Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
For more information including transportation from/to airport, please visit: https://www.esmadrid.com/en
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia in Spain, and it is the second largest city in the country of Spain. It is a Roman city and has population of about 1.6 million, being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area, and Milan. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is rich in architectural ensembles, including unique buildings such as the Casa Milà, the Casa Battló, or the Sagrada Familia Church, built by Antoni Gaudi. For more information including transportation from/to airport, please visit: www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/.
Entry and Visa Information
Due to the visa requirements to enter Spain from certain countries, the ICEE will issue a letter of invitation to registered participants as required. However, in order for a personal letter of invitation to be issued, registration for the 2018 ICEE ICFA Conference must first be made. To see a list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa to visit Spain, please click HERE.
Further information regarding visa requirements can be found through this link and/or directly through the Spanish Embassies or Consulates whose addresses can be found through this link.
(code IATA: MAD, code ICAO: LEMD) is located on the northeast of Madrid, Barajas district, only 12 kilometers from Madrid city center. The airport changed its name from Madrid-Barajas to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas in 2014.
Also known as Barcelona El Prat airport, it is located just three kilometres from the Port of Barcelona, 12 km southwest of the center of city, between the city limits of El Prat de Llobregat, the town gives its name to the airport, Viladecans and Sant Boi.
How to get from Madrid to Barcelona by train
Spain's two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, are well-connected by train, allowing visitors to travel between them with great ease. Conference participants will travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona during the early afternoon of Wednesday November 14.
The fastest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona is by taking the AVE high-speed train. This modern and luxurious train will get you to your destination in just under 3 hours. If you're traveling with a Eurail Pass you don't need to buy a ticket and only pay a small reservation fee. We recommend you book your seats as far in advance as possible.
|Train||Travel time||Seat Reservations||Stations|
|High-speed train||2 hours, 45 minutes||Mandatory||Madrid Puerta de Atocha Barcelona Sants|
|Regional train||8 hours, 58 minutes||Not required||Madrid Chamartin Barcelona Sants|