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VENUE AND MEETING FACILITIES
PECS-IX will be held at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada PCGR (Granada Exhibition and Conference Palace).

The Palacio is located in the centre of town. Since Granada is a small city the Palacio is at walking distance from most relevant places and in particular the "tapas" area and monumental quarters.

A number of rooms have been reserved by the conference in hotels very near (minutes' walk) the Palacio and will be at the disposal of attendees upon registration.


 

LANGUAGE
The working language of the Symposium is English.

REGISTRATION DESK
Registration desk will be open Sunday 13 at 17:00 on. On-site registration is also available at the registration desk

AIR TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT
Granada is in Andalucía, southern Spain. Granada airport is 20 minutes by taxi from the Conference centre. There are daily flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona and flights to other Spanish and European destinations. Malaga international airport on the Costa del Sol is about 130 km from Granada (about 1h15 min. by coach) and is connected to most of the major European cities and some American destinations by daily flights. Participants arriving at Malaga airport should take the shuttle bus to Malaga city and get off at the coach station (Estación de autobuses, Paseo de los Tilos), where they can take the coach to Granada. Granada is conveniently linked by motorway to Madrid (420 km) and Barcelona (850 km), and from there on to other European destinations. The motorways in Andalucía also provide good connections between Granada and other major towns in the region such as Malaga, Córdoba (150 km) and Seville (250 km). There are daily train services between Granada and Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona. There are frequent connections between Madrid, Seville, Córdoba and Malaga by the high-speed AVE trains.
Timetables are available at: www.renfe.es/horarios/english/index.html

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
E.U. citizens only need a valid identity card or passport. A valid passport is needed for participants from the majority of American and Asian countries. For some countries visas are needed and can be obtained from the Spanish embassy in the country in question. Conditions and time delays for obtaining a visa may vary. We recommend that participants contact their Spanish consulate or embassy office to check the current regulations and the time needed to obtain a visa if it is required.
Please visit the following page with up-to-date information about the documentation required to visit Spain: What documentation do I need in order to travel to Spain? in http://www.spain.info

INSURANCE
The Symposium organisers cannot accept liability for personal injury sustained or for loss of or damage to property belonging to participants or accompanying persons, either during the Symposium or any related activity. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

BANK
The official currency in Spain is the EURO. Bank opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14.00 h; they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are cash machines outside the major banks, to provide 24-h service. Most hotels, restaurants and department stores accept credit cards.

CLIMATE
In general the weather in September is quite pleasant and sunny, with day time temperatures reaching about 20-25ºC. The evenings, however, due to Granada’s high altitude and the proximity of the Sierra Nevada, can still be fairly cool and about 15ºC.
Granada weather links:

SPANISH TIME
The time in Spain is Central Europe’s: GMT+2 in summer, GMT+1 in winter.

SHOPPING
The main tourist and commercial areas are in the city centre (Calle Mesones, Calle Recogidas, Acera del Casino, Calle Reyes Catolicos). Opening hours are from 10 to 13.30 h and 17 to 20.30 h. The big stores are open from 10 to 22 h.

ELECTRICITY
The electric current in Spain is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC. Spanish sockets only accept plugs with two round pins; other types of appliances need a plug adapter, and those that operate on 110/120 volts also need a voltage transformer.

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