Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is known as the most avant-garde and cosmopolitan city in Spain. A tourist city par excellence, it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. It is also important in the business world and is an ideal base for the creation and establishment of numerous companies. Every year, the numerous events and trade fairs held here attract professionals from all over the world. Whether they are passing through for short term assignments or staying longer in Barcelona for long term assignments, secondment or expatriation, professional travellers are well advised to opt for furnished apartment rentals in Barcelona or aparthotels in Barcelona to enjoy the cultural treasures the city has to offer during their stay in the Catalan capital.
The eleventh most populated city in the European Union, with 1.636 million inhabitants, Barcelona is the administrative and economic capital of Catalonia. The long tradition of enterprise and trade within the city continues to this day. Although Catalonia is Spain's main industrial region, particularly in the fields of car manufacturing, electronics, chemicals and textiles, the local government encourages economic activity. It supports the creation of companies in cutting-edge sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT), energy, biotechnology, design, media, social sciences but also aeronautics, aerospace and mobility. Barcelona is a true business centre that attracts investors from all over the world.
Built on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona enjoys a privileged geographical location but also an exceptional history and cultural heritage. Romanesque churches stand side by side with the wonders of modern art and architecture. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games helped to redevelop, modernise and revitalise the city and to make it shine internationally. Well served by its autonomous port and international airport, Barcelona is a destination of choice for the 23.5 million visitors on average who come to the city each year. With its mild, sunny climate and a quality of life that is among the best in the world, Barcelona is an extremely popular destination for business travellers from all over the world.
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Throughout the year, hundreds of events, congresses and trade fairs take place in Barcelona. Here are the lists of the most awaited:
- The Mobile World Congress, the annual congress for mobile phone professionals.
- The B-Travel, international tourism fair in Catalonia,
- The E-Show Barcelona, a show dedicated to e-commerce and e-marketing (mobile internet, social networks, Cloud, hosting, etc.),
- IN-Cosmetics Global, the international trade show dedicated to ingredients for the cosmetics industry,
- Alimentaria & Alimentaria Foodtech, the international food and beverage exhibition & forum for technology in the food industry,
- Hostelco, international exhibition of equipment for restaurants and hotels,
- Saló International del Còmic de Barcelona, Barcelona's international comics fair,
- S.I.L, the leading trade fair for logistics, transport, intralogistics and material handling in Southern Europe,
- Equiplast, international exhibition dedicated to machinery and equipment for the rubber and plastics industries,
- Eurosurfas, the international exhibition for surface treatment,
- Expoquimia, the international chemical exhibition,
- The Barcelona meeting point, Barcelona's real estate fair,
- Smart City expo, congress on the concept of the sustainable city and associated services including energy and the environment,
- IBTM World, the world event dedicated to the meetings and events sector,
- Graphispag, international printing exhibition,
- Hispack, International Packaging Exhibition,
- Construmat, international construction trade fair,
- BCNRAIL Internacional rail forum, international congress dedicated to the railway industry
Each of these gatherings will take place at the Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona's exhibition centre, which is divided into 2 sites: the Gran Via (recinto) enclosure and the Montjuïc enclosure.
Flooded by tourists throughout the year, between the youth hostel and very expensive hotels, it is sometimes difficult to find a room to stay in Barcelona. In the case of long missions, the hotels, often expensive, exceed company travel policies and are not really suitable for this type of stay. In order to recover costs, it is best to book furnished accommodation in Barcelona. You will save on average 40% compared to a hotel stay.
In addition, the moderate climate of the Catalan capital makes it a great place to go for a weekend getaway. Staying in a furnished apartment or apart-hotel while on a short business trip to Barcelona is a great way to extend your trip to enjoy the beaches of the Costa Brava or Costa Dorada. In the case of long term assignments, for travellers on training, consultants, seconded workers or even expatriates, furnished accommodation in short term rental or long term furnished rental allows you to feel "at home" from the moment you arrive. Indeed, each furnished apartment or apart-hotel offered on MagicStay is equipped with a fully equipped, secure kitchen and benefits from 24/7 assistance in the event of a problem, allowing you to stay in complete peace and privacy.
Cultural and dynamic city, Barcelona attracts the whole world for its architectural masterpieces but also for its atmosphere and beaches. Here is a short overview of the places not to be missed in the Catalan capital.
It is undoubtedly the emblem of the city. This unfinished architectural gem of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, blends Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. It is worth noting that part of the building, especially the Nativity façade, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is another place signed by Gaudi, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason. The architect let his imagination run wild in designing this atypical space. Conceived as a garden city, he followed the relief and the curves of the place, imagined columns in the shape of tree trunks, created a giant mosaic lizard, fountains... Welcome to an almost dreamlike stroll. From the highest point of the park, you can admire a panoramic view of the city.
It is THE most popular and famous street in Barcelona. This 1.2km long avenue, laid out in 1766, connects the Plaça de Catalunya to the city's port. You won't spend hours on it, because even if it's a must see, the street is often crowded with tourists and pickpockets are unfortunately also present.
The Gothic Quarter is a concentration of spectacular buildings. It is also the oldest part of the city, built during the time of the Roman Empire (the towers on Plaça Nova are testimony to this) before being rebuilt in the Middle Ages. The streets of the old town are full of charm and from everywhere you can see real remains of Barcelona's historical past. The Gothic Cathedral of Santa Cruz, dedicated to the city's patron saint, Santa Eulalia, and the Palacio de la Generalitat, the seat of the autonomous government of Catalonia, can be admired.
Located in the heart of the city, it was built on the ruins of an ancient citadel destroyed on the occasion of the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The majestic fountain and the lake make it possible to come to refresh oneself on the hottest days!
The Montjuïc Park, located in the Plaza de España, is an emblematic park of the city. The flourishing greenery is synonymous with rejuvenation. From its 185-metre-high belvedere, you can admire the whole city. The hill of Montjuïc also has many other points of interest, including several museums: the Museum of Modern Art, the Joan Mirö Foundation, which houses nearly 10,000 of his works, and the Museum of Catalan National Art (MNAC).
In the vast Montjuïc Park, you can also admire historic buildings such as the Castle of Montjuïc, a former military fortress, which can be reached by cable car, as well as the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which has been in operation for more than 80 years and offers a water and light show.
Professional football travellers will flock to the emblematic FC Barcelona stadium to watch a match, a great idea for an outing with colleagues!
From Las Ramblas, about fifteen minutes walk away, you are already in the water. Barceloneta beach is the closest to the city centre. Highly frequented during the summer season, for a little more tranquility, it is better to walk along Barceloneta beach to reach Icaria beach, generally less crowded. While passing from one to the other, you will discover the marina of Port Olimpic and why not, take advantage of it to go and taste seafood in one of the fish restaurants!
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