Barcelonatours has been offering a flamenco class for team building and groups in Barcelona for many years. It has always been one of our most popular activities, and today we decided to put the spotlight on this activity and one of our hardworking teachers, Lucero.

What is Flamenco?

If you type the word “flamenco” into a search engine, you’ll find the following definition: a style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing.

As is often the problem when describing music and movement, this does not even begin to scratch the surface of the passion and drive that goes into flamenco music and dancing.

Why does a Flamenco class for team building make great activity?

First and foremost, a flamenco class for teambuilding engages your team members in an activity that is directly related to Spain and Spanish traditions. While Flamenco is not native to Barcelona, it’s still popular and people love to hear the music and go to shows.

Secondly, it’s likely to be something your group has never tried before. This is not a team building activity you’re likely to be able to find outside Spain so it’s a great idea to give it a try while you’re here!

How does the Flamenco Class for team building work?

Learning some basic clapping rhythms and steps is a fun and appealing way to get people to let loose and try something new. There’s no need to worry about people feeling embarrassed about being better or worse at flamenco because everyone is a beginner.

Finally, the start time and location are easily adjusted to suit your needs. It’s suitable if you have a spare hour during a busy itinerary and would like a teacher sent to the hotel or venue. Alternatively, our teacher Lucero has her own flamenco school in the charming Gracia neighbourhood.

Extras for a complete flamenco experience

For a full flamenco experience, have a flamenco class in Barcelona followed by our Flamenco Night at Poble Espanyol. We can also organise live flamenco music and bands, get in touch to found out more.

To read more about the history of how this Andalusian music and dance came to Barcelona, you can read our Flamenco in Barcelona blog. In this blog, we’re more interested in the passion and drive that makes someone want to become a flamenco dancer and a flamenco teacher.

Interview with a Professional Flamenco Teacher

Barcelonatours.net has been fortunate to work with Lucero for a very long time and our groups have always loved her classes. We interviewed Lucero to find out more about her life, her flamenco school, and her plans for 2021.

Learn to dance Flamenco in Barcelona

When did you start dancing flamenco?

I started dancing at the age of four. First, I did an introduction to dance, then continued with Spanish classical dancing and ballet. When I turned 18, I started dancing flamenco.

Who was your inspiration?

My parents were very supportive and took me to the dance school. After that, I decided to continue, and my inspiration to do so was my fellow dancers and professors at the dance school.

How long have you had your own dance school?

I have been teaching flamenco for more than 20 years. I’ve also had my own dance school under my own name, “Lucero Cárdenas”, for the last 12 years.

Most of our clients book a one-hour class, what can they expect to learn in this time?

 

An hour is great to give people an introduction to flamenco. We begin with a brief history of flamenco and its origins, to put the flamenco universe in context for the participants. Then we move onto the dynamic part! We will practice the rhythm of flamenco with “las palmas” (the clapping), learn the basic steps and finish by learning some choreography.

Above all, we will be teaching the participants how much fun it is to dance flamenco!

Do you have a favourite place in Barcelona to listen to flamenco music?

I really like El Tarantos, but my school is a great place too! There are shows once a month and the setting is very intimate.

What about a favourite flamenco song and/or artist?

I like so many artists. And example would be la Macanita and their song “Tierra adentro”.

Exciting plans for the Flamenco School in 2021

The pandemic made us realize more than ever the importance of dancing, taking care of our body and exercising.  We want to be able to share dance with a wider audience. So they can also benefit from the joys of Flamenco.  This is our main motivation for setting our objectives for the year! We want to reach more people, share our passion and teach them of the benefits of Flamenco.  So as many people as possible can enjoy this wonderfully expressive dance for themselves.

We are planning the following:

  • Keeping the school open all year round
  • Providing intensive summer courses
  • Offering  private lessons to clients
  • Increasing our presence on social media
  • Inviting renowned musicians and artists to our school
  • Collaborating  with different companies in our sector
  • Creating a safe environment that complies with the health regulations, so that students dance safely and confidently in our school
  • Share the passion of authentic flamenco with our students, to help them enjoy the experience to the maximum!

