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Location, accommodation & travel information

Find your accommodation

Accommodation has been reserved for conference delegates at the following preferential rates:

€144.00 - based on single occupancy (per room, per night) €166.00 - based on double occupancy (per room, per night)

Guestroom rates are inclusive of VAT and include breakfast. Tourist tax (currently €1.32 per person per night and subject to government updates) is not included.

Reservation cut-off date is 18 September 2023. After this date, any bookings received will be confirmed upon hotel availability.

To book your accommodation send a reservation request to [email protected](opens in new tab/window).

Meliá Sitges Hotel Congress Centre guest room

WARNING - SCAM ALERT: Exhibitor Housing Services (EHS) & Exhibitor Housing Management (EHM), Traveller Point (TP) and Travel Hosting Team (THT)

Elsevier has learned that a third-party company, Exhibitor Housing Services (EHS), also operating under the name Exhibitor Housing Management (EHM), Traveller Point (TP) and Travel Housing team (THT) are targeting Elsevier conference speakers and attendees with a fraudulent travel and hotel booking scheme. The companies are calling and/or emailing conference speakers and attendees and falsely claiming it is the “official” housing bureau and/or authorized by Elsevier to book hotel and/or travel accommodations for the conference. This is entirely FALSE. Elsevier is not affiliated in any way with EHS, EHM, TP or THT.

Travel information

By air

Barcelona Airport is the closest airport to Sitges.

If you are deciding whether to fly into Barcelona, Reus or Girona airports, it is worth considering all costs. If you find that a flight to Reus or Girona is cheaper than one to Barcelona Airport, make sure that you add up the other costs of further travel before making a booking.

The distance from Barcelona Airport to Sitges is approximately 20 km.  This will take about 30 minutes in a taxi, costing around €65.00.

Transfer to Sitges from Barcelona Airport by train

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.

For more detailed information on train timetable and journey times see our Guide to Transfer(opens in new tab/window) from Barcelona Airport to Sitges.

Transfer to Sitges from Barcelona Airport by coach

There are coaches that run directly from Barcelona Airport to Sitges. The MonBus runs from outside Terminal 1 of Barcelona airport. There are two terminals at Barcelona Airport - Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) (T2 has three separate sections T2A, T2B and T2C).

The MonBus service to Sitges only departs from T1. Therefore, if you are arriving into T2, you will need to take the free shuttle bus to T1 to catch the Monbus coach to Sitges.

The MonBus service runs from Barcelona airport to the following stations including Sitges.

  • Barcelona City Centre (Ronda Universitat) > Barcelona Gran Via > Barcelona Airport T1 > Sitges >

  • Sitges > Barcelona Airport (T1) > Barcelona Gran Via > Barcelona City Centre (Ronda Universitat)

The stops are in order of direction but please be aware that the MonBus runs in both directions from the airport so make sure you get the bus that is going in the direction you need.

See Guide to Transfers from Barcelona Airport(opens in new tab/window) for more information.

The MonBus runs once per hour from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays the bus runs every two hours. On Sundays and Holidays they run four times per day. For details of the times and ticket prices of the MonBus check the MonBus Website(opens in new tab/window). Go to the 'Timetable Searcher' and key in 'Aeroport de Barcelona' to 'Sitges'.

Accessibility Policy

Please access our Accessibility policy and guidelines here.

How to contact us to discuss any accessibility requirements

Please contact us at  [email protected](opens in new tab/window) to discuss any requirements or questions. The conference organizer will contact you directly to discuss further.

Please let us have the details of any specific requirements by Monday 30th October 2023.


On request we can arrange for early access to the catering space/assistance with the collection of catering.   Please contact us at [email protected](opens in new tab/window)

Please contact us at[email protected](opens in new tab/window) if you would like to have an orientation tour of the venue on Monday 13th November 2023.

Accessibility FAQs for conference venue

Accessibility FAQs for conference dinner venue

How to reach the venue and hotel

Local area

One of the jewels of the Mediterranean coast, Sitges is just 35 km southwest of Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain and very easily accessible from Barcelona Airport. The town offers visitors an impressive architectural and cultural heritage together with excellent beaches, restaurants, markets and festivals.

  • Sitges is well connected to all attractions and landmarks

  • 35 km south of Barcelona with easy access to the city by road and rail

  • Barcelona international airport is only 25 km away (20 minutes)

Sitges enjoys a privileged location between the sea and the mountains and offers the visitor an endless array of leisure activities:

  • The Coast of Barcelona, next to the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby mountains provides the area with outstanding natural beauty:

  • Luxury residential areas

  • Golf courses

  • Marina facilities next to the beaches

  • A historic town centre of great cultural interest. Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla churches

Visit the Sitges tourist guide website(opens in new tab/window) for more information.

Aerial view of Sitges beach

Conference dinner

An optional conference dinner will take place on Tuesday 21 November 2023 at La Taberna del Puerto.

Standing in an incomparable setting on Sitges harbour front, La Taberna del Puerto is regarded as one of the most emblematic restaurants in the area.

La Taberna del Puerto restaurant, Sitges

Tickets are priced at €70.00 + VAT and include:

  • Walking tour of Sitges

  • Arrival drink

  • 3 course meal with wine

  • Entertainment

As places are limited please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Please note the menu will include seafood and fish dishes – please indicate any dietary requirements upon registering.