5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
23 - 25 November 2010

Barcelona

Barcelona

Almost 4.5 million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The city enjoys a prime location, bathed by the sea and has excellent transport links with the rest of Europe. The Mediterranean and Europe are the defining characteristics of the capital of Catalonia.


Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but has inherited many centuries of history. Its geographic location and the open character of its inhabitants are the reasons why the city is being culturally enriched all the time. It has a valuable architectural and monumental heritage, the most splendid exponents of which are its Gothic and modernista buildings. Five of its buildings have been designated World Heritage Sites. The entire city guarantees that visitors will enjoy taking a stroll around its streets which are replete with charm.


Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometres of urban beaches and large areas of nearby forest. Although it is a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot. You can reach any point in the city by metro, bus and taxi.


Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Its inhabitants are open and welcoming. The people of Barcelona speak Catalan, their own language, and Spanish. Many of them also understand a little English and French.


Official webpage of Barcelona Turism


Official webpage of Catalunya Turism


  Tips on sustainability

  • Use public transport to reach Barcelona and to move around the city.
  • Barcelona is not a very large city, so you can walk to many places, especially in the centre. Strolling around the city is a pleasant experience.
  • Separate waste and throw it away into recycling bins, which can be found throughout the city.
  • Do not smoke in non smoking areas and do not throw cigarette butts on the ground.
  • Make responsible use of water. It is a scarce resource in Barcelona.
  • Consume local, seasonal, organic products.
  • Avoid the purchase of fast food. It generates a great deal of waste.
  • Do not eat red tuna from the Mediterranean. It is in danger of extinction.
  • Buy souvenirs that are related to the city and its culture, and quality products that support local businesses.
  • Avoid souvenirs that have nothing to do with the city’s culture and history, such as Mexican hats, those related to bull-fighting and flamenco dresses.
  • Reduce the use of plastic bags as much as possible.
  • Behave respectfully during your stay in the city and avoid making noise after 10 p.m.



GUNI's founding members: Sponsored by:
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Unesco United Nations University
 
Santander
Supported by:
Ministerio de Educación Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona