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Practical advice

Service and tipping

In 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.


The electric current of 220 V. and 50 Hz is the most common one, although you can still find 125 V in a few very old houses. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Spain are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug 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 Via Laietana, 1. It is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday until 14h. You can buy stamps, send parcels and telegrams, and there is also a phone and fax service.