25 November 2021 to 27 November 2021

On this page you will find all the relevant practical information to help you plan your trip to and stay in Girona. 

Girona is located in a mountainous area so temperatures can be lower than expected and there can be a lot of wind and humidity. Pack lightly but consider bringing your walking shoes and good coat. Please bring your own water bottle and mug.

You can click on the links below to jump to the desired section:

  • Covid-19: Info on the current local and international regulations
  • Accessibility: Info on the accessibility of the city
  • Location: General info about the meeting venues 
  • Map: Overview of the meeting venues 
  • Transport: Advice on how to get to and around the city 
  • Accommodation: Tips to reserve your accommodation 
  • Currency: Info on exchange offices and cash dispensers
  • Visa: Info on visa requirements
  • Useful numbers

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IETM forum

Please use the IETM forum to share your suggestions on how to minimise your footprint travelling to and at the Satellite Girona.

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Covid-19 travel regulations 

Before booking your travel, please check the travel regulations of your destination. Please make sure to also check here the list of countries whose citizens can get into Spain without restrictions. Finally, please also check the regulations of the country where you are based, which might still limit the destinations to which you can travel.

Please be aware that local Covid-19 regulations may affect your journey as well as the meeting until the very last minute. For the latest information please feel free to check the official governmental information for Catalonia here.

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Accessibility

Although Girona is a medieval town, most places and streets are step free or have a step free alternative and the original pavements have been widened. The city also provides accessible pedestrian signals for the visually impaired.

For a complete overview of what is available, check the Girona Tourism for All guide.

It is our aim to make IETM Girona as accessible as possible. However, it may not be possible to offer services at every location and, therefore, we recommend that you check the location of your interest.  To know more about accessibility for the IETM Girona Satellite Meeting, please jump to Location or Accommodation

The accessibility of each venue will be uploaded upon confirmation of the full programme. All accessibility details which are provided online are collected based on the information received from the venues' staff and their websites. If you need more information, please get in touch with venues directly.

At the meeting

There will be a range of accessibility services available.

As we have budget restrictions and are dependent on the local infrastructure, we cannot always guarantee that the conditions will be the same from one meeting to another. Nevertheless, for this meeting we are able to:

  • Offer a free registration to your support worker;
  • Send you a large print version of the programme;
  • Provide speech-to-text captions for all plenary sessions of the meeting programme – details of these services will be available online upon confirmation of the full programme;
  • Ensure that all the venues hosting the working programme and artistic performances are wheelchair accessible.

All captioned sessions will be specified on this page upon confirmation of the final programme.

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Location

Girona is located about one hour and a half away from Barcelona and one hour from the French border. Placed between the Pyrynees and the Mediterranean, it is also an extremely well-preserved medieval town that is home to a vibrant cultural scene.

Main meeting venues

Centre Cultural La Mercè

Address : Pujada de la Mercè, 17004 Girona

La Mercè Cultural Center is a multi-purpose and multidisciplinary municipal cultural centre that aims to provide a space to facilitate the exchange between artists, intellectuals, students and the general public.

The center develops, through the Municipal School of Art and the Municipal School of Humanities, a wide range of projects and activities of creation (artistic residencies), training (artistic workshops and the Writing Classroom), dissemination (cycles of lectures, conversations and debates) and artistic exhibitions.

IETM Girona spaces at La Mercè include:

  • Auditori La Mercè
  • Claustro
  • Sala polivalent
  • Sala Pati

The main entrance is equipped with a ramp and all floors of the venue are accessible by lift. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available on the ground floor. For a detailed accessibility description of the venue you can check page 30 of the Girona for All Guide.

If you wish to contact the venue directly regarding accessibility, please do so via email at [email protected] or by calling +34972 223 305.

Teatre Municipal de Girona

Address : Plaça del Vi 1, 17004 Girona

The Municipal Theatre of Girona is one of the few theatres built in the 19th century to remain intact until this day and has a total capacity of over 500 people. The theatre is managed by the city council of Girona and its programming includes danse, theatre, opera and music concerts. The building was built in a rococo style and has undergone several refurbishments in order to meet modern technical and accessibility standards.

IETM Girona spaces at Teatre Municipal de Girona include:

  • Main hall
  • Saló de descans (Reception Hall)

The venue counts two entrances with ramps but we recommend that wheelchair users use the main entrance. All floors can be reached with an elevator. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on the same floor as the main hall, right behind its entrance.

If you wish to contact the venue directly regarding accessibility, please do so at [email protected].

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Artistic Programme Venues

Teatre Municipal de Girona

Address : Plaça del Vi 1, 17004 Girona

The venue counts two entrances with ramps but we recommend that wheelchair users use the main entrance. All floors can be reached with an elevator. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on the same floor as the main hall, right behind its entrance.

The main hall counts 4 wheelchair adapted sitting areas.

Bookings should be made 48 hours in advance either via phone on +34 972 419 019 (Wed and Fridays 2pm-4pm) or via email at [email protected].

Teatre de Salt

Address: Carrer Sant Jaume, 6 17190 Salt, Girona

The entrance is located at the street level and it is step free. A wheelchair accessible toilet can be found on the main floor. 

The main hall has 2 wheelchair adapted sitting areas and there is also an elevator to get to the higher part of the main hall, if required.

Bookings should be made in advance via phone on +34 972 402 004 or via email at [email protected]

Please note that this venue is located in a municipality, outside of Girona. Therefore, we will be organising a shuttle transport from the city centre of Girona to the venue. If you need a wheelchair adapted vehicle and you have booked a performance that takes place in Teatre de Salt, please get in touch with us before 15 November at [email protected].

