"A creative, modern and cosmopolitan city"
Barcelona, the capital of the region of Catalonia
in Spain, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, a highly dynamic south-European and Mediterranean city with a unique mix of contemporary and historic architecture. Barcelona
is a creative, modern and cosmopolitan city, which has put innovation, technological and scientific development and digital and quality services the heart its identity, while preserving an important historical, cultural, architectural and monumental legacy.
Barcelona offers a vast array of attractions including
a city centre which retains its medieval street plan, dozens of museums and raft of buildings designed by the most important modern architects in the world.
One of the highlights of Barcelona is the legacy of famous architect Antoni Gaudí. La Sagrada Familia church is his most emblematic work and the most popular attraction in Barcelona with nearly 2.8 million visitors each year.
And we cannot forget the city’s port, one of the busiest in the Mediterranean,the four-plus 4 kilometres of beaches that can be reached by public transport.
Travelling to the congress venue
Barcelona's airport El Prat (code BCN) has 2 terminals. Terminal 2 is located 12 km. south of Barcelona and Terminal 1 is a further 4 kilometers.
Aerobus (http://www.aerobusbcn.com/en/) is the official shuttle bus service that connects Barcelona airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city Center. It takes approximately 25 minute to reach Plaça Espanya, the firt stop and the one closest to the venue. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes. From EUR 5.90
By taxi it is approximately 20 minutes to Plaça Espanya and costing around EUR 40. However traffic can be dense and it might take considerably longer to reach your destination. Please note that not all taxis accept credit cards and Uber does not operate in Spain
There are several direct public transport options to reach the congress venue. Please visit the following websites:
Bus and metro: TMB link
Tram: Tram link
Trains: FGC link
The nearest metro station to the congress venue, is ESPANYA Line 1 (red), Line 3 (green), Line 8 (pink).
Barcelona Travel Card Hola BCN! 2, 3, 4 or 5-day Barcelona travel card with unlimited journeys on Barcelona’s public transport network over consecutive days. It also includes metro journeys between the airport and city centre.
All our participants will obtain a 30% discount in RENFE (Spanish railway system). Discount voucher and information will be send by e mail once your registration
Travelling to the congress venue from Col·legi Mayor Sant Jordi Student Halls of Residence
We recommend that you take the V7 bus from the “Pg Sant Joan Bosco - Prat de la Riba” stop (just a 6 min walk from the residency). Ride the V7 bus just 6 stops and get off at the “Tarragona – Pl Espanya” stop. It’s then about an 8 min walk to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Depending on the time of day the journey should take no more than 30 mins and the V7 bus runs about every 7 mins.
Getting to the Col·legi Mayor Sant Jordi Student Halls of Residence from the airport
There are several ways to get to the halls or residence from the airport, the quickest being to take the A1 airport bus from Terminal 1, or the A2 airport bus from Terminal 2, ride 20 mins and get off at the Plaza Espanya stop. Walk for about 4 mins to get bus V7 from the “Tarragona – Pl. Espanya” stop and ride 6 stops (about 13 mins) to the “Av Sarrià” stop. Then walk about 5 mins to the Halls of Residence. Total journey time is approx. 50 mins
Summer (July and August) is generally hot and humid.
The two languages spoken in Barcelona are Spanish
and Catalan. Catalan is widely spoken, however both languages are spoken interchangeably. Barcelona is
a cosmopolitan European city with millions of visitors each year, so you should not have any problem.
Electricity supply is 220 volts throughout Spain with
2-pin wall sockets. For any European country that has 240 volts, UK or Ireland, most electrical equipment will be ok. For the US where the electricity is 110 volts,
a transformer would be required to step down the voltage.
Certain countries will need an adapter to convert
the standard socket into a 2-pin socket.
You can drink tap water safely, although it is much preferred to drink bottled water. Bottled mineral water can be purchased cheaply.
To call Barcelona from a outside Spain you need to dial + 34 for Spain and then the telephone number consisting of nine numbers.
Barcelona uses the Euro as its currency as do most European countries.
Most of the shops and shopping centres are open from 10.00 h (10am) to 20.30 h (8.30pm) or 21.30 (9.30 pm). Traditional shops open from 10.00 h (10am) to 14.00 h (2pm) and from 17.00 h (5.00pm) to 20.30 h (8.30 pm).
Monday to Friday from 08.15-08.30 h (08.15-08.30am) to 14.00 h (2pm). You will find 24-hour ATMs in all bank branches.
How to pay: cash or credit card.
By law you must carry identification with you at all times in Spain. This can be your passport, ID card or driver's license. We recommend you carry a photocopy, not the original document, in order to avoid problems with loss or theft.