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Essential Guide for Travel to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most loved, and frequented, cities of Europe and indeed the world. Even Spaniards from all parts of Spain, love to visit historic, vibrant Barcelona. But this site is more for tourists from outside Spain.

One of the most interesting parts of Barcelona is Barceloneta or 'Little Barcelona' a district of the city which was almost entirely destroyed by King Felip V to punish the city for opposing him during the war of Spanish Succession. He forced Barcelon's people in this district to demolish their own homes in order to make way for his fortress, now an open parkland. This is just part of the fascinating history of this wonderful city.

International Visitors to Barcelona

The City of Barcelona, in co-operation with national tourism authorities, provides tourism services to people around the world planning a trip to Barcelona, and/or other parts of Spain. There are offices in many countries that can assist you in your travel to Barcelona. Below is a list of locations of those offices, many attaching to the Spanish embassy or consulate in the particular locations:

  • BERLIN (Germany)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Kurfürstendamn, 63
    10707 Berlin
    Tel.49-30 882 65 43
    Fax 49-30 882 66 61
    berlin@tourspain.es

  • BRUSSEL.LES (Belgium)
    Office Espagnol du Tourisme
    Rue Royale, 97, 5º
    1000 Bruxelles
    Tel.32-2 280 19 26
    Fax 32-2 230 21 47
    bruselas@tourspain.es

  • BUENOS AIRES (Argentina)
    Oficina Española de Turismo
    Carlos Pellegrini,1163, 3º
    1009 Buenos Aires
    Tel.54-11 43 28 96 64
    Fax 54-11 43 28 90 15
    buenosaires@tourspain.es

  • COPENHAGEN (Denmark)
    Den Spanske Stats Turistbureau
    NY Ostergade, 34 1
    1101 Copenhague - K
    Tel. 45-33 18 66 30
    Fax 45-33 15 83 65
    copenhage@tourspain.es

  • CHICAGO (Illinois, USA)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    Water Tower Place,
    Suite 915 East,
    845 North Michigan Av.
    Chicago, ILL 60-611
    Tel.1-312 642 19 92
    Fax 1-312 642 98 17
    chicago@tourspain.es

  • DUSSELDORF (Germany)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Grafenberger Allée, 100
    "Kutscherhaus"
    40237 Düsseldorf
    Tel.49-211 680 39 80
    Fax 49-211 680 39 85
    dusseldorf@tourspain.es

  • STOCKHOLM (Sweden)
    Spanska Statens Tuyrisbyra
    Stureplan, 6
    11435 Stockholm-S
    Tel.46-8 611 56 25
    Fax 46-8 611 44 07
    estocolmo@tourspain.es

  • FRANKFURT (Germany)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Myliusstrasse, 14
    60323 Frankfurt Main
    Tel. 49-69 72 50 33
    Fax 49-69 72 53 13
    frankfurt@tourspain.es

  • GENEVA (Switzerland)
    Office Espagnol du Tourisme
    15, rue Ami Lévrier, 2ème étage
    1201 Genève
    Tel.41-22 731 11 33
    Fax 41-22 731 13 66
    ginebra@tourspain.es

  • HELSINKI (Finland)
    Espanjan Valtion Matkailutoimisto
    Mechelininkatu, 12-14
    00100 Helsinki
    Tel.358-9 44 19 92
    Fax 358-9 44 26 87
    helsinki@tourspain.es

  • The Haig (Netherlands)
    Spaans Bureau voor Vreemdelingenverkeer
    Laan van Meerdervoort, 8A
    2517 Aj Den Haag
    Tel.31-70 346 59 00
    Fax 31-70 364 98 59
    lahaya@tourspain.es

  • LISBON (Portugal)
    Delegaçâo Oficial do Turismo Espanhol
    Av. Sidónio Pais, 28 - 3º Dto.
    1050-215 Lisboa
    Tel.351-21 354 19 92
    Fax 351-21 354 03 32
    lisboa@tourspain.es

