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Practical advice


The electric current of 220 V and 50 Hz is the most common one, although you can still find 125 V in old houses. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the European Standard, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug it in.


You can buy stamps in the post offices and tobacco shops (Estanco). lf you wish to send a parcel, you will need to go to a post office. Mailboxes are distributed around the whole city, and you will recognize them by their yellow (ordinary mail) or red (express mail) colour.

Barcelona’s main post office is in Pl. Antonio Lopez (at the bottom of Via Laietana). It is open from 8:30am to 9:30pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8:30am to 2pm on Saturdays. You can buy stamps, send parcels, telegrams and money, and there is also a phone and fax service.

Service and tipping

At restaurants, the price of the menu must include any extra service. Only when the menu says “IVA no incluído”, the VAT will be added to the bill afterwards. Although tips are not obligatory, people usually leave around 5-10% of the bill if they have been satisfied with the service.