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Barcelona has more than a few points of interest. As the capital of Catalonia, expect lots of Catalan culture and festivals, including traditional dancing in the plazas, and the famous castellers who compete to build human towers.

The city also worships football, which is convenient as the local team F.C. Barcelona win quite a lot. Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia are among two of the city's must sees. International airports connect El Prat with the world, and from there it's a short bus ride into town. Book the cheapest flights to Barcelona with

Why visit Barcelona?

  • That Mediterranean climate. The beaches make the hot summer weather bearable, while the cooler winters are still sunny and pleasant!
  • Barcelona's architecture- from Parc Güell to the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, the city can thank Gaudí for it all!
  • The summer fiestas in the various neighbourhoods mean that there's a free party almost every night!
Euro, EUR
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.07 EUR
Time Zone:
UTC + 1 - There is a 1 hour time difference between Barca and South Africa
Dialing Code
00 + 34 + 93 + Local Number
Drive on the right side of the road.
Barcelona El Prat Airport – BCN
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Standard Adaptor Plug, Type C & F.

Avoid the crowds and come in spring when it's cooler- in August the average temperatures are high and the locals tend to leave, so you'll find yourself mainly in the company of other tourists.

Most of Barcelona's native population are Catalan speakers. While Spanish is also spoken -and English in the more touristy places- Catalan is king. Com està? means "How are you?" while Tant de gust means "pleased to meet you". And the handiest phrase of all? ¡Força Barça!

  • Catalans don't celebrate Valentine's Day. Instead they celebrate St George's Day, when men give a rose and women give a book to their lovers.
  • The Sagrada Familia has taken longer to build than the Egyptian pyramids.
  • Barcelona has 12 abandoned Metro stations, which some believe are haunted.

From tapas bars to Sunday's Sant Antoni market, to the city's quirky Font Màgica (magic fountain), Barcelona is a city rich in charm. Don't miss the incredible Barri Gòtic either: it also has a fabulous nun-themed bar called Sor Rita.

You won't go hungry in Barcelona. With 21 Michelin starred restaurants and inexpensive wine and drinks, even in cheap local places you'll be amazed at the cuisine. From cheeses, meats, fresh fish and soft bread, the Catalans also do amazing desserts, including crema Catalana macaroons.

The drinking age in Spain is 18. It's illegal to drink in the street, so buying a cheap beer from one of the many street sellers can land you with an on-the-spot fine.

Barcelona has a low crime rate, but easy precautions can help you feel safer. The southern end of Las Ramblas, and parts of the Barri Gòtic, can feel a little seedy at night, so these areas can be avoided if you feel nervous. Pickpocketing can be a problem in tourist areas, so keep your valuables where you can see them.

South African passport holders do need to have a Schengen Travel Visa for Barcelona and Spain. The Schengen Visa needs to be acquired before departing South Africa.

The South African High Commission to Spain is located in Madrid.

Address: Edificio Lista,
Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6,
Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset, Madrid 28006
Phone: 34 91 436 3780
Fax: N/A

The South African Consulate to Barcelona is located in Barcelona.

Address South African Honorary Consulate-General,
Parc Empresarial Mas Blau II, Alta Ribagorza 6-8,
08020 Prat de Llobregat, Bareceloa, Spain;
Phone: + 34 93 506 9100.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Barcelona
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R165
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R22 R20 R38
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R26
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R16
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R76

Barcelona El Prat Airport – BCN

Location: El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.

Food and beverage: Each terminal at the airport has several cafes, bars and restaurants.

Currency Exchange: La Caixa has 1 currency exchange bureau at each Terminal (T1 and T2) at the airport.

Lost Baggage Help: In the event your luggage is lost in the airport building, contact the Lost Property Office on +34 93 259 6440. For luggage misplaced by your carrier, contact airline representatives directly.

Airport Hotels: There is no hotel at the airport. However, you can find many good hotels nearby.

Car Hire: Car rental operators include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise Atesa and Sixt.

Airport Hub: Barcelona Airport (code BCN) is a hub for Iberia Airlines, Air Europa and Vueling Airlines.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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