  • LONDON (UK)
    Spanish Tourist Office
    22-23 Manchester Square
    London W1U 3PX
    Tel. 44-20 74 86 80 77
    Fax. 44-20 74 86 80 34
    londres@tourspain.es

  • LOS ANGELES  (California, USA)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    8383 Wilshire Blvd suite 960
    90211 Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Tel.1-323 658 71 88
    Fax 1-323 658 10 61
    losangeles@tourspain.es

  • Mexico City (Mexico)
    Oficina Española del Turismo
    Alejandro Dumas, 211
    Colonia Polanco
    11560 Mexico D.F.
    Tel.52-5 531 17 85
    Fax 52-5 255 47 82
    mexico@tourspain.es

  • MIAMI (Florida, USA)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    1221 Brickell Avenue
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel. 1-305 358 19 92
    Fax 1-305 358 82 23
    miami@tourspain.es

  • MILAN (Italy)
    Ufficio Spagnolo del Turismo
    Via Broletto, 30
    20121 Milano
    Tel.39-02 72 00 46 17
    Fax 39-02 72 00 43 18
    milan@tourspain.es

  • MOSCOW (Russia)
    Oficina Española de Turismo
    Tverskaya - 16/2 Edificio 3
    Moscú 103009
    Tel. 7095 935 83 97
    Fax 7095 935 83 96
    moscu@tourspain.es

  • MUNICH (Germany)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Post-fach nº 151940
    Schubertstrasse,10
    80051 München
    Tel.49-89 530 74 60
    Fax 49-89 532 86 80
    munich@tourspain.es

  • NEW YORK (New York, USA)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    666 Fifth Avenue,35th floor
    New York, N.Y. 10103
    Tel.1-212 265 88 22
    Fax 1-212 265 88 64
    nuevayork@tourspain.es

  • OSLO (Norway)
    Den Spanske Stats Turistbyra
    Kronprinsensgate,3
    0251 Oslo
    Tel. 47 22 83 40 50
    Fax 47 22 83 19 22
    oslo@tourspain.es

  • PARIS (France)
    Office Espagnol du Tourisme
    43, Rue Décamps
    75784 Paris Cedex 16
    Tel. 33-1 45 03 82 57
    Fax 33-1 40 72 52 04
    paris@tourspain.es

  • ROME (Italy)
    Ufficio Spagnolo del Turismo
    Via del Mortaro, 19 interno 5
    00187 Roma
    Tel. 39 06 678 31 06
    Fax 39 06 679 82 72
    roma@tourspain.es

  • SAO PAULO (Brazil)
    Escritorio Espanhol de Turismo
    Rua Zequinha de Abreu, 78
    CEP 01250 Sao Paulo
    Tel. 55-11 38 65 59 99
    Fax 55-11 38 72 07 33
    saopaulo@tourspain.es

  • SINGAPORE (Singapore)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    541, Orchard Road, 09-04
    Liat Tower
    238881 Singapore
    Tel. 65 737 30 08
    Fax 65 737 37 47
    singapore@tourspain.es

  • TOKIO (Japan)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    Daini Toranomon Denki Bldg.4F
    3-1-10 Toranomon
    Minato-Ku, Tokio 105
    Tel. 81-3 34 32 61 41
    Fax 81-3 34 32 61 44
    tokio@tourspain.es

  • TORONTO (Canada)
    Tourist Office of Spain
    2 Bloor street West, suite 3402
    Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2
    Tel. 1-416 961 31 31
    Fax 1-416 961 19 92
    toronto@tourspain.es

  • VIENNA (Austria)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Walfischgasse, 8/Mzz
    1010 Wien
    Tel.43-1 512 95 80
    Fax 43-1 512 95 81
    viena@tourspain.es

  • ZURICH (Switzerland)
    Spanisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
    Seefeldstrasse, 19
    CH-8008 Zürich
    Tel. 41-1 252 79 30
    Fax 41-1 252 62 04
    zurich@tourspain.es

     

  • Barcelona Beaches

    Barcelona has a much sought-after coastline, which include the city's beaches which run for about 4.5 kilometres in the districts of Ciutat Vella and Sant Martí. The mild Mediterranean climate means Barcelona's beaches can be accesed the entire year,  although the main demand starts in springtime and extends through the summer months.

