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Barcelona is one of the best tourist resorts around, especially if you like to visit a culturally deep and
friendly place! The best thing about Barcelona is that it is not only one of the best places to visit, but
also one of the most inexpensive places for travelers and tourists to stay and tour. Throw in some great
souvenirs and shopping and you’ve got yourself a great mix that is sure to make some memorable

Visitor Information
         i- Visa Information

            Visa Application Information

              Every embassy of the Schengen states has their own visa application model, so be sure to
              collect the correct visa application from the Spanish Embassy. In addition to the visa
              application, you may be asked to present other provisional documents such as a hotel
              reservation, air ticket, bank statements, or sufficient funds. You might also be asked to
              present these documents by the immigration authorities at the Barcelona Airport.

             Short Stay Visa (Maximum 90 Days per Half a Year)

             The short stay visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days stay at any of the Schengen states,
             and can be acquired from the embassies of the states. However, it is best to get the visa
             issued from the Embassy of Spain in Abu Dhabi to avoid any possible hassles.

            Embassy Timings

             The embassy accepts visa applications from Sundays to Thursdays from 9:00am up to
             10:30am and it is open for collection of visas from Sundays to Thursdays from 12:30pm up
             to 1:30pm.

            Important Notes

             1. Upon entering the Schengen states, immigration authorities often ask for hotel
                reservations and sufficient funds, or invitation letters and such, so keep them handy.
             2. Visas are not extendable once you have entered the Schengen state so if you are
                interested in extending the visa, enquire about the necessary formalities when it is first
                issued at the embassy.
             3. The processing of your visa application can take up to 3 weeks, so be sure to apply
                well in advance.

            Requirements For Visa Application

              1. Only legal residents of the UAE and nationals can apply at the Spanish Embassy in
                 Abu Dhabi.
              2. Applications that are unsigned or incomplete are not entertained at the Embassy.
              3. The visa fee is AED 264.00 and is non-refundable.
              4. The applicants should submit the original application form in person. The form is
                 available on the embassy’s website or can be collected from the Embassy.
    Additional Requirements

     1. The Original passport of the applicant is required for application, and it must be valid for
        at least three months after the proposed visit. Additionally, three passport sized
        photographs showing the face uncovered must also be submitted.
     2. The applicant must attach a photocopy of the return air ticket with confirmed dates of
        arrival and departure.
     3. Travel insurance covering the period of stay in the Schengen states is a must. The
        minimum coverage is €30.00.
     4. For children, both parents must sign their separate applications and copies of the
        passports of both parents have to be attached with their applications.
     5. Applications with nationalities other than that of the UAE are required to bring a letter
        from their employer stating their date of hiring and salary, and must bear the name and
        title of the authorized signatory.
     6. Tourists are required to attach a photocopy of a bank statement for the last three
        months, and details of accommodation such as a hotel reservation or a letter of
        invitation carrying the specific date of stay.

    Embassy Address

     1. Embassy in Abu Dhabi:
        Al Saman Towers, 8th floor, Left Tower,

        Junction of Hamdan Street (#5) and Lulu Street (#4)

        P.O.Box 46474

        Abu DHABI

     2. Spanish Commercial Office

          Emirates Towers

          26th Floor

          Sheikh Zayed Road

    Embassy Website

ii- When to go
The best time to visit Barcelona is from March until mid-July and from September until mid-
November, as the temperature is just ideal for sightseeing, albeit on the cooler side, with
temperatures hovering in the mid teens on the Celsius scale. Additionally, September brings
with it a few festivals that are sure to make your stay memorable!

iii- Fast Facts

    Catalunya (Catalonia), Northeast Spain

-Dialing code

    Country: 34

    City: 93

-Emergency numbers

    General emergencies
    Telephone: 112

    Medical emergencies
    Telephone: 061

    Fire service
    Telephone: 080

    Guàrdia Urbana (local police)
    Telephone: 092

    Mossos d'Esquadra - Emergencies and traffic accidents
    Telephone: 088

    Policía Nacional
    Telephone: 091

    Guardia Civil police force
    Telephone: 062

    Duty Magistrates Courts (24-hours)
    Telephone: (93) 567 3140


    Over 1.6 million


    Catalan is the native language of the Province and 95% of the population understands it
    while 75% can speak it, however, Castilian Spanish is the national language of the

    Many people do understand English but natives ‘suddenly’ cease to understand English at
    cash registers at some shops and establishments.
-Time zone

     GMT + 1

     Daylight Savings: GMT + 2 (From last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in

-Average January temp:

     10°C (50°F).

-Average July temp:

     25°C (78°F).

