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[[Image:La_Rambla_Barcelona.jpg|thumb|upright=1.8|View of La Rambla, Barcelona]]'''Barcelona''' is [[Spain]]'s second largest city, with a population of nearly one and half million people (nearly five million in the metropolitan area) and the capital and largest city of [[Catalonia]]. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, ''Barcino''.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases levelled) and , located directly on the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects northeastern Mediterranean coast of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster. For visitorsSpain, this has translated into the very moderna rich history dating back at least 2, yet incredibly 000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old city you see now in the 21st centuryname, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient''Barcino''.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.  This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases levelled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster. For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient. This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center centre of town, focused around the ''Ciutat Vella'' ("Old City") provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.<br clear=all>
==Districts==
[[Image:Barcelona_Sunset.jpg|thumb|Sunset in Barcelona]]
[[File:Gracia Barcelona.jpg|thumb|[[Gràcia]]]]
 
===When to visit===
August is probably the busiest time in Barcelona; at the same time about 10% of shops and restaurants can be found closed from mid-August to early September, when the owners go on vacations. In the centre of Barcelona you will find most shops and restaurants open. However there will still be plenty of tourists. Barcelona has decent enough beaches but the locals will really appreciate it if visitors do not consider it a beach resort and don't wear beachwear when visiting churches, restaurants, etc.
==Get in==
 
===By plane===
Low cost carriers include : [http://www.norwegian.com Norwegian], [http://www.airberlin.com Air Berlin], [http://www.monarch.co.uk Monarch Airlines], [http://www.jet2.com Jet2.com] , [http://www.vueling.com Vueling] (a discount subsidiary of ''Iberia''), Wizz Air, [http://www.easyjet.com easyJet], [http://www.ryanair.com Ryanair] , [http://www.blueair-web.com Blue Air], [http://www.transavia.com Transavia], [http://www.germanwings.com Germanwings], [http://www.tui-fly.com TUI Fly] among many others.
====Barcelona International Airport====
[http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite?pagename=subHome&Language=EN_GB&c=Page&SiteName=BCN&cid=1045569607459 Barcelona-El Prat International Airport] ({{IATA|BCN}}, {{ICAO|LEBL}}), is a major transport hub and flights land from all over Europe and beyond.
 
*'''Duty-free shops'''. Open c. 06:30-21:30 (a few until 22:00). Shops are numerous and some are hard to find elsewhere in the city. After security check, most shops are before the passport control; there are only one or two afterwards.
 
*'''Tax-free shopping refund'''. Office closes at 22:00 without fail. After that time cheques can be processed only by mail: complete your tax-free forms with your passport data and addresses, have them stamped by the customs office (a window next to arrivals gate door; they don't ask to see your purchases); put them into the envelope you were given in the shop--and wait for several months.
 
*'''Cafes, pre-security check'''. Limited options, sub-standard fare. Food at ''Ars'' is awful and not cheap. ''Pans & Company'' have almost no hot meals. For more options in Terminal 1 go to 3F better food and restaurants, but more expensive.
 
*'''Cafes, post-security check'''. Numerous options, all close c. 22:00
 
*'''Parking:''' Costs €1.35/hr, €9.45/day, €6.75/day from the 6th day.
 
*'''Luggage lockers:''' At the airport, there is a baggage storage service on the ground floor of Terminal 1 that costs €4.60 per day for a large locker that easily fits 2-3 large suitcases (there are no luggage lockers or storage rooms in Terminal 2). In the city centre, there is a baggage storage service with keypad-based lockers on Carrer Estruc, 36 (right next to Plaça Catalunya) called "Locker Barcelona" (www.LockerBarcelona.com). Their prices start from €3.50 per day for a medium locker that stores 1 luggage bag.
 
*'''Departure gates:''' For T2, poorly conditioned at ground level (at least gate #57, sector 2A, after 23:00). T1 is hyper-modern and comfortable.
 
