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Case Study: Onna Camp

Company name: Onna Event date: 19 – 20th September 2019 Number of people: 60 Company details: A tech company that has employees in Barcelona, New York, North Carolina and Toulouse. Activities provided: Photo Treasure Hunt, Basics of Mosaics, Graffiti Collective, Sangria Class, Desk Yoga class, Cava tasting, plus transport.   Event brief Onna contacted BarcelonaTours

Where to Stay in Barcelona to Make the Most of Your Trip

Whether you’re travelling to Barcelona with a group of friends, for a family get-together or as part of a corporate event, it’s important to have the right accommodation to make sure you get the most out of your trip. It goes without saying that there is no shortage of hotels in this beautiful Mediterranean city,

Top 3 Team-Building Activities in Barcelona

Whatever type of business you run, having team-building activities as part of your corporate programme couldn’t be more important. Team-building activities are perfect for helping colleagues to work together efficiently, and to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They’re also the best way to foster a community spirit within your workplace and to build up

Best Reasons for Team Building in a Foreign Country

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

What to do in December in Barcelona: Markets, Meals & Making Merry

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

What Are the Benefits Of Hiring a Local Company to Take Care of Your Group Travel?

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

Team-Building is Rewarding in Barcelona

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

Get Competitive! Teambuilding through Competition

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

Unique Barcelona Shopping Guide – Gracia

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

Health and Relaxation in 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

Gastronomic ‘Get-Togethers’

Now that the sweltering summer has subsided it is time to haul our lazy (but oh so bronzed) backsides off the beach and take part in some autumnal seasonal activities. Considering Spain, is arguably most famous for its food, we thought a few foodie related frivolities would be a rather appetizing place to start. A

Sight for Sore Eyes

The Barcelona Tours team really are a visual lot. We love the sight of a perfectly themed venue and we love to watch the heat and passion of a good flamenco show. We relish the sights of the city on our bike tours, and we never fail to be wowed by the sun rise over the catalan mountains

Luxury Roof Top Terraces in Barcelona

We love nothing more than organising a top weekend for our fabulous clients. We recognise that many of our clients choose Barcelona for the luxury and glamour the city offers. So this week we’re focusing on one of the most luxurious leisure pursuits the city offers; roof top terraces. The perfect evening tipple spots for

World Mobile Congress – Lunch

Barcelona opens the floodgates to business executives from around the globe as the World Mobile Congress is about to kick off. This is one of the busiest commercial weeks of the Barcelona calendar, as we welcome companies from all corners of the world of mobile communication. Understanding the demanding nature of international trade shows, is to

Calçotadas

Spring (Onion) Your Way into Spring…. It is no secret that here in Barcelona we love to eat. No matter the occasion or season we always manage to tie-in some gastronomic angle to every get-together. One favourite foodie traditions loved by Catalans, ex-pats and visitors alike is that of ‘The Calçotada’. The Calçotada is a

Get your Latin Groove On

One of our most popular dance activities with our groups is an afternoon of learning to dance Salsa. It’s not just the sexiest dance on the planet but also a great team or group activity, which works as a lively ice breaker or conference breakout activity. The salsa dance originates from Cuba and is a

Barcelona Restaurants with a View

Dining in Barcelona restaurants is undoubtedly one of the most popular pursuits of the city by tourists and locals alike. But dining with a great view always adds a special dynamic to your dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or just a place to take in the city views Barcelona has it

Unique Barcelona Shopping Guide – El Born

Seek and Ye Shall Find Forget London and New York, Barcelona is fast becoming every fashionistas fantasy shopping destination. Brimming with independent boutiques, local designers and unique accessories the city offers a completely original shopping experience. There are many different shopping areas all distinct in their character. From the infamous Passieg de Gracia, which boasts

Top Day Trips from Barcelona

Many people visit Barcelona to take in the fantastic sights of the city without realizing that there are many more incredible sights only a short journey out of the city. These are our top 5 unmissable places a short train or car ride from Barcelona that could well become the highlight of your trip.  

