Barcelona is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. The opening to the sea, since the Olympic games, has only given flair to this already beautiful city with its mild Mediterranean climate, its unique architecture, and great lifestyle.
For more information about Barcelona, please visit www.barcelonaturisme.com
Banks and ATM
Banks are usually open from 09:00 – 14:00 (Monday-Friday) – closed during the weekends.
There will be ATMs (Automatic Teller Machine) in the CCIB or at the nearby shopping mall and all over the city of Barcelona. At the airport and main station and along the main streets you find currency exchange offices as well.
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques
Although Barcelona (like the rest of Spain) is basically catholic, all religions are allowed and practiced by many citizens. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services or nearby churches.
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with short cool winters and hot summers. The location of the city next to the sea increases the humidity level. Generally, it rains with more intensity during spring and autumn. In September and October, thunderstorms are very frequent.
Normally, during the month of October the temperatures are very nice during the day but decrease radically at night.
Credit Cards and Cheques
All major credit cards, including Eurocard, Diners, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most of the establishments as restaurants, hotels and shopping-centres and stores.
Travel checks can be cashed in most of the banks and exchange offices.
When paying by credit card for your shopping, you will be asked to show identification. Please have your ID card or passport with you all the time, otherwise they may refuse to accept your credit card as payment.
Currency and Exchange Bureaus
The official currency in Spain is Euro (EUR). You can exchange your currency without any limits for total amount at all banks as well as many exchange offices in Barcelona. When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID card. If you don’t have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.
The power supply in Spain is 220/240 V. Most electric outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor for the two-pin sockets in use in Spain.
The conference fee does not include insurance. All participants should arrange for their own insurance. Health and accident insurance is recommended and has to be purchased in your country of origin.
There are many different museums in Barcelona. For prices and opening hours please refer to the hotel reception or any tourist information. Museums and exhibitions are usually closed on Mondays.
Restaurants & Nightlife
One of the main characteristics of Barcelona is its night life. The good weather contributes to sitting at the terraces of coffee-shops, bars and restaurants opened until very late.
Downtown restaurants are normally open for lunch from 11:00 to 15:00 and for dinner from 19:30 to 23:00. Cafes and breakfast bars may open already at 08.00 or some even earlier.
There is a great number of “Tapas-bars” where you can enjoy a drink and small “tapa” or “pincho” to eat any time of the day.
Fast food, kebab and take-away-pizza stalls usually serve food all day long, and some of them stay open till midnight. Bars, night clubs and discotheques are usually open from 22:00 – 04:00 (some even longer).
Barcelona is an ideal destination to shop for a wide variety of items catering to everybody’s tastes and wishes. Opening hours of midtown shops are 09:00 to 20:30 (Monday-Saturday). Big shopping malls are open until 21:30. On Sundays small shops are generally closed. Some malls are open 7 days a week.
Pay phones are available at the Congress venue, both for local and long distance calls. Public phones in Barcelona operate by using phone cards which can be purchased at kiosks and newspaper shops.
Barcelona is 6 hours ahead of US - Eastern Standard Time, and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
EU citizens must either present a passport or ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Spain for tourist visits. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa.
PLEASE CHECK THE CURRENT VISA REQUIREMENTS WITH THE NEAREST SPANISH CONSULATE/EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE TO BARCELONA.
All congress participants with a pre-paid registration fee can obtain a visa invitation letter for the congress. Visa invitation letters which have to be signed and stamped by ECCO must be requested from the congress registration office no later than January 2, 2017!