Corporate events are a key component of fuelling engagement with employees in any organisation. One of the best ways to ensure that your team building event creates lasting memories is to arrange it overseas.

There’s no better way for employees to have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences within a new environment while strengthening team interactions and encouraging intercultural growth. Why should you arrange your team building activities abroad? Here are just a few of the reasons.

The Bonding Benefits

Anyone who has ever travelled with family members or friends knows that nothing unites people in quite the same way as exploring new things within a brand-new environment. When people are connected outside their usual confines the team naturally becomes stronger.

Adding Unique Flavour

The fresh and new cultural insights that travelling overseas for your team building activities can bring help you to add unique flavour to your corporate event. Traditional music, entertainment and performances add more excitement and fascination to the experience, making it even more memorable.

Testing the Team

When you arrange your team-building activities in a foreign country you can find out how well your workforce can cope with challenges and stresses in an unknown environment. Not only that, but abroad events can open brand new networking horizons. The chance of establish fresh partnerships is a great reason to look overseas for your team building opportunities.

A Wealth of New Opportunities

One of the most convincing reasons for arranging your team building corporate events overseas? It opens up a wealth of opportunities for different and exciting activities which may not be available at home. By choosing activities which are unique to the country in which you are visiting, you can widen your workers’ cultural appreciation as well as their range of experience.

Visiting Barcelona For Your Team-Building Activities

Barcelona is a fantastic destination for any company’s team building activities. With a wealth of exciting venues and resources in stimulating and stunning surroundings, Barcelona has everything any workforce could want from sandy beaches to mountains with incredible views.

When your team aren’t working on reinforcing their cooperation skills and strengthening their relationships, they can enjoy the many fantastic experiences that the city provides, from dining in traditional restaurants to exploring cultural sites.

Using Our Specialist Team

If you’re ready to plan the perfect team-building activity in Barcelona, Barcelona Tours is here to help. As experts in the field, we’re here to make sure that you are matched up with the perfect experiences to suit you and your workforce. We have a wide range of group activities and private tours. These are almost all adaptable to suit your group, all organised by our talented and knowledgeable team.

Whatever size your group and whatever type of activities you’re interested in, you can rely on us to arrange group travel for you and your colleagues.

Are you ready to find out what we have to offer? Then contact our specialist team today and begin planning your Barcelona team building corporate event now.

This blog was originally posted in 2018 and updated on the 14th November 2019.

The Christmas lights are up, the air smells like roasting chestnuts and there’s a feeling of warmth even though it’s cold outside – it must be December in Barcelona! This old city doesn’t stop just because it’s chilly in the streets and a frosty wind is blowing leaves around the ankles of the locals, there’s still plenty to see and do. Read on to find out how to make the most of this month…

Barcelona Christmas Markets

Europe is known for having Christmas markets pop-up during winter, and when that first market stall appears in the street, it immediately feels like the festive season has begun. Barcelona will be covered in great Christmas markets selling traditional goodies throughout the month of December, with plants, decorations, gifts and foods all available from little tables decorated with Christmas lights. For a more in depth look at markets and shopping at Christmas, check out our Christmas in Barcelona blog.

There will also be other markets and shops that are just around for a weekend, like there is all year round, and we have selected three that will take you right through until Christmas Day.

All Those Food Market: Navidad 2019

Location: Plaça de les Arts, 1, 08013 Barcelona, Spain (in front of the National Theatre of Catalonia)

Date: Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December

All Those have become a regular on the market calendar in the last few years in Barcelona, holding events every few months with food trucks and stalls. Showcasing delicious local restaurants, bakeries, farms, wineries, breweries and all manner of food and drink suppliers, All Those is a true foodie market with the feeling of a mini-festival. Their ethos is admirable: bringing local goods to the people in a fun environment, with the goal of inspiring more people to start their own gastronomic projects. They hope this in turn will help grow the community, bringing more people together, connecting businesses with exciting new producers and the consumers at the market.

