and humid -with a growing sun - in Spring. Check the forecast in BBC or The Weather Channel.
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