    Following are essential details of the beaches in Barcelona

    Sant Sebastia Beach

    Located in the Ciutat Vella district, San Sebastià is the beach closest to Barcelona city on the Eastern end of the coastline, and is a favourite amongst men, and seniors. This is also the most frequented beach by the Barcelona locals who account for 70% of beachgoers, particularly from Ciutat Vella. It is also the most commonly visited beach by international visitors.

    Many locals and visitors come to the beach every day, or frequently. Groups such as Summer camps and school excursions also select this beach. There is a metro stop and several bus lines connecting with most parts of the city.

    Area for disabled persons

    The Sant Sebastia beach possesses an area for disabled persons with a swimmers assistance service. This service is available to disabled persons or people with reduced mobility and consists of assisting them to get in and out of the water and supervising their swimming time, using an amphibian bathing chair if necessary.

    This area for the disabled is equipped with wooden walkways across the sand to the shore, an adapted changing room, a sit-down shower and lift. All of this equipment makes it possible for those who need assistance to reach the water easily with the help of volunteers who help the users and their companions to lift them from their wheelchairs into the amphibian chair and, if necessary, use the lift to do so. Thus the volunteers provide assistance to approach, enter and exit the water and also to accompany users whilst bathing.

    This service is available every weekend and bank holiday during the months of June and the second fortnight of September and every day during the months of July and August and the first week in September, from 11 am to 2 pm.

    Barceloneta Beach

    Approximately 1,100 m long, together with the Sant Sebastià beach, Barceloneta is one of the biggest in Barcelona, and it is also one of the oldest and most traditional beaches in the city. It is a favourite amongst international visitors and it is commonly used by youth groups and for school activities.

    Its dimensions make it ideal for leisure, including volleyball, a soccer area on the Eastern side, in front of the Hospital del Mar; a children's play area on the Western side of the beach, beside the Gas breakwater, where there is also a ping-pong table and a gym area. The Barceloneta beach is also equipped with a skating area.

    The Beach Centre

    One of the main features of the Barceloneta beach is the Beach Centre, located underneath its arcades, at the edge of the beach itself, in front of the Hospital del Mar.

    The Beach Centre is a space dedicated to revitalising the the Barcelona coast and there you can access, not only information, but also a wide range of activities throughout most of the year, but particularly between the months of June and September.

    Visitors looking for a quiet evening reading, will find the Beach Library here.

    Nova Icaria Beach

    This beach is is 400 metres long and is located in the middle of the city's coastline. A significant amount of the people who frequent Nova Icaria live outside Barcelona and many of them are international visitors. Nova Icaria is the beach where visitors stay the longest.

    Together with the Bogatell beach, Nova Icària is the beach where visitors stay the longest, possibly because it is considered one of the quietest in the city, frequented mostly by families with children and also groups of friends. Many users go there on foot.

    This is one of Barcelona's most diversely equipped beaches, with equipment for several different activities, a game area, a ping-pong table beside the Bogatell breakwater and two volleyball courts at the Olympic Port end.

    Area for disabled persons

    The Nova Icària beach possesses an area for disabled persons with a bathing assistance service. This service is available to disabled persons or people with reduced mobility and consists of assisting them to get in and out of the water and supervising their bathing time, using an amphibian bathing chair if necessary.