Grab a glass of hot wine to warm you up as you walk through the stalls – make sure you have a good look both inside and outside before you buy or you could spend a fortune on snacks!

BCN Makers Pop-Up Market

Location: Wallnwood, Carrer de Betlem, 53, 08012

Date: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December

Look no further for creative Christmas gifts than the BCN Makers Pop-Up Market. Local designers will bring their exciting creations to WallnWood, a beautiful bricked space, in Gracia, Barcelona’s neighbourhood located up the hill. More than 30 makers and creators of decorations, clothes, cosmetics, lamps and furniture will be showcasing and selling their wares. There has also been a promise of surprising and exciting nibbles to go with the goods!

Meals & Christmas Food

There are so many delicious, warming comfort foods in Catalonia to keep you toasty on a cold winter day. Read on for three different things to look out for on local menus…

Arroz caldoso (Rice in broth)

Everyone has heard of paella, the traditional rice dish from Valencia, Spain, and this is certainly a dish you can eat in the winter. However, we recommend trying arroz caldoso instead, which is a rich, tasty stock, or caldo, with the all the ingredients of a paella inside. This soupy offering will warm you right to the core and comes in so many different varieties so there is something everyone can enjoy. The most luxurious version is loaded with lobster – wonderful!

If you fancy learning to cook paella and learning about the other great rice and tapas dishes in Spain, check out our Spanish Cooking Class.

Lentejas (Lentils)

Lentils are hugely popular in Catalonia and still form a staple part of the day-to-day diet of the people. They are eaten in many different ways, but in winter you will find hot and hearty lentil stews on many local menus. The dishes will be a base of cooked lentils with potatoes, meats (maybe chorizo or another type of cured sausage), tomatoes, garlic and some fragrant additions like rosemary, thyme or bay leaves.

Churros con Chocolate (Spanish donuts with Chocolate)

Now, you might not find these in the same restaurant as your rice and lentils, but it’s worth taking a walk to find excellent churros with thick, melted chocolate. Visit a “granja” on Carrer de Petritxol, the street that is known as the chocolate street, for the best of the best when it comes to this traditional treat. For the locals, it’s not a dessert but a snack which is eaten in the early evening, around 5 or 6pm, but you can eat it whenever you like. Take your churros dusted with icing sugar, dip them in chocolate or even chocolate topped with whipped cream, it’s up to you.

Making Merry

Just like the rest of the year, Barcelona is all about eating, drinking and enjoying yourself in December! If the markets and munchies aren’t enough, get in touch with BarcelonaTours and we will help organising an amazing activity to boost your visit. Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to the Poble Espanyol, or Spanish village, and see this recreation of traditional Spanish architecture decorated for the festive season. Finish the visit off with an amazing Flamenco Show with Tapas or a 3-course dinner and drinks.

You can also get your blood pumping and run some Latin heat through your veins with a Salsa Class and entry into a Salsa night club – just bring along your passion and your dancing shoes, and we’ll organise the rest.

You can also check out our other excellent activities, just visit the home page for more ideas.

Christmas parties for companies

Planning your office Christmas party in Barcelona? Get in touch with Barcelonatours.net as soon as possible to start planning the best Christmas party in town! From private venues and dinners to dancing all night with VIP tables, we can help you put together a night that no one will forget.

Get in touch today at info@barcelonatours.net or by calling +34 935 008 226.

Are you arranging group travel overseas? It can be a challenging responsibility. Whether you’re arranging a conference, a team-building activity or an incentive trip in a foreign country, making all of the arrangements yourself can be time-consuming and stressful.

That’s why you should consider hiring a company that can take care of your group travel organisation. Wondering why finding a specialist company to help you with your trip planning is such a good idea? Read on and discover the many benefits.

Expert Local Knowledge

Unless you’ve lived in your chosen destination before, you probably don’t have the specialist knowledge you need to make the best decisions about where to stay and what to do during your trip. A specialist company will have an in-depth understanding of the city of your choice and will be able to access the best the city can offer.