We look forward to welcoming clients to the school and filling 2021 with the joy of flamenco!

A big thank you to Lucero for sharing her story and her plans with us!

Team Building and Group Travel Services in Barcelona

As well as offering flamenco classes Barcelonatours.net can help you plan your whole corporate event in Barcelona. Visit our Team Building Activities page and our Group Travel Services page for more information, then drop us a line at info@barcelonatours.net.

Planning a Team Building in Barcelona

When planning a team building event, it can be difficult to know where to start or even why you’re planning such an event at all. Check out our Team Building in Barcelona FAQ for answers to some of your burning questions related to team building activities.

Planning an event abroad can be very stressful, and in Barcelona it can be especially difficult. Local businesses are not always quick to answer or forthcoming with details, which can leave you with unanswered questions and unsure on how to get the information you need. Barcelona is also a city with so many restaurants, event venues, activities and tours, that finding the right things to include in your visit to the city is understandably overwhelming.

Your Local Event Agency in Barcelona

Enter BarcelonaTours.net, the only event agency in Barcelona that you need. We will handle your booking from beginning to end, with personalised service and bespoke itineraries. Trust us to organise your transport, activities, dinners and accommodation. We have all the contacts, local knowledge and a genuine passion for the stunning Mediterranean city of Barcelona to create a stunning event for your group.

Get in touch with the dates you’re visiting, the number of people and the goals of your visit, and one of our dedicated agents will get to work preparing your proposal. You will receive clear, concise information from us, and we will always keep you informed. We pride ourselves on our stellar communication and many clients have commented on how easy it was to speak to and work with their BarcelonaTours contact. Please see our Reviews on Google to see what else our clients have said about us.

Team Building FAQ

Once you’ve had a look at the questions below, make sure you get in touch with BarcelonaTours.net to start planning your corporate event in Barcelona.

What is a team building activity?

A team-building activity is a group activity that companies organise to help co-workers form stronger bonds. They can also help reinforce the ideals of the business, such as teamwork, patience, problem-solving and communication.

What is the main purpose of team building?

The main purpose of team building is to bring members of the same team together through fun activities and this, in turn, will boost performance, positivity and productivity at work. The activity may just be something relaxing, but it can also involve healthy competition to unite teams with a common goal. The result of a good team-building will be that colleagues feel more comfortable with each other and hopefully built stronger bonds which can be carried into their day-to-day interactions. Of course, every company will have their own aims for the team building too.

What are the types of team building?

There are many different types of team building activities. An in-office team building activity might involve using what you have in the office to create challenges. If you've taken your team building out of the office, a whole new world of opportunities opens up. At BarcelonaTours, we have a multitude of different team building options. They can be relaxing activities, such as a boat trip or group dinner, collective projects, like our Graffiti Art Collective or the Mosaic making class, and finally competitions, like our Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt or the Paella Cooking Competition.

What are the benefits of team building?

Benefits of team building include: forming and reinforcing strong relationships between colleagues; making fun memories with colleagues that everyone will be able to share when back at work; taking some time away from the workplace in order to discover more about each other in an entirely new environment; finding out more about skills and talents colleagues have outside the workplace and seeing if they can be applied to work; having fun as a team without the pressure of being in a working environment.

What are the best team building activities for work?

Take your team building out of the office if you can! People will feel more relaxed and engaged if they are in a new environment.

What are some team building games?

Try the Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt, the Paella or Tapas Cooking Competition, Wipeout: Warriors of Fun and an Escape Room.

How do you conduct team building activities?

We recommend contacting us at BarcelonaTours to plan your team building activities in Barcelona. We have all the resources and local knowledge you need to create the best possible team building abroad.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a local company to plan your event, please read our blog on that topic.

The popularity of plant-based diets has exploded in recent years. More and more people are reducing their consumption of meat, fish and dairy, and looking to get their nutrients from plants. People have also become more concerned about additives, such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives in their food.

Vegan or plant-based diets may once have seemed restrictive. However, as time has gone on and restaurants have become more creative, the plant-based revolution shows no signs of slowing down.