-Annual rainfall:

     590mm (23.2 inches).

iv- Exchange Rates

     The Euro is the standard currency in Spain and is used everywhere.
     1 Euro (€1) = £0.70; US$1.42; AED 5.2
     1 AED = 0.191020 EUR

v- Public Holidays

1st January              New Year's Day
6th January              Epiphany
Varies                   Good Friday
Varies                   Easter Monday
1st May                  Labor Day
4th June                 Bank holiday
24th June                St. John's Day
15th August              Assumption
11th September           National Day of Catalonia
24th September           La Mercè Day
12th October          Columbus Day
1st November          All Saints Day
6th December          Constitution Day
8th December          Day of the Immaculate Conception
25th December         Christmas Day
26th December         Boxing Day

vi- Annual Temperature
       a- January
          High: 13°C (55°F)
          Low: 4°C (40°F)
          Mean: 9°C (48°F)
       b- February
          High: 14°C (57°F)
          Low: 5°C (41°F)
          Mean: 9°C (49°F)
       c- March
          High: 16°C (60°F)
          Low: 7°C (44°F)
          Mean: 11°C (52°F)
       d- April
          High: 17°C (62°F)
          Low: 8°C (47°F)
          Mean: 13°C (55°F)
       e- May
          High: 20°C (68°F)
          Low: 12°C (53°F)
          Mean: 16°C (61°F)
       f- June
           High: 24°C (75°F)
           Low: 16°C (60°F)
           Mean: 20°C (68°F)
       g- July
          High: 27°C (81°F)
          Low: 19°C (66°F)
          Mean: 23°C (73°F)
       h- August
          High: 28°C (82°F)
          Low: 19°C (67°F)
          Mean: 23°C (74°F)
       i- September
           High: 26°C (78°F)
           Low: 17°C (62°F)
           Mean: 21°C (70°F)
       j- October
           High: 21°C (70°F)
                    Low: 12°C (54°F)
                    Mean: 17°C (62°F)
                  k- November
                     High: 17°C (62°F)
                     Low: 8°C (46°F)
                     Mean: 12°C (54°F)
                  l- December
                      High: 14°C (57°F)
                      Low: 6°C (42°F)
                      Mean: 10°C (50°F)

       a- January

          6th January, Epiphany: Parades are taken out in the streets throughout the city with music
          and it is one of the liveliest parades of the year.

          March, Barcelona Marathon: A Marathon that runs throughout the city and passes several
          of Antoni Gaudi’s designs and is one of the most popular ways for more the athletic visitor to
          see those sights at speed!

       b- March

          3rd March, Festes de Sant Medir: The Festes de Sant Medir is a religious festival with
          parades and choral singing at Grácia and various other venues to celebrate the legend of
          Saint Medir which is about a religious farmer who went through a miracle because of his
          religious inclinations.

          March, Holy Week Festivities: There are several festivals throughout the week at various
          venues throughout the city, with singing and dancing to food and drinks. March is a very
          lively month in Barcelona so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your vacation!

       c- April

          April, Trofeo Conde de Godó de Tennis: This is a Tennis Championship, held at Reial
          Club de Tennis, and is a symbol for the people of Barcelona that celebrated its 50th
          anniversary in 2002.

          23rd April, Diade de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day): The St. George book and rose festival
          (similar to St. Valentines Day) is held through La Rambla and various venues and is among
          one of the more famous festivals of the city.

       d- May

          May, Formula One Grand Prix: The Formula One Grand Prix held at the Circuit de
          Catalunya in Montmeló is one of the largest events in motor racing in the world and
          thousands of Formula One fans flock to Barcelona for it!
  16th May, Corpus Christi: Several religious processions are held at various venues
  throughout the city including L'Ou com Balla (The Dancing Egg), specially held at the
  Cathedral, and is followed by numerous festivities throughout the night.

e- June

  June, Pasqua Granada: The Pasqua Granada is a local religious holiday cum musical
  procession that is celebrated throughout the city.

  24th June, Verbena de Sant Joan (St. John's Day): The Saint John’s Day brings concerts,
  dances and fireworks! People gather in the streets and celebrate this day with lots of singing
  and dancing and of course the traditional ‘coca’ or sweet bread!

  June, Fest de Grec-Barcelona: This is a month-long festival celebrating both international
  and national performing arts at various venues throughout the city and is one of the most
  famous festivals of the year!

f- August

  15th August, Festes de Gràcia: A religious festival from the Gràcia quarter; the residents
  decorate the streets and party all night long with live music and food. The streets are
  completely transformed with lights and decorative items.

  Mid August, Festes de Sants: After the conclusion of the Gràcia festival, the Sants district
  celebrates with children’s games, music, dinners and dances! Smaller than the Gràcia
  festival, it still is pretty good and one of the best festivals of the year!

g- September

  11th September, Diade Nacional de Catalunya (Catalonia National Day): The National
  Day of Catalonia is a Public holiday celebrated throughout the city with parades, concerts,
  and celebrations in all major areas!

  24th September, Fiesta de La Mercé: This event consists of parades, dancing and sporting
  events at various venues throughout the city. The city is filled with people celebrating the
  popular Catalan culture and mythology with human pyramids and orchestras.

h- October

  October, Festival Internacional de Jazz (International Jazz Festival): This is a festival
  celebrating jazz music and goes on over the whole month at various venues throughout the
  city. A great event for music lovers and a real treat for jazz lovers.

i- December

  2nd December, Fiesta de Santa Llucia: These are Christmas fairs held at Plaça de la Seu,
  Plaça Sant Jaume and various other venues and are composed of several exhibitions and
  musical parades.

