IEEE/ACM DS-RT 2021
Country and Visa
Valencia, Spain (Virtual Host University)
Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide, occupying second place in 2019 in the
world ranking of tourist arrivals. Within Spain, the Valencian Region is well known by its white sand
beaches and its sunny weather. However, in the capital of the region, you will also find a perfect mix
between history and modernity. Third largest city in Spain by population (only after Madrid and
Barcelona), Valencia embraces a multicultural past, which confers rich culture and tradition, including
singular architecture and relevant gastronomy, being the birthplace of the Paella.
In old town you can visit its rich artistic heritage, including the Cathedral where you can climb the Micalet tower and contemplate amazing panoramic views of the city or see the Holy Grail; then in Central Market you will not only find typical Valencian products but also enjoy the building itself as one of the main examples of the Valencian Art Nouveau; next to Central Market you can find the Silk Exchange (la Lonja), a jewel of civil Gothic; and on your way to the former Turia riverbed (currently Turia garden) you will find the Torres of Serranos, one of the gates that formed part of the ancient city wall.
Also, you can enjoy several important museums all over the city, but a must see is the futuristic City of Arts and Science, an impressive example of modern architecture, that includes a science museum, an opera palace and the largest aquarium in Europe.
Passports and Visas
Please follow this link to check whether you need a visa to visit Valencia (and other useful information for
your trip to Valencia): https://www.spain.info/en/travel-tips/visa-passport/.
For information on how to apply, you can visit the following link too: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/spain-visa/. If you require an invitation letter for your visa application, please contact the Local Arrangement Chair.
Central European Summer Time zone in Valencia, Spain (GMT+2)
Electricity in Valencia is 220-240V, 50Hz AC. Outlets have the standard European socket (plug type F) with two small round holes and two earth clips on the side (ground). If you have a different plug, bring an adapter. North American 110V appliances will also need a transformer if they don't have built-in voltage adjustment.