Nestled on the coastal plain at the foot of the dramatic Collserola hills, Barcelona’s 2,000 years of rich history has been well preserved by its easily defensible position. If the city’s picturesque geographical landscape in itself is not Barcelona's main attraction, then its immaculately conserved artistic, religious and architectural treasures are. From some of the world’s greatest examples of gothic architecture in the Barcelona Cathedral, to Gaudi’s legendary creations including the Sagrada Família, to the surrealist artistic offerings of Miró and Dalí, the city is one of Europe’s most colourful and most vibrant.
Beyond the visual arts, as one of Spain’s largest port towns, Barcelona has acted as a central hub for trade and industry since its inception. The resulting Catalonian culture that has thrived in this lively city sees streets that are filled with some of the country’s finest culinary achievements – from tapas, Iberico, paella and sangria to the more modern developments in molecular gastronomy, for which the city is well known. There is respite from the city’s bustling streets in the long sandy beaches that bake beneath year-round Iberian sun, and the nearby must-see sites of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which perches atop Montserrat mountain, and the beautiful town of Sitges, a short drive down the coast.
Venue 1 | The University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona is the top public university in Catalonia regarding the amount of students, around 64,000, and course offerings, with 73 bachelor degrees, more than 150 university Master degrees and 48 doctoral programs. It holds the first position at a State level in scientific performance, which makes it the main research center in Spain and one of the most important centers in Europe. The UB is the leading higher education institution in Spain in the main international rankings, such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARW) or the QS World University Rankings. It also stands out regarding employability, a category in which is listed among the top 70 universities worldwide according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the UB has 17 awarded researchers with grants from the European Research Council. In 2016, Times Higher Education included the University of Barcelona among the top 25 universities worldwide with more than 400 years of history.
University of Barcelona (Plaça Universitat Campus)
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585 08007
By Taxi: Ask the driver to take you to Plaza Universidad / Gran Vía.
By Bus: Take the no. 63 bus from Avinguda Diagonal (outside The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza) and get off at the final stop (Placa Universidad).
Once in the Plaza Universidad (University Square) you will see the university building. Go through the large centre doors and into the main hall. Walk down the right side of the hall and go up the marble staircase to the registration desk.
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Venue 2 | The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
The NH Collection Barcelona Constanza is located in the heart of Barcelona’s business district, next to Avenida Diagonal and the L’illa shopping centre. The area is well supplied with bars and restaurants, and the city centre is easily accessible on foot or via public transport. The building itself is an avant-garde creation by the famous Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza Hotel
C/ Deu i Mata, 69-99. 08029
Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain.
From the main Sants railway station, get off and take the subway to Les Corts station. Exit the subway and turn right on Travessera de les Corts to Numancia Street and then turn left. Continue until you meet Deu i Mata Street. Turn right on Deu i Mata and keep going straight until you see the hotel.
From Barcelona El Prat Airport
Take the train towards Barcelona to Sants railway station. Get off and take the green line of the subway to Les Corts Station. Then, take the Aerobus to Plaça d’Espanya. Get off and take the green line of the subway to Les Corts station.