Making Transportation Simple

When you hire a local company to arrange your group travel, you’ll find travelling around your destination is much easier. Quality transportation will be arranged on your behalf to get you and your group wherever you need to go. From airport transfers to sightseeing trips, it’ll all be done for you, saving you time and effort.

Accommodation For Your Group

It can be difficult to get a good rate on accommodation for large groups however with an expert local company working on your behalf you can find a comfortable stay for your entire party at a price you can afford to pay. You won’t need to make endless phone calls or browse through countless hotel websites. Simply outline your requirements and the specialist company will do the rest for you.

Arranging Activities And Events

Whether you’re arranging a family vacation, a trip for a group of friends or a corporate team building event, arranging activities for your party once you’ve arrived in your destination can be a hassle. Researching the best activities to enjoy can take a long time, but a specialist company will already know all the options that suit your requirements and can arrange them all for you in advance.

Going The Extra Mile For You

When you need a specialist company to arrange group travel in Barcelona for you and your party, Barcelona Tours is on hand to be your partner. We are experts in the city’s accommodation, attractions and activities, so you can depend on us to organise the perfect trip.

We have almost ten years of experience in arranging high-quality private tours, group travel and group activities in and around the city of Barcelona. You can rely on our extensive local knowledge and contacts to make your trip a complete success.

We can handle all elements of your stay! From arranging transportation and accommodation to helping arrange evening entertainment, restaurants and team-building activities. We’re here to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy your visit to this stunning city to the max.

Contact Barcelonatours.net today by emailing info@barcelonatours.net or calling +34 935 00 82 26.

Barcelona has been a hugely popular destination for corporate events for many years. From the Mobile World Conference, which welcomes people from all over the globe, to the small conferences that are just for the office team, Barcelona has many excellent resources to help you fire up your employees and business networks.

However, this blog isn´t about booking those hotel rooms or meeting spaces (although we can help with that too!). This is about how to keep your team excited and motivated before, in between, and after those all-important meetings and networking events. Barcelonatours.net has advice on how to keep your group inspired with awesome team-building activities and how to unwind in those precious free hours.

Team-Building Activities in Barcelona

A vital part of a corporate event is connecting people in a fun and engaging way. Whether you’ve known each other for years or have just met, team-building through healthy competition in a stimulating environment such as Barcelona will drive your group with challenges, while providing a fun break from the serious meetings. The following activities also get your group out and exploring the city without the need for an official guide and following a guide from place to place – using maps and clues, these activities will take your group back to basics!

IPad Rally

This is a task to really get the team´s cogs turning but also to see a lot of the city! This activity is perfect for people in all industries: it will reignite a sense of adventure while challenging you to solve puzzles, riddles and also solve Barcelona’s winding streets! After a quick session to teach your group how to use the iPads and the app, they´ll be split into teams and taken to different parts of the area to start their problem-solving. The treasure hunt lasts two hours and isn´t just about progressing with your own hunt – it´s about obstructing the other teams! Block paths in a light-hearted fight for victory! Once everyone has completed the challenge, you´ll regroup at the end and prizes will be given to the winning team.

Photo Treasure Hunt

Explore the old city of Barcelona and also come away with some photo mementos! The Photo Treasure Hunt is a dynamic, engaging quest through the city, with the aim not just to score the most points, but to take the best pictures! Your guide will meet you in a central location – with your personalised booklets and instant Polaroid cameras – and give you a thorough explanation of how the hunt works. After handing over the paper maps (no Google maps here!) displaying the hunt locations and final meeting point, your guide will walk the groups to their individual starting lines and you´ll be ready to go! Over two-and-a-half hours, your group will methodically work their way through the city, looking for the answers to the questions in your booklet. We also include a list of items your group needs to collect (some of it involves chatting to the public!) and they´ll have to be on the lookout for great photo opportunities. At the final meeting point, your guide will count up the points and penalties while enjoy a complimentary drink! Just like the iPad challenge, points mean prizes, and the event will end of with the prize giving.

Please visit our team-building activities page for more options.

