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Whether you need a doctor, details about the car, parking, use of public transport, a list of Internet cafes or references to the need of duty-free shopping, here we have extensive and useful information for you. In about 30 articles we give an answer to nearly all important questions relating to a successfully stay in Barcelona.

Medical care in Barcelona

Medical care

Finally the holiday arrives. The joy of the journey abroad is great. However, one should not forget that the holiday could be tarnished or that the business trip does not quite run that smoothly, due to an upset stomach or an injury.

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Paying and money

Paying and money

Currency in Spain is the Euro €. You can exchange currencies at the airport for sure, for example Swiss Franks or GBP into euros. All over the city you can get cash all day and night with the Maestro (EC) card and credit cards at countless cash mashines.

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Diplomatic representations in Barcelona

Diplomatic Representations

In a limited way consulates are able to help you. Top priority, however, is emergency consultation and advice. In rigorous, limited and exceptional cases, the consulate is allowed to give financial help, which of course has to be paid back.

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Electricity in Spain and Barcelona

Electricity

The mains voltage is in Barcelona as in the whole of Europe 230 volts AC, plug adapters are hardly necessary.

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Bank holiday overview for Barcelona

Bank holiday overview

Holidays in Barcelona have a high priority, not just the religious holidays. Often the holidays whre celebrated with street festivals and many events.

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With your dog or cat in Barcelona

Pets

Basically, it is possible to take pets like a dog or a cat with you when travelling to Spain. For travelling within the EU, your animal strictly needs an anti-rabies inoculation.

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Internet in Barcelona

Internet in Barcelona

In Barcelona a free public Wi-Fi network in the entire city will be established, the "Barcelona Wifi". In many places you can already get free internet access with a notebook, tablet or smartphone.

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Opening hours in Barcelona

Opening hours

In Barcelona you will get goods for daily needs in smaller supermarkets around the clock. However, restaurants, shops and public facilities have their own opening times.

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Where smoking is allowed in Barcelona and where not

Smoking

Since January 2011 the new, far-reaching Spanish Non-smoking Protection Act is law. The previous special rules, such as separate smoking areas in restaurants, or free choice in bars, no longer exist.

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Security, theft and loss in Barcelona

Security, theft and loss in Barcelona

In general, one can say that Barcelona is no more dangerous than any other major European city. However, you should follow a few rules of conduct so that you won't be the victim of a robbery or theft.

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Souvenirs and gifts from Barcelona

Souvenirs and gifts

Here we have a few ideas for you, what you can purchase in Barcelona as a souvenir or as a gift for back home.

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How to make a phone call in Barcelona

Phone calls in Barcelona

The cell phone boom makes the public telephones needless. You can barely find any. In most of the phone boxes - if you find one - you can pay with coins. You can't get back a current balance of coins that is not used by the end of the call.

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Emergency assistance

Emergency assistance

In a case of emergency it is useful to have a couple of phone numbers and addresses. The numbers of police emergency, fire and ambulance you should know not only at home but also in Barcelona.

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Public facilities in Barcelona

Facilities

Public toilets on the streets are rare. Unfortunately, these are also not suitable for wheelchair users. At the service times of the beach there are countless toilets at each beach section.

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