TARRAGONA:
Tarragona is a town recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The city is characterized by its openness to the Mediterranean Sea and it offers a wide range of leisure and cultural activities.
More information about Tarragona:
 
SMOKING:
Smoking is not permitted in the conference venues or in any other public indoor establishments such as restaurants, bars, etc.
 
CLIMATE:
In March, the maximum temperature average is around 17ºC and the lowest around 7ºC.
 
SHOPPING:
The city of Tarragona has a great commercial tradition. If you go shopping and feel like going on foot, take the opportunity to see the city while you see the stores, ideally around the area of the Rambla Nova leading from the Plaza Imperial Tarraco to the Balcony of the Mediterranean and all the adjacent streets, also filled with stores.
The area of “Rambla Nova” is around 6 minutes walking distance from the venue; Palau Firal i de Congressos Tarragona.
 
Opening hours:
While not all stores have the same opening hours, most adhere to the following approximate timetable:
Monday to Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. *
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
*Note: Shopping centers and large department stores do not close at midday.
 
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS:
The official currency is the euro (€). Coins have the following values: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros. Bills have the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
You will often be asked to show your passport or some other identification. Among the most widely accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express (Amex), Maestro and you can use them at most hotels or restaurants, with exception of some small restaurants or shops that may accept only cash. Diners Club is less widely accepted.
 
AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES (ATMs):
ATMs mostly at banks you may also find ATMs at bus or train stations. Many credit and debit cards can be used for withdrawing money from “cajeros automáticos” (ATMs) that display the relevant symbols such as Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, etc. Be aware of charges (around 1.5% to 2%) for international bank withdrawals or operations on AMTs.
 
MONEY EXCHANGERS:
Most banks and building societies will exchange major foreign currencies and offer the best rates. Ask about commissions and take your passport.
 
Money exchangers:
You can exchange both cash and checks at exchange offices. Generally, they offer longer opening hours and quicker service than banks, however they have worse exchange rates and higher commissions.
 
TAP WATER:
Tap water is drinkable.
 
TAXIS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Reus Airport – Tarragona:
  • Taxi cost from Reus airport to Tarragona city center is approximately 35€. It takes 20 minutes.
  • Bus cost from Reus airport to Tarragona city center is approximately 3€. It takes 20 minutes.
 
Tarragona Camp – Tarragona:
  • Taxi cost from Tarragona Camp Train Station to Tarragona city center is approximately 23€ – 28€. It takes 20 minutes.
  • Bus cost from Tarragona Camp Train Station to Tarragona city center is approximately 2€, takes 25 minutes. (The connections between train and bus are not synchronized).
 
Barcelona Airport – Tarragona:
  • Taxi cost from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Tarragona city center is approximately 140€. It takes 1hour.
  • Bus cost from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Tarragona city center is approximately 15€. It takes 1hour and 10 minutes.
 
TIME ZONE:
GMT +1
The official time zone is the solar time plus two hours in summer and one hour in winter.
 
TAXES AND TIPPING:
Tipping is almost always optional.
  • Restaurants: Many Spaniards leave small change, others up to 5%, which is considered generous.
  • Taxis: Optional, but most locals round up to the nearest euro.
  • Bars: It’s rare to leave a tip in bars (even if the bartender gives you change on a small dish).
 
ELECTRICITY:
In Spain the power plugs and sockets are of type F. (This socket also works with plug C and E.)
 
 
The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Spain if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Spain. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
 
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:
  • Call 092 to report an accident or crime to the police call center.
  • Call 112 to report a fire or to ask for an ambulance or rescue service or to contact an emergency call center.
  • Emergency telephone numbers can be called from home phones, mobile phones and public phones.
 
FORCE MAJEURE:
The organizers are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.
 
DISCLAIMER:
The organizers are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the conference delegates or any other individuals accompanying them, both during the official activities as well as going to/from the conference. Delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.