About the 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.
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Getting to Barcelona
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 kilometres. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports such as Girona, Reus and Lleida-Alguaire.
Aerobus is the direct bus from Barcelona airport has two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) to the city centre. It is approximately a 25 minute trip to Plaça de Catalunya costing EUR 5.90 (roundtrip ticket EUR 10.20).
Bus 46 is approximately a 40 minute trip to Plaça de Catalunya and will cost you EUR 4.
By taxi it is approximately 25 minutes to Plaça de Catalunya and costing around EUR 40. However traffic can be dense and it might take considerably longer to reach your destination. Please note that all taxis accept credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) and Uber does not operate in Spain.
Metro: L9 line connects the congress venue with the airport (Terminals 1 and 2). The trip takes approximately 25 minutes and a ticket will cost you EUR 4.50.
Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities and the high-speed train (AVE) runs to Madrid and several other places around Spain. The city’s major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can get to Barcelona and anywhere else by train without difficulty. The central railway station is Barcelona Sants.
Barcelona is well connected and has a large number of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city although it’s worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points during rush hour.
The main bus station in Barcelona is Barcelona Nord , with national and international connections, although buses also depart from other areas of the city.
Barcelona has become the Mediterranean’s foremost cruise-ship harbour. It has nine passenger terminals, seven for cruise liners and four for ferries. There areconnections with the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean harbours.
Travelling to the Congress Venue
There are several direct public transport options to reach the congress venue. Please visit the following websites:
Bus and metro: https://www.tmb.cat/en
You can also buy an in-one travel card from the automating vending machines at any metro station (T10 one zone). This is a multi-person transport ticket allowing 10 journeys to be made on all operators in the Integrated Fare System (valid for metro, tram, bus and FGC trains).
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.
Taxis are black and yellow and can be found all over the city. Taxis operate with a taximeter.
The weather is pleasant most of the year. However, the best weather is from May to the end of June making these months particularly attractive for a visit to the city. September is also a good month. Summer (July and August) is generally hot and humid. The weather in October and November is still pleasant but starting to get a little cooler (21°C and 15°C, 69F to 59F). From November to February the temperatures are cooler, averaging around 12°C or 53F. It doesn't tend to rain a lot here in winter so even though it may be cooler, you'll have some sunny days too. But do be prepared for some overcast and rainy days.
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).
Banks: 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.