Barcelona is one of the world’s most beloved cities, for good reason. As the capital of the autonomous Catalonia region within the Kingdom of Spain, it’s a popular destination known for its unique architecture, fabulous food and its many world-class museums and art galleries. To get the most out of this wonderfully eclectic and sometimes chaotic city, you’ll need to know more than just what to do there, you’ll also need to know what NOT to do. Every place has its own set of quirks, customs, sensitivities and laws that visitors should be aware of. Here are a few tips on things to avoid when in Barcelona.
1. Don’t Wear Your Swim Suit in the Street
Barcelona has a pleasant Mediterranean climate year round, and is particularly warm and sunny from May through October. With 4.2 km of beach not far from the city center, it’s as much a beach town as it is a cultural mecca. However, unlike some other holiday hotspots, don’t stroll the streets in a bikini or swimming trunks, even if you’re heading to the seaside. You might be able to get away with it on the beachfront promenade, but cover-up elsewhere. It’s not just considered tasteless and inappropriate, it’s actually illegal. You can be fined €100 to €200 if you are caught walking around in skimpy beachwear – even men wandering bare-chested in shorts is a no-no.