Second city of Spain, prosperous and vibrant, the capital of the province of Catalonia covers about 490 square kilometres with 1.5 million people. Located along the Mediterranean coast, it is a major Spanish center not only for its economic but also cultural and touristic boldness.
The two languages commonly spoken in Barcelona are the Castilian (Spanish) and Catalan. The signs and posters are written in Catalan, but if you talk to people in Spanish, they will respond in that language. The currency is the Euro.
Most people travel in Barcelona by metro, bus or taxi. The most simple and practical means of transport is the subway, which lets visitors reach some outlying attractions such as Park Guell.
Instead of buying individual tickets, if you intend to take the subway several times in the same day, it is more economical to purchase a tourist pass for several days. In addition, these cards are valid in buses as well as the subway. You can also buy the tickets by 10, which is cheaper than per unit.
There are also double-decker “hop on- hop off” busses that will take you to all major sights of the city. One ticket, purchased at one of the many locations around the city will allow you to ride all day and hop on and off as you please.