*'''Wi-Fi''': Available throughout the airport, operated by [http://www.kubiwireless.com/ KubiWireless]. 15&nbsp;min for free if you click in the blue option. or €7.50 for 45&nbsp;min, €9 for 1&nbsp;hr, €15 for 24&nbsp;hr. You must provide a valid cell phone number, to receive the password via text message.
=====Terminals=====
[[Image:AirportBarcelona.jpg|thumb|at the gate]]
'''T1''', the new newer terminal, opened in June 2009 and hosts Iberia, Air Europa and a variety of major international airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Pakistan Intl., Emirates, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Air Canada, Avianca, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Alitalia, CSA, SAS, TAP, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, KLM, British Airways, LOT, Tarom, etc.
Sectors A, B and C of '''T2''' are all within fairly easy walking distance of each other. *'''T2 B''' is used by a large number of smaller carriers and low cost airlines.*'''T2 C''' is smallest and hosts EasyJet. *'''T2 A''' is now only for some charter flights.
Please be aware that you can check in for your flight only at the respective terminal T1 or T2 and, since they are 7&nbsp;km apart and there is little information available at the train station and bus stops, '''it's good to know which terminal you need before arriving at the airport'''! [http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Barcelona/en/Page/1045569607351//Departures.html AENA] provides information about the allocation of airlines to terminals.
=====Transfer to/from the airportAirport transfers=====
The airport is only about 12-14&nbsp;km away from the city centre.
'''======Bus'''======
[http://www.aerobusbcn.com/ Aerobús] is the city's shuttle bus service that connects the Airport (both terminals) with the centre of Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya), leaving every 5 minutes, every day of the year. The "A1" line takes you to/from Terminal 1 and the "A2" line takes you to/from Terminal 2. The shuttle bus service is available everyday from 5:30am to 1am, and the journey lasts about 30 minutes (although it can take considerably longer during rush hour). From the Airport, the shuttle bus makes a total of 4 stops: Plaça Espanya, Gran Via - Urgell, Plaça Universitat, and finally Plaça Catalunya. To the Airport from Plaça Catalunya, the shuttle bus only makes a total of 3 stops: Sepúlveda - Urgell, Plaça Espanya, and finally the Airport. A one-way ticket to/from either Terminal costs €5.90 or you can buy a return ticket for €10.20 which you must use within 9 days (you can pay by either credit card or cash). Buses are heavily air-conditioned in Summer, so consider having something extra to wear during the journey. Aerobús stops running after 1am, but you can catch a Nitbús night bus service instead (line N17 to T1 or line N16 to T2, 22.00-05.00 every 20 min. The ride from Plaça Catalunya to the Airport takes about 40-50 min).
'''======Train'''======
A cheap and fast option is the half-hourly RENFE R2 Nord suburban train line calling at Sants (travel time is 18&nbsp;min), Passeig de Gràcia (24&nbsp;min), Eln Clot-Aragó (30&nbsp;min) and more stations beyond Barcelona city limits. Please be advised that this airport train has changed, and no longer terminates at Estació de França (it now goes through the centre of Barcelona and into the suburbs, so it is important to know at which station you should get off). The train terminates next to T2 by section B, with a connecting green coloured bus service to T1 (plan for an extra 15&nbsp;min of travel). The airport train station has got facilities for disabled people: escalators, lifts, etc. A single ticket for the train is about €3.15, '''but''' you can also buy a T10 travelcard (€9.45 for ten trips over any period of time; each of those trips includes 3 bus, metro, train or tramway transfers made within 75&nbsp;min) instead. You can buy a T10 from the ticket vending machine at the airport station and at the tobacco shop in front of Terminal 2B; you can '''not''' buy a T10 travelcard at Terminal 1!
Also bus 46 runs every 20&nbsp;min from both terminals (downstairs at T1) to Plaça Espanya (35-45&nbsp;min).
