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COMMUNICATIONS IN BARCELONA

National Post Office site - Correos
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POST SERVICE IN SPAIN - CORREOS

You can send a letter from anywhere in Spain. In order to do it, you need stamps, which you can buy at any tobacconist's shop or "Estanco". To send your letter, put it in a mailbox. Mailboxes are yellow, and they can be found in the street, at railway and bus stations, and at the airports. It is also possible to leave your mail at the reception desk of your hotel, if it offers that service, for the staff to take care of the mailing for you.

If you wish to send a parcel, wire money, or send a telegram, you need to go to the Post Office. Post Offices offer other services as well, such as telex and fax. Keep in mind that most hotels have fax service at your disposal too.

Central Post Office in Barcelona:
Plaça del Antonio López, 1 - See map
08002 Barcelona
Telephone: 93 486 80 50
Fax: 93 486 83 73
Metro:
Jaume I
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8.30 - 22.00
Sunday and bank holidays: 12.00 - 22.00
It has parcels and money post service.

Opening hours in other offices: Monday to Friday 8.30 - 20.30
Saturdays 9.30-13.00. No service on Sundays and Bank holidays.

Spanish Post - Correos- official web page

 


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TELEPHONE SERVICES IN SPAIN:

Landline telephones in Spain are still virtually a monopoly of the company Telefonica. Some other companies do offer service but the lines still have to be hired to Telefónica.
Mobile phones are a free market and most of the big companies stablished in Europe are present in Spain: Vodaphone, Orange, and the Telefónica owned Movistar.

In any Spanish town, and even in villages of some size there are "locutorios", communication shops with telephone and internet services. Many of them provide also money tranfer services mostly to cover the needs of the inmigrant population. These, as well as the cibercafés, are handy places to get online to check your email.

Internet connections are also available at airports, major railway and bus stations, and at some shopping centres. Generally, these services work with coins. In these places, and also in bars and restaurants there are public phones which work with coins or cards that you may buy in most press stalls, tobbaconist's and "chinese" shops.

Dialling codes:

International calls:

  • If you wish to make a phone call to Spain from abroad, dial the international access code of the country you are calling from, then 34 --Spain's country code-, and the phone number, which should have 9 digits.
  • If you wish to call abroad from Spain, dial: 00 + country code + the phone number. You can place international calls from public phones.


Inside Spain calls:

  • If you wish to make a phone call within Spain, just dial the number with no prefixes. The phone number always has 9 digits, whether it is a cell phone or a regular phone
  • If you wish to use your cell phone in Spain, you should know that our GSM technology is not compatible with other countries', such as the U.S. and Japan. If your technology and ours is compatible, then you should contact your wireless carrier to make sure you will be able to use your phone in Spain (some carriers will have to activate international service for your phone). Once those steps are taken at the country of origin, use your cellular in Spain as if you were calling from a Spanish line. That is, you will need to dial 00 + country code + phone number to make international calls.

Handy telephone services by Telefónica:

  • International calls service : 1005 or 1008 (for reverted calls, person to person, from a public phone, at a set time, etc.)
  • National call service : 1009 (for reverted calls, person to person, from a public phone, at a set time, etc.)
  • General telephone information: 11822
  • National information: 11818
  • International information: 11825
  • Local time information: 093