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7th ESSD Congress, World Dysphagia Summit and Precongress Venue

Palau de Congressos de Catalunya (PCC)

Av. Diagonal, 661-671

08028 Barcelona


see google map on right of page


Workshop Venue

Hospital de Mataró

Carretera de Cirera s/n

08304 Mataró, (Barcelona)





Barcelona is one of the top cities in Europe and the world in terms of hosting international conferences. Barcelona is not too big, not too small and everything is close at hand in the city. The city’s character is truly Mediterranean, with a cosmopolitan and dynamic spirit.

Visiting the different corners of Barcelona is an authentic journey through time – over 2000 years of history, with Roman ruins, Gothic treasures and surprises from the Renaissance age.

The creative flair of Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Gaudí, Tàpies… is very much part of the city today and this is reflected in the buildings, exhibitions, and the design and art that are found in the most unexpected places.

Barcelona is easy to reach, with excellent air connections to the vast majority of Spanish, European and major intercontinental destinations, and the airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre.

Barcelona has always been a welcoming city. Today there are more than 160 different nationalities there: a melting pot of cultures and languages that make it an example of coexistence and dynamism. Things are always happening in Barcelona!

The World Dysphagia Summit will close at the start of the Festa Major de Barcelona, la Merce, on September 24. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a few more days enjoying the concerts, fireworks, human castles, "corre foc" or running with demons and many more events.

For more information: https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/events/la-merce/barcelona-la-merce.html


Currency, credit cards and exchanging money:

The currency in Barcelona is the Euro (€).

Most of the hotels, restaurants and stores accept credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, along with travellers’ cheques.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are in all the major hotels and outside banks.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at savings banks, or ‘Caixes’


Local habits and hours

In Barcelona, like in the rest of Spain, lunch and dinner are usually eaten a little later than in the rest of Europe. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, and from 8pm until 11pm.

Shops open from 10am until 8.30pm. Most shops don’t close at lunchtime and large shopping centres can be open until 10pm.

With regard to prices, Barcelona features a wide range of accommodation, shops and services to suit all pockets. Some approximate prices in Barcelona: an espresso coffee between 1.20 and 1.50€; a lunchtime set menu can cost between 8 and 15€.

Smoking is prohibited inside all bars and restaurants in Barcelona but allowed on the terraces.


Liability and insurance

The congress organisers will not accept liability for personal injury or loss/damage to property/belongings of participants or accompanying persons before, during or following the congress, tours or their stay in Barcelona. It is therefore recommended that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.



Barcelona's modern and extensive public transport system allows you to get anywhere within the city in no time. Metro, buses and trams run very frequently until late at night. In addition to this, there are several cable cars, funiculars, railways, sightseeing buses, taxis, local trains, night buses and other transport systems.


How to get to Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

From the airport: Barcelona Airport El Prat (13 km) to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

-          Metro: Line 9 Sud Aeroport T1 and get off at the Zona Universitaria stop (2 minutes walking distance from the venue).


 -          Aerobus: The Aerobus, express airport bus service, links the airport with key points of the city. The terminal for the Aerobus is just in front of each terminal. In order to get to the venue you must get off at the Plaça España (first stop within the city). Take the subway Line 3 from here (green line) and get off at the Zona Universitaria station (2 minutes walk from the venue).


 -          Taxi: A public taxi service (Yellow and black) is available 24/7 and costs about 30 € (one way).  Airport taxi ranks are located in front of the entrance doors of Terminal 1 and 2 of Barcelona airport.


From the city center (Plaça Catalunya) to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

 -          Metro: Line 3 (green line) from Plaça Catalunya to Zona Universitat (last stop)


 -          Bus: Number 67 and 7 


How to get to Mataró

By train:

R1 From Sants Estació or Pl. Catalunya to Mataró train station


By bus:

Direct bus by highway

Mataró - Barcelona, lines e11.1 and e11.2 : Empresa Casas - Grup Sarbús 


By car:

By highway C-32, exits: Mataró Sud, Mataró Oest and  Mataró Nord, or by national road N-II.

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