Barcelona, the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, is the largest city located on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. It has a rich cultural heritage, with its Roman history and its Modernist architecture, and a relaxed atmosphere.
We recommend you to add a few days to your stay, to stroll through the Gothic Quarter with its labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares and churches, to admire some of the highlights of the Modernist architecture (Parc Güell, Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, la Pedrera...), to take a dive in the Mediterranean sea or eat fish with your hands in one of the many seaside restaurants, to take a day trip to the natural park of Montserrat, to taste Spanish "jamón" and other delicacies, perhaps even visit Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona, and of course to enjoy Barcelona´s vibrant night life.
Check the tourist information about Barcelona to see the cultural agenda, many tips for places to go, shop, eat and sleep.
The average day temperature is about 29 degrees Celsius in July. Chances of rain are relatively low.
Lunch and dinner time
Please note that lunch and dinner tend to be taken later than in other European countries. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm for lunch, and from 8pm until 11pm for dinner. Do as the locals do and take a little "almuerzo" to survive until lunch and a "merienda" to survive until dinner time. Shops in the city center have long opening hours, usually from 10am to at least 8 or 8.30pm.
In Barcelona during the conference ...
Exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB): "Big Bang Data". An exhibition of the explosion of data in our lives, with beautiful data visualizations. Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 8 pm.