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Friday lunch: a Catalan touch

Hi all,

Just a few lines to let you know that we are going to have lunch at La Dolça Herminia on Friday, May 31st. It’s a nice restaurant, with modern Catalan food, and close to the venue. We will enjoy two courses and a dessert, so we hope we won´t be too sleepy to go on in the afternoon! We will have three options for each course, including a vegetarian choice.

Here you have some images:

Most of the photos are from La Dolça Herminia Website.


As we all know, planning a journey requires time, energy and a lot of patience. This is especially true when looking for accommodation.  We are also aware of the difficulty in finding affordable accommodation when booking last minute.
Here at Semiofest, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so we have that part covered. Let’s just say we decided to simplify this tedious process as much as possible, by offering you a range of websites that can help you to find the location that best suits your needs.

Keep in mind that Barcelona is a small city, so any accommodation close to the city centre (Plaça Catalunya / Plaza Cataluña / Catalonia square) will do.


As mentioned before, we have a special agreement with Cocoon Barcelona for those who would like to rent an apartment. They offer a 10% discount for Semiofest attendees. To book an apartment, you have to:; on the search box on your upper left, type “Palau Musica”; you will see many options in the area. Choose the one you are interested in, and when making the reservation, type “Semiofest” in the “I have a discount code” box.

If you have any queries, you can contact them at

Hostels, bed and breakfasts and hotels

Budget hotels, bed&breakfasts and hostels near the venue (5-20 minutes walk)

Hostal Layetana
Hostel Barcelona
Fabrizzio Petit Palace
Equity Point Centric
Sant Jordi Alberg
Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel
Casa Maca

Some of the hotels near the area are:
Budget&design hotels

Chic and basic
Praktik Hotels

** Hotels

*** Hotels
Banys Orientals
Hotel Ciutat de BCN

**** Hotels

***** Hotels


These websites can offer you discounts at incredible rates, so that you can sit back, relax and feel confident that you are almost halfway along in your journey to Barcelona!! – This site is wonderful for finding discounts all around Barcelona. Just type in the destination at the top of the page, add in the dates you require and wha-lá you have a great list. Here is the direct link to Barcelona. is a fantastic site – you might be lucky and find some hotels up to 10-20% off hotels, you can sometimes find hotels at 70%! It´s extremely economical and won´t leave you feeing disappointed. Definitely a page to be looked at! The direct link to Barcelona is:

If trivago and restago don´t do it for you, then here is another possibility: –  After choosing your location and your dates, you can put in further specifications in the column at the left-hand side of the page. The City Centre and Gotic/Born areas are the options you should be looking for. Other specifications in the list can assist you in finding those needs that are best suited to you.

Other sites that will help you in your search are:

We really hope that you find the perfect room for your stay with us here in Barcelona! Remember to search close to the City Centre so that your journey is a smooth and easy ride.

We wish you the best of luck to you from the team at Semiofest Barcelona!

Arriving in Barcelona

Photo by Michale & Christa Richert. 1189176_95261207-1024x768

We would like to give some advice in order to book your flight.

There are three airports in Catalonia (the autonomous region Barcelona is in), that are frequently referred as “Barcelona airports” by some airlines. The truth is, there is only one airport in Barcelona, called El Prat. The other two are in Girona and Reus (Tarragona). You have to keep in mind the extra time and money arriving at these two last airports will imply.

Barcelona Airport
There are many means of public transport from this airport: the regular bus (although we don’t advice you to take it, it takes long time and you could get lost); the train (cheap and safe, it takes you to Passeig de Gracia station, quite near the area of Semiofest venue) or the Aerobus (a bus that goes directly to Plaça de Catalunya, right in the center of the city). It charges 5,75 euros per single ticket and 9,95 per return ticket (valid RETURN up to 9 days after purchasing).

If you choose to take the train, the T-10 (10 integrated non-personal trips) card is valid, and if you’re planning to take some public transport, it´s better to buy this (9,80 euros) than a single ticket (2 euros).

And of course, there are taxis: a trip to the city centre will be around 30/35 euros.

Girona Airport
It’s the second best option. There is a bus that will take you to Estació del Nord (a bus station in Barcelona city) in around one hour.

The fares for this bus are 16 euros (single ticket) and 25 euros (return ticket).

Reus Airport
There is a bus company that offers direct transport from the airport to Barcelona city. The prices are similar to the ones from Girona Airport. Here you have the link.

If you are coming by train, the international station in Barcelona is called Sants. Here you have the information of the Spanish national train company, RENFE (although we strongly recommend to check your local websites, as this one is really messy to book international tickets). This web (that has international versions linked to it) is better:

And if you have any doubts or queries, please do write to us (

Regarding visas, please check the official information here.

Save the date!

Hi all,

We are delighted to confirm that Semiofest 2013 will take place on May 31st and June 1st. The open workshops (for anyone interested in knowing about semiotics) will be on May 30th, 2013.

It will be held at Anaglifos, art factory (Monec street no.17, Barcelona).

The venue is close to Palau de la Música, a wonderful Opera house in an Art Noveau building, which you can visit during your days here!

We will give you a list of possible hotels around the area, and we also have a very good recommendation (with special price) for those who are interested in staying in an apartment.

Stay tuned!

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Barcelona and Christmas time

Welcome to Barcelona!

The entries on this section of Semiofest Web (under Barcelona blog category) will show you the “backstage” of our activity in order to have everything prepared for the next edition of our celebration of semiotic thinking, in 2013. We will also like to share with you different things that are going on in this interesting city…

We all tend to think of Spain, in special Barcelona (and Costa Brava), Balearic&Canary Islands and Andalusia as synonyms for sun, beaches, beer and sangría. But how does Barcelona look in Fall/Winter time? What about the ideas it tries to promote regarding its project of being a “sustainable city“? Christmas time offers quite an occasion to think about these issues. There is a strong tradition of decorating the cities for Christmas, as in many other European cities. But how can a city full of electric lights be sustainable? Here’s the answer from Barcelona: in the last years, all the lights are LEDs, even the pink tree you see on the pictures. They re-use the lights instead of changing them every year (as it used to be), in order to prevent waste. Nevertheless, the city looks really nice. Here you have some pictures (including one bench we really liked, in the Gothic Neighbourhood). Hope you enjoy them.

Here you have more information about this.