Social events and city guide

Conference Reception

All delegates, speakers and accompanying persons are invited to attend the Conference Reception which will be held at the Melia Madrid Princesa from 18.00 to 19.30 on the evening of Wednesday, 19 June 2019.

Conference Dinner

Delegates to Pb2019 and registered accompanying persons are invited to the Conference Dinner. More information to follow.

Accompanying Persons

All non-delegates who are accompanying delegates in Madrid are welcome to join the Conference lunches, the Conference Reception and the Conference Dinner upon payment of the accompanying persons fee.

About Madrid

Madrid is the third-largest city in European Union, and the capital city of Spain. Situated on the Manzanares River, it is the famous touristic city of Spain and the seventh most visited place in the world. It is considered amongst the world’s global cities because of its growing education, entertainment, culture and politics. The city owns a contemporary infrastructure, but it has fairly preserved its history. Visit Madrid to explore the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Golden Triangle of Art and Paseo del Prado and enjoy your holidays.

In Madrid, the public transportation is fast, safe and efficient. There are more than 170 bus lines, 13 metro lines and 10 lines of Cercanias. Passengers can purchase single tickets at the slot machines in metro stations or on buses, which are used for both buses and the metro system. Blue buses run in Madrid, but a few are red diesel buses.

Many new blue buses also offer a child seat with suitable seatbelt. Double-decker touristic buses run though 3 lines taking you on beautiful avenues, attractions and monuments. Commuter trains are always on time and effectively links the city centre with the suburbs. Madrid taxis are metered, but it’s better if you obviously ask the fare as they might charge extra for long distance rides. Car rental is available with special deals, but it depends on your ability to bargain with local or international brand agencies in Madrid. Better to drive small car because of narrow roads and limited parking space. The busiest airport is Madrid – Barajas Airport, but there is a proposal to construct two new airports soon.

Like other European cities, pretty crime exists in Madrid. Apply your common sense if you don’t want to be a prey. In any case, never mix with strangers, who offer to help as they might be thieves. Don’t keep your important documents and valuables in back pockets. Keep important things in a bag with zipper and if possible use inside pockets for money, passport and valuables. Hire only authorised taxis, white with a red band across the side, while travelling from the airport. Be vigilant in tourist areas like the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. Use 112 for all emergencies. If you are unable to describe the event, then tell ‘no hablo mucho español.’ Required service will be sent. Keep a list of phone numbers for local clinics, the police station and medical services in case of urgency.

Tipping is common in Madrid. Locals often tip small change near Euro or 1 for good service. Many people also tip extra Euro or 2 for great service and added value. In restaurants, tipping is 10%, but they don’t charge extra on the final bill. Some expensive restaurants add IVA (value added tax) up to 10% on the final bill. Always tip service staff to get added advantages. Tipping taxicab drivers, hairdressers and hotel personnel is also customary in Madrid.

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