'''======Taxis and transfer services'''======Airport transfers can be arranged for groups, taxis are available but expensive (€30-40 to the city centre). Taxis and Minibuses can be pre-booked on-line:
Airport transfers can be arranged for groups, taxis are available but expensive (€30-40 to the city centre). Taxis and Minibuses can be pre-booked *[http://www.barcelonaairporttaxis.com on-lineBarcelona Airport Taxis]. =====Misc info====='''Duty-free shops'''. Open c. 06:30-21:30 (offers a few until 22:00). Shops are numerous and some are hard to find elsewhere in the city. After security check, most shops are before the passport control; there are only one or two afterwards. '''Tax-free shopping refund'''. Office closes at 22:00 without fail. After that time cheques can be processed only by mail: complete your tax-free forms with your passport data and addresses, have them stamped by the customs office taxi (a window next up to arrivals gate door; they don't ask to see your purchases4 people); put them into the envelope you were given in the shop--and wait for several months. '''Cafes, pre-security check'''. Limited options, sub-standard fare. Food at ''Ars'' is awful €59 and not cheap. ''Pans & Company'' have almost no hot meals. For more options in Terminal 1 go to 3F better food and restaurants, but more expensive. '''Cafes, post-security check'''. Numerous options, all close c. 22:00 '''Parking:''' Costs €1.35/hr, €9.45/day, €6.75/day from the 6th day. '''Luggage lockers:''' At the airport, there is a baggage storage service on the ground floor of Terminal 1 that costs €4.60 per day for a large locker that easily fits 2-3 large suitcases microbus (there are no luggage lockers or storage rooms in Terminal 2). In the city centre, there is a baggage storage service with keypad-based lockers on Carrer Estruc, 36 (right next up to Plaça Catalunya) called "Locker Barcelona" (www.LockerBarcelona.com). Their prices start from €3.50 per day for a medium locker that stores 1 luggage bag. '''Departure gates:''' For T2, poorly conditioned at ground level (at least gate #57, sector 2A, after 23:007 people). T1 is hyper-modern and comfortable. '''WiFi''': Available throughout the airport, operated by KubiWireless [http://www.kubiwireless.com/]: 15&nbsp;min for free if you click in the blue option. Or €7.5 for 45&nbsp;min, €9 for 1&nbsp;hr, €15 for 24&nbsp;hr. You must provide a valid cell phone number, to receive the password via Text Message.€79
====Nearby airports====
Some low-cost carriers, notably Ryanair, use airports in [[Girona]], nearly 100&nbsp;km to the north, or [[Reus]], around the same distance to the south, instead. Since Ryanair recently started operating at Barcelona El Prat (airport code BCN) check using the three-letter airport codes where your flight actually goes. Girona's airport code is GRO and Reus's airport code is REU.
For [http://www.barcelonagirona.com/ Girona Airport], the Barcelona Bus service runs a shuttle bus from Estaci&oacute; del Nord (which is walking distance to the Arc de Triomf metro stop) in Barcelona to Girona Airport and this ties in with various flight times. A one-way ticket costs €12 €16 and a return ticket costs €21€25. The journey takes approximately one hour and ten minutes. Timetables are available [http://www.sagales.com/index.php?nIdioma=LANG3 on-line].
For '''Reus Airport''', the easiest way to get there is to take the bus run by Hispano Igualadina from the Barcelona Sants bus station to the airport. Bus departures are synchronized with Ryanair plane departures/arrivals. One way ticket costs €13 and a return ticket costs €24. The journey takes c. 100&nbsp;min, depending on the traffic on the motorway. Timetables are available [http://www.igualadina.com/pdfs/REUS%20AIRPORT.pdf? on-line]. A slightly cheaper, yet longer option is to take a train from Barcelona Sants station to Reus and then the local bus no. 50 to the airport. The train costs €7.25 and then the bus costs €2.10. This takes roughly about two and a half hours. Train timetables can be checked at [http://www.renfe.com Renfe's website]. The bus timetable is available at the website of [http://www.reustransport.cat/pdf/L50.pdf Reus public transport].
==Get around==
 
