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Barcelona  Money


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


Euro Coin denominations  1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cents, 1 euro.


View Euro Coins here


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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.


Currency exchange:


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.


Travellers cheques:


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 Central.


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.


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