Why not extend your business trip and discover the city?
Are you on a business trip to Barcelona and want to explore the city of Barcelona in your free time? We give you tips for an entertaining stay in the city.
Barcelona, located directly by the sea, is always reason enough to hang on for a few more days. In this way you can “take away” the lifestyle and the endless range of culinary delights, leisure activities and the hospitality of the Catalans. It is worthwhile to either look at one of the many sights – it is best to book the tickets online in advance so that you do not stand in front of the sign “we are fully booked”. Or to do the big Barcelona walk. A casual stroll through the small streets around Santa Caterina Market, Palau de la Música Catalana and Plaça d’Antoni Maura is recommended. There are also several beautiful parks in Barcelona that are worth visiting. Primarily are Park Güell and Parc de la Ciutadella.
Barcelona Bars & Restaurants
Do you like to travel with food and like to be with people? A typical place full of Catalan mentality, hustle, bustle, and coziness is the Mercat de la Boqueria, the food market on the edge of La Rambla. There is everything here: fresh fish, delicious fruit, freshly squeezed juices – and at the far left the Bar Central. Granted, it’s noisy here, you must wait for your seat, and you can’t reserve. And if the staff suspect you’re a tourist, they’ll try to direct you to the “same” restaurant around the corner. But don’t do it! Wait and insist on a table in the hall at the bar.
The extensive beach of Barcelona shines with white sand and clean water – walk barefoot on the beach from the Pez Vela restaurant to Platja de Sant Sebastià, Platja de Sant Miquel and Platja de la Barceloneta. A walk of about an hour and you feel like you are on vacation. Afterwards, the Carpe Diem Lounge Club entices with large seating and cushion combinations to relax, people watch and meet new people.
Art and culture
Carlos Ruiz Zafón is one of Spain’s most famous novelists of his time. A native Catalan born in Barcelona in 1964, Ruiz Zafón has written nine novels to date, some written for adults and others for young audiences. Zafóns most internationally acclaimed book is “The Shadow of the Wind“, or in Spanish “La Sombra del Viento”, which was published in 2001. Carlos Ruiz Zafón also authors short stories.
Carlos Ruiz Zafóns quote about Barcelona:
“The touching history is always present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. For me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it is a very vain woman.”
- Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is an absolute must in Barcelona. The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, briefly known as the Sagrada Familia, is a Roman Catholic church in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Its construction has not yet been completed, the building history is extremely interesting, and it is already one of the most exotic and unusual buildings in the world and attracts millions of tourists. The completion of the basilica is planned for the year 2026, the 100th anniversary of the death of the architect Antoni Gaudi. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance to visit. Tickets can also only be purchased online.
- Parc Güell
Parc Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudi between 1900 and 1914, is mentioned several times in the novel “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The incredibly beautiful park is decorated with Gaudi’s well-known patterns and mosaics at every corner and leaves an almost unreal, surreal impression on its visitors. The view from the large platform over Barcelona is breathtaking! If you want, you can climb even higher – and it’s worth the effort here, too.
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya / Font magica
The museum illuminates the history of Barcelona and Catalonia in different languages in a very pleasant and vivid way, always with a focus on the artistic evolution of the city. The National Art Museum of Catalonia is located above the Placa d’Espanya. It is particularly beautiful here in the evening hours, just before the sun goes down. It’s the best of all on Saturday evening: with live music, you can watch both the famous, illuminated fountains (Font magica) and the incredible sunset over Parc Güell, especially from the top staircase directly in front of the museum. Late July and August are best for this because then the sun is most favorable.
Camp Nou Stadium and Museum FC Barcelona & Tickets
Visit the Camp Nou Experience: Barcelona’s fantastic Camp Nou stadium and the museum of the most successful football club in the world, FC Barcelona! Even if you’re not a big football fan, the stadium tour will surprise you. During the guided tour you will learn more about the special history of the football teams that represent a city, the Catalan region and even their Catalan language. FC Barcelona has thus become part of the Catalan identity. Barça “Més que un club”, meaning “More than a club”. You can buy tickets on the FC Barcelona official website!
Excursion to Montserrat Monastery Spain, 50 km from Barcelona
Montserrat is a mountain in Catalonia, Spain. According to tradition, it is the most important and mysterious mountain of Catalonia. Montserrat Mountain is approximately 50 km north of Barcelona and separates the comarcas of Anoia, Bages and Baix Llobregat. The highest peak of the Montserrat mountain is the Sant Jeroni peak (1236 m) and you have a fantastic view of the Pyrenees and the sea.
On the mountain stands the Sanctuary and Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat (‘Monasterio de Montserrat’). Annually, this abbey and the mountain attract many tourists, including Catholic pilgrims, hikers, and climbers.
Fancy a few extra days in Barcelona? We would be happy to advise you on your next Barcelona business trip.
Discover Barcelona with an experienced chauffeur – first-class airport transfer and top service from the start with ACTION Worldwide Limousines
The best start for your visit is a relaxed transfer in a limousine. After landing at Barcelona Airport, your pre-ordered limousine will be waiting in front of the airport. An experienced, local chauffeur will help you find your way around Barcelona. With the airport transfer you arrive relaxed and punctually at the event location or in your hotel. So, you can concentrate 100% on the trade fair. If you change plans, you can contact your driver directly as you will have the driver’s contact details at hand before you arrive. For additional comfort and increased security, you can supplement your booked limousine with an airport meet and greet. During your stay in Barcelona, our chauffeur service is at your disposal to drive you to the various sights, events or restaurants and bars. So, you always enjoy the highest level of comfort and safety on site.
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Contact us so that we can make an individual offer for your stay in Cologne. We can also provide you with Meet & Greet services at the airport in Cologne and you can trust that we’ll take real care in arranging your personal chauffeured service.