Team-Rewarding

Once your teams have completed the formal challenges of a corporate event and the informal challenges of these exciting team-building exercises, they´re going to need a reward – especially if they didn´t win any challenges! After the adrenaline has subsided, try these activities to help your group unwind…

Private Boat Trip

No one can resist the call of the Mediterranean Sea, especially in Barcelona where you can see the water from so many parts of the city. A private boat trip is a brilliant end of conference treat, as your corporate group feels the stresses of the week flow away over the gentle waves with a drink in their hand and an unparalleled view of Barcelona’s coastline. We have boats to suit every group; from small yachts to huge catamarans, boats with private dining rooms to boats space for dancing – all your trips can be tailored to your specific needs. Add in a few bottles of cava and some “pica pica” (small snacks to whet the appetite) and your group will be feeling easy breezy in no time.

Visit our Boat Trips page for more information about our fantastic vessels.

Private Party Bus Tour

An excellent way to combine the classic sightseeing bus tour with a fun and lively environment is to hire our Barcelona Party Bus. It’s not just for birthday parties or celebrations – it’s a great way to bring people together and make the most of Barcelona’s beautiful sights. Barcelonatours.net prides itself on being able to provide tailor-made experiences for corporate groups in Barcelona – our Party Bus tours are no exception.

The Bus is a great space to bring people together in a relaxed, close environment, free from the pressures of other groups invading your space. It allows you to absorb Barcelona’s big, picture worthy sights in a small window of time – something that lets your group to feel the grandeur and diversity of Barcelona’s sights and architecture. Sweep down her wide avenues in total comfort, with a drink in hand and the best view possible of the locations. The bus can also stop to allow for some photos, before whisking you off to your next iconic spot. With some drinks, music and even fun lighting, your group will feel like true VIPs.

Click here for full details of the Barcelona Party Bus.

Ready to go?

With all of these incredible options and more, Barcelonatours.net is the place to plan an exciting corporate event. Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter to receive great tips every month!

For those finishing touches, visit our corporate services page for information about hotels, transfers and much more.

To start your journey with Barcelontours.net and receive a personalised quote, please email us on info@barcelonatours.net or call now on 0034 935 008 226.

At first glance, the terms “team-building” and “competition” might seem contradictory. “Team building” is about developing your employees and colleagues through shared experiences, while “competition” inherently means that the outcome of the activity will have winners and losers.

However, at Barcelona Tours we firmly believe that a bit of healthy competition will bring everyone together in the end. Competition creates a common goal, both within the smaller teams created for the activity and the participants as a whole: the goal of winning! Competition also creates immediate bonds between the newly formed teams and gets everyone working together from the outset of the team building activity.

You can also use this competitive spirit to reinforce your company goals. What are you hoping to get out of your team building in Barcelona? Read on to discover three wildly different options that we can offer for your team, and visit our team building activities page for even more!

PHOTO TREASURE HUNT

Why is a Treasure Hunt a great Team Building activity?

  • It requires communication, problem-solving, teamwork, commitment and creativity to win
  • It transforms sightseeing through competition, turning a self-guided tour of the Old Town into a fun and engaging quest for victory
  • As well as creating fond memories, the teams will have physical mementos in the form of instant photos.

The Activity

This original and exciting treasure hunt is one of our most popular team building activities. Not only does this activity require constant communication, problem solving and a keen eye for details, it also comes with instant mementos of the event in the form of instant Polaroid photos.

Your group will be divided into teams and each team will need to work together to solve problems and answer questions while navigating the Old Town in Barcelona with paper maps. The winning team will be the ones who answer the most questions correctly in the allotted time.

But there’s a twist: each team will also have a Polaroid camera and need to take 8 different pictures around the Gothic quarter; extra points can be awarded for the most inventive interpretations of the photo briefs. This means that your team’s creative side will also be ignited by the activity! Each team will receive a photo album, personalised with your company logo, and, when everyone comes together at the end to find out who the winner is, the whole team will love swapping albums to share and compare photos.

