General Information

Congress Date and Venue
5th International Mediterranean Family Medicine Congress (IMFMC2021)will be held between 22- 25 April 2021 at Hotel Barceló Valencia, Spain.

Congress Language
The Congress will be held in English. Presentations will be in English at the international section.

Letter of Invitation
Upon request, a letter of invitation will be sent to any registered participants. This letter will be sent solely to assist participants in obtaining leave from their institutions.

Name Badges
Name badges must be worn to enter scientific sessions, exhibition areas and all social activities by each participant, accompanying person and industry representative.

Certificate of Participation
Certificate of participation will be given to the all registered participants of the Congress.

Congress Web Page
A website has been created to allow you to keep track of all announcements relating to the Congress.  www.imfmc.org

Exhibition
A large area has been set aside for the exhibition of the pharmaceutical and medical companies as well as book publishers. Congress registration is a must in order to visit the exhibition area.

Tourist Information

València

València is located on Spain’s eastern coast, at the mouth of the Turia River, right in the centre of the Gulf of València. It is situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, a stretch of water which has gradually forged the city’s character over the centuries. València’s geographical location makes it an excellent operational base from which to explore the rest of Spain. At just an hour and a half from Madrid by train, three hours from Barcelona by car, and with daily departures to the Balearic Islands, the capital of the Mediterranean is well worth a visit. Bask in the city’s pleasant climate, stroll along its wide sandy beaches, just fifteen minutes from the centre of València, catch a glimpse of its past, sample the local cuisine and discover the richness of its culture.

Weather in València

Not 100, not 200, but 300 days of sun in Valencia!

Valencia has an average temperature of 19º C and a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. It is an ideal destination to visit all year round. You will rarely need an umbrella, maybe only at the beginning of autumn. There is no need to bring lots of thick winter clothes in your suitcase, but definitely pack your sun cream, an extra jumper just in case it gets a little chilly and look forward to a great time!

Spring: this is the best season to visit Valencia as the temperatures are mild during the day and at night.

April: 20º C during the day and 11º C at night

What should you pack in your suitcase? Short-sleeved items, swimsuits, sunglasses and sun cream for during the day, and long-sleeved items, a light jacket or a jumper for night-time.

Practical Information

LANGUAGE

There are two official languages in València: “Valenciano”, used in the Valencian Community, and Spanish, Spain’s official language.

There are centres that offer specialised classes, practical training and cultural activities; in addition, they can help students with finding housing. The Association of Spanish Schools in the Valencian Region (AMEELE) brings together Spanish schools in the city of València which are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.
www.ameele.net 

POSTAL SERVICES

The Central Post and Telegraph Office (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 24) is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Telephone: 96 310 27 30. Stamps are also available in all tobacconists.

TIME ZONE

People generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast (7:30 and 10:00 a.m.) is similar to the continental style. Restaurants serve lunch between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and dinner from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Now you can go shopping in València any day of the year. Although normal shop opening hours are from 10 am to 8.30 pm, you will find malls and shops in tourist areas that are open every day, including Sundays and public holidays (except 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 25 December). The areas where shops are open every day of the week are:

– Jardín del Turia: from Nou d’Octubre bridge to Astilleros bridge.
– València city centre: Ciutat Vella and Ensanche areas.
– Els Orriols: around Ciudad de València stadium.

TIPPING

Tips are included in all prices and bills, so tipping is not considered obligatory. However, if the service received is considered satisfactory, especially in bars and restaurants, a tip is often left.
WEATHER

València enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

BANKS

Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Only a few branches open on Saturday mornings. There are 24-hour automatic tellers around the city, and most (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer international services.

CREDIT CARDS

Most hotels, restaurants and shops in València accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.

ELECTRICITY

Standard electrical voltage in València is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. A transformer and an adapter are necessary to use North American electrical appliances whose plugs have two square pins. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.

EXCHANGING MONEY

RIA Money Transfer & Change:
Currency exchange, traveller’s checks and money transfers. Centrally located in the main European cities.
Convento de Jerusalén, 9 46007 – València
Tel.:+34 963 525 383
www.riaagent.com
esfx@riafinancial.com

HOLIDAYS

– New Year Day: 1st January
– San Vicente Mártir: 22nd January
– San José: 19th March
– San Vicente Ferrer: 5th April, moved to the Monday following Easter
– Good Friday and Easter Monday: (dates change every year)
– Labour Day: 1st May
– Sant Dionís: 9th October, Valencian Community National Day
– All Saints: 1st of November
– The Day of the Constitution: 6th of December
– The Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th of December.