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 also understand the need for exceptional ‘escape-route’ eateries for those all-important ‘power lunches’ where, let’s face it, most of the biggest deals get locked down.

So for those of you who didn’t get your itineraries and reservations organised with us in advance, here are our three top places to escape the hustle and bustle of the World Mobile Congress trade show and impress your clients with the best impromptu power lunch houses in town. They’ll also great options if you’re visiting for any other conferences in the packed Barcelona calendar.

Cuitat Comtat

This extensive restaurant will impress from the moment go. Its prestigious location on the beginning of Rambla de Catalunya sits on a junction of some of the most beautiful buildings in the city and is a stone’s throw away from the main square, Placa de Catalunya. The warm and welcoming staff will sit you in your desired area, restaurant, bar or outside terrace and will make you and your clients feel looked after from start to finish. This is the ideal restaurant for an impromptu business dinner or lunch as it doesn’t take reservations but due to its popularity it is advised to head there before the crowds (2pm onwards for lunch, 8pm onwards for dinner). This place has a business buzz throughout the day as it’s a favourite with the local financial traders that work in the area. It is also one of the most tourist friendly eateries in this city, of high quality tapas so is an all-round crowd pleaser for those that are looking for the perfect ‘eating meeting’.

Cerveceria Catalana

Cerveceria Catalana offers the wow factor from the moment you step through the doors. The endless array of delicious dishes displayed on both bars within the entrance will have you salivating before you’ve even been seated. This restaurant has been a favourite of local business people for years for its exceptional value for money, quality local cuisine and speedy service. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and energetic and the fashionable clientele and decor promises to suitably impress colleagues and clients alike. The dishes are creative and bursting with flavour and the house wines are delicious at staggeringly low prices.

La Flauta

The most traditionally and elaborately decorated of the three; La Flauta is worth a visit for the endless sea of breathtaking flower displays intermingled with the most finely tailored suits in town. This place is an institution for the city’s most discerning business people and is a constant flurry of business activity, from power breakfasts and brunches, right through to power spritzers and supers. Take your place at the bar for unadulterated attention, and record breaking service time, or while away your business negotiations in the gorgeously generous dining room. Whilst the walls are adorned, floor to ceiling, with a staggering selection of fine wines the menu leaves no palette wanting, offering Spanish cuisine at its finest. The dishes are constantly being revised here so make sure to ask the waiters their recommendations of the day. The ‘menu del dia’ (menu of the day) is exceptional value for money and the speedy service will leave more than enough time for sampling their renowned ‘carajillo’ coffee (with baileys or whiskey) with a slice of one of their homemade cakes.

All that is left is to say Bon Profit and enjoy your temporary escape away from the all the madness of the World Mobile Congress.

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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 27th of February and 2nd of March 2017, making Barcelona for a few days the world capital of technology.

 

Why is MWC 2017 Barcelona important?

Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2017, the GSMA Fair, will be the most important event in the world in terms of technologies for mobile telephony; the companies providing mobile services, mobile phone manufacturers, content distributors will be launching all present and future developments in this restless world of mobile telephony. The event will promise the ultimate innovative goals for the world mobile industry whilst being an almost appointment for the best professionals and companies.

Mobile World Congress 2017 is mainly aimed at having discussions and presentations in everything related to mobile telephony. To mention an idea of ​​the importance of MWC 2017 Barcelona, it is just enough take a look at the number of speakers and presentations of the last edition in 2016, which was attended by more than 95000 visitors; ¨it´s definitely to say this was a record¨ by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, MWC 2016 Barcelona attendee.

In Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2017, the fair will ​​exhibit us the latest news, developments related to the world of mobile technology, bringing together the world famous IT companies, such as AirWatch, Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Bharti Airtel, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, eBay, Ford, Fujitsu, Gemalto, HTC, Huawei, IBM, Intel, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, SAP, Sharp, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile, Telefonica, Tellabs, Visa, Vodafone and ZTE. In its last edition 2016, the fair featured more than 1500 companies.

What is new at MWC 2017 Barcelona?

During the week of MWC 2017 Barcelona, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this leading industry event. The congress will be the best place to recognize the worldwide progress and achievements in mobile industry, opening the doors for opportunities in the industry, making deals and networking with IT related industries.

It´s great news to emphasise that Barcelona has guaranteed world reference event until 2023. And stay up-to-dated with all the latest event information at the following link: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Why choose Barcelona Tours to organize your trip?

