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Hotel Alimara
Barcelona, Spain
8 - 10 May 2017
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Welcome to Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain 

Mediterranean Metropolis

Barcelona was founded over two thousand years ago on the Mediterranean coast. Since then it has been the traditional gateway to Spain through which a number of cultures have entered to enrich the city. You can follow the traces of this history as you walk through the city: the Gothic Quarter, built over the roman ruins, through the Eixample district with its Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings which is a showcase for Gaudi’s dazzling architecture. 

All these traits have made a first-class tourist destination, and the ideal place for meetings and congresses. This open, welcoming city shed its skin and opened to the sea to host the 1992 Olympic Games. It completed its seafront with the new Forum zone, the site of some of Europe’s largest hotel and congress facilities. It is located in the heart of an area dedicated to talent and innovation. In just over two decades, Barcelona has completely transformed its infrastructures and facilities showing a dynamic and pioneering spirit, which is perfectly visible in its new urban and architectural layout. The city combines the gentleness of the Mediterranean shores with the drive and capacity for innovation of a young society. 

Ciutat Vella

The old heart of the city keeps beating, and running down the center of the area is the boulevard known as La Rambla. Built on the Roman city of Barcino, this medieval nucleus - Ciutat Vella - has taken on a new lease of life: palaces and Gothic churches have been restored and the neighbourhood has been reborn as a residential area.

For more details visit Barcelona Tourism Guide


Barcelona weather from May to July is the most ideal as it is summertime, with warm days and sunny clear skies. Barcelona enjoys a mild climate, with average annual temperatures of 17C degrees and sunshine practically all year round. The sea brings cooling breezes and a certain level of humidity. Rainfall is moderate, even during the rainy period of the year, and it seldom snows. The lowest temperatures tend to be mild, with the occasional exception.


Airport Information
Getting to Barcelona is easy. A total of 94 scheduled airlines service the location, including low-cost carriers such as Vueling and Spainair Easyjet, Ryanair, and others. For more detailed information, visit the Barcelona Airport website.

Barcelona Airport Transport and Transfer To The City Centre

Public Transit


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Car Rental
Call the Hertz International Reservation Center at 1-800-654-3001 in the USA or your local Hertz Reservations Center to receive a special discount for SPIE. Reservations may also be placed on-line at www.hertz.com. You will receive 15% off qualifying Affordable rates at participating locations in Spain.

Be sure to identify yourself as a SPIE attendee. The PC#137480 must be on your advance reservation to receive this special offer. You must present this coupon at the time of rental in order to receive this discount.  

This special offer is available for rentals from May 1-31 2017.

Important Dates

Abstracts Due
24 October 2016

Acceptance Notification
3 January 2017

Manuscripts Due
10 April 2017

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