Top 10 Beaches in Catalonia Spain

Sink your toes and plant your umbrellas without having to travel far. 5 easily reached Beaches & 5 hidden gems near Barcelona 1 Playa de Sant Sebastià You find this particular beach in the old town and the marina of Sitges, located in a neighborhood of seafaring tradition. It is a family beach frequented by residents of the

Barcelona: Day & Night (Short Itinerary)

Check out our recommended short & sweet itinerary – Suitable for large groups or the individual traveller…. Be a big spender or a careful planner, Barcelona is what you make it. Here at Barcelona tours we highly recommend you look into these options which will ensure your short break will be memorable no matter what

Eat healthy in Barcelona

Eating healthy is about finding the proper ratio between your body and mind. It´s a mood about feeling great, having more energy, improving your insights towards to a better world and society. Once you´re overwhelmed by all that the nature gives to you, so you will be more inspired to live, and travel. But travelling

All Aboard! Boats and Yachts Rental in Barcelona

Rent a yacht or boat in Barcelona and make your trip a whole lot more exciting. Barcelona is known all over Europe as a beautiful, vibrant metropolis, with so much to do within its narrow, winding streets. It’s also known for its long sandy beaches, where you can look out at the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Wine Regions in Catalonia

Get to know the wine regions of Catalonia: the reds and the whites, and naturally, the Cava. There’s a rich variety of wines flowing from the region these days, and we’d like to argue that some of the regions are under-appreciated. We’d like to point you in the direction of some real palate waking wine

Find Tapas in Barcelona

Here we serve up a list of ten recommended tapas restaurants in Barcelona. You’ll find places run by famous Michelin starred chefs as well as the traditional tapas bar that has served locals for decades. Get to know Tickets, Cal Pep, Quimet and more! Despite the fact that the tapas food tradition is not really

Exploring Catalonia

At BarcelonaTours we’re a group of passionate Barcelona enthusiasts, who are no less passionate about what lies beyond the city limits! In this article we’d like to explore Catalonia with you, point you in the direction of some amazing experiences that the region has to offer! Five Great Historical sites in Catalonia For history buffs,

Hidden Gem: Casa Viçens

Maybe it is a bit odd to refer to a building by Barcelona’s favourite architect, Antoni Gaudí, as a “hidden” gem. However, this house, his very first commission, is easy to overlook due, in part, to its location. Casa Viçens is located on C/de les Carolines, 20, in the bohemian Grácia neighbourhood. Until recently it

Hidden Gem: Hospital Sant Pau

As true Barcelona enthusiasts, at BarcelonaTours we feel the need to promote more than the most widely known attractions in the city. This is our goal for our “Hidden Gem” stories, we are doing small presentations of things in Barcelona that we find fantastic, but that might not be on everyone’s to-do list. The topic

Flamenco in Barcelona

It is a common misconception that Barcelona is part of the very Spanish tradition of flamenco. This is not the case. Flamenco originates from the southern region Andalucía’s contact with Arab (North-African) culture. The Catalonian folk music, on the other hand, with its root further north in Europe, could hardly be more different! This doesn’t

Mercat del Born Cultural Center

For anyone living in Barcelona between the year 1977 and 2013 the construction site at the end of Rambla del Born, with the magnificent Santa Maria del Mar cathedral at the opposite end, was a familiar sight. Through shifting political leadership the plans for the former food market changed, at irregular intervals, becoming a symbol

What to do in July in Barcelona: Music & Movies under the Sun & Stars

July, simply put, is usually a scorcher in Barcelona. The spring showers have passed, the summer storms of August have yet to come, so it’s blue skies and hot sands as far as the eye can see. July also is one of the busiest months of the year when it comes to festivals, both international

Summer Fun in the Sun

Welcome to Barcelona! A vibrant city buzzing with energy from dawn until dusk. Of course, Barcelona is dominated by a labyrinth of cafes and bars where tourists and locals alike go to shoot the breeze, as well as several classy clubs which hundreds head to every evening to dance the night away. Directing ourselves away

