Useful Information about Barcelona, Capital of Catalonia
Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean coast, is the capital of Catalonia. And it lies on a plain that stretches between two mountains, Tibidabo and Montjuïc, and two rivers, the Besos and the Llobregat. It is the second-largest city in Spain in terms of inhabitants behind the Spanish capital, Madrid.
It is the busiest cruise liner port in the Mediterranean and lies 5th in the world rankings, behind the Caribbean ports. In terms of commercial shipping, it is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.
Barcelona is Safety Tips
Pickpockets, never keep your wallet, cash or important documents in trouser pockets or in bag pockets: a money belt is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent being robbed.
Scams are incredibly common in very touristy areas. Remember that you should never speak with someone you don’t know who walks up to you in a crowded area, if they don’t have time to speak with you, you can’t be tricked.
Choose an ATM in a quiet area to avoid being targeted. Barcelona is particularly well-equipped with ATMs, many offer a wide range of services (withdrawals, transfers, mobile credit recharges, ticketing, etc.) and accept credit cards of various banks.
If you need to report a crime (for example, to claim on travel insurance), be prepared officers may not speak English, despite that fact the official theft report form is in both English and Spanish. The police station most often used to report theft is the one underneath Plaça Catalunya beside metro station, they have got translators for English, French, etc.