7th International Conference on Unsolved Problems on Noise
Barcelona, Casa Convalescència, Spain, July 13-17 2015
Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the second largest city in the country, with a population of 1,620,943 within its administrative limits. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 metres (1,680 ft)). Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona is a transport hub with one of Europe's principal seaports, an international airport which handles above 35 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network and a high-speed rail line with a planned link to France and the rest of Europe.
The Barri Gòtic (Catalan for "Gothic Quarter") is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.
Catalan modernist architecture (related to the movement known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona. Several of these buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, and is still financed by private donations. Completion is planned for 2026.
Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first (and as of 2014, only) time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect.
Barcelona public transport.
The options for your city travel include metro, bus, and tram. Each has its own benefits and are a very inexpensive way to see the city. TMB is the transportation company and their website provides route information that allows you to search by zipcodes, from where you are starting or where you want to go.
Metro tram and bus tickets. You can buy tickets for individual journeys for the metro at €2.15 per ticket. But if you are here for more than one day or intend taking more than 5 journeys on the metro or buses it's best to buy the T10 ticket card.
T10 ticket card will entitle you to 10 journeys on the metro, bus or tram. The cost of T10 is €10.30 and will save you the trouble of buying individual tickets for each journey as well as saving you money.
Another option is the Barcelona Card, that gives you free unlimited transport but it also entitles you to discounts on the entrance fees to attractions, shows, restaurants and souvenir shopping etc as well. The cost of the Barcelona Card is €34.00 (2-days), €44.00 (3-days), €52.00 (4-days), €58.00 (5-days).