This activity can be organised morning, afternoon or evening; our most popular option is to have the Treasure Hunt in the afternoon and then the celebration at a delicious restaurant in the city. The activity usually lasts around two hours and 30 minutes but can be adjusted to suit the demands of your schedule.

Get in touch today to start planning your Treasure Hunt in Barcelona.

 

Paella Cooking Competition

Why is a Paella Cooking Competition a great Team Building activity?

  • It requires teamwork, communication, patience, attention to detail and creativity to win – and if you have a budding chef on your team, even better!
  • Great for large groups that want a team building where everyone is in the same room but split into teams
  • It combines team building with dinner! No need to book a restaurant for the evening as everyone will sit down together to eat what they have created.

The Activity

While we’re sure everyone in your group will have heard of paella, most will have never even attempted to make it. This classic Spanish rice dish, from Valencia, just south of Catalonia, is as popular today as it ever was and, instead of just going out to eat it, we’re offering you the opportunity to learn how to make it from scratch with help from expert chefs.

In a centrally located kitchen, our head chef will be waiting to explain the history of this classic dish and then you’ll be put to work creating it. Each team will have a chef working with them to create a different version of the meal, with meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian ingredients available. The chefs will show you the best way to prepare the ingredients as well as offer tips and tricks on how to create the perfect paella, but all the creativity and execution will be done by you.

We know that cooking is hungry work, so there will be drinks and snacks available throughout the activity. The teams will also learn how to make Sangria, a classic Spanish summer cocktail which goes down perfectly with the meal. And, of course, there’s dessert!

At the end, your teams will have spent a few hours communicating with each other, learning from each other and the chefs, and creating a delicious dinner which they will all sit down to share. Never has a team building activity been so tasty!

If your stomach is rumbling at the thought, get in touch for more information and a personalised quote.

Sailing Regatta

Why is a Sailing Regatta a great Team Building activity?

  • It requires teamwork, communication and trust in your coworkers!
  • It is a team building activity that can only be done in amazing coastal locations like Barcelona
  • It’s a unique activity that it is unlikely anyone has taken part in before
  • Requires no previous sailing knowledge or skills, although of course it would help to have a sailor on your team.

The Activity

The sailing regatta is an amazing day out on the Mediterranean Sea for your team. Your group will be divided into teams, maximum seven people per boat, and have the basics of sailing and navigating explained by an experienced skipper.

After some time practicing on the waves, each team will be timed as they steer their way through a set of pre-arranged buoys, putting all their new-found skills to the test. Their time will be affected by how well they have learned to work the various parts of the boat and sail – this isn’t a simple case of sailing in a straight line from one buoy to the next! – and the team with the fastest time will win a bottle of cava to toast their victory.

This is the perfect activity for groups who want to really challenge their teams while having lots of fun and laughter along the way.

How do we book?

A member of the Barcelona Tours team is ready and waiting to start helping you plan your experience. Contact our team today for more information: info@barcelonatours.net or 0034 935 008 226.

Discover Gracia’s Boho-chic Boutiques

Leading on from our recent feature ‘Unique Barcelona Shopping Guide’ in the beautiful Born we wanted to cover the fabulous boutiques located up in gorgeous Gracia. As the Born is more on the tourist track down in the old town, the independent boutiques and sassy shops of Gracia are often more undiscovered by people passing through Barcelona. Therefore we wanted to share with you some of the most unique shops Barcelona has to offer that are usually only frequented by the cities ‘in the know’ fashionistas.
Gracia, located up at the top of the city, home of the infamous ‘Parc Guell’ is one of the cities most interesting and eclectic areas. As there are not so many tourists up there you really feel like you’ve discovered something diverse and unique. This bohemian area feels like a different world compared with its neighboring street of Passieg de Gracia and this is partly due to the fact that it was in fact an independent town until the late 19th Century.

Full of trendy bars, restaurants and shops Gracia is the ideal area for those who are looking for something a little bit different and for those who like exploring a little off the tourist track. With it being so accessible from the city centre there really is no excuse not to explore the bohochic shopping experience this charming little neighborhood has to offer.