As a registered travel agency, Barcelona Tours is ready to make your business trip as much as well-organized and entertaining as well. Starting from the arrival point to the destination, the airport transfer with a private driver and coach for the corporate groups will be an ideal option to save time on that busiest week in Barcelona. Moreover, you can also enquire for your temporary accommodation in Barcelona; we offer a wide range of accommodation at any price scale and location; from hotels to apartments, from the exclusive luxury suits and high-standard rooms, from the most centrals to the outskirts. The restaurant reservations for the groups and bookings for any type of activities can be easily done by our company. You don’t need to step out the comfort zone at all; just make your enquiry and we will exert a needed effort for. Save the data of the event you will be up to and let us make your scientific-business trip a huge success and full of unforgettable Barcelona memories.

Contact us now: info@barcelonatours.net or 0034 935 008 226

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 will be opportunities to network,  evolve set skills with advantages of a vast exchange of the newest knowledge. If traveling with a group of colleagues to Barcelona, we can help you set up accommodation for the whole group.

Barcelona will host welcoming venues for various pharmaceutical and medical events on agenda in Barcelona for the rest of this year, and for the next year as well:

 

31 Aug-03 September 2016 – Continent Congress

Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

The congress will bring about the latest medical achievements, and its impact on aesthetic environment, rapid changes in modern pharmaceutical marketing and business sectors, how internet is changing the working conditions in medicine and what home devices will be able to facilitate people´s life in the next few years.

 

08-11 September 2016 – World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer (CoBrCa)

Hotel Hilton, Barcelona, Spain

During the congress, the key issues will be addressed in the format of debates and discussions, which is absolutely a great chance for young researches to perform at their best. Moreover, some of the most controversial topics in breast cancer, like medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology and supportive care will be concluded with presentations, debates and discussions.

 

20-22 September 2016 – The International Meeting on Therapy in Liver Diseases

Hesperia Tower Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

The meeting will take a serious attention on the main alcohol issues causing liver cancer. The agenda will particularly cover areas like Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, Treatment Strategies for Hbv, Chronic Hcv Infection, Acute-on-chronic Liver Failure, Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Tumors.

 

04-06 October 2016 – CPhl Worlwide

 Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

This year Barcelona will be a new location for CPhl Worlwide exhibition series. It´s predicted to host more than 36.000 visiting pharma professionals and over 2.500 exhibitors from 150 countries, including almost every corner of the world´s pharma industry. It will be a grand market of pharmaceutical products, launching the whole scenario of medical manufacturing and ingredient sourcing, services and products in the supply chain.

 

20-22 October 2016 – World Congress on Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases

Hilton Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

World Congress on Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases will bring researchers, clinicians and orthopaedics together to discuss the main dilemmas of bone and muscle care. The speakers will perform on a common platform with an ultimate aim to standardize various procedures and techniques in healing and prevention of various kinds of bone diseases. The congress will lead to new insights in the recent debates on unsolved clinical and therapeutic dilemmas in bone, muscle and joint diseases.

 

07-09 November 2016 – “International Conference and Expo on Generic Drug Market and Contract Manufacturing’’ (Generic Pharma 2016)

TRYP Barcelona Apolo Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

“International Conference and Expo on Generic Drug Market and Contract Manufacturing’’ (Generic Pharma 2016) slated on Nov 07-09, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, will bring together the participants from all over the world. The conference aims at covering the aspects of modern pharmaceutical sciences, manufacturing, analysing the quality and originality of the products; the latest insights into the international commercial, legal, and regulatory developments concerning the pharmaceutical sector. The attendees will get the chance to discuss the main issues of drug manufacturing, legalization of those products, the sales chain, all the pros and cons of the process in general.

 

8-10 March 2017 – Annual European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society Conference

Venue to be announced, Barcelona, Spain

This annual conference on Neuroendocrine Tumour Therapy will address the key issues like the improvement in the diagnosis and therapy of patients with neuroendocrine tumours. The researches will be exchanging the acquired knowledge in an international, interdisciplinary and scientific context.

 

8-12 March 2017 – International DIP Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome & Pregnancy

Catalonia Palace of Congresses, Barcelona, Spain

The international symposium will be targeting the discussions on like maternal fetal medicine, prediction and prevention in maternal fetal medicine, the genome and maternal fetal medicine, new technologies and maternal fetal medicine, and many other debates.

 

21-23 March 2017 – Infarma Expo

 Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

The 3 day expo event in Barcelona, Infarma Expo will be a quick overview of the pharmaceutical industry in Spain. The expositions will bring worldwide companies, as well as small enterprises on the same platform to see the latest development of the pharmaceutical business.

 

11-13 May 2017 – Fdm Forum Dental and Exhibition

Gran Via Exhibition Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Fdm Forum Dental and Exhibition is a 3 day event showcasing products like equipment for dental clinics, equipment for prosthetic laboratories, implant dentistry, consumables, instruments for dental clinics, etc.; what is the newest in the medical and pharmaceutical industry will be shown up in this exhibition.

