Barcelona is Spain's second biggest city and has quickly become a major hub for business meetings and conferences. In 2017 47.2 Million passengers flew through Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, and today Barcelona remains one of the the world’s most visited cities.
With this in mind, business travellers can expect a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and sights. It doesn't matter on your duration, a short stay doesn't mean exploration is off the cards. Barcelona is a city that lends itself to being explored easily, whether you do this by foot, or open top bus, the landmarks of the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region has architecture not to be missed.
Many businesses from a range of sectors headquarter themselves in Barcelona including telecoms, automotive, pharmaceutical, renewable and energy companies. Surrounding these businesses are a plethora of bars, restaurants and shops offering something for all budgets.
In this guide, we provide corporate travellers with all the information they will need when spending time travelling for business as well as some of our favourite places we have visited, weather forecasts, transport links, what to see, where to eat and much more…
Barcelona has five ways to travel around the city:
Barcelona has a clean, punctual, air-conditioned metro system taking you to most of the major sights and attractions. The metro can be especially useful in the summer months when it can be quite hot to walk in the sun during peak times.
Click HERE for the Barcelona Metro Map 2018.
Taxis are an affordable alternative to public transport. A 15 minute journey should only cost around €10.00. Licensed Taxis have to charge you the amount displayed on the meter and rates will be displayed inside the cab.
Top Tip - The main heart of the city is pedestrianised so automated modes of transport aren't the best choice when wanting to check out the city centre in its true glory.
Buses serve the city centre and are also a clean and affordable option. Running times vary according to the bus route. Most services begin at 4.25am and end at 11pm. Average frequency of service is between 20 and 30 minutes at weekends. (The running times and frequency of service are posted at the bus stops).
For more information on bus routes click HERE.
The city isn't as large as you may think, so if you are able bodied and wanting some exercise then walking is one of the best ways to take in the breathtaking sights. (Just remember to take comfortable footwear)
You can pick up a street map at a variety of places but for a more detailed guide before you travel click HERE to see a map linked to photo guide to the city centre.
Where to stay:
Barcelona has a plethora of accommodation options. Most corporate travellers tend to bed down at hotels in the city centre, but with a broad range of accommodation options to suit every business travellers budget there is plenty to choose from. From budget/luxury hotels to serviced apartments.
Top things to see and do:
Whether you're spending free time in between meetings or adding on some “Bleisure” time to the end of your stay, a trip to Barcelona isn't complete without a visit to the following areas.
Renowned for its Gaudi inspired architecture and the ongoing build of the world’s largest cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona really is a delight for the eyes. A highlight for me was a visit to Park Guell, consisting of beautiful gardens and pathways leading to mosaic statues/buildings again built by Gaudi. Its location boasts fantastic views over the entire city.
Believe it or not, Barcelona also boasts its own Arc de Triomf, the gateway to Ciutadella Park, a huge leafy park also home to the famous Barcelona Zoo.
With museums at every turn, teamed with the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter Barcelona’s historic past really shines through. There is something to suit everyone’s taste from the famous Barcelona football stadium Nou Camp, to the shopping districts around the city centre.
Where to eat:
When it comes to Spanish food, it doesn't have to be all about tapas (although where better to eat traditional tapas than Spain itself!).
For breakfast/brunch or lunch head to Cheese and Cake - acclaimed to be the “Best Breakfast in Barcelona” Cheese and Cake serve an array of food to delight any business travellers taste buds.
Tapas Bodega Biarritz 1881 is a tapas restaurant located within the Gothic district close to the metro station Liceu. The restaurant has a complete menu of traditional tapas and small dishes that are very good quality.
UMA - for fine dining and a pricier menu, Uma boasts an impressive list of dishes and a stack of fantastic TripAdvisor reviews and photos of their signature plates that will trick your eyes and blow your mind.
For Japanese, head to Mutenroshi Ramen (bookable via the OpenTable website HERE) Located in the Barcelona in the neighbourhood of Gracia, this restaurant keeps traditional Japanese cuisines at the heart of their operations.