Oslo

A veritable institution for the creative crowd of Barcelona, the ‘Oslenas’ as they call themselves are a group of 40 artists and artisans that run this intriguing space. Ran as both a workshop and a shop this is a must see when in the area as this is no ordinary ‘tienda’. Creating and selling everything from fascinators, fashion, jewellery through to gift cards, each artist has something extraordinary to offer. From photography, textile printing, hand illustrated bags and pads, and a hat collection unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
As the artists are working in-house the place has a truly artisan feel, like you’re right in the heart of where the magic happens. It goes without saying that everything is handmade but it is their attention to detail that is truly astounding. This place is a much revered and much loved academy of creation and innovation which will leave you inspired if not a little lighter in the wallet department.

Carrer del Torrent de’Lolla, 164, 08012 Barcelona

Philo

In keeping with the originality and authenticity of the area is the uber chic boutique of Philo. In the area that goes hand-in-hand with discovering new styles, this boutique could not be better placed. With a strong 50’s influence this beautiful space specializes in ‘Bohochic’, mixing vintage style with functionality. Bringing together brands from Milan, London and Paris their carefully selected ranges are aimed to dress ‘Women with personality’.
Carrer Montseny 21, 08012 Barcelona

Retro City

If vintage is more your vibe then don’t miss ‘Retro City’. It is a floor to ceiling vintage lovers paradise as it is crammed with accessories, shoes, hats, bags and of course clothes, many of which are completely wacky and super fun. This shop is extremely easy to miss however so keep your eyes peeled. There is no sign and its plain exterior can mislead even the savviest shopper as there is really no indication of the endless amount of goodies that lie within.
Travesera de Gracia 154, 08012 Barcelona

Boo

Boo is the perfect place if you’re shopping with the other half as it offers top range fashion for both women and men. This personalised boutique with a thirst for the 50’s carries a wide variety of fashion labels sourced from Scandinavia to The States. This retro themed shop is famous in the area for its deer themed design decor and eclectic collections of homeware, art, books, accessories and of course clothes, both international and independent.
Carrer de Bonavista 2, 08012 Barcelona

Verde Jade

The creative and enticing window displays at Verde Jade are usually enough to lure shoppers inside. This charming boutique offers a wonderful range of goodies for the home including artwork, crockery and handmake decorative feature pieces.
C/Ramon y Cajal 11, 08012 Barcelona

La-a

Selling La-aavely lifestyle objects this sweet little place sells all sorts of wondrous bits and bobs from handcut wooden letter to ornate hanging orbs. This place get the big thumbs up for anyone looking to deck out their homes with interesting and unique knick knacks.
Carrer de L’olla 86, 08012 Barcelona.

If you want to discover the lesser known corners of Barcelona, for shopping and city exploring let us take you on a private tour of Barcelona!

Barcelona has boomed in conscious consuming. Gaudi architecture with organic lines is almost a symbolic embrace to support healthy living in one of the world’s coolest city. With an all-time demand for healthy “Hen” activities, we are delighted to announce Yoga is now an active option within Barcelona Tours. There are stunning locations to practice the art of breath and movement so be indoors or outdoors, our authentically trained teacher guides groups into a memorable experience.

Vegging out has taken on a new term, Veggie? maybe an organic hamburger? A green hotel? A place to practice yoga? Pilates? A holistic dentist? Organic clothes? Sustainable furniture? An electric cab? Or even attending a holistic or bio conference…either way it is undeniable that Barcelona has become a real “Hot Spot”.

 

Places to stay

Twentytu Hostel

Le Méridien Barcelona

Jam Hostel

 

Eat out

Flax & Kale

Planet Organic

OhBo Organic Café

 

Shop

Olokuti Gràcia / Natural Cosmetics

GreenLifeStyle

Vaho

 

SPORT

Climbat La Foixarda

Probike

UBK Ki Dojo Oriental Centre

 

Events

Barcelona Yoga Conference

World Congress of Chinese Medicine

Body Life Barcelona