The common areas are clean and elegant, and there is a leafy terrace. W inter can throw up some azure skies and improbably warm days, while summer — though humid — is not as blisteringly hot as other Spanish cities. Spring and autumn are the safest periods, perhaps, weatherwise, though they are the most prone to sudden showers, particularly around October and November. The period from late-July to early-September is a strange one — most locals with the means to leave town do, which makes for a quiet, traffic-free experience but it also means that most restaurants are closed and cultural events are thin on the ground.
The busiest period is Easter, when prices of flights and hotels are correspondingly high. Drivers are required to keep a fluorescent gilet inside the car, to be worn if they break down or have an accident on a busy road and need to get out of the car they come as standard with hire-cars.
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Glasses or contact lens wearers are legally required to keep a spare pair in the car though this is rarely enforced. T he Spanish can seem very abrupt, and use 'please' and 'thank you' minimally. There is little sense of personal space here, but that can mean that, for example, people will greet and say goodbye to strangers when they enter or leave a lift. You can buy it at any of the participating venues. There are area codes 93 for Barcelona but they must always be included, even from within the Barcelona area.
After stints living in Seville and Madrid, in Sally Davies settled in Barcelona's El Born, a stone's throw from Ciutadella Park and the Santa Caterina market, two of her favourite places anywhere.
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