One of the most striking aspects of the city is the multitude and magnitude of its visible modernist architecture. UNESCO has designated seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) as World Heritage Sites in or near Barcelona: Parc Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, Casa Batlló, and the Crypt in Colonia Güell represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture.
Also World Heritage Sites, the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (where the ISCORE ’15 will be held http://www.santpaubarcelona.org/en) are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona’s architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day.
In addiction to the impressive cityscapes and vibrant bustling streets of Barcelona, the city is also within easy reach of places for those who enjoy outdoor activities and beautiful natural landscapes. Mediterranean beaches, fishing villages and the fascinating mountains of Montserrat are all fairly easily reached by train from the city centre, and are especially scenic in the warm September sunshine. There is no doubt that this is yet another reason to visit a city that is so willing to share its hospitality, landmarks, culture and surroundings with the rest of the world.
Local information about Barcelona:
The standard current is 220 volts.
All sockets follow European standards.
Plugs are of round two-pin type.
The official currency of Spain is the Euro €.
Shops: 10:00 – 13:00 hrs; 17:00-20:30 hrs.
Department stores: 09.00-21:00 hrs.
Banks. Mon-Fri 09:00 – 14:00 hrs.
Most machines accept maestro, Mastercard.
American express, Visa, dinners club cards that belong to the payment system.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Barcelona by numerous hotels, restaurants and shops.
If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior façade of therespective business (usually on the entrance door).
Country code: +34
Calling abroad: 00+
Fire Brigade: 080
Tipping is discretionary, and usually only with hotel clerks and restaurant waiters..
Official check in time for hotels is 15:00 hr. and check out is 12:00 hr.
Nevertheless, please, check it with each hotel when arriving.