 

26-30 August 2017 – European Society of Cardiology Congress

Venue to be announced, Barcelona, Spain

The congress organized by the Eurolink Medical Congresses, will put the most important subjects like innovations in scientific discovery, clinical practice, technology, education and importantly in applications to clinical care.

Social gatherings, actually no matter the agenda or the place, can be considered as the fresh initiatives for the further innovation and development. They are of high importance to young scientists as those conferences, congress, meetings encourages innovation, socio-economic development, and flow of knowledge across the world. Barcelona is absolutely a perfect platform for those pharmaceutical and medical events, since it is the city of informality and high tolerance guaranteeing the step change in trust, reputation, collaborative setting, inspiring agenda, commercial evolution, advance partnership, and innovative tracks. If you are looking for a pharmaceutical or medical meeting to attend in Barcelona, we would definitely help direct your journey. Save the data of the event you will be up to and let us make your scientific trip a huge success and full of unforgettable Barcelona memories.

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 is the time for locals to celebrate the day of Mercè, however, everybody is welcome to participate and enjoy a few Catalan traditions. Although the actual feast day is September 24 (also bank holiday), the festivities begin a few days beforehand – starting from 22th of September.

Barcelona is such a festival-friendly city; each neighbourhood holds a festival at least once a year, however, this time it is the festival of the whole of Barcelona. You can experience the most potential festival spirit all around; each year almost every neighbourhood of Barcelona is taking part in the festival and contributes to making the celebrations more active and supportive.

La Mercè speciality

During the festivities of La Mercè many events are held and celebrations in the streets of Barcelona. The traditional face of the party is human towers – Castellers – devil, hawkers, drummers… main streets and squares of the city will be enlivened by them. The aim of the Castellers is to build a human tower and have a young child climb to the top of the tower and stand up; the avenue for this activity will on Placa de Sant Jaume, starting at midday. Just to mention – since 2010 the Human Towers of Catalunya are part of the Intangible World Heritage by the UNESCO. Before the Castellers arrive, in the same square the Giants will have a show at about 11am. This significant show is the procession of Giants, a parade followed by children and adults. The fire, as always, will be an essential element of the celebrations. They also highlight the Correfoc: fire show, in which demons and dragons spit fire from his mouth, the location is on Via Laietana, starting about 6PM. Of course, the typical dance of Sardana won´t be forgotten on these special days. Another popular tradition of the festival of La Merce is the Fira de Vins, held in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, next to the pier of Port Vell; a great chance to taste local wine. There is also a food fair in the central parts of the city, particularly dedicated to the Catalan wines, where you can try different varieties, accompanying the tops of typical tapas and other dishes.

La Mercè of Paris

This year Paris will be a guest city of Merce Festival. Locals and visitors will see the extraordinary skills of Parisian artists in diverse fields: from music to circus and street arts. Ciutadella Park will be the main space of the guest city this year which has invited some great French artists that no one should miss where you can participate in the large cardboard constructions by the artist Olivier Grossetête and see French hip-hop artists sing and dance. At Montjuïc Castle, you will also discover several French artists performing spectacular jumps, staging aerial performances. At Fabra i Coats, you will be able to see Nuage, a suspended artificial cloud upon which some French acrobats will manoeuvre.

La Mercè Closing

La Mercè is also a festival of music, recently, using the newest technological innovation, it became a showcase – audio-visual shows, surprising projections and … any proposal that applies to the festival with surprising results is already essential elements of the traditions in modern ages. Plenty of free concerts in the main streets and squares of the city, such as Plaça de Catalunya or Plaça Sant Jaume…

Finally, the Piromusical Festival, one of the most famous celebrations of the Festival of La Mercè, which closes the festive week. It is an impressive festival of fireworks and light, which takes place on the mountain of Montjuïc. The Piromusical also coordinates with the spectacle of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, giving the festival a final unforgettable scene year by year. The combination of these shows comes in a huge burst of fire, light and colour, music and magic.

La Mercè today

Nowadays La Mercè has become genuinely popular festival thanks to the collaboration of the neighbourhoods across the city. Today, La Mercè is a festival which places in the centre of Catalan culture and history. Barcelona will bring together a huge program that will force you to choose: street arts, parades, concerts, traditional dances.

Be careful, the pickpockets will be all around, even though specially-powered security will be provided almost in every corner. Save the data of the festival this year and follow the program through the official website of the events this year: https://lameva.barcelona.cat/merce/en.

Are you travelling in a group? In that case we can help with accommodation in Barcelona for larger groups.

