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Practical Guide: Drinking Water in Barcelona


The Barcelona Public Health Authority has approved the safety of the tap water for drinking, it causes no health risk. The water may be safe for drinking in Barcelona, Spain – saying the IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers) also.

Why? The water is chlorinated, so local people can drink water from the tap with no problems. However, there are some small strains of local E. coli present in the water, which may cause diarrhea to new visitors. While your body develops immunity, bottled water is recommended for the first few weeks.


# OPTION No. 1

The bottled water is very cheap to buy. You can find a large bottle 1,5 – 2-liter at a local store for around 1 euro, and in the grocery stores they are around 40 cents.  They are also large 5-liter bottles of water, which are good to keep inside the apartment, and cost around 1.50 euro. The restaurants in Barcelona only serve bottled water.  Restaurants mark up the water prices a lot, a small bottle may cost you around 1.50 euro.

# OPTION No. 2

The old stylish water pumps/fountains around for drinking water in Barcelona, which many people use to fill up water bottle containers. You can see older locals using them as well as thirsty dogs, however, not many tourists use them to fill up their bottles. If you are desperate for water, it is fine to drink the water, but be prepared that it may not be the best tasting water, (but in my opinion still better tasting than the regular tap water).

# OPTION No. 3

Boil it! It is fine to use the water for cooking, for a coffee or a tea, but as for regular water drinking to stay hydrated during the day, that’s a different story. If you are not that picky about the tasting of your drinking water, you can drink it the plain way.


Watch this story about the most famous drinking fountain of Barcelona!

So… thirsty people of Barcelona, (not depends if visitors or locals) STAY HYDRATED!  If you prefer to drink something tastier than the water check out these funny places for yummy drinks and more!

Planning a trip to Barcelona and still haven’t found a place to stay? Look no further! 

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One comment

  1. I am planning a trip to Barcelona and I was interested in hearing if the water is drinkable or not. Thank you for this!

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