Barcelona Bar Crawl

There used to be a time, in Barcelona, when you’d feel like a desert nomad desperately searching for an oasis, when looking for a classy bar. You’d have plenty of watering holes, but cocktail bars, whisky bars, gin bars etc. would be few and far between. This has changed radically, especially during the last 6-7

What to do in April in Barcelona: Fairs, Festivals and Parc del Forum

What to do in April in Barcelona: Fairs, Festivals and Parc del Forum Spring has finally sprung in Barcelona. Although we have our fair share of April showers, the days are warmer, longer and there’s plenty to head outside for. With temperatures averaging 20 degrees and a stunning blue sky overhead, you can finally walk

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Tibidabo Amusement Park Theme parks are a fun and exhilarating addition to any holiday, especially when travelling with children. Thankfully, Barcelona has an impressive offering! Perched atop Barcelona’s highest point, the Tibidabo Amusement Park has an awesome combination of classic and new rides, with great options for kids young and old alike – and of

Barcelona Buzz Seekers

Are we all natural born ‘buzz seekers’? We talk a lot about thrill seekers but what about its more subdued counterpart? Forget the crazy adrenaline junkies out there and think comforting and familiar levels of energy, a certain ‘hustle and bustle’ if you will. Those places that welcome you into their throng of vibrant activity

What to do in March in Barcelona: Cars, Carnivals and Candy

Barcelona begins to awaken from its winter slumber in March and spring is tapping at the windows. With temperatures rising, the days growing longer and the streets growing busier, March is a great month to dust off the cobwebs and set out for a holiday in Barcelona. Perfectly nestled between the low and high seasons,

What to do in Barcelona in February: Lights, Calçots and Action!

February is a great month to visit Barcelona, if you want to avoid the crowds. The evenings might be cold but there’s still warm sunshine in the afternoons and bright blue skies for wintery walks. If an average of 13/14 degrees during the day is still too chilly for you, don’t worry, as the inside

What to do in Barcelona in January: Cakes, Kings and Choirs

January in Barcelona is a quieter time, but that doesn’t mean that the festivities stop and the city shuts down for a month. On the contrary, as a Catholic country (officially, although many people in Cataluña are not religious), there are still two more holidays in January to be celebrated before the yuletide season comes

What to do on New Year’s in Barcelona

Are you feeling the pressure? That nagging end of  the year feeling, the need to have the maximum amount of fun lined up for New Year’s Eve? If you are in Barcelona, you’re in luck, we’ll point you in the direction of the best restaurants, activities and parties on the night. No Sour Grapes! In

What to do in Barcelona in November: Chestnuts, Chilly Night and Castanets!

This article was originally posted on the 28th October 2017 and updated on October 26th 2018. It’s getting chilly out there! Barcelona may be on the Mediterranean but those sea breezes turn cooler this time of year. We still have the odd warm day and the sun still shines, meaning a blustery walk along the

Christmas in Barcelona – Shopping and Markets

Christmas in Barcelona is a magical time. While it is not the obvious choice for a festive trip, and there won’t be snow on the ground or a Santa Clause on every corner, Barcelona is a great choice for a Christmas trip. The weather outside isn’t frightful like the old song says; it’s very mild,

Sitges Film Festival

It’s time to roll out those red carpets again as the star-studded event of ‘Sitges Film Festival’ arrives for its 2013 fantastical film fix. Catalonia has proudly hosted this prestigious event since 1967 and it is recognized as the worlds number one fantasy and horror film festival. The sleepy seaside town of Sitges has witnessed some of the

What to do in Barcelona in October: the “ABCs” are Art, Beer and Concerts

October is a great time to visit Barcelona for so many reasons. The throngs of tourists that line the streets throughout the summer have reduced dramatically, which is appealing to those who prefer a more tranquil time on their vacation. The weather is still lovely: long, warm afternoons with crisp, fresh mornings and evenings and,

What to do in Barcelona in September: The Mercé Festival, the fiestas and the street parties

August in Barcelona: it’s sweaty, sticky and stormy, and with this year’s heatwave, everyone is feeling like autumn can’t come soon enough. It’s not just a change in the weather that we’re looking forward to; September is one of the best months of the year in which to visit our amazing city. The sun is

