Tourist information

The climate in Barcelona is Mediterranean and mild. Extreme temperatures seldom occur. The average temperature in July is (minimum/maximum) 20-29º C / 64-84º F. You can check current weather conditions and forecasts here

The currency in Spain is the Euro. A currency calculator can be foundhere

Credit cards - most hotels, restaurants and shops in Barcelona accept major credit cards.


Banks and exchange foreign currency - this service is available at all bank offices. Banks usually only open from Monday to Friday from between 08:00 and 08:30 to 13:30 or 14:00. You may also ask at your bank if they are represented in Barcelona and which opening hours they have. It is also available at currency exchange shops at all major cities, as well as in the main hotels and travel agencies.

The electric current in Spain is 220V, and a two-pin plug is used.

No special vaccinations are required when travelling to Spain.

Normal check-in time at hotels is 3 pm. The checkout time is 12 o’clock noon

Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted.

You are entitled to claim a VAT refund on goods purchased in Spain if you meet the following criteria.

  1. Your domicile (permanent residence) is outside the European community
  2. You spend more than €90.15 on your items
  3. You intend to take the items back to your country. This therefore excludes restaurant and hotel bills and general food
  4. You have all the correct paperwork completed - this is provided by shops that run the Tax Free Shopping Scheme - look for their logo in the shop window or ask in the shop (some shops do not run the tax free scheme)

Now you can claim back for the VAT at the heart of the city:

  • Tourist information centre in Plaça de Catalunya
    Plaça de Catalunya, 17-S
    Timetable: Daily, 8.30am to 9pm.
    Only Global Refund Tax Free cheques are accepted.

  • Main office of Turisme de Barcelona
    Passatge de la Concepció, 7-9
    Timetable: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm.
    Innova Tax Free, Global Blue, Premier Tax Free and Travel Tax Free cheques are accepted.

Barcelona is a city that invites you to shop. Choose from a wealth of retail options that are part of the city's distinctive identity as you wander through the attractive, historic surroundings of its neighbourhoods. Local, friendly shops with a Mediterranean spirit and a professional touch that will make your shopping a unique experience! Online information is available here

Smoking is strictly forbidden within the Palexpo in all session halls, lobbies and other areas during ESHRE 2017 and id generally forbidden in all enclosed areas when these are open to the public or serve as a workplace for more than one person. Hence it is also forbidden to smoke in restaurants, public buildings, offices and on public transport.

The time zone in Spain is Central European Time CET, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

Registered participants for the main programme and all exhibitors will receive a transportation voucher. This voucher can be exchanged for a “3 day Barcelona travel card” at the transportation ticket in the registration hall (offer valid while stocks last).

Advantages of the 3 day Hola BCN! travel card:

  • Hola BCN! covers travel between the airport and the city centre on public transport
  • Changeovers between different travel operators: metro, Montjuïc funicular, bus (TMB), urban railway (FGC, Zone 1), tram (TRAM) and Barcelona regional mainline trains 
    (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1; zone map see:

How does it work?

  • You can start using your Hola BCN! card at any time of day and get unlimited journeys over 72 hours on Barcelona public transport
  • Hola BCN! cards are valid for one person only
  • To use your card, validate it at the beginning of every journey. Try to keep it in perfect condition

You can check the entry requirements for Spain here:
It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. If you need a visa please make sure you leave enough time to apply and to have the relevant letters.

ESHRE will only send invitation letters for visa to registered participants.

Visitors’ information is available at the Barcelona – El Prat airport, Terminals 1 and 2, and in the City Centre. During ESHRE 2018 there will also be a visitor information service point in the conference center. You can find the closest information point here.

Information about the city can also be found on the visit Barcelona website