A rare destination that combines centuries old architecture with a modernist design and outlook, Barcelona is definitely a city with its own unique vibe and one that will mesmerize you.
Barcelona is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famed and colorful Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia is also a must-see: this rare piece of design is absolutely breathtaking . If the spectacular architecture inspires you, visit one of the many museums that Barcelona has to offer, including such gems as the Picasso Museum, National Museum of Art of Catalonia and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.
Absorbing the beauty of Barcelona will certainly build up your appetite. The cure can be found in any number of eateries, all you have to do is decide what you’re in the mood for. Enjoy an authentic Spanish paella or venture to one of the many fine dining establishments that feature celebrated chefs and inspired menus. Or for genuine Barcelona experience, grab a bite alongside locals at La Boqueria market and then venture to the gorgeous golden-sand beachfront, easily accessible and ranked by National Geographic as the “Best Urban Beach in The World.”
If shopping is on your agenda, look no further than the La Rambla or the elegant Passeig de Gracia. Shops line this area and offshoots will take you to antiques markets, haute couture boutiques, and a number of other shopping hot spots.
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United States citizens need a passport, but not a visa, to enter Spain (and you will be required to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes your identity and nationality to re-enter the United States). We recommend that you keep a photocopy of the first page of your passport in a separate place in case of an emergency. Please note that photo ID is usually required to make credit card payments in Spain.
Visas and other entry requirements, such as vaccinations, vary for individual countries. We recommend that you call the nearest consulate well in advance of your trip to confirm what you will need prior to travel. For the consulate nearest you, please visit www.maec.es/subwebs/Embajadas/Washington.
In the case of minors, when traveling with your children, but without your spouse or partner, please have a notarized letter from the non-present parent authorizing the child’s travel. If not, the child may be held at security and unable to travel. This letter is highly recommended for any international destination (airlines include Hawaii in this case), and suggested for travel within the continental United States.
Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year, with the hottest months being July and August (average temperature: 29-30°C/84.2-86°F) and the coldest being January (average temperature 13°C/55.4°F).
Annual Average High: 86; Annual Average Low: 55.4
The currency for Spain is the Euro. The best way to get Euros is to withdraw money from a bank using your ATM card. Paying with a credit or a debit card is the easiest way of completing transactions, although please note that photo ID is usually required to make credit card payments, American Express is not as widely accepted as in the USA and some smaller retailers will only accept cash. Traveler’s checks cannot generally be used as a substitute for cash, and there is no advantage in buying traveler’s checks in Euros as you will still have to change them. Dollars are not generally accepted, and the exchange rate at change offices can often be unfavorable.
It is recommended to check your cell phone package before you leave the United States to ensure coverage in Spain. Cell phone coverage in Barcelona is usually excellent, but the cost of placing calls can be expensive. Before leaving your home country log onto www.mobivox.com and follow instructions on how to place inexpensive international calls right from your mobile phone while abroad.
Country dialing code: +34; Telephone area code: 93
Spain is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. Spanish Daylight Saving Time lasts from around April to September, when clocks are set one hour ahead of the standard time.
Electricity in Barcelona is generally 220 volts AC and the standard plug size is different from north America. It is always a good idea to carry a travel adaptor.
If you find an item in the home you believe a previous Member left, please return it to your Host. The Club’s standard return policy is that all collected items are shipped back once a week. In this case, the Club will pass on the actual cost of packaging and shipping the items to the Member. A Member can request an expedited return service if needed and any additional costs that the Host may incur to make that happen will also be passed on to the Member. Please keep in mind there are higher fees associated with international destinations because of customs and other costs.
Tipping is becoming increasingly customary in Spain, and a generous tip for restaurant service would be 10-15%. Tipping is not usually necessary for counter service at bars, except in the case of large orders, in which case it is customary to tip the bar staff 5-10% of the total bill.
If you are traveling with prescription medicines, carry them in their original containers and bring a copy of your prescription. If you buy medications abroad, be aware that they may not be FDA-approved or allowed into the United States. For more information on customs rules and regulations, please contact 202.354.1000 or visit www.cbp.gov.