Welcome to Miting Internacional D’Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona 2010
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Tourism What to see? Where to eat? Where to stay? Public transport
Barcelona

     Barcelona is considered one of the most important cities in Southern Europe. This city is currently a point of reference for the world of tourism. The success of the great number of visitors to the city contributes to the sport activities, offering to the public a great deal of sport events in the different venues during the whole year.

     Barcelona keeps the romantic spirit characteristic of the last century precursors. And besides the city selects carefully all those international events that make the city be in a worldwide high position in terms of modernity and progress. The European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010 are a clear sample of it. This event has never been held in the city before, although nineteen editions have already taken place. It shows the challenge the city wants to take being eager to host again the number one Olympic sports. Barcelona has already done it through one of the most representative events, the Marathon, which breaks records of participants year after year, however an athletic stadium event was missing.

     The opportunity of combining holidays and going to high profile sport events is unique. Take the occasion and come to Barcelona to visit the city and the great athletic events, as the Permit Meeting of 2008

TOURISM
     Barcelona is a Mediterranean city nestled between the sea and the mountains: a lively city which never stops and which has much to offer culturally, artistically and in business. With just over one and a half million inhabitants, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. Its metropolitan area is made up of thirty municipalities in which nearly four million people live.

     Barcelona is the economic and political capital of Catalonia and is at the head of an emerging area of economic enterprise in southern Europe. The city has a reputation of being hard working and one with a leaning towards business.

     The urban area extends between the Montjuïc and Tibidabo mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a modern and cosmopolitan city, but it has also inherited many centuries of history. It lays claim to an invaluable architectural and monumental heritage with the Gothic and Modernist being two periods of outstanding splendour.

     The 1992 Olympic Games gave the city the chance to start a spectacular process of global transformation that was completed with the Culture Forum in 2004. The city has maintained its traditional charms, its open and welcoming character and enjoys a sunny climate with pleasant temperatures almost all year round. All this allows visitors to enjoy a stroll through the streets of a city that is being constantly revamped.

     Barcelona also has a renowned tradition in hosting both national and international athletics competitions. Amongst these we can highlight the World Cup in Athletics in 1989 and the World Indoor Championships in 1995. Continuing its desire to figure on the International Athletic scene, the city has taken up the challenge of organising the 20th European Athletics Championships and is hoping for successful participation from both competitors and the people of Barcelona.

     For more detailed information about the city: >
www.barcelonaturisme.com

WHAT TO SEE
     Barcelona is an open-air museum. You can visit it by bus, bicycle or on foot, and enjoy its bustling streets.

     There are many ways to discover the city and a whole host of things to do, for those interested in culture, for those in search of entertainment or for those thinking about where to do some shopping.

More information:
www.barcelonaturisme.com

WHERE TO EAT
     Gastronomy is, without a doubt, one of the cornerstones of Catalan culture. This culinary variety has helped make Barcelona a city with an extraordinary wealth of gastronomic specialities, which offers variety, quality and great value for money.

     The Catalan capital has put itself in the world spotlight thanks to its restaurants and highly acclaimed chefs. This explains why you can enjoy fine dining at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona and Catalonia.

More information:
www.barcelonaturisme.com

WHERE TO STAY
     Since the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona has had an extensive, top-quality hotel infrastructure which, together with tourist apartments, youth hostels, campsites on the outskirts and halls of residence, comprise Barcelona's range of accommodations.

     The hotels have their own particular styles and offer a wide range of services and comforts so that you will feel completely at home. They all offer top-quality services and conscientious customer assistance, in accordance with European standards of quality.

     Younger visitors and those looking for alternative forms of accommodation will find youth hostels, halls of residence, some of them open all year round, and campsites located a short distance from the city. In short, accommodation for all tastes and at prices to suit every pocket.

     As the competition nears, there will be information on special offers in selected hotels for the public going to the 20th European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010.

     For more information on hotel offers in Barcelona you can access the web page of the Association of Hotels in Barcelona and / or Barcelona Tourism through the following sites:

More information:
www.barcelonahotels.es
www.barcelonaturisme.com

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
     Barcelona is a city with excellent transport links, both locally and internationally. El Prat international airport is located only 12km from the city centre, some 20mins by taxi, or you can take one of the regular trains or buses which connect the airport with the city.

     Other airports nearby are the Gerona-Costa Brava airport, located 13km from the city of Gerona and 100km from Barcelona and Reus Airport which is 13km from the city of Tarragona and some 95km to the south of Barcelona.

     There are also major motorways that link, in all directions, Barcelona with the rest of Spain and Europe. Within the city the latest urban changes have transformed it into a city with excellent transport links. The suburbs with the geometric grid system has been complemented by a ring road which allows quick access to the city centre.

     The facilities where the 20th European Athletics Championships will held can be found on the Montjuïc mountain. There is easy access to the stadium from the city by car, on public transport or on foot thanks to escalators that make the climb up the mountain easier. The Montjuïc cable car is the most ecological, economic and comfortable access to the mountain. From the heart of the city and in a time of only 2 minutes, you can reach important venues such as the Palau San Jordi, the University of Sport, the Miró Foundation and the Olympic Stadium itself.

     This page provides information on public transport in Barcelona, including the metro, buses, trains and trams.

     You will also find information about taxis, tourist transport, how to get about on bicycle as well as car hire.

How to get to Barcelona

  • By air
    • Airport
  • By land
    • Bus
    • Car
    • Train (RENFE)
  • By sea
How to get around in Barcelona
City buses, Metro & Tram
Transport Metropolità de Barcelona (TMB)

Taxi
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