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About Barcelona-Sitges and the venue

Barcelona
Barcelona is an open, vibrant and creative city with a busy cultural, political, business and commercial life. It is a metropolis where every imaginable language can be heard, as well as a city that invites its residents and visitors alike to discover its Catalan culture and traditions. A day spent admiring all the culture in the city can be topped off with a sundowner on one of the city’s seven beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or humble, family-run tapas bars. Barcelona has a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.

Sitges, Barcelona
Sitges is located just 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona. Located between the Garraf Massif and the sea, it is known for its beaches, nightspots, and historical sites. Sitges has been a resort town since the 19th century, and was a key location for the Modernisme movement, which paved the way for the likes of Picasso. Its array of galleries and museums belie its small size and there’s a good choice of upmarket restaurants in its historic centre (which is lined with chic boutiques). Sitges has always been characterized by its tolerance, both of the locals and open-mindedness of visitors too. It’s definitely a convivial village where all people are welcome regardless of colour, religion or sexual orientation.

Travel
There are many ways to get from Barcelona Airport T1 to sitges. Select an option in the travel planner to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times

By plane
There are three airports in the Catalunya region that could be considered viable flight destinations for a trip to Sitges. These airports are situated in Barcelona, Girona and Reus. Barcelona Airport is the largest and the closest to Sitges. However, there are also Girona and Reus airports. Of the three airports, Barcelona Airport is the closest to Sitges and Girona is the furthest away.

By car
Sitges can be reached by car from Barcelona in about 40 minutes. It is worth taking the C-31 instead of the Highway C-32. The C-31 is the nice and small costal road B-10 (from Plaça del Portal de la Pau (Columbus statue), towards the south of the coastal road along B10).
From Barcelona the C-32 highway leads to Sitges. This way is faster (30 minutes), but you have to pay toll and it isn’t as beautiful.

By bus
There are two means of public transport to Sitges from Barcelona Airport. They are the MonBus and the RENFE train (includes a change of train at Barcelona Sants rail station). Which one you take will depend on your flight details because the MonBus service only runs approximately every 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on what time of day you are travelling). It will also depend on which Terminal at Barcelona Airport you are flying into. There are two terminals at Barcelona Airport – Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) (T2 has three separate sections T2A, T2B and T2C). The MonBus service to Sitges only departs from T1. Therefore, if you are arriving into T2, you will need to take the free shuttle bus to T1 to catch the Monbus coach to Sitges.

By train
There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Sitges. Therefore, it is necessary to take the C2 RENFE train from Terminal 2 to El Prat de Llobregat which is the first stop after the airport. You can then catch a train to Sitges from this station. If you are arriving at Terminal 1 of Barcelona Airport, there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the train station which is located at Terminal 2.

By taxi
The distance from Barcelona Airport to Sitges is approximately 20 km. This will take about 30 minutes in a taxi, costing around €65.00. If you are deciding whether to fly into Barcelona, Reus or Girona airports, it is worth considering all costs. If you find that a flight to Reus or Girona is cheaper than one to Barcelona Airport, make sure that you add up the other costs of further travel before making a booking.

Outside view of the Meliá Sitges

Meliá Sitges ****
The congress will take place in the 4 star Meliá Sitges. The hotel has a recently full renovated congress centre. It has also a large outdoor pool set in gardens and magnificent outdoor spaces to enjoy on one of the 300 days of sunshine every year. The hotel offers bright rooms with a terrace with spectacular views of Garraf Nature Park and the dazzling Mediterranean Sea

Address: Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38 Barcelona – Sitges Spain
Website: https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/sitges/melia-sitges/index.htm

Basic hotel room
Main auditorium