About the city

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What languages are spoken in Barcelona?

Spanish is the main official national language in Spain. However, there are other co-official languages spoken in Spain.

In Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, there are two official languages, Spanish and Catalan. Catalan is a live and used language for local people. 

Is it rude to speak Spanish in Barcelona?

Not at all, everybody speaks Spanish in Barcelona. Local people love when tourist make an effort to speak their language. Most of the local people in Barcelona are bilingual, since they speak Spanish and Catalan as native languages. 

Do people speak English in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a very tourist city, everyone working on restaurants or tourist attractions will have some good notions of english. 

However, you may find a lot of local people who barely speaks english. In general, the english level is lower than other european countries, such as Holland and Germany, mainly  because spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, so old generations didn’t mind to learn another language (as it happens very often with english speakers). Nowadays, this has changed and recent generations can defense themselves quite well in english.

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, you will find people from around the word working on hospitality and shops. The easiest way to approach someone would be speaking Spanish since you don’t know if they are local.

If you are only visiting and not going to live in Barcelona, there is no need of learning the local languages. However, it’s always nice to learn few words and can be useful in few situations. Here are some easy sentence to learn that you can practice during your trip.

EnglishSpanishCatalan
Hello!¡Hola!Hola!
Good morning!¡Buenos días!Bon dia!
Good evening!¡Buenas tardes!Bona tarda!
Good night!¡Buenas noches!Bona nit!
ByeAdiósAdéu
ThanksGraciasGràcies / Merci
How are you?¿Cómo estás? Com estàs?
Very good/ very badMuy bien / Muy malMolt bé / Molt malament
As wellTambiénTambé
See you tomorrowHasta MañanaFins demà

Is Barcelona very different from other Spanish regions?

Spain has a big cultural diversity in all over the country, each region has its own typical food and traditions, and they all make an important part of the Spanish cultural patrimony.

If you came to Barcelona looking for a flamenco or a bullfighting spectacles, I am afraid you were a bit confused. Bullfighting was stopped in all Catalonia in 2012, and flamenco is a typical dance from the south of Spain. However, the demand for flamenco shows in Barcelona is so popular due to tourism, that there are may spectacles available throughout the year. To watch an authentic flamenco show check here.



What is the best currency to use in Spain?

The euro is the only currency accepted in Spain (even at the airport). 

How much money should I take to visit Barcelona?

Most likely you will be able to use your credit card anywhere in Barcelona (however we recommend having some cash with you in case of emergency).

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