Times in Barcelona are not much different from those in the rest of Spain, but since it is a top tourist destination, you can expect to find shops and services with more extended schedules than in smaller towns.
A regular working day in Barcelona starts around 8:30 a.m. and takes until 7:00 p.m. with a one or one and a half break at midday. Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. and then reopen around 4:00 p.m. until 20:00 or 20:30. Shopping malls are an exception to these times, they open and close later (usually between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.) and do not close at midday. They also remain open on Sundays when all other shops and also department stores are closed.
As in all Spain the midday break is holy among Barcelonans who usually have lunch between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Anyway you can find restaurants that serve meals before this time. The late lunch is explained by the fact that citizens usually take breakfast around 9:30 a.m. and dinner might be served from 9:00 p.m. to around 11:30 p.m.
Most of the restaurants follow these schedules, but there are some that serve meals all day long. Pubs and bars are another good option for a light snack and they are open from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. If you want to continue your night after the pub, nightclubs remain open until 5:30 a.m. As per cinemas, they usually offer sessions between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on working days, and during the weekends they add earlier and midnight sessions. Theaters present one performance at around 9:00 p.m. and in some cases they have performances on Saturdays and Sundays. However, theatres have different criteria, so it is advisable to check schedules before buying the tickets.
Besides national Spanish holidays (New Year, Epiphany, Good Friday, Labour Day, Columbus Day, All Saint´s Day, Constitution Day, The Immaculate Conception and Christmas), Barcelona celebrates Easter Monday, Pentecost (May 24th) and La Merc (September 24th). During these days, public offices, banks and many shops are closed.
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