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Travel to Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain 

Welcome to Barcelona
Barcelona was founded over two thousand years ago on the Mediterranean coast and is located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, and has a rich history. You can follow the traces of this history throughout the city: through 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 Antoni Gaudi's dazzling architecture. All these traits have made Barcelona a first-class tourist destination, and the ideal place for meetings and congresses. In just over two decades, the city has completely transformed its infrastructures and facilities showing a dynamic and pioneering spirit. This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for - outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches.

Ciutat Vella "Old City"
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 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. Visitors can begin exploring the old quarter that comprises a walk through 2,000 years of living history. The core centre of town, provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. 

For more details visit Barcelona Tourism Guide

Barcelona enjoys a mild climate, with average annual temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius (62 Fahrenheit) 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 either of these sites:

Barcelona Airport Transport and Transfer To The City Centre

Public Transit


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 Grenoble.

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 April 15-May 15, 2013.

Important Dates

Abstracts Due
24 October 2016

Acceptance Notification
3 January 2017

Manuscripts Due
10 April 2017

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