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Travel logistics

ICM is located at Passeig Marítim, 47, this is in Barceloneta District between Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. You can plan your route here.

If you want to reach ICM by public transport there are two options:

  • Bus: lines D20, V21, V27, 36, 45 and 59 have a bus stop just a few meters from the institute.
  • Underground (Metro): The stop Ciutadella-Villa Olimpica from line L4 (the yellow line), leaves you at 300 meters from ICM.

If you come from outside Barcelona arriving by:

  • Car: Get into Ronda del Litoral. If you drive towards Besós (north,) take exit 21. If you drive towards Llobregat (south), take exit 22. If you have a GPS, the coordinates are: 41º 23’ 06” N, 003º 11’ 46” E.
  • Train (RENFE): Get off at one of these stations: Sants Estació, Clot or Passeig de Gràcia. Then take the L4 underground line (yellow line) to Ciutadella-Villa Olímpica stop.
  • Train (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, FGCC): Get off at Plaça Catalunya station, and take the bus 59 or the underground.
  • Airplane: Directly from Barcelona-El Prat Airport, you can take the underground, train, bus or taxi.

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There are many hotels in the vicinity of the venue (or well connected to it by public transport) that can be booked through standard web services such as An alternative is Airbnb.

Here you can find a selection of some of them:

  • 5 stars:

Hotel Arts, C/Marina, 19-21 (in walking distance of ICM)
Hotel AB Skipper, Av. Litoral, 10 (in walking distance of ICM). Double room: € 160,00 – € 215,00

  • 4 stars:

Gran Hotel Barcino, C/ Jaume I, 6 (2 km from ICM)
Hotel Colón, Av Catedral, 7 (2.2 km from ICM)
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona , Pg Colom, 12  (1.7 km from ICM)
Hotel Gótico, C/ Jaume I, 14 (1.9 km from ICM)
Hotel Laietana Palace, C/ Via Laietana, 17 (1.8 km from ICM)

  • 3 stars:

Hotel 54 Barceloneta, P. Joan de Borbó 54 (1.3 km from ICM)
Hotel del Mar, Pla de Palau, 19 (1.3 km from ICM). Double room (single usage): around 124 €
Hotel NH Barcelona Centro, Carrer del Duc, 15 (2.4 km from ICM)
Hotel H10 Racó del Pi, C/ Pi, 7 (2.4 km from ICM)
Hotel Montblanc, C/ Via Laietana, 61 (2.4 km from ICM)
Hotel Montecarlo, C/ la Rambla, 124 (2.7 km from ICM)
Hotel Regencia Colón, C/ Sagristans, 13 (2.2 km from ICM)
Hotel Rialto, C/ Ferran, 40-42 (2.2 km from ICM)

  • College Dormitory (University):

Residencia d’Investigadors (CSIC Residence), C/Hospital, 64. Telephone: 93 443 86 10, Fax: 93 300 28 00, E-mail: Single room: 73 €, double room (single usage): 93 €
LA CASA DEL MAR, Carrer d’Albareda, 1-13. Telephone: 93 441 48 59, Fax: 93 443 39 10, E-mail:

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Climate and Weather

Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a humid subtropical climate, bordering a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers.

The average temperature in October is around 22–23 ºC (72–73 ºF) during the day and 16–17 ºC (61–63 ºF) at night. The recorded extremes in October are 32.6 ºC (90.7 ºF) and 5.4 ºC (41.7 ºF), respectively. See the most recent full ten-day forecast here.

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There are plenty of restaurants near the venue. If you need specific options, keep reading:

  • Vegetarian restaurants:

Vegetalia Born, Plaza Fossar de les Moreres (1.14 km from ICM). Its 3rd outlet in Barcelona, this vegetarian restaurant opened in Jun 2015. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-12:00am.

  • Vegetarian restaurants with vegan options:

The Green Spot, C de la Reina Cristina 12 (1.02 km from ICM). Vegetarian restaurant with vegan, gluten free and raw options. Has a modern, minimalist decor with woods, plants, stone. Uses handmade pottery for the dishes. Live music every Thursday night. Open Mon-Sun 1:00pm-12:00am. Kitchen closes from 4 to 8pm, but the bar stays open serving burgers and appetizers.

  • Vegan restaurants:

CatBar, Boria 17 (at Laietana) (1.44 km from ICM). Cat-themed craft beer and burger bar with 9 taps and 30+ bottles of local Catalan & Spanish beers. Serves vegan burgers, double deep fried potatoes and a daily wheat-free plate. Please order at the bar. A piano is available for anyone who can play. No reservations taken. No air-con. Open Mon 1:00pm-10:30pm, Thu-Sat 1:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 1:00pm-10:00pm.

BarCeloneta, Calle Sevilla 70 (1.05 km from ICM). Bar and restaurant by the beach offering organic vegan food with tapas, burgers, raw food and vegan cheese. Thursday is paella day. Specializes in sangria (with and without alcohol) and has organic wine and beer. The raw desserts are sugar-free and gluten-free. Open Mon 7:00pm-11:30pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm, Wed-Sun 7:00pm-11:30pm.

El Cafe Blueproject, Carrer Princesa 57 (1.14 km from ICM). Vegan, raw, and 100% organic cafe associated with Blueproject art foundation and is an artistic space filled with plants. It operates on the philosophy of sustainability and healthy living for people and the environment. Open Tue-Sun 10:00am-8:00pm.

  • Gluten-free restaurants:

Check this interactive map (click on the upper left rectangle with an arrow to see the legend):

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What to do and visit in Barcelona?

No recommendations needed!

Barcelona is one of the most attractive cities in Europe and the world. Its numerous architecture styles (modernist, gothic, medieval, romanesque, roman), its beautiful surroundings, a very active civil society, the many international events and exhibitions, and the never-ending cultural proposals attract visitors from all over the world.

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