  25th December, Christmas: Christmas celebrations for the family start from the 24th and
  carry on into the early hours of the 25th. It is pretty warm there during Christmas but even
  then, it’s an extremely fun event!
List the names of the major festivals from the above months:
            Fiesta de Santa Llucia
            Festes de Gràcia
            Fiesta de La Mercé
            Diade Nacional de Catalunya (Catalonia National Day)
            Diade de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day)

3-Transportation/Getting Around

  i- Buses
  The bus network in Barcelona is very extensive and almost all services cover the major areas. The
  buses run daily from 6:30am till 10:00pm. Single tickets are available with the drivers and cost about
  €1.10 and travel cards must be validated in the machines when you board the buses.
  There are 16 night bus routes through the city to some limited destinations that run daily, every 30
  minutes or so from 11:00pm till 4:00am and require separate tickets.
  There is a shopping service, TombBús, that runs every 7 minutes on weekdays and every 15
  minutes on Saturdays during summers, between Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça Pius XII. From
  Monday to Friday, it runs from 7:30am to almost 10:00pm. On Saturdays it runs from 9:30am till
  9:45pm. A single ticket costs about €1.35.
  Apart from these, there are several multi-ride tickets and passes also available costing somewhere
  between €6.00 to €100.00 depending on the number of zones, modes of transport and the validity

  ii- Metro
  The Metro is the most efficient means of transport in the city apart from the rush hours which are
  from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 6:00pm to 8:30pm. There are two companies operating in Barcelona,
  the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de
  Catalunya (FGC). The FGC operates on one line, whereas TMB operates on all the remaining lines.
  Metro lines all carry a number and a color as identifiers, with the direction displayed by the name of
  the line terminus. A single TMB ticket costs about €1.10 and is validated before boarding the train
  and must be on hand at all times, if you lose it, you could face a €40 penalty!
  Tickets are easily available at the TMB customer service centers, ticket offices and at automatic
  vending machines at the stations. A multiperson, 10-ride ticket is also available, known as the T-10,
  for about €6.90 and is a good deal, and there is another personal 50-ride monthly ticket that costs
  about €27. These tickets can also be used on buses and trams. There are also several 1 day to 5
  day passes available that can be used for unlimited travel on the metro and bus networks, and can
  be obtained for about €9.50 from TMB’s customer service centers and information offices.
  There is another pass, the Barcelona Card, with which you can travel on public transport for free and
  it also grants free admission and discounts at about 100 visitor attractions. The card is available for
  periods of 2 days and 5 days and costs about €23 for the former, and €34 for the latter.
  The TMB lines run from 5:00am till midnight on Mondays through Thursday, from 5:00am to 2:00am
  on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 6:00am till midnight on Sundays.
  The FGC line which is fully integrated with the rest of the TMB metro system runs from 5:45am till
  midnight on Mondays through to Thursdays, and from 5:50am till 2:15am on Fridays and Saturdays,
  while on Sundays, it runs from 5:50am till midnight.
  The contact information for both the TMB and the FGC are given below.

         TMB
          Telephone:            (93) 298 7000
          Opening Hours:        Monday to Friday 0800-2000
          Office Locations:     In the foyer of the Universitat metro station
                             Diagonal metro station
                             Sants Estacio metro station
                             Sagrada Familia metro station

       Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya – FGC
        Telephone:          (93) 205 1515
        Opening Hours:      Monday to Friday 0700-2100
        Office Locations:   Catalunya Metro Station

iii- Taxi
With over 11,000 yellow and black registered cabs in the city, you are never too far from a cab, and
can find one on the street at pretty much any time and you can also book one in advance. The basic
cab fare is €2.00 and should be displayed on the meter before starting. Each kilometer traveled is of
€0.85 and an extra €0.85 is charged for each piece of large luggage. Drivers expect a tip,
somewhere around 5 to 10% of the meter fare.
There are two reliable services operating in the city, the Radio Taxi, and the Servitaxi.

       Radio Taxi
        Telephone:           (93) 303 3033

       Servitaxi
        Telephone:           (93) 330 0300Website:

There are quite a few limousine companies with multi-lingual drivers in Barcelona and can be quite
good except that they do charge a lot!
Below are two of the more reliable companies:

       Barcelona Limousine Service
        Telephone:        (93) 247 0699
        Fax:              (93) 265 1484
        Charges:          €300 for eight hours

       Limousine Rental
        Telephone:           (93) 237 2000
        Fax:                 (93) 237 2000
        Charges:             €45 for airport transfers
                             €228 to €540 for a full day

v- Car for hire
Car hire companies in Barcelona require the driver to be at least 21 years old and must have a
passport and a valid driving license, along with a valid international insurance policy, which,
however, can be purchased at the time of hiring a car.
Besides the local companies, there are also a number of international companies operating in
Barcelona such as Avis and Hertz.

       Avis
        Telephone:           (93) 330 4193
          Address:              Sants Railway Station, Plaza Paisos, Catalans s/n

         Hertz
          Telephone:            (93) 217 8076
          Address:              Carrer Tuset 10

  Hiring a small car will set you back around €28 a day and €230 a week.

  vi- Driving Tips
  Driving in Barcelona is one of the most daunting experiences as car hires and parking are expensive
  and the roads are completely unorganized with many streets being single direction and left turns
  being rarer than rights, and not to forget the heavy fines!
  If you are going to drive, then it is recommended to get a good quality automobile map and to use it
  to find the location and plan a route before you actually start driving. The typical tourist maps
  available can be quite misleading and can get you in trouble with traffic violations!

