Location 2022 & General Information

Barcelona / Sitges


is a town about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, in Spain, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. Located between the Garraf Massif and the sea, it is known for its beaches, nightspots, and historical sites.

While the roots of Sitges’ artistic reputation date back to the late 19th century, when painter Santiago Rusiñol took up residence there during the summer, the town became a centre for the 1960s counterculture in mainland Spain, in Francoist Spain, and became known as “Ibiza in miniature”.

Sitges was also the site of the annual Bilderberg conference held in June 2010. Sitges has been referred to as the Saint-Tropez of Spain, with property prices approaching those of the most expensive European cities, the main reason for this being the setting by the sea and the surrounding Parc Natural del Garraf. Proximity to Barcelona-El Prat Airport is also a major advantage.

During the Middle Ages, a castle was built in Sitges, owned by the bishopric of Barcelona, which later ceded it to count Mir Geribert (1041). In the 12th century the town fell under the rule of the Sitges family. The latter held it until 1308, when Agnes of Sitges sold the town to Bernat de Fonollar, after whose death it went to the Pia Almoina, a charitable institution, to which it belonged until 1814.

Sitges’ economy was mostly based on the production of wine until the economic boom of the 1960s, after which it became a tourist resort.

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is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.

Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is home to two of the most prestigious universities in Spain: the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona.
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Our Suggested Congress Hotel

Meliá Sitges Hotel,  Barcelona/ Sitges


Meliá Sitges is a leading hotel for congresses and conventions in Barcelona. It offers a flexible convention centre with 26 fully renovated, adapted and equipped meeting rooms.
Located in Sitges, the most charismatic and cosmopolitan coastal  resort in Catalonia. Sitges, a charming town on the Mediterranean coast just 20 minutes by car from Barcelona international airport and 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona. Escape to Meliá Sitges and fall in love with its terraces overlooking the Mediterranean sea. An amazing place combining the best holiday environment with excellent event organisation.

EFCLIN offers special rates for congress accommodation. Go to hotel booking page .
Hotel booking
A few rooms are left at the EFCLIN preferential rate! Don’t miss this opportunity and contact the EFCLIN Secretariat at EFCLIN@mci-group.com to book our last rooms at the EFCLIN discounted rate.


Air: Barcelona is served by “El Prat” international Airport (BCN),

  • You will reach the hotel from “El Prat” Barcelona international Airport in a 30 minutes taxi ride. There is train-transportation to Sitges from Barcelona Airport.
  • Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. There are taxi ranks outside both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2(T2). There is a minimum charge for taxis from Barcelona Airport. The standard Barcelona taxis are black with yellow sides. Price is about € 75.
    Uber is operating in Barcelona.
  • Rail:There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Sitges. Therefore, it is necessary to take the C2 RENFE train from Terminal 2 to El Prat de Llobregat which is the first stop after the airport. You can then catch a train to Sitges from this station.
    If you are arriving at Terminal 1 of Barcelona Airport, there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the train station which is located at Terminal 2. See the Barcelona Airport Train article for further details on this.

    For more detailed information on train timetable and journey times see our
    Guide to Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Sitges.

Rail: There are train connections from all major European cities/airports to Barcelona.

By car: For more information please click here.

Barcelona /Sitges Tourism

However long you plan to stay in Sitges I can confidently predict one thing…..it won’t be long enough! So, our best advice is to visit the hotel reception desk, take a tourist map and ask the staff to mark just some important points.


Spain is a member of the EU, the currency is Euro €.
1 € is about £ 0.85 / $ 1.16 / CHF 1.07. Courses from October 2021. Check the daily courses.
The customs regulations of Spain are harmonized with the standards of EU member states. An individual may bring in or take out the national currency up to the amount of 10.000 Euro.

Visa Requirement

All delegates intending to travel to the EFCLIN Congress are advised to check visa requirements for their own specific case before booking any travel arrangements. EFCLIN cannot be held responsible for any losses or additional fees that might be incurred. EFCLIN can issue letters of invitation to bona fide delegates after registration via the EFCLIN website has taken place. If you require such a letter of invitation please contact the EFCLIN Secretariat via e-mail on efclin@mci-group.com after registration.

Dress Code

The EFCLIN Congress is primarily a “business” forum. The EFCLIN Board believes however that a better atmosphere is created when delegates are encouraged to adopt “business casual” dress. Exhibitors often feel more comfortable in formal business attire.  This unique blend of styles has lead to the typical “EFCLIN atmosphere”. The most important rule? Wear whatever makes you most comfortable!

Terms & Conditions

There is always some “small print” but we do try our best to keep it to an absolute minimum. However, in order to put the congress together we have to purchase services from other providers (hotels, restaurants, tour guides etc) and we are unable to do that without agreeing to certain terms and conditions from these providers. By making your congress registration and any associated bookings you are agreeing to those same terms and conditions. It’s only fair therefore that you get a chance to see what you are agreeing to. This is particularly relevant to hotel room bookings and cancellations thereof. Please therefore read the general terms and conditions which can be found here. Hotel terms and conditions click here ((will follow soon)) . Thank you.