The department store El Corte Ingles publishes a helpful (and free) street map for tourists. You can pick a copy at the store, or from most hotel front desks. They're also available at the tourism information offices (including one at each terminal at Barcelona El Prat Airport).
=== By public transport ===
 
* The '''Barcelona Bus Tur&iacute;stic [http://www.barcelona-bus-turistic.com]''' links all of the Barcelona tourist sites you could possibly want to visit. It has three routes (map provided as you board), including a northbound and a southbound line that leave from opposite sides of the ''Plaça de Catalunya''. Each takes 1-2 hours. The hop-on/hop-off format lets you get-off risk-free at any interesting stop, see what interests you, then get back on any later bus at that or any other stop. One approach is stay on for an entire route, then continue while getting off at locations that interested you earlier. Buses are double-decked, with the open-air upper deck offering much better views...sunscreen essential in summer months, jackets in winter/early spring/late fall. As you first get on, you are offered earphones. Outlets near every seat let you choose among many languages and playback volumes. As you approach each significant location, you receive audio describing it. You can buy tickets at the bus stops and elsewhere (e.g., better hotels) valid for one day (€23) or two consecutive days (€30). '''Barcelona City Tour [http://www.barcelonacitytour.cat/en/]''' offers the same services.
* The '''Barcelona ComboPass®''' [http://www.conciergerie.com/barcelona/pass/barcelona-combo-pass.php] is a combo pass deal available for periods from 2 to 5 days and includes the benefits of the Barcelona Card described above, Hop on/off Bus Turistic and Montjuic cable car.
=== Exotic transport By bike===* '''Telefèric de Montjuïc''' [http://www.tmbbajabikes.cateu/en/teleferichighlights-dein-montjuicbarcelona-bike-tour Baja Bikes] links the city to the top of Montjuic. Guided bike tours in English, with 3 stations (Parc de MontjuïcDutch, Miramar German and Castell de Montjuïc)English. Costs: €10.30 for two-way trip. * '''Tramvia Blau''' [http://www.tmb.cat/en/tramvia-blau] is an old tram (beginning of A 3&nbsp;hr bike tour which includes all the 20th century) connecting Av. Tibidabo metro station and Funicular station at the foot highlights of Tibidabo. Costs: €4.50 for a two-way trip.Barcelona!
* '''Funicular del Tibidabo''' [http://w3www.bcnbarcelonetabikes.cat/turisme/0,4022,495525130_865632638_3,00com Barceloneta Bikes].html] connects One of the foot of Tibidabo with cheapest places to rent a bike in the view pointcity. Costs: €9 for two-way tripVery close to the harbour and the beaches, this company has different kinds of bikes you can choose to rent, but it doesn't organize tours.
===Vespa===* <see name="Vesping" alt="Vesping" address="Carrer de Lepant, 277" phone="0034626773361" email="[email protected]" hours="10AM-8PM" url="[http://www.vespingbarcelonavelo.com"></see>Explore the city on a GPS Barcelone à vélo] Visits in English and French. They offer an original and friendly guided Vespa. Choose from the tours or go explore tour on your ownbike.
=== Scooter ===*'''Mattia46''', [http://www.mattia46.com]. 50cc 125cc 150cc 200cc scooters for rent for a cheap price to enjoy Barcelona. *'''GoCar''' [http://www.gocartours.es/barcelona/] is a two-seater, 3 wheeled vehicle that runs with a 49cc size scooter engine. It is legally classified as a scooter to drive on the roads. The GoCars were created with the purpose of being rented to tourists as a different way to see a city.*'''Scooters''' [http://www.bcn.travel/barcelona-activities/tours/barcelona-scooterby-tourbike BCN Travel Bicycle Rental & Tours] , Bicycle rental for singles or couples are a great way to explore Barcelona at their own speedonly 10 Euros per day. If you are coming as a group you can get a personal tour Variety of all the places you like to seeguided day and night tours from around €20.
=== By Segway ===*[http://www.bicimetrobike.es Bicimetrobike]. Barcelona Sants Train Station is the perfect starting point for your cycling trip. Prices start from €3.
*'''Barcelona Segway Tour''', [http://www.barcelonasegwaytourbicing.comBicing]. Barcelona Segway Tour connects the narrow streets and squares of the old 's '''bike-sharing''' program, started in March 2007, is another option for an environment-friendly in-city with the modern seafronttransport. Get the most out of Barcelona and let the city’s Official Segway Tour be the highlight of your stayUnfortunately, it is ''just for residents''.
=== By bicycle ===*[http://www.bikinginbarcelona.net Biking in Barcelona]. Backed by Biciclot, a co-operative that promotes the use of bicycles in Barcelona. They offer high-quality tours for groups (from 12 to more than 100 people), private groups or individuals, as well as bike rentals.
* '''Baja Bikes''', [[http://www.bajabikesbornbikebarcelona.com Bornbike Rental & Tours].eu/en/highlights-in-barcelona-bike-tour Baja Bikes]]for €6. Guided bike They offer guided city tours in Englishsuch as the Gothic to Modernism Tour, Beach Tour, DutchMontjuïc Tour, German and Englishthe Tapas Tour. A 3hr bike tour which includes all the highlights of Barcelona!