4-City Information

  i- City today

  Today, Barcelona is one of the most dynamic cities of the European continent and is one of the most
  attractive places to visit. The second largest city of Spain, it is a major economic center and is home
  to one of the continent’s principal Mediterranean ports. Barcelona today is an important cultural
  center due to its rich history and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner
  have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

  It is one of the liveliest cities and tourist destinations in the world with some festival always peeking
  around the corner and one can always find something to do here. With such a deep history, the city
  is literally a great place to learn about Spanish culture and how it came to be, as well as what
  shaped the city and the country.

  With historical architecture such as the Cathedral de la Seu, the museu Picasso and the Sagrada
  Família, there is just so much to see in the city and the Catalonian culture speaks for itself. From the
  cuisine to the music and celebrations, Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations
  of the world!

  ii- City back then

  The city has a spotted yet deep history dating back to the 4th century BC. With effects being
  discovered from several ages and empires, the city has been host to the Visigoths, Romans, Muslim
  conquerors, and the French. The city is a mixed blend of several cultures which highlights its history.
  The number of Roman ruins that can be seen in the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat and the layout of
  the Barri Gòtic, highlight the presence of the Romans somewhere around the early 3rd century. The
  Cathedral, also known as the Basilica La Seu, is said to have been founded in 343AD, and also
  highlights that possibility. The city was then conquered by the Visigoths of northern Europe, in the
  early 5th century and was later invaded by Muslims conquerors in the 8th century.

  Spain, since then, saw several changes in power and Barcelona became the capital of an
  independent state. Eventually, the Castilians came to power and the city developed its own
  government, the Generalitat. With the discovery of America, Spain’s attention got diverted to the
  Atlantic shores and that heralded decadence in the region’s economy.
    The 18th century brought renewed demographic and economic growth and by the end of the
    century, the city had seen an upsurge in the population, nearly tripling and an industrialization that
    changed the face of the city.

    In the 19th century, Barcelona once again became the capital of the Principality. However, the turn
    of the century brought political unrest and hegemony. Later on, in 1923, the failure of the
    Mancomunidad Catalana brought a period of dictatorship under Primo de Ribera, which was a
    serious blow to Catalanism. The Plà Cerda joined the villages around Barcelona with it and changed
    the city’s shape once again.

    The civil war marked one of the bloodiest eras of the region and marked the prohibition of all things
    resembling a Catalan identity. The country suffered considerably under General Franco’s
    dictatorship and missed economic, social, and cultural growth, until the 60’s and 70’s.

    After Franco’s death in 1975, Juan Carlos planted the seeds of democracy, which yielded in the first
    democratic elections in 1977. The nationalist president, who was the last president of the Generalitat
    before the civil war, Josep Tarradellas, returned to the country and laid down the status of an
    autonomous community on to Catalonia. Since then, Barcelona and Spain have never ceased

    iii- Residents

The natives of the city are generally very friendly, calm, and helpful, and are particularly generous with
their time. Most Barcelonans prefer maintaining long lasting and enduring relationships instead of
gaining more material wealth. Outside of the tourist center of the city, people come and offer help
courteously if you look lost. However, in the tourist areas, it’s better to be on guard and to avoid such
approaches as Barcelona is also known as the ‘Pickpocket Capital of the World’.

Among other things, people in Barcelona are very well dressed and prefer talking in Spanish instead of
English, even though they have an excellent command over the language. Additionally, the self-service
system is not normal in Spain except in large department stores and supermarkets, so ask the
shopkeeper for everything.

6-Places to visit

District 1 - Ciutat Vella (The Old City)

   La Rambla: The most famous boulevard of the city extending from the Harbour to Plaça Catalunya.
    Famous for its street performers, flower and pet stalls, and people watching.
   La Plaça Reial: It is located next to La Rambla in the Ciutat Vella and is one of the most beautiful
    squares in the world. A number of streetlights designed by Antoni Gaudí grace this square.
   El Raval: The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona)
    and several fashionable restaurants and cafes as well as smaller ethnic restaurants can be found in
    this neighborhood.
   Barri Gòtic: Home to winding streets, hidden squares, the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, the Church
    of Santa Maria del Pi, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, and the Picasso Museum.
   La Ribera: The La Ribera Neighborhood is home to many notable buildings from the medieval
    times such as the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and the palaces along the career de Montcada.
   La Barceloneta: This neighborhood is shaped roughly as a triangle and is known for its sandy
    beach and its numerous nightclubs and restaurants lined along the boardwalk.
District 2 – Eixample

   Casa Milà: Better known as La Pedrera or 'The Quarry', it was designed by the Catalan architect
    Antoni Gaudí and built in 1905–1907 and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You
    can see it at 92, Passeig de Gràcia.
   Casa Batlló: Another design by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in 1905–1907. It is
    located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia.
   The Eixample consists of long straight streets forming a grid pattern with wide avenues and square
    blocks. Designed by Ildefons Cerdà, who kept in mind the flow of traffic and ventilation when he
    planned the district. An excellent example of superb architecture that is a must-see for visitors!
   The most important avenues of the district are Passeig de Gràcia, Avinguda Diagonal, and Gran
    Via de les Corts Catalanes.