Unique Restaurants: Impress your clients

Join the plant-based revolution with a group dinner in Barcelona

We’re sure your clients are always looking for the new and interesting when it comes to booking group dinners in Barcelona. Host your group dinner somewhere that will get people talking and excited about plant-based food.

Enter Roots & Rolls. Opened in November 2018, Roots & Rolls is a delicious, stylish, plant-based restaurant located in the Eixample neighbourbood of Barcelona. Their original and innovative menu will satisfy carnivore, vegetarians, vegans and everyone in between, with the focus being on fresh, healthy, flavoursome food.

We are very lucky that their restaurant is located just a short walk from the BarcelonaTours office, so we have been able to sample a great deal of the menu.

The Restaurant: Group Dining in Style

Stylish plant-based restaurant Barcelona

Roots & Rolls is light and spacious, making it a wonderful place for group dinners and events. Decorated in black and white with wooden floors and tables, this chic venue has private dining spaces, as well space for long tables. The restaurant also has a covered patio at the front, a great spot to share some sushi and a glass of wine with friends.

The capacity of the restaurant is 120 people, so there’s plenty of space for everyone!

The Menu: Try the sushi

The stars of the Roots & Rolls menu are their incredible uramaki sushi rolls, each more creative in its flavours than the last. In their efforts to ensure that their sushi rolls are as jam-packed with flavour as their fish-featuring counterparts, Roots & Rolls went all out.

They have eight sushi rolls to choose from. You’ll be forgiven for not being able to choose which ones to try, so they have helpfully included sushi tasting platters, ranging from 20€ for 20 rolls and two varieties of nigiri, up to 75€ for 46 rolls and three varieties of nigiri.

Our personal favourites are the “Srirango” roll, composed of black rice, mango, avocado, cucumber, roasted red pepper and topped with sriracha veganaise (a sriracha-infused vegan mayonnaise which adds a delightful kick) and “Kimchi-me”, a roll of four grains, kimchi, cucumber, sesame tofu, spring onion, coriander & cashew pesto and gochujang veganaise.

Beyond sushi

corporate dining event Barcelona

The delights don’t stop at the sushi menu. The snacks (“pica pica”), starters and salads are great to share between your group, and then we come to the main dishes.

We love the rich thai red curry with sweet potato, figueres onions, courgette, portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, coconut milk and basmati rice, a dish sure to fill you up and warm you up in the colder months. Ramen lovers will be quick to order the tofu ramen miso, which layers up the flavours of dashi stock with shiro miso, prunes, shiitake, kombu, roasted peppers, caramelised figueres onion, portobello, sweet potato, pickled daikon, sesame, julienne veg and udon noodles.

As for the desserts, plant-based and healthy doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself! Try to the chocolate avocado brownie or the chocolate truffle symphony for a rich, indulgent treat.

Group Dinners: Menus for Groups

Roots & Rolls currently offer two group menus starting from just 25€ per person. The menus offer a great cross section of the delicious food on offer, including an appetiser, a starter, a sushi platter, a main and a dessert – everything you need for a full and happy group.

Hungry to know more? Book your group dinner in Barcelona with BarcelonaTours and choose Roots & Rolls.

Book a group dinner in BarcelonaThe Owners: An Interview with Sandra de Jong

We wanted to know more about the restaurant, the owners, their favourite dishes and their plans for 2020. We put some questions to Sandra de Jong, one of the two owners.

What made you want to open a plant-based restaurant?

It was a combination of many things. We wanted to create a restaurant that could have a positive impact in a stylish and elegant setting. Plant-based food has a much smaller impact on the environment and is better for the planet and, of course, for the animals. We also wanted to ensure the food was healthy, and plant-based food has been proven to be a healthy addition to any diet.

Why did you choose a Japanese-inspired menu?

So many reasons! A personal love of sushi played a big part. I had tried some inventive vegan sushi elsewhere and really loved it. I saw it as an opportunity to get creative as you can put so many complimentary ingredients into one sushi roll and make a real explosion of flavour. A lot of the vegan sushi you find in Barcelona is just cucumber and rice or red pepper and rice, so there was definitely a gap in the market.

