Benvinguts a Barcelona!
Welcome to Barcelona!
Mediterranean, Modernist, Cosmopolitan and Innovative are just a few words which give insight into what Barcelona is all about. Well known for its culture, language, art, gastronomy, and with numerous shops, cafes and museums, it is easy to agree that Barcelona is the heart of the culture in Spain. Since the emergence of Barcelona as a major European city after the 1992 Olympic Games, it has become a centre of businesses, culture and science. Situated on the north-east coast of Spain and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia, one of the 17 Autonomous Communities that make up Spain.
Barcelona with its beautiful beaches and its spectacular marina is full of Mediterranean history, tradition and cultural influences. It is an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudi (Sagrada Familia Church, La Pedrera, Casa Mila...) and his professor Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Liceo Theatre, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau...) that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as art of Miró and Picasso. Barcelona is a city where you can stroll through picturesque antic streets to a great variety of public parks and gardens as the Parque Güell (Gaudi), the Parc de Montjuic or the Forum area, where the venue of the EACTA Congress is located.
Fabulous architecture, brilliant Spanish cuisine, flamboyant culture and wonderful weather combined make Barcelona a truly magnificent city. Many believe that with its beautiful surroundings and similar weather, Barcelona is the perfect place for creative and innovative thinking. With its vibrant nightlife, friendly atmosphere and miles of opportunity, Barcelona is the perfect place for the next EACTA Annual Congress.
For details on Barcelona, to visit the official website of the tourism office of Barcelona is recommended: www.barcelonaturisme.com
TRAVEL TO BARCELONA
El Prat airport is located 13 kilometres South East from Barcelona and 20 kilometres from the Congress Centre (CCIB).
The train service between the airport and the city centre (Paseo de Gracia) runs from 6:00 to 22:30 (direction Barcelona) and from 5:20 to 22:50 (airport direction). There is one train every 30 minutes and the travel time is 25 minutes.
Approximate cost: €2.40.
From the Paseo de Gracia station it is easy to connect with the yellow line (line 4) of the metro until the closest station to the CCIB: Maresme-Forum. Tel: 0034 902 240 202.
Express bus (Aerobús)
The bus service between the airport and the city centre (Plaza Cataluña) runs from 6:00 to 1:00 on working days and from 6:30 to 1:00 during the weekends (Barcelona direction), and from 5:30 to 00:15 on working days and from 6:00 to 00:30 during the weekends (airport direction). There is one bus every 8 minutes and the travel time is 30 minutes.
Approximate cost: €3.60.
Next to Plaza Cataluña, you can take the yellow line (line 4) of the metro at the Urquinaona station. The closest station to the CCIB is Maresme-Forum. Tel. 0034 906 427 017.
The journey to the CCIB takes about 20 minutes. Fees change according to the time of day.
Nightime fees: working days from 21:00 to 7:00 and weekends and bank holidays from 00:00 to 24:00. Daytime fees: from 7:00 to 21:00.
Cost: approx €25. There is an additional cost for entry /exit from the airport and for carrying luggage.
The C-31 motorway connects the airport with Barcelona. The easiest way to get into the city is by the Gran Via or Avenida Diagonal, which are the most direct accesses to the city centre, or by Ronda de Dalt and Ronda del Litoral, which are the city ringroads.
The most direct way to reach the CCIB is by the Ronda Litoral -exit 24. It takes about 30 minutes depending on the traffic.
If you are going to the CCIB from the city centre by car, the best option is to take the Avenida Diagonal until the end.