* '''Deviant Bikes''', [http://www.deviantbikesbudgetbikes.comeu Budget Bikes]. Bike rental in GraciaWith top quality Dutch bicycles on hire, they specialise in fixed gear and single speed bikes and longboards. Budget Bikes cost €20 per day and boards €15 per day. GoPro video cameras are included with the rentalsoffers good group reductions as well.
* '''Terra Diversions''', [http://www.terradiversionsdeviantbikes.comDeviant Bikes]. Bicycle hire Bike rental in Barcelona city center: You can rent a bike or do a tour. Big selection of city bikesGracia, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, road they specialise in fixed gear and single speed bikes and children bikes in different sizeslongboards. Bikes cost €20 per day and boards €15 per day. GoPro video cameras are included with the rentals.
* '''Mattia46 bikes & motos hire''', [http://www.mattia46e-bikerent.come-bikerent]. Bikes and motos, 1day(24h) on bike Electric Bike rental €7-20 per day. Tours to highest points of Barcelona from €30 for less than 6 euroabout 4 hr.
* '''Barceloneta Bikes''', [http://www.barcelonetabikesfattirebiketoursbarcelona.comFat Tire Bike Tours]. One of the cheapest places to You can either rent a bike in the city. Very close to the harbor and the beaches, this company has different kinds from them or take one of bikes you can choose to rent, but it doesn't organize their tours. The tour charge is around €22.
*'''Barcelone à vélo''' Visits in english and french. They offer an original and friendly guided tour on bike.[http://www.barcelonavelomattia46.com/ Barcelone à véloMattia46 bikes & motos hire]. Bikes and motos, 1 day on bike for less than €6.
* '''Bicing''', [http://www.bicingterradiversions.comTerra Diversions]. (Bicycle hire in Barcelona's '''city center: You can rent a bike-sharing''' programor do a tour. Big selection of city bikes, mountain bikes, started in March 2007) is another option for an environment-friendly hybrid bikes, road bikes and children bikes in-city transport. Unfortunately, it is just for residentsdifferent sizes.
=== Exotic transport ===* '''Biking in BarcelonaTelefèric de Montjuïc''', [http://www.bikinginbarcelonatmb.netcat/en/teleferic-de-montjuic]. Backed by Biciclot, a cooperative that promotes links the city to the use top of bicycles in BarcelonaMontjuic, with 3 stations (Parc de Montjuïc, Miramar and Castell de Montjuïc). Costs: €10. They offer high30 for two-quality tours for groups (from 12 to more than 100 people), private groups or individuals, as well as bike rentalsway trip.
* '''Budget BikesTramvia Blau''' [http://www.budgetbikestmb.eucat/en/tramvia-blau]is an old tram (beginning of the 20th century) connecting Av. Tibidabo metro station and Funicular station at the foot of Tibidabo. Costs: €4. With top quality Dutch bicycles on hire, Budget Bikes offers good group reductions as well50 for a two-way trip.
* '''Fat Tire Bike Tours''', [http://wwww3.fattirebiketoursbarcelonabcn.comcat/turisme/0,4022,495525130_865632638_3,00.html Funicular del Tibidabo]. You can either rent a bike from them or take one connects the foot of their toursTibidabo with the view point. The tour charge is around €22Costs: €9 for two-way trip.
===By scooter===* [http://www.mattia46.com '''Bornbike Rental & ToursMattia46'''] 50cc, 125cc, 150cc, 200cc scooters for rent for a cheap price to enjoy Barcelona. *[http://www.bornbikebarcelonagocartours.comes/barcelona/ GoCar]is a two-seater, 3 wheeled vehicle that runs with a 49cc size scooter engine. Bikes for 6 eurosIt is legally classified as a scooter to drive on the roads. They offer guided The GoCars were created with the purpose of being rented to tourists as a different way to see a city .*[http://www.bcn.travel/barcelona-activities/tours such /barcelona-scooter-tour Scooters] for singles or couples are a great way to explore Barcelona at their own speed. If you are coming as a group you can get a personal tour of all the Gothic places you like to Modernism Toursee.* <see name="Vesping" alt="" address="Passaje Simo, Beach Tour, Montjuïc Tour, and 24 - Next to Sagrada Familia" phone="+34 626 773 361" email="[email protected]" hours="10:00-20:00" url="http://www.vesping.com">Explore the city on a GPS guided Vespa. Choose from the Tapas Tourtours or go explore on your own.</see>
* '''BCN.travel Bicycle Rental & Tours''', [http://www.bcn.travel/barcelona-by-bike]. Bicycle rental for only 10 Euros per day. Variety of guided day and night tours from around 20 Euros.===By Segway===* '''e-bikerentBarcelona Segway Tour''', [http://www.e-bikerentbarcelonasegwaytour.com]. Electric Bike rental from 7 to 20 euros per dayBarcelona Segway Tour connects the narrow streets and squares of the old city with the modern seafront. Tours to highest points Get the most out of Barcelona from 30 euros about 4 hours. * '''Bicimetrobike''', [http://www.bicimetrobike.es].Barcelona Sants Train Station is and let the city’s Official Segway Tour be the perfect starting point for highlight of your cycling trip. Prices start from 3 €stay.
=== By car ===
Choose an ATM in a quiet area to avoid being [[common scams#ATM_scams|targeted]]. Barcelona is particularly well-equipped with ATMs. Many offer a wide range of services (withdrawals, transfers, mobile credit recharges, ticketing, etc.) and accept credit cards of various banks.
 
Most ATMs will not charge you a fee to withdraw funds (though your bank still may, of course). Catalunya Caixa is an exception: they will charge a several euro fee, so avoid their ATMs.
===Overcharging===
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