Making food that non-vegans would love was also important. The food needed to be exciting and match or exceed the variety offered by non-vegan restaurants, and Japanese food, not just sushi but curry and noodle dishes too, is highly adaptable.

I also wanted it to be something that you wouldn’t make at home. To make just one of our sushi rolls at home would take hours, so coming to visit us and being able to try multiple sushi rolls in a welcoming setting is a much better idea!

Which three-courses would you recommend to someone visiting the restaurant for the first time?

We would suggest four courses! It’s difficult to say if sushi is a starter or a main in our restaurant, but we suggest following the sushi with one of our hot dishes. This way you will experience a little bit of everything we have to offer.

  • “Pica-pica”/Starter: Kale chips, cauliflower popcorn and the gyozas
  • Sushi course: a sushi tasting platter
  • Main: Kari coco (we described this Thai curry in a previous paragraph)
  • Dessert: Chocolate avocado brownie with ice cream.

Meals for large groups

If you could pick only one sushi roll from your menu, which would it be?

This is so difficult! Our bestseller is the Jumping Jack which is made of black rice, heüra (a scarily-realistic meat substitute, similar texture to chicken), bbq jackfruit, rocket, caramelised onions, sesame, alioli & homemade hoisin sauce.

What have been some of the highlights for Roots & Rolls in 2019?

There’s been so many. I personally get a real kick out of messing with the “carnivore mindset” when it comes to plant-based food. We have so many clients who come in for their first-ever plant-based meal and they’re always stunned and thrilled with the quality of the flavours, textures and variety that we offer. This makes me really happy.

We feel that we’re still on the “edge” of things in Barcelona and it can be difficult to convince people to have a group dinner in an entirely plant-based restaurant, but thankfully things are changing. Over Christmas, we had several large groups from tech companies with lots of young employees that are more eco-conscious. It’s wonderful to see companies making these choices for their employees, to show them that you can still have a great Christmas event with no meat, fish or animal products involved. These groups were a real highlight.

Of course, we also love when we see repeat customers and we have a really high number of customers that come back again and again. People will come back with different members of their family, with friends, with visitors, it’s wonderful to see that so many people want to shout about our food and share it with others.

And finally, what does 2020 hold for Roots & Rolls?

We have so many fun things lined up. Firstly, we change the menu three times per year to fit with which vegetables are in season. We have also changed our head chef and we can’t wait to see what creativity they will bring to the table.

We will also have lots of exciting events and are collaborating with other vegan and plant-based people and businesses in Barcelona under the umbrella title “Living Plantastic”. There will be a gala event on Saturday 18th January – red carpet, drag queen and DJ included! There will also be smaller group activities, from plant-based cooking workshops to beach trash pickups.

In general, we want to make plant-based, eco-conscious living more appealing and more exciting to the masses. If we work within mainstream channels, engaging with carnivores and herbivores alike, then we will reach more people and maybe convert more people to a eco-friendlier, more plant-based lifestyle.

We will continue to work on these ideas in 2020 and beyond, so watch this space!

Thank you Sandra!

BarcelonaTours.net: The Agency You Need for Event Planning in Barcelona

Make your group travel arrangements with BarcelonaTours.net to ensure the highest quality services. We organise hotels for groups, private transfers and group dinners in fantastic restaurants, such as Roots & Rolls!

Get in touch today for a personalised quote and start planning your event in Barcelona.

This article was first published in 2018 and was updated on the 8th January 2020.

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.

You can also check out our GPS Treasure Hunt which even adds a boat trip into the mix!

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 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.

Group Dinner

Everybody loves food! And a group dinner in Barcelona is an amazing way to reward your team for their hard work. We can help with all manner of group travel and group activities in Barcelona, and a group dinner in a delicious restaurant is one of our most popular requests.

With nearly ten years of experience in event planning in Barcelona, we have the local knowledge and expertise you need. We can find restaurants to suit every group size, dietary requirement and budget. Restaurants for groups in Barcelona offer a huge variety when it comes to cuisine, so whether your group is looking for the traditional tapas and paella or something fresh and exciting like a plant-based sushi restaurant with an innovative menu, Barcelonatours will work to find the best group restaurant for you.