District 3 - Sants-Montjuïc

Castell de Montjuïc: A fortress built in the 17th century with additions in the 18th, which was used as a
prison where several political prisoners were executed. It is now used as a Communication Tower for
the Anella Olímpica.
 Estadi Olímpic: The Olympic Stadium was constructed in opposition to the 1936 Berlin Olympics;
    however, the plans were cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War. The stadium is home to the
    Espanyol football team. However, it was used in the 1992 Summer Olympics after being renamed
    Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.
 Anella Olímpica: The ‘Olympic Ring’ is a collection of sporting venues around the Estadi Olímpic
    and has a number of facilities for diving and swimming events.
 Montjuïc circuit: The circuit was used to host four Spanish Grand Prix but after an accident in
    1975, was never used for the Grand Prix again.
 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya: The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is housed in the
    Palau Nacional, a magnificent showcase of paintings and sculptures from Catalan.
 Fundació Joan Miró: A museum of modern art that showcases a large collection of the works of
    Joan Miró.
 Cementiri del Sud-Oest: This is a cemetery where several famous personalities from Barcelona
    such as Lluís Companys, Frencesc Macià, Joan Miró, and Carmen Amaya lie buried.
 la España Industrial: Situated in the Sants neighborhood, it was a heavily industrial area at the
    end of the 19th century and was home to some of the most important textile factories of Spain.

District 5 – Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

   Sarrià: A small village in the middle of Barcelona with narrow streets and lovely olden style houses.
   Collserola Mountain: The place near Tibidabo or Observatori Fabra is a popular place for biking or
   Tibidabo: It is located on the mountains and offers a breathtaking view of the city.
   Road to Sant Cugat: The road to the Sant has the most impressive views of the city.
District 6 – Gràcia

   Parc Güell: It is a wide garden complex with a structure on the hill of el Carmel designed by Gaudí.
   Teatre Lliure: One of the most prestigious theaters of the country, it is distinguished for producing
    some of the best contemporary dance and music pieces of the world.
   Festes de Gràcia: One of the largest festivals in Barcelona, the Festes de Gràcia is celebrated in
    this district.
List the top ten major sites or monuments found within the city (which you have listed above):
    1. La Rambla
    2. El Raval
    3. Barri Gòtic
    4. Casa Milà
    5. Castell de Montjuïc
    6. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
    7. Anella Olímpica
    8. Tibidabo
    9. Parc Güell
    10. Casa Batlló


One of the greatest attractions of the city is shopping! With a 5 kilometer long shopping strip going from
Port Vell up to La Rambla and Diagnol, Barcelona is undoubtedly a haven for shoppers. There are
several stores throughout the city, including some international designer shop chains, and modern
department stores.

   i-     Expensive Shopping
       Designer Shops, Modern Department Stores: There are several designer shops and modern
        department stores as well as some international chains near Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de
        Gracia and along Avenida Diagonal.
      El Corte Inglés: It is possibly the most famous shop in Barcelona, it is located on Plaça de
       Catalunya and is a part of a national chain and is considered the leading department stores
       chain in the country.
       Address: Plaça Catalunya, 14
       Telephone: (93) 306 3800
      Habitat: A leading furniture store in the city and is great for decorative items designed by
       British designer, Terence Conran.
       Address: El Triangle, on Plaça de Catalunya
      Ritual: Ritual is a leading trendy urban/chic oriented fashion store for both men and women.
       Address: Carrer Consell de Cent 255
       Telephone: (93) 451 9168
      Jean Pierre Bua: If designer labels are your thing then check out Jean Pierre Bua.
       Address: Avenida Diagonal, No. 469
       Telephone: (93) 439 7100
      Avinguda Diagonal: This stretch is filled with international designer labels such as Calvin
       Klein (No. 484, Telephone: (93) 412 1604), Giorgio Armani (No. 490, No. 620,Telephone: (93)
       200 7644), and Gucci (No. 415 ,Telephone: (93) 416 0620).
      Max Mara: Max Mara has several branches dotted around the city, one of the best is on the
       Passeig de Gracia
       Address: Passeig de Gracia, 23
       Telephone: (93) 488 1777
      Centre Catala d’Artesania: One of the best places to see Catalan crafts.
       Address: Passeig de Gracia, 55
       Telephone: (93) 467 4660
iii-     Moderate Shopping

    Centre Comercial de les Glories: One of the largest departmental stores around, you can find
     anything and everything here, though a bit pricey.
     Address: Passeig de Gracia 53-55
     Telephone: (93) 486 0404
    Heron City: If shopping at malls is your preference, then there is an enormous complex of
     shops, cinemas and restaurants.
     Address: Avda Rio de Janeiro, 42
     Telephone: (90) 240 1144
    Loewe: One of Spain’s leading fashion stores that was founded in 1846, it has two branches in
     the city.
     Address: Avinguda Diagonal, No. 570
     Address 2: Modernista Casa Lleo Morera, Passeig de Gracia
     Telephone: (93) 216 0400
    Adolfo Dominguez: One of the best names in Spanish fashion, there are several stores
     throughout the city with the best one in Passeig de Gracia.
     Address: Passeig de Gracia, 32
     Telephone: (93) 215 1339
    Zara: One of the most successful women’s fashion outlets of the country.
     Address: Rambla Catalunya 67
     Telephone: (93) 216 0868
     Address 2: Passeig de Gracia 16
     Telephone: (93) 318 7675
     Address 3: Carrer Pelai 58
     Telephone: (93) 301 0978
    Antonio Miro: Located in Carrer del Consell de Cent, 349, the outlet uses light, natural fibers
     for unpretentious men's and women's fashion . Their jackets are simply superb!
     Address: Carrer del Consell de Cent, 349
     Telephone: (93) 487 0670

