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About Barcelona

INTA’s Annual Meeting returns to Europe May 20–24, 2017. We are thrilled to host the 139th Annual Meeting in Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital city of Spain’s Catalonia region!

Barcelona is a great city for meetings, offering culture, history, great restaurants, and lovely weather conditions. To learn more about Barcelona, please visit the Barcelona CVB site. Planning to extend your stay in Spain? Learn more about the country at the official website for Spain or from the short video below.


In May, the weather in Barcelona features warm days with sunny, clear skies. The average daytime temperature can be 20–23°C (about 68–72°F), while the average minimum temperature can drop down to 12°C (about 53°F) in the evening.


The local currency is the Euro.

Local Language

There are two official languages in Barcelona: Catalan and Spanish. Many locals also speak English, especially at restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions.

Neighborhoods/Districts of Barcelona

Please refer to the Hotels and Rates page to learn more about the different neighborhoods where the INTA hotels are located.

Restaurants and Tipping

Lunch and dinner usually are eaten a little later than in the rest of Europe. Most restaurants open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tipping isn’t obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if they are satisfied with the service.

Getting Around Barcelona

INTA Shuttle

Limited daily schedule will run stating Sunday to Wednesday. Please view the daily shuttle route and schedule. 

Shuttles will run after the Welcome Reception and Grand Finale and will transport registrants to key areas closest to hotels. Please view Welcome Reception and Grand Finale routes and schedule.

Note that taxis will be available from the Fira Gran Via during meeting hours and also from the Grand Finale location.

Public Transportation

A pass for the public transportation system for the duration of the Annual Meeting is included in your registration fee! When you pick up your badge at the Fira Gran Via, you will receive your unlimited-use Hola! BCN! travel ticket, which can be used on most public transportation, including metro, Montjuïc funicular, bus (TMB), urban railway (FGC), tram (TRAM), and Barcelona regional mainline trains (Rodalies de Catalunya). Learn more about Barcelona’s Public Transportation System.

There are stops for the Fira Gran Via on the metro (Line L9 Sud, Fira station) and on the bus (TMB Line 46, “Pl. Europa” stop). The INTA Annual Meeting will be located in Hall 8 at the North entrance of the building.


Barcelona has a service of 11,000 taxis, which can be easily identified by their yellow and black livery. A green light on top of the taxi indicates its availability. There is also a service of taxis adapted for people with reduced mobility.

If you want to hire specific services (drivers who speak foreign languages, seven-seater vehicles, etc.), we recommend that you use the telephone booking service.

Barcelona Taxi Fares

There is an additional fee added for entering and exiting the airport, for luggage and at night. 

For further information about taxi service in Barcelona:
Institut Metropolità del Taxi de Barcelona
Tel. 932 235 151

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