SAGT 2012 - How to reach Barcelona and UPC
Arriving at Barcelona
Arriving by plane:
Barcelona airport is situated 12 Km from the city. There are several
ways to get from the airport to the centre of Barcelona.
- TRAIN: Trains leave from the terminal T2 of the airport approximately every half an hour and goes to Sants Train Station. There you can
take the L3 (green) metro line and stop at the University area (station
Palau Reial). The train takes about 20 minutes.
The schedule can be retrieved at RENFE Rodalies Barcelona
If you arrive to terminal T1 you can take a bus to terminal T2 and then the train. However this connection will take longer than the direct connection by bus.
- BUS: The Aerob˙s leaves from the airport quite frequently. There are two lines,
line A1 and
line A2 connecting the city with terminal T1 and T2 respectively. The trip last around 35 minutes
You can stop at Plaša Espanya or
Plaša Catalunya, since from both of them you can link with the L3 (green)
line of the metro which brings you to the University area. Plaša Espanya is the first stop of the Aerobus and
the closer one to the University. Recall that the metro station which is
closer to the UPC Campus is the station Palau Reial of the L3 line.
- TAXI: The black and yellow Barcelona taxis can also be found at the
airport. They cannot carry more than four passengers. When a taxi is free, a
green light will be alight and a LIBRE or LLIURE sign will be visible. A
taxi to the Sants station will cost around 25-30 euros depending on the time.
Arriving by train:
The main train station is called 'Barcelona Sants'. Its location is centric
and is well connected by subway (Sants Estaciˇ station, on lines 3 and 5)
to any other point of the city. Some trains get to the more exclusive
station of 'Barcelona Estaciˇ de Franša', also centrically located. The
closest subway station is called Barceloneta (on line 4).
For more information, you can contact RENFE, the spanish railroad company.
Did you know that 73.8% of those living in Barcelona see themselves as
walkers more than as drivers? Did you know that 37% of the trips in the city
are done by foot? Barcelona is clearly a city to enjoy by foot at any season
of the year. Check this
website if you plan to walk around the city and/or to the symposium
Locate any address in the city in the following website, and check how to go
from one place to another in the following website.
In general, you will find all kind of information about the city in the website of the city hall.
The size of Barcelona makes it possible to use the bicycle to move around.
Check this website (in Catalan)
if you want to reach the symposium location by bike.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Culture and Tourism in Barcelona and Catalonia
The city of Barcelona is slightly over 90 km2 in area, and has a population
of 1,700,000 inhabitants. It is the centre of a large metropolitan area
which has over three million inhabitants. Over two thousands years old,
Barcelona is the capital of the historic nation of Catalonia.|
There is not just one Barcelona, but several. The old city (Ciutat
Vella) offers the visitor a wide range of routes to follow and
reconstruct the history of Barcelona by starting at the Roman walls, moving
to the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and going to the popular
promenade know as La Rambla. From there you can discover the
architectural and decorative models of the Modernism, with many works of
Antoni Gaudi such as the Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona is a city fomous for its cultural tradition. The city has over
twenty museums, covering all aspects of art and culture. The best known are
the National Museum of Art of Catalonia with one of the major
collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, the Museum of Historic Art,
the Picasso Museum, the Mirˇ Foundation and the TÓpies
Foundation. The Science Museum also presents a wideranging
display of scientific and technological advances. The F˛rum de les
Cultures recently buit is another cultural target.
Besides some major art show rooms, most musical events take place in three
large venues: the Palau de la M˙sica Catalana, a real modernist gem,
the Auditorium, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is a
leading opera house, reconstructed after its burning. Many stage troupes
and actors in Barcelona are the best in Spain, and achieve international
acclaim. A glance at the programme of cultural and entertainment events
published in the Barcelona daily newspapers is the best way of keeping
abreast of what is in the city.
For thousands year Barcelona has had a strong trading tradition. You can buy
all kinds of goods in Barcelona. Althought purchasses can be made all over
the city, there are certain particular shopping areas such as the
Avinguda Diagonal, the whole Eixample, the old town...
More information on Barcelona can be found in the following Web sites:
Catalonia is a European Mediterranean country. A modern, advanced country,
with a strong personality and very attached to custom and tradition.
The Catalonian landscape is very varied. The Pyrenee mountains contrast
strongly with the coastal regions, although the pleasant environmental
quality is generalised. Catalonia is a very pleasant country to live in. One
look at life expectancy figures shows that the Catalans are among the
longest living in the world. Their secret is a combination of good
environmental conditions, a healthy diet, good health and social services
and a life style in which, despite the hard work, one always finds time for
The Catalans have always placed a high value on work and have distinguished
themselves with their capacity for improvisation. This has allowed Catalonia
to grow into a solidly structured country, with a well developed civil
society and an active work culture.
More information on Catalonia can be found in the following Web sites: