The main Tourist Office of the Autonomous Government is located at the end of Paseo de Gracia, telephone 93 2384000 open 1000-1900 Mon- Fri and 0900-1400 Sat).
The main Municipal Tourist Office (Tourism of Barcelona )is located at Plaza Catalunya,telephone : 93 304 32 32(open every day from 09.00 to 21.00.)
Clocks are put back one hour on the last Sunday in October and forward one hour the last Sunday in March .
Cards can be bought in tobacco shops (estancos).For international calls, dial 00, wait for tone, then the country code, and then the area code
followed the telephone number.
0830- 1400 Mon-Fri. There are also many exchange offices which are open until the evening. Most banks have Cashpoint facilities withinstructions in English. Virtually all large supermarkets accept credit cards.
The main post office is situated in Via Layetana 1 ,very near the hotel, open 0800- 2000 Mon- Sat(stamps can also be bought at "estancos"- tobacco shops).
There are many pharmacies, virtually one in every main street of the city, open 0900-1300 and 1700-2000.In all the pharmacies are indicated what is the nearest "guard pharmacy"(open 24 hours a day).There is one open 24 hour near the Hotel).
LOSS OR THEFT OF PASSPORT
If you lose your passport you should immediately contact your embassy or consulate and of course report it to the police. Lost or stolen bank/credit cards: please contact your bank and report to the local police. Please remember to keep a separate list of passport numbers, traveller cheque numbers, credit card numbers, etc.). Leave valuables in your Hotel room-safe.
If you have any problems with your rental car, you should immediately telephone the rental car company.If it is a minor problem they will ask you to take the car to a local garage, pay for the repair, keep the receipt and they will refund the money when the car is returned. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE OIL & WATER BEFORE ANY LONG JOURNEY.
Obtain the car registration number, the name of the insurance company and policy number, driver's name, address and, if Spanish, the driver's national identification number or,in the case of a foreigner, passport number. You must give the other driver your name, address, car registration number, the document number of the rental contract, name and address of the rental company and your passport number. You should notify the car rental company within 24 hours of the incident. If the damage is minor, they will ask you to make a full report when you return the car.
This is an excellent way to explore the city. Buy a one day or two day ticket on the bus and you can plan your own journey getting on and off at any of the 18 stops to see Barcelona's sights. There is a guide on the Tourist Bus for information and the circuit starts at the Plaza Catalunya. Buses run approximately every 30 minutes from 0930 to 2130. The full journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hrs. This tourist service normally runs the whole year , except the 25th of December and the 1st of January.BUSES - Run from 0530 to 2230 and multi-ride tickets can be bought from Information Kiosks in the Plaza Catalunya and Metro Stations. Every bus stop displays a bus route map.
This undoubtedly is the quickest way of getting around Barcelona. Stations are marked and all lines have different colours. Also included in the network are the FGC trains from Plaza Catalunya to Sarria ad Tibidabo.T
T1 Travel cards can be purchased from Metro Stations for use on both buses, metro, blue tram and other lines within the city. There are 10 trip tickets for Metro-Bus and local trains. These multi-trip tickets are an economical way of getting around the city.
The cable cars across the harbour and up to Montjuic require separate tickets and are well worth taking for the views.
This restored tram can take you from Plaza John F Kennedy to P.Doctor Andreu and then you can connect with the cable car to the top of Tibidabo.
TRAINS FROM BARCELONA
Trains go to:
*Sitges:along the coast of Barcelona-trains run every 30 minutes
*Tarragona:a Roman town easily reached by train
*Montserrat:from Plaza Espanya-every two hours from 09:11 to 19:26
*Girona:from Sants Station-every hourTAXIS - Black and yellow taxis are quite inexpensive and very useful for late at night. Taxis will not take more than 4 passengers and charge extra for baggage. There is a minimum charge and all taxis are on a meter system. If you need a taxi , you can ask at the Reception Desk to call it at the time you wish .
Like all large cities unfortunately Barcelona too has its fair
share of pickpockets and muggers. Please do not carry large sums of money,
passports or flight tickets when you go out. We strongly recommend you use
the safe in your hotel.
DRIVING IN SPAIN
You must carry your driving licence plus one other form of identification at all times. Also carry the insurance policy and car documents at all times.
- Seat belts are compulsory at all times (rear seat belts also where fitted).
- Children must travel in rear seats.
- Right of Way belongs to main roads. In all other cases traffic coming from the right has priority.
- Parking- most towns have parking areas denoted by a white P on a blue background.
- You can also park in blue painted parking spots on the street (you have to pay for a ticket and put it inside your car )
- Motorways-Tolls are payable on the majority of motorways-credit cards are accepted.
- Tunnels- Low beems must be used in tunnels.
- Driving offences-Fines for a traffic offence are payable on the spot. These can be particulary heavy for speeding and omitting to use seat belts. Police must give a receipt for the amount of fine paid.
- Drinking & Driving -Spanish laws provide for on the spot fines or imprisonment if the offence is serious.
- Do not leave anything of value in view when the car is left unattended.
- Maximum speed limits: Built -up areas 50km ,Main roads 100km, Motorways 120km.