Barcelona – Europe’s Centre for Conferences

The conference industry in Barcelona has exploded in recent years, with scores of companies flocking to this wonderful city to hold or attend these events. From January to December, almost every weekend, you can find exciting and innovative conferences across the city. With excellent hotels, first-rate facilities and a beautiful setting, it’s easy to see

Top 5 Activities for School Groups

Barcelona is a culturally rich and diverse city with so many different options to amaze and entertain a school group. Usually sunny and always exciting, Barcelona has an awesome quality to it, from the beautiful Modernist works of Antoni Gaudi to the narrow twisting alleys of the Gothic quarter. School children of all ages will

Let the Music Play!

​We love nothing more than to blow off some steam at a good festival, so you can imagine our excitement at discovering November’s full to rafters with live music events and musical merriment. Jazz Festival First up is the 45th edition of the Barcelona Jazz Festival. This is a big deal for all music lovers,

Winter Sports Wonderland

After all the atrocious weather we’ve been having in Europe recently it’s no wonder people are choosing to stay wrapped up and cozy at home. We have to admit to being in hibernation mode a little over the last few weeks ourselves but one weather spell that’s been doing us proud here in Europe has

A Barcelona Christmas

The shops are already brimming with Christmas temptations, and as we are well into November, we think it’s an acceptable time to talk Christmas and Barcelona. It’s not likely to be a white Christmas; the last decent amount of snow the city saw was back in 2010! It was certainly a rare sight to see

Barcelona – the guide to spiritual happiness

This article reveals the spots for those who are searching for some inner peace, while visiting Barcelona. So, you are packing your suitcase with souvenirs and maybe some tasty local snacks to take home, surely there is room for some spiritual happiness as well! If your next destination to meditate and relax is Barcelona, we

L’Aquarium de Barcelona

A Break from Basilicas When you have planned a Barcelona tour for your entire family, you and your spouse may be enthralled by the museums and basilicas, but what can you do when the kids need a little excitement? Try the family-friendly L’Aquarium de Barcelona. Located in the Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, this four-million

Barcelona and Beyond: Fun beyond the city borders

Barcelona is a diverse city, brimming with cultural experiences and offering its residents and tourists a wonderful variety of beaches, mountains and city buzz. However, just neighbouring this excitement awaits a whole other realm of adventures. If you have the chance, you must explore these outer regions of Barcelona, and mature your tastes of Catalonia’s

Mobile World Congress 2017 Barcelona

Barcelona has recently become a modern avenue to many worldwide events and gatherings. It is also going to host Mobile World Congress 2017, one of the biggest social events in innovative technologies industry. A new edition of MWC 2017 Barcelona, the GSMA Fair will be held in the facilities of the Fira de Barcelona between

Pharmaceutical and Medical Events in Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya has recently become a new platform for the “Worldwide” gatherings, especially for; Global Conferences, Congress, Workshops and International Conventions.  Attending social collaborations is an efficient way to establish global business relationships/partners and to stay up-to-date on industry trends. Discover the world´s leading medical & pharmaceutical coming events in Barcelona, as there

La Mercè Festival of Barcelona 2016

There is no better time to visit Barcelona in September when the city goes back to its ancient customs and traditions for a few days. La Mercè is the festival of Barcelona, ​​held in honour of the patron saint of the city on September 24, officially took place in 1902 for the first time. It

Festa Major de Gracia 2016

Barcelona is truly a stunning city where there is always something going on, in every neighbourhood, in every street, in every corner. This time Gracia, one of oldest districts of Barcelona, will be cheering up in festival mood. Possibly, the Festa Major de Gracia is the most emblematic local summer festival of the city. Since

Adventure, Action & Adrenaline in Barcelona

January is all about making and breaking those New Year’s resolutions. We’ve already broken the diet and waved goodbye to our well-intentioned ‘dry January’ (well whose silly idea was that anyway!!)  But one resolution for 2014 that we are hell-bent on keeping is to have an action-packed year full of even bigger and even better