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.
Day 1 Venue: 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
Day 2 & 3 Venue: Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Meliá
Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Meliá
Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Meliá is located in Sant Marti, a neighbourhood in Barcelona, and is in the business district and near the beach.
Address: Cristobal de Moura, 138, Barcelona, 08019
Tel: +34 933 07 77 27
Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar
Cristobal de Moura, 138 08019
From Barcelona Sants Train Station
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. The main railway station in Barcelona is Barcelona Sants.
From Barcelona Sants railway station, take the train to Plaça de Catalunya. Exit the train and turn left on Ronda de la Universitat street until you meet Plaça Catalunya on the right side. Turn right at Plaça Catalunya and go straight, then turn left on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and keep going straight until you see the University of Barcelona.
From Barcelona El Prat Airport
The Aerobus is the express shuttle bus service between Barcelona Airport and the city centre. There are Aerobuses to and from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
From Barcelona Airport, take the Aerobus toward Plaça de Catalunya and get off Plaça Universitat. The Plaça Universitat bus stop is located at the entrance of the University of Barcelona.
Note: Aerobuses look different to the standard Barcelona TMB buses. The Aerobuses for T1 and T2 are light and dark blue and have “Aerobus” written down the side in large letters. Other buses are available for transfers between the airport and city centre. They are the TMB Airport Bus Number 46 and Night Bus N17 and N16. These buses are cheaper than the Aerobus; however, they are also slower, less frequent and provide less space for luggage.