Barcelona Money matters| Barcelona Money | Money Barcelona | What money do they use
Prior to January 1st 2002 the currency was the Spanish Peseta (Pta). Notes were in
denominations of Pta10,000, 5000, 2000 and 1000. Coins are Pta500, 200, 100, 50,
25, 10, 5 and 1 but since January 1st 2002 Spain including Barcelona joined the European
Single Currency called the Euro along with 11 other member states.
Euro Note denominations, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500
Many retailers in some of the European countries have already stopped using the 1
and 2 cent coins and round up or down the price to avoid having to use them, Some
have a little plate beside the till where you can take a penny from or put a penny
on it. Eg- Euro 501 , You put the 1 cent coin on the plate and the Euro 5 goes in
the cash register.
All around the city you will find foreign exchange booths and shops , all currencies
can be exchanged here but watch out for the rates offered. For a better rate of
exchange head for a bank or to Thomas Cook's, American Express at Rosellon 259 or
Ultramar Express, who have several outlets throughout the city; the most convenient
is at La Rambla also most hotels and travel agents offer currency exchange services
but again the rates are never the best.
Personally I never did see much point in these nowadays not with ATM"S and I always
found them trouble to cash as my signatures never matched but for people with a regular
signature maybe they could be an alternative, but to what I am not sure. But if
you insist on taking the along you can cash Travellers cheques at banks and casa's
de cambio around the city, make sure you bring I.D with you.
Banks open 0830-1400 Monday to Friday.
Banks offering favorable exchange rates include Central Hispano. as well as Banco
Credit and debit cards:
Credit cards are generally accepted at hotels, restaurants, shops and by many services
throughout Barcelona. However, cash the easiest way to travel , no wads of cash to
loose, no messy travellers cheques and when you require cash most banks have an
ATM, which accept international credit or debit cards and if the worst happens and
you loose it, you just cancel it.
Below we have added a currency convertor so you can do al your conversions.