In the metropolitan area of Barcelona live about four and a half million people. Its situation is especially privileged: bathed by the sea and very well connected with the rest of European countries. The Mediterranean and Europe define the character of the capital of Catalonia.
It is a modern and cosmopolitan city, although heir to many centuries of history. The geographical location and the open nature of the people are the reason why Barcelona lives a continuous cultural enrichment. It has a valuable architectural and monumental heritage that has in Gothic and Modernism two moments of special splendor. It has nine buildings declared World Heritage. All this allows visitors to enjoy walking through the streets of a city full of charm.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city; It has more than four kilometers of urban beaches and important forest areas nearby. Despite being large, it is easy to get around inside with public transport and on foot.
Health and safety
Check information about travelling to Spain to know more about requirements depending on your country of origin. You can also consult other practical information about protocols for COVID-19 when travelling to Catalonia. For COVID-19 test appointments, you can request it online here.
It is the responsibility of each participant to have insurance to cover expenses in case of accidents or illness. The organizers will in no case cover the cost of insurance or any costs associated with these eventualities. For medical services, Hospital Clínic is a public hospital close to the venue, and Hospital Quirón is a private hospital. Public hospitals in Barcelona are of high quality.
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RECINTE MODERNISTA SANT PAU VISIT
A city within the city. Sant Pau is the world’s largest Art Nouveau complex, as well as being the most important work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau.
Declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its singularity and artistic beauty, the Art Nouveau Site comprises an architectural complex of 12 pavilions set in green space and interconnected by a kilometre of underground galleries.
What does the visit include?
The visit begins in the hypostyle hall, or hall of columns, originally home to the Hospital’s emergency service. A series of the tunnels leads to the Sant Salvador Pavilion, the first building to be brought into operation in 1916. Here, you’ll learn about the history of the old Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and discover the work and career of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The visit continues to the gardens. As you walk among the plants and flowers, you’ll discover how nature was a source of inspiration for the Art Nouveau and played a vital role in helping patients to recover.
What was life like in this former hospital in the nineteen-twenties? What kind of medicine was practised in Barcelona? You’ll find out when you visit the Operations House and the Sant Rafael Pavilion, with a historical recreation and the exhibition Patient and Doctor, from Narration to Objectivity.
The tour ends in the Administration Pavilion, the most outstanding building on the site. You’ll be amazed by the various heritage spaces, full of light, colour, mosaics, sculptures and a wealth of decorative detail.
WHAT TO VISIT...
You will always find something to do in Barcelona. The city has over 50 museums, showcasing permanent collections of works by artists such as Picasso, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies, although most museums stage temporary exhibitions. Barcelona has museums devoted to art, science, sport, history, archaeology and many other fields. Be sure not to miss some of the most interesting, such as the Museu Picasso, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Fundació Joan Miró and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. They stand out not only for their incomparable works of art, but for their spectacular architectures. At Catalonia's National Gallery you can see one of the world's most important collections of Romanesque art. There are famous collections of contemporary art housed in museums such as the MACBA and CaixaForum. If you want to gain a better insight into the history of Barcelona, you can visit the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat located inside the Roman wall. You can also take a look at the many art galleries dotted around the city. The city is also a showcase for the best of the country's theatrical talent.
Barcelona is also renowned for its wide variety of musical events, which includes all the genres, and has three major venues: the Gran Teatre del Liceu, devoted to opera, the Palau de la Música, a modernist marvel, and L'Auditori, the concert hall designed by Rafael Moneo.
Barcelona is a box of surprises which will keep you entertained with countless cultural and recreational activities. Barcelona is an open-air museum. You can visit it by bus, bicycle or on foot, and enjoy its bustling streets. There are many ways to discover the city and a whole host of things to do, for those interested in culture, for those in search of entertainment or for those thinking about where to do some shopping.
Around the city
To move around the city, we recommend that you use public transport and alternative means such as cycling. There is nothing better to know the city than to walk through its streets. If you come by car, it is preferable that you leave it in a car park and enjoy your visit by taking the bus, the metro or the taxi. The headquarters hotel is on Avenida Diagonal where you will find Bus and Metro connections.
Barcelona currently has 8 metro lines, covering a total of 86.6 km through 150 stations.
Barcelona has a fleet of more than 1000 buses that cover more than 80 lines to reach any area of the city.
Barcelona has a fleet of eleven thousand taxis, easily identifiable by the yellow and black colors.