Geography and demography
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain. The city is situated in the northeast of Spain, close to France and the Pyrenees.
With 1.7 million inhabitants, Barcelona is the second most populous city after Madrid. The Metropolitan area of the city has 36 municipalities with a population of 3.3 million.
Catalan and Castilian are the two official languages spoken in Barcelona.
The Euro (€) is the currency used in Barcelona, like in the rest of Spain and most countries in the European Union.
Electricity and plugs
In Spain, the electricity supply is 220 volts (like in other European countries). The power sockets are type F with two prongs. You will need an electricity plug adaptor if you are traveling with UK electrical appliances. The same applies if you are traveling from the U.S.
Helpful telephone numbers
- Emergencies and police: 112
- Guardia Urbana (Municipal police): 062
- Prefix of Spain: +34
- Prefix of Barcelona: 93
- Firefighters: 080
- Emergency medical services: 061