Etiquette

Barcelona is fairly relaxed when it comes to etiquette. A few basics to remember:

  • Greetings Catalans, like other Spaniards, usually greet friends and strangers alike with a kiss on both cheeks, although two males rarely do this. Foreigners may be excused.
  • Eating and drinking Waiters won't expect you to thank them every time they bring you something, but in more casual restaurants and bars they will expect you to keep your cutlery between courses.
  • Visiting churches It is considered disrespectful to visit churches as a tourist during Mass and other worship services. Taking photos at such times is a definite no-no.
  • Escalators Always stand on the right to let people pass, especially when using the metro.