iii- Budget
    Mercat de Sant Josep: One of the most famous markets in the city, it is great for fresh fish,
      meats and vegetables. It is also known as La Boqueria.
      Address: Las Ramblas 91
      Telephone: (93) 301 2590
    Els Encants Vells: The Old Charms is a market held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and
     Saturday from 8am to 7pm next to the Placa de les Glories Catalanes. One of the best “preus
     de ganga” (bargain-basement prices) places.
     Address: Carrer del Dos de Maig
     Telephone: (93) 246 3030
    Plaça Reial: There is a coin and stamp collectors’ market in this neighborhood on Sunday
     Address: Plaça Reial, East of Barri Gotic, near Las Ramblas
    Mercat de Sant Antoni: Sunday mornings are reserved for old maps, stamps, books and cards
     of various times and origins at the western edge of El Raval.
     Address: El Raval
   iv- Souvenir Shopping
        There are several souvenir shops scattered in the Barri Gotic area as well as the La Ramblas
        area but none of them sell Catalan products. Most of the stuff they have are made in China, and
        are tourist traps so should be avoided!
             Vinçon: This is one place that contemporary design lovers will just treasure and has
              everything from household objects to furniture and is a great place for decorative items.
             Fnac: One of the best places for books, music, games, and many similar items.
              Address: El Triangle shopping center, Plaza Catalunya
              Telephone: (93) 344 1800
             Cacao Sampaka: Xocoa or The Chocolate Factory is must for chocolate lovers. There is a
              Chocolate Museum in Carrer Comerç, 36.
              Address: Carrer Consell de Cent, 292
              Telephone: (93) 272 0833
             Casa Amatller: One of the most famous chocolate shops of the world, it is a museum that
              displays works of chocolate art by Puig i Cadafalch and sells superb quality chocolates.
              Address: Passeig Gracia 41
              Telephone: (93) 496 1245
             Carrer Bisbe Crafts Shop: A small shop that carries miniature dracs and gigants (dragons
              and giants), replicas of those used in Catalan fiestas.
              Address: Carrer Bisbe, 2 bis
             El Ingenio: A shop in Carrer Raurich sells real dracs and gigants that are featured in
              Catalan processions and is a great place to buy some very amusing stuff such as rubber
              snakes and other paraphernalia for practical jokes!
              Address: Carrer Rauric 6
              Telephone: (93) 301 0095

   v - Miscellaneous Shopping
         VIPS: The closest thing to a 24-hour general store, VIPS is open from 9AM to 3AM daily,
           and is located at the Rambla de Catalunya. (Telephone: (93) 317 4805)
         7-Eleven: Another general store that opens up at 7AM and closes at 3AM. This one’s at the
          Carrer de Roger de Lluria 2. (Telephone: (93) 318 8863)
         Ceramiques I Terrisses Cadi & Ceramica: Twin shops owned by the same people, located
          at Carrer de les Magdalenes, 23 (Telephone: (93) 317 7385). They have a diverse range of
          plates, jugs and such items.


Expensive Restaurants:

A very good restaurant boasting new Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine under Ferran Adrià. Its décor
is minimalist and ensures that you keep your attention towards the food, and is quite easily, one of the
best restaurants in the city.
Cuisine: Mediterranean and New Catalan
Carrer Indústria 79
Telephone: (93) 207 6115

Ca l'Isidre
Ca l'Isidre is a traditional restaurant that serves a wide variety of dishes and Spanish wines. The
restaurant is excellently decorated with lithographs and paintings by well-known Catalan artists and
highlights Catalan culture very well.
Cuisine: Traditional Catalan
Carrer Les Flors 12
Telephone: (93) 441 1139
Fax: (93) 442 5271

The restaurant, very famous in the city, is named after Carles Gaig, who is an exceptionally skilled chef
and combines traditional Catalan cuisine with his own innovative ideas. The atmosphere is superb as
the hotel is housed in an old inn and is a great place to dine!
Cuisine: Traditional Catalan
Passeig Maragall 402
Telephone: (93) 429 1017
Fax: (93) 429 7002

Jean-Luc Figueras
Set up inside a villa, the chef Jean-Luc treats you to a traditional Catalan menu with some
customizations and innovations. An overall great place to eat where the atmosphere is very sober and
Cuisine: French
Carrer Santa Teresa 10
Telephone: (93) 415 2877

Botafumeiro Moncho
Considered to be the best seafood restaurant in town, this is one of the best places for shellfish and fish
dishes. The superb meat dishes are also worth a mention. The atmosphere is also superb and it’s a
great place to dine in.Great for a romantic meal or for a group celebration.
Cuisine: Seafood
Carrer Gran de Gràcia 81
Telephone: (93) 218 4230. Fax: (93) 217 1305.

Moderate Restaurants:

Arc Café
Arc Café is a great little café in the Gothic Quarter which is the best place to have some gastronomic
selections with a strong Mediterranean influence. The atmosphere is tranquil and relaxed and it is an
ideal place, especially for younger visitors.
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian
Carrer Carabassa 19
Telephone: (93) 302 5204.

