ADMEI 2017 Annual Conference
 
Here's What You Need to Know about Barcelona 

Weather
The Mediterranean sea breezes mean that Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather.  In January, the average daytime termperature tends to hover around 13C / 55F, although it can drop down as low as 4C / 40F.  Here's the current forecast.

Language
There are two official languages in Catalonia: Catalan and Spanish, and there are more and more people in the regionl who understand and speak English.  Here are 56 useful Spanish Travel Phases (including pronounciation).

Customs
Time: Barcelona is one hour ahead of GMT in winter.
Currency: Euro is the official currency.  Currency exchange is most easily done by using your debit card at one of the many ATMs (several are located at the airport) or banks or caixes which are open from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm during the week and on Saturday from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.  There are also bureaux de change in the city centre, main raliway stations and at the airport.
Working Day: Usually begins at 8 or 9 in the morning and ends around 6 or 7 in the evening. Hint: Starbucks usually doesn't open until 7 am.
Dining: Lunch is usually served between 1 - 4 pm and dinner from 8 - 11 pm. Tapa restaurants are open earlier in the late afternoon/evening and one can make a light dinner from the array of tapas. Tipping isn't obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if satisfied with the service.
Shopping: Stores are usually open from 10 am - 2 pm and 4:30 - 8 or 8:30 pm.  In the city centre, most shops don't close at lunchtime.

Getting around Barcelona: Taxis are easily available at the Hotel Arts.  There is an extensive bus system and the subway system is very easy to navigate to most of the major tourist attractions.  You can buy a ticket for 10 subway rides at a time for 10 Euros

Neighborhoods in Barcelona: There is always something to see in a nearby neighborhood or district - a building designed by Antoni Gaudi, contemporary architecture and more.  Here's information about districts in and around Barcelona.