INSIDR has covered it all with our must see guide. We have gathered all our tips, with accommodation recommendations, foodie tips, public transportation advice, as well as our top picks for activities in Barcelona.
INSIDR Barcelona must see guide
INSIDR Guide to the main sights in Barcelona
INSIDR practical travel tips for Barcelona
Tipping in Barcelona
Tapas, sangria, paella… there are so many amazing cuisine options to choose from in Barcelona. But which dessert to order is definitely not the only question after a meal. Tips! How to tip elegantly and how much to tip can cause you a headache if you are not familiar with the local culture. Tips from INSIDR: Tipping in definitely not compulsory in Barcelona. Usually you may tip around 10% of your spend to express your appreciation of service. And a little reminder from INSIDR: the 500 euro bill is rarely accepted in malls, stores and restaurants.
What is the IVA on the bill? IVA is the Spanish abbreviation for VAT. You may find different percentages of IVA indicated on the bill according to the products you purchase. Don’t get it mixed up with the service charge!
Calling in Barcelona
The country code of Spain is +34. If you are dialling a Spanish number, simply enter +34 and the phone number.
Important Emergency Numbers in Barcelona:
- Barcelona regional police office: 092
- Spain national police office: 091
- EU Emergency number: 112
SIM Card & Wifi in Barcelona
The main telecommunication service providers in Spain are Vodafone, Orange and Movistar. To ensure you get full connectivity while touring Barcelona, you can also rent a portable wifi through different websites and platforms. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Barcelona Travel Pass
Instead of buying a one-way ticket, the T-10 pass can be a better deal since you can take 10 one-way journeys at a much lower cost. With a T10 pass you can travel Barcelona with metro, bus, tram and Renfe for all zone 1 areas (and the airport is also considered to be in the Zone 1!). You can also share the pass with your friends. It can be a good choice if you are planning a short trip in Barcelona. If you are staying longer or if you plan to have more than 10 one-way journeys, you may consider other travel passes.
Post Office in Barcelona
You can find mail boxes easily in the streets of Barcelona. If you want to mail a postcard, simply go to a tobacco store (Estancos or Tabacos) or a newstand to buy a stamp. Then remember to use the yellow post box on the street, other colours of mail box belong to a different mailing system so you may fail to receive your postcard if you get your stamp in the tobacco store or post office. Or you can simply go to a post office (Correos) to buy the stamp and post directly from there. Easy, fast, faultless.