    This area for the disabled is equipped with wooden walkways across the sand to the shore, an adapted changing room, a sit-down shower and lift. All of this equipment makes it possible for those who need assistance to reach the water easily with the help of volunteers who help the users and their companions to lift them from their wheelchairs into the amphibian chair and, if necessary, use the lift to do so. Thus the volunteers provide assistance to approach, enter and exit the water and also to accompany users whilst bathing.

    This service is available every weekend and bank holiday during the months of June and the second fortnight of September and every day during the months of July and August and the first week in September, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

    Bogatell Beach

    Bogatell is approximately 600 metres long and is one of the beaches that was revitalised when the Barcelona seafront was restored during the 1990s. The Bogatell beach is one of the most appreciated by Barcelona coastal visitors, among other reasons, due to its safety.

    The average age of the people frequenting Bogatell is the highest (between 37 and 38 years of age), and almost 30% of the users live outside Barcelona. Bogatell can be reached easily by bicycle as it is bordered by a cycle track.

    In terms of recreational equipment, there is a ping-pong table beside the Bogatell breakwater and another one, plus a volleyball court at the other end of the beach, beside the Mar Bella breakwater.

    Mar Bella Beach

    Mar Bella beach is approximately 500 metres long, is located to the East of the Barcelona coastline, and is one of the beaches that came into existence after the urban redevelopment of the coastal area as part of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games preparations.

    Users are mainly young people and a significant portion are residents in the Sant Martí district, under whose constituency this beach falls. The Mar Bella beach's public is loyal and numerous, returning every week to this beach which is easily accessible by bicycle, since it is bordered by a cycle track.

    The Mar Bella beach has a designated nudist beach area. Next to the Bac de Roda breakwater there is a children's play area and a volleyball court. It is on this breakwater where the Beach Library is set up in July and August.

    Other recreational facilities include a basketball net, a skating area, a ping-pong table located on the upper part of the Seafront Walkway, next to the Mar Bella sports centre.

    At the Western end of the beach, there is a nautical base where all sea-related activities are performed.

    Nova Mar Bella Beach

    Nova Mar Bella Beach is approximately 500 metres long and, together with Mar Bella, it forms part of the beaches that were created when the Barcelona seafront was restored. It is, therefore, again a result of urban redevelopment as part of the 1992 Olympic Games.

    This is the women's favourite beach, with women guests exceeding 60% of total users. Nova Mar Bella is also one of the beaches most frequently visited by people living outside Barcelona. The average age is a relatively young crowd, including mainly residents of Sant Martí, the district this beach is located in. This beach is best known for its peacefulness. Its users usually come back week after week.

    Area for disabled persons

    The Nova Mar Bella beach possesses an area for disabled persons. This equipment is available to disabled persons or people with reduced mobility and consists of assisting them to get in and out of the water and supervising their bathing time, using an amphibian bathing chair if necessary.

    This area for the disabled is equipped with wooden walkways across the sand to the shore. All of this equipment makes it possible for those who need assistance to reach the water easily with the help of volunteers who help the users and their companions to lift them from their wheelchairs into the amphibian chair and, if necessary, use the lift to do so.

    To make use of this equipment, please apply at the beach information centre, supplying proof of the adult age of the person making the application.

    This service is available every weekend and bank holiday during the months of June and the second fortnight of September and every day during the months of July and August and the first week in September, from 11 am to 6 pm.

    Llevant Beach

    This is the last of the beaches on the Barcelona coastline. It is situated alongside the Mar Bella beach and was opened to the city in the summer of 2006. Its length is approximately 380 metres.

    The Llevant beach was created when the Prim jetty was removed and the platform for the future marine zoo was built. It is fully equipped with the basic services and equipment for users to spend a great day at the beach.

    More Information

    For more essential information about Barcelona visit the following sites, which we have reviewed and have assessed as authorative, useful information portals that will assist those planning a visit to Barcelona:

    City of Barcelona - The official Web site of the city, owned and operated by the Barcelona City Council

    Barcelona Tourism - The official tourism Web site operated by the Barcelona City Council

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