Location - In the north east corner of Spain, on the coast.
Weather - Barcelona has mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. January and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of 50 °F (10 °C). Snowfalls are very rare. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of 86 °F (30 °C)
Level Of English – Poor – Few speak English
Prices – Not too bad, about the same as UK.
Eating Out – Quite good but like the UK, not cheap to eat out.
Courtesy – Generally helpful and good natured. However, if you need information in the night, forget it.
Driving – Little hectic but generally courteous. Good road system.
Public Transport - Not too good. Buses seem to not run that regularly and most finish early in the evening and don't start again until about 8.30 in the morning. Quite a good coastal rail service.
Places Of Interest/Attractions - Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpiece, The Sagrada Família church is located here, along with Barcelona Cathedral and several other impressive buildings.
Other Remarks - When it’s closed in Spain, it’s closed. Even the airport shuts down at night. Buses and public transport don’t run very late and do not start too early in the morning. This leaves the playing field wide open for the licensed bandits in the taxis. The ranks of taxis seem to go on for ever and they keep strictly to the first one is the only one available so you cannot even negotiate a price. Basically they will take most of your holiday money if you have more than a few kilometres to travel.
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