El Racó d'en Baltà
A very lively restaurant with a great menu, it looks like an old guest house and modern art gallery rolled
into one. The menu changes every season and is great for a younger clientele.
Cuisine: Modern Catalan
Carrer Aribau 125
Telephone: (93) 453 1044

Mama Café
One of the more stylish restaurants, it has an open kitchen and excellent service! The food is simply
superb and the salads are always fresh. It has an excellent atmosphere and is a great restaurant to
dine in. Make reservations!
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Carrer Doctor Dou 10
Telephone: (93) 301 2940

Budget Restaurants:

Agut d'Avignon
One of the best restaurants in the city, it’s been around for over 40 years and boasts patrons such as
politicians, writers, industrialists, artists and even the king and some visiting dignitaries. Overall, a great
Cuisine: Spanish
Carrer de la Trinitat 3/Avinyo 8
Telephone: (93) 302 6034
Fax: (93) 302 5318

Cantina Machito
One of the best Mexican restaurants in the city, it is very, very hard to find an empty table as it is always
crowded. They have an excellent array of Mexican fast food as well as lots of other goodies. The
atmosphere is also fun.
Cuisine: Mexican Fast Food
Carrer Torrijos 47
Telephone: (93) 217 3414

Fil Manila
The only Filipino restaurant in the city, it’s a simple looking restaurant that serves excellent food and
offers excellent value. They have a huge menu and it is a superb place for some quick meals.
Cuisine: Filipino
Carrer Ramelleres 3
Telephone: (93) 318 6487

 One of the Lebanese restaurants in the city, Habibi is also one of the best! It has a wide range of
dishes and serves superb Arab puddings and dishes and guarantees that all of their ingredients are the
freshest available! Dining here is a wonderful experience.
Cuisine: Lebanese
Carrer Gran de Gràcia 7
Telephone: (93) 217 9545

La Fonda
La Fonda offers some of the best traditional Catalan cuisine in the city! La Fonda has a superb
atmosphere with a lot of nature, plants and wood and the food is just superb, so it’s almost always very
crowded. Lunch is the best time to be there and advanced reservations are necessary!
Cuisine: Traditional Catalan
Les Quince Nits
Telephone: (93) 317 3075

Carrer Escudellers 10
Telephone: (93) 301 7515

9- Organized Tours

The Barcelona Guide Bureau
This is one of the best tour guides around and their charges vary from €160 upwards depending on the
language required and increase up to €190 on weekends.
Address: Via Laietana 54
Telephone: (93) 268 2422 or 310 7778
Fax: (93) 268 2211
Walking Tours
La Ruta Modernista:
A map book containing maps and details of 50 modern art buildings, and details for self guided tours
departing from outside Palau Güell, Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, and costs just €3.
Ruta Modernista:
The Ruta Modernista is a pass that grants entry to some of the tourist sites. The pass is easily available
from the Center del Modernisme. It is inside Casa Amatller, Passeig de Gracia 41.
Bus Tours
There are two companies offering identical tour services in the city. Julià Tours sets off from Ronda
Universitat 5, and Pullmantur, starts off from Gran Viá de les Corts Catalanes 645. The morning tours
cover the Gothic Quarter and Montjuïc, and the afternoon tours covers some key architectural heritage
sites as well as the Picasso Museum. Half-day tours typically set you back by €32.
The Barcelona Bus Turístic is operated by TMB and it lets visitors change designated tourist buses, at
the sites of their choice. They run two routes at 30 minute intervals and the first buses for each route
leave Plaça de Catalunya daily at 9AM. One day tickets typically cost about €17 and are of €21 for two
Julià Tours
Telephone: (93) 317 6454
Telephone: (93) 318 0241
Telephone: (93) 285 3832

10- Health and Safety
  Barcelona is known as the capital of the pickpocket world so be careful!
 The city is quite safe as the major crime plaguing the city is theft and pickpockets.
 Avoid contact with people offering help or assistance as these people often slip out your wallets or
  their accomplices often slide out valuables from your backpacks and purses.
 Avoid roadside gambling! The Three Card Monte look-a-like game is rigged and you will lose your
 Plaça Reial, the Raval and the Old Town are renowned for their pickpockets and street hustlers so
  be street smart in these areas!
 Avoid taking cash out of ATMs in crowded areas or you can quite easily lose your ATM card!
 Women should be extra careful when travelling alone as purse snatching is very common in the
  more isolated parts of Montjuïc.
 If someone comes up to you to clean some mysteriously appearing stain or foreign matter such as
  bird poop from your jacket or clothes, be careful, they are usually trying to distract you so either
  they themselves or their accomplices can quietly pick your pockets!
 Bag snatching at traffic signals is gradually increasing in the city so keep the doors of your car
  locked and the windows rolled up!
Major Hospitals
       Barcelona Centre Medic
        Address: Av. Diagonal 612
        Telephone: (93) 414 0643
       Capio Hospital General de Catalunya
        Address: Carrer Josep Trueta s/n, Sant Cugat del Valles
        Telephone: (93) 565 6000
       Centre Forum Hospital del Mar
        Address: Carrer Llull 410
        Telephone: (93) 254 1313
       Centre Roger Barri
        Address: Muntaner 262
        Telephone: (93) 209 2223
       Centro Medico Teknon
        Address: Carrer Vilana 12
        Telephone: (93) 290 6262]

