GETTING TO BARCELONA
Barcelona International Airport BCN, just 12 km from the centre of the city, offers scheduled flights from major European cities, the USA and the rest of the world.
The vibrant city of Barcelona has many accommodation options of hotels and B&Bs. It is advisable to book accommodation early as summer is a popular time for visitors. When looking for nearby accommodations, CaixaForum is located next to Plaza España.
A few suggestions...
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel - a five minute walk from CaixaForum and rated Excellent by TripAdvisor
Enjoy our group rate of €200 single / €225 double at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel. To make a reservation send an email to Ms Neus Artiga at email@example.com and mention Dreaming the Future Conference.
Hostal Sans - a hotel with super resonable prices
Ayre Hotel Gran Vía - a five minute walk from CaixaForum
Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center - a five minute walk from CaixaForum
PASSPORTS and VISAS
Passport Requirements: All visitors must have a valid passport that will be valid for 6 months beyond the length of your visit and a round-trip airline ticket. It's a good idea to also bring a photocopy of your passport in case the original one gets lost.
If you need a passport, for US Citizens, NEW passport, or RENEW.
Proof of Departure: Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.
Visa: For citizens of the US, EU, and Canada a visa is not required; a Tourist Card (FMT form) will be issued free of charge by airlines or upon arrival. For citizens of other countries check with your embassy or with TRAVISA.
Barcelona averages for June/July
Fahrenheit: HIGH 77-83 / LOW 63-68 · · · Celsius: HIGH 25-28 / LOW 17-20
The currency in Spain is the euro. ATM cash machines are easily accessible at local banks and credit/debit cards are generally accepted.
The official language in Barcelona is Catalan although most everyone speaks Castilian Spanish (Barcelona is the capital city of the Catalonian region). As Barcelona is a popular tourist destination English is also widely understood.
Barcelona is on Central European Time (CET) or UTC +1. It is 1 hour ahead of the UK, 6 hours ahead of New York and 9 hours ahead of California.
Voltage is 220V, 50 Hz (cycles). One needs to use a transformer (converter) if the appliance one wants to use is 110V. The voltage in the U.S. is 110V, 60 Hz. The wattage of the transformer must match the wattage of the appliance.
Tipping is a pretty relaxed affair in Spain, and people tend to round up to the nearest euro in a bar, café or taxi, and leave just a few euros in all but the smartest restaurants.