If you would like to have more colourful insights into your Barcelona holiday, contact us for further information and make your Barcelona experience truly memorable. Tlf: 0034 935 008 226.

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 its inception, this festival is celebrated from 15 to 21 August in the Gracia district. The first day of the festival on 15th August is a public holiday in Spain.

What makes Festa de Gracia so special?

First of all, this festival is a kind of closure to summer and holiday season. During the week of August, the streets of Gracia are blossoming in colours and rich patterns; every street chooses a free theme to decorate the facades and roof. The jury of ´´makeup´´ committee of the festival chooses the most fascinating and spiritual ornaments among the contesters where the winner gets an amount of money to invest in the next edition of the festival. Plus, another interesting point about this holiday, every year more and more streets are competing for, and trying to spread the main Catalan ornaments all around. At last but not least, there is also a public competition held a few months before the festivals starts to select the main poster of the festival.

What to do during Festa Major de Gracia?

It is a festival for everyone, mainly for locals. But interestingly in the recent years, it has been becoming very popular at international level as well; there are people who are visiting Barcelona particularly to attend the festivals. All audiences have a corner in the festival and something to do and enjoy. There are typical Catalan puppet shows, dolls, and other performances for kids in quiet corners. Young people usually enjoy sport activities such as climbing walls, sack race, etc. Of course, eating traditions could not be forgotten; the neighbours are often doing the traditional dishes and invite the attendance to eat on the streets. Food market, cheese and wine tasting, tapas, handmade stuff corner will enchant your appetite and holiday spirit. You will especially discover the group activities which actually symbolizes the unity and strength of the local community. As we´ve mentioned above, this is the festival of music and colours in the streets. The local bands and single performers are usually playing and performing in the Placa de la Vila, which is the common meeting point for festival attendees and Gracia visitors. Here the music for every taste – Catalan rumba, jazz, rock, pop, blues… The concerts are at nights, starting with the late dinner.

Not to forget the parades, where you will see catalan traditional dances, human castle builders and even DRAGONS! Except if you are the Mother of Dragons, don’t wear your favourite clothes for the parade, you might get burnt.

Yet no plan for the next weekend?

If you are thinking of going to the Festa Major de Gracia, don’t make many plans over the week of August 15-21. During the 5 days of the Gracia festival you will experience and discover a lot about Catalan traditions. Check out for the latest agenda of Festa Major de Gracia 2016 and enjoy being in Catalunya: Festa de Gracia Calendar

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 activities for our Barcelona Tours chums.

We are set to make 2014 the year of adventure, action and adrenaline, and boy have we got just the line-up for you. So hold on to your helmets and get ready to see Barcelona as your action-packed playground for the year ahead.

Barcelona-By-Bike

Forget seeing the city from the top of a tourist bus, dust off those skin-tight lycra cycling shorts and prepare to see the city from a completely unique perspective. Our bike tour will take you on a journey of the city with a difference, offering panoramic views and stunning scenery. If you’re not already breathless from the 20km cycle down the peaceful Collserola mountain range, wait till you see the views, they can’t fail to take your breath away.

Catalonia Adventures

Ever heard of Puenting? Well neither had we until recently, but it’s all the rage and is currently taking the adventure scene by storm, with Catalunya offering some world-class locations for this adrenaline-packed sport. It’s similar to bungee jumping but instead of bouncing it’s all about swinging. Puenting was an activity originally used for rock climbers to help them overcome their fear of falling. Today it is a major sport for adrenaline seekers looking for their next thrill. The insanely brave can try falling backwards, this offers the ultimate adrenaline rush due to the fact that you can’t see where you’re going. Tried and tested, and guaranteed to leave you buzzing for hours.

Canyoning

Barcelona obviously hosts an endless sea of water sports but one which offers the ultimate rush is that of ‘Canyoning’. Away from the sea and up into the lush mountains canyoning (or ‘baranquisme’ in Catalan) will hurl you into an afternoon of endurance, action and adrenaline. Included in this epic adventure is climbing, swimming, crawling, abseiling, scrambling and even li-loing down narrow gorges formed in the rock face, riddled with numerous drop and waterfalls. This sport is certainly not for the faint-hearted as it offers one of the most adrenaline-fuelled sports on the planet. The stunning scenery in Catalonia is another reason to take on this ultimate challenge as the spectacular rock walls form the backdrop to this amazing day out.

At Barcelona Tours we offer the best action sports the city has to offer. In addition to the above we offer; Go-karting, Quad Biking, Sailing, and a whole host of water sports and beach activities, to name but a few. If you’re looking for an action-packed getaway with your friends or as a corporate team-building weekend we guarantee to offer the best package for you that will keep you talking for months afterwards.