11- City in a Day
Touring Barcelona in one day is like taking a rollercoaster ride through a restaurant while having dinner!
However, if you are hard-pressed for time, the best way to tour the city is to begin the tour with a visit to
the Plaza de Cataluna, Via Layetana, the Cathedral and its surrounding area. Spend an hour walking
around the Gothic Quarter through the Roman and Medieval streets while admiring the buildings and
After that, drive along the Paseo Colon, near the Christopher Columbus monument, all the way to the
top of the Montjuïc and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city, and the Olympic complex.
Proceed onto the Spanish village which is a replica of the regional architectural styles of olden Spain,
and enjoy a quick lunch in that area, so you can explore the area further.
Afterwards, continue to the Paseo de Gracia and examine Gaudi’s art in the form of famous buildings
such as the Casa Batllo and the Parc Guell, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue on to the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, which is the city’s most famous landmark!
After that, proceed onto the monumental Bull Ring and the Museum of the famous Picasso. Browse
around the museum and then head off to one of the several restaurants in the city for a decent dinner
and close the day with a walk on the boardwalk under the moonlight!

12- What to do with Children in Tow

Tibidabo Funfair "The Magic Mountain"
A superb funfair with several rides, it is an absolute gem for kids and it’s a great place to have some
quality family time.
Address: On Tibidabo Mountain
Admission: Adults €15, children under 110cms in height, €4. Prices allow unlimited use of the
attractions and rides.
Open: weekends and fiestas only until June, then daily in July and August.
Mirador Torre Collserola
A huge tower that stands on a hill near Plaça Tibidabo and offers a superb view of the city. It’s a great
place to take an overview of the city’s sights and children just love it!
Address: Near Plaça Tibidabo, Free transport to the tower from Plaça Tibidabo
Admission: €4.6
Open: Wed-Fri 11am - 2.30pm & 3.30-7pm. Also open on public holidays.
Telephone: (93) 406 9354

Barcelona Zoo

The Barcelona Zoo is a great place for kids as kids love animals! With a huge collection of animals, it’s
sure to keep kids frolicking around in fun!
Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, Metro: Ciutadella Vila Olímpica.
Admission: Adults €9, children aged 3-12 €6, under three free of charge.
Open: daily, normally between 10am-5pm (times vary according to seasons)

Barcelona Aquarium

The Barcelona Aquarium is a great place for kids and the attractions there are sure to keep both kids
and grownups gaping in wonder. With a multitude of fish species, the best attraction has to be the
sharks and the shark diving!
Address: Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
Admission: Adults €13, children aged 4-12 €9, under four free of charge.
Open: 9:30am - 9:00pm. Last admissions, one hour before closing.

Imax Cinema
The IMAX Cinema is a favorite among kids! Kids just love the 3D movies shown there and it is an
experience that they won’t forget for quite some time.
Address: Next to the Aquarium Port Vell, Moll d'Espanya
Open: All day from noon until 1am
Telephone: (90) 233 2211

13- Muslim Visitor Information


Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Address: 18 Ronda de St Antoni, Barcelona, Spain
Pricing: Budget
Halal authenticity: Verbal assurance from staff

Asian Restaurant
Cuisine: Pakistani
Telephone: (93) 301 3467
Address: C/ARC De St Agustin, Barcelona, Spain
Pricing: Moderate
Halal authenticity: Verbal assurance from staff

Zeeshan Kababish
Cuisine: Pakistani
Telephone: (93) 441 9010
Address: C/Marques De Barbera, 26, Barcelona, Spain 08001
Pricing: Budget
Halal authenticity: Owners are known Muslims

Bilal's Pakistani/Indian
Cuisine: South Asian
Address: La Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
Pricing: Budget
Halal authenticity: Unverified

Kabob Takeaway
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Address: 30 Carrer de l'Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
Pricing: Budget
Halal authenticity: Verbal assurance from staff

ii- Masjid

Friends of the Mosque of Peace
Address: Via Bàrcino, 24
District: Sant Andreu

Cultural Association Al Qaim
Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Mitjà, 21*LB
District: Ciutat Vella

Islamic Centre of Barcelona
Address: Avinguda Meridiana, 326
District: Sant Andreu
Telephone: (93) 351 4901

Sufí Centre - Derga Naqshbandi
Address: Carrer de Pere Llobet, 3*5
District: Gràcia
Telephone: (93) 633 1011

Islamic Centre Camino de la Paz
Address: Carrer de Arc del Teatre, 19
District: Ciutat Vella
Telephone: (93) 317 7123

Mosque d'Ali
Address: Carrer de Basses de Sant Pere, 22
District: Ciutat Vella
Telephone: (93) 319 9099

Mosque Hanza
Address: Carrer de Almenara Alta, 12
District: Sant Martí

Mosque Madni
Address: Carrer de Paloma, 7*9
District: Ciutat Vella

Mosque Rahma - De la Misericòrdia
Address: Camí Cadena, 17
District: Sants-Montjuïc

Mosque Tarek Ben Ziad
Address: Carrer de Hospital, 91
District: Ciutat Vella
Telephone: (93) 441 9149
Mosque Abi Ayoub Elansari
Address: Carrer de Massanet, 5
District: Ciutat Vella


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