El Canal

Address: Plaça de can Patrac, 17190 Salt, Girona

The entrance is located at the street level and it is step free. A wheelchair accessible toilet can be found on the main floor. 

The main hall counts 2 wheelchair adapted sitting areas.

If you wish to contact the venue directly regarding accessibility, please do so at [email protected]

Bookings should be made in advance via phone on +34 972 402 004. 

Sala La Planeta

Address: Passeig José Canalejas, 3, 17001 Girona

The entrance is at the street level and it is step free. Only the main hall is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair accessible toilet is located on the same floor as the main room. The main hall has 2 wheelchair adapted sitting areas. 

Bookings should be made in advance via phone on +34 972 402 004 (Monday to Friday 10-13 am). For general inquiries you may also call +34 972 20 77 54.

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Map

Please find the map of all the Satellite Girona venues here on Google Maps.

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Transport

Getting to Girona

By train

If you come from northern nearby countries, travelling by train might be an option. 

There is a fast train line between Paris and Barcelona that also stops in Girona, via Marseille. There is also a direct train connecting Perpignan to Barcelona, which makes it possible to connect to other cities in the South of France. You may reach Girona from Geneva, Bern, Brussels in about 10 hours.

By coach

If you are travelling from Andorra or Portugal by land, your best option might be to take a coach, rather than the train. You can know more about your options here and here.

By car

If you come by car, make sure you post it on our forum to find a carshare.

By sea

You might want to consider travelling by Ferry to Barcelona, if you have time and you come from the following locations : Mallorca (±6h), Menorca (±9h), Savona (±12h30), Civitavecchia  (± 21h), Porto Torres (± 12h30), Nador (± 29h), Tangier (± 37h30).

Check out all available ferry lines here.

By air

Girona Costa-Brava airport (GRO) is located 13km away from the Girona city centre.

There is a bus connecting the airport to the city centre. The single fare costs 2.75€ and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Bookings and more information can be found here.

All vehicles are adapted to wheelchair users.

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). 

Most european regular lines fly to Barcelona for a reasonable cost. 

The airport has a direct bus connection to the main bus terminal in Girona.  The single fare costs 19€ and the journey takes approximately 2:30 hours. Please find out more here.

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Getting Around

Public transport

You can get around Girona using the metro and the bus networks. You can find a map of the city transport here. For more information check out the website of the municipality here.

The use of masks is mandatory inside public transport and the use and hand sanitiser is recommended.

Cycling

Cycling is also recommended as there are integrated cycling lanes throughout the city.

You will find several bike rental options here.

Taxis

There are several taxi ranks throughout the city, namely at the main bus and train station, at Plaça Independència and Carrer Joan Maragall . If you need to book a wheelchair accessible taxi, you can book with Gitaxi: phone +34 972 222 323 and +34 972 203 377.

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Accommodation

Looking for someone to share a room with? Post your accommodation offer or find a bunkmate on our forum.

Hotel Peninsular (***)

Address: Avinguda de Sant Francesc 6, 17001 Girona

3 star hotel, 5  minutes walk away from the main venue. Meeting participants can benefit from discounted rates.

Rates

  • Special price single room: €52 per night (breakfast included)
  • Special price double room, single occupancy: €57 per night (breakfast included)

The discounted rates above are applicable for reservations settled at least 48h before the check-in. Reservations can be made by phone on +34 972 20 38 00 or via email at [email protected]. All discount codes will be included in your IETM registration email.

Wheelchair accessible rooms are available upon request. You can contact the hotel by phone on +34 972 203 800 or via email at [email protected].

Hotel Ultonia (***)

Address: Gran Via de Jaume I 22, 17001 Girona

3 star hotel, 10 minutes from the main venue. A special Price: 10% discount on general rates is offered to meeting participants.

Rates 

  • Double room standard, single occupancy: €65
  • Double room standard, single occupancy, breakfast included: €90
  • Superior room with terrace, single occupancy: €75
  • Superior room with terrace, single occupancy, breakfast included: €100

Reservations can be made by phone on +34 972 20 38 50 or via email at [email protected]. All discount codes will be included in your IETM registration email.

Wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.

Hotel Gran Ultonia (****)

Address: Gran Via de Jaume I, 22, 17001 Girona, Spain

Special rates (free cancellation)

  • Double room standard, single occupancy, breakfast included: €74
  • Superior room, single occupancy, breakfast included: €114
  • Junior Suite, single occupancy, breakfast included: €124

Includes more high end rooms and is located in the same building of Hotel Ultonia.

You can make your reservations directly on their website. You can contact the hotel by phone on (+34) 972 203 850 or via email at [email protected].

The hotel counts a total of 6 wheelchair accessible rooms available upon request. For a detailed description of the accessibility conditions of Hotel Gran Últonia, please check out page 37 of the Girona Tourism For All Guide.

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Currency

The currency in Spain is the Euro. You can check the conversion rate to your currency here.

Major credit and debit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, are widely accepted.

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Visa

If you’re not from an EEA country you must have a valid passport to enter Spain, and it must be valid for the whole of your stay.

Many countries will not require a visa to visit Spain, however, to check your eligibility please follow this link. If you require a visa for Spain, you can find out more about the standard visa here.

If you are uncertain whether you need to apply for a visa prior to your arrival or if you need an invitation letter to apply for one, please contact [email protected]

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Useful numbers

Emergency number: 112 or 061 (for health emergencies).

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