Group menus can start from as little as 25-30€ per person and for that price will often include three-courses and a glass of wine per person. Menus that include a tapas sharing course can give your group the chance to try many different dishes while still selecting their own main course. Many restaurants are willing to customise their menus to suit vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. We can also offer halal restaurants and kosher options.

Ready to go?

With all of these incredible options and more, Barcelonatours.net is the place to plan an exciting corporate event.

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.

Barcelona has impeccable resources for conferences, including large, luxurious hotels, versatile exhibition halls, delicious and varied restaurants and much, much more. It is also simply a stunning city, where old and modern collide in a symphony that calls out to visitors from around the globe.

Event Planning and Group Travel in Barcelona

This blog lays out some of the conferences that are scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. We have provided the names and dates of all the conferences, and expanded on the ones we find most interesting!

If you are visiting Barcelona for any of these conferences, and/or planning an event in Barcelona, get in touch with Barcelonatours.net today! We have great hotels, restaurants, private transfers and everything else you might need for a great visit to Barcelona.

Don’t forget to check out our Group Travel Services and Team Building Activities while you’re here.

 

January

CSL 2020 – Computer Science Logic Conference

Dates: 13th – 14th – 15th – 16th January

Venue: University of Barcelona

Computer Science Logic (CSL) is the annual conference of the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL). This 28th edition of the conference, which has previously been hosted in Birmingham, Stockholm, Marseille and Berlin, this year comes to Barcelona after taking a break in 2019.

According to the CSL website, “the conference series started in 1987 as a programme of International Workshops on Computer Science Logic, and then in its sixth meeting (in 1992) became the Annual Conference of the EACSL.”

ACM FAT 2020 – Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Socio-Technical Systems

Dates: 27th – 28th – 29th – 30th January

Venue: Barceló Sants

The inaugural conference was held in New York in 2018, followed up by Atlanta in 2019. The conference has now made its way to Europe for the first time. This conference brings together the field of computer science and the practical and ethical risks involved as this field develops. Their website states: “ACM FAT* is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to bringing together a diverse community of scholars from computer science, law, social sciences, and humanities to investigate and tackle issues in this emerging area.”

ELT Convention

Dates: 30th – 31st Jan – 1st February

Venue: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Billed as a conference for English Language Teachers by English language teachers, the ELT Convention promises to help teachers in several ways. They will meet up to rest and reconnect with others in their field, and “shake up” their teaching methods while “exercising all their teaching muscles” through three days of activities, workshops and lectures.

 

February

World Congress of Cutaneous Lymphomas (WCCL)

Dates: 12th – 13th – 14th February

Venue: Auditorio Axa

This is the 4th Congress of Cutaneous Lymphomas, with the previous editions having been previously held in Chicago, Berlin and New York. Cutaneous lymphomas are cancers that effect lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.

The conference will “provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art advances in basic, translational and clinical research; it will discuss new developments in the diagnosis, practice and management of cutaneous lymphomas, promoting the highest standards of care and support of the patients.”

ICEMI 2020 – International Conference on Education and Management Innovation

Dates: 13th – 14th – 15th February

Venue: Hotel Colon

This 9th edition of the ICEMI Conference will be held at the Hotel Colon, located opposite the iconic Barcelona Cathedral. It will bring together researchers, engineers, scientists and students to share ideas and their experiences working in Education and Management Innovation.

MWC 2020 – Mobile World Congress

Dates: 24th – 25th – 26th – 27th February

Venue: Fira Gran Via (some Events will be at Fira Montjuïc)

Easily Barcelona’s most famous annual conference, the Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile event in the world. You’ll find the latest innovations in technology from around the world, talks from visionaries at the top of their field and hundreds of exciting exhibits.

 

March

ENETS 2020 – European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Conference

Dates: 11th – 12th – 13th March

Venue: CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

The European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society is involved with research that works on “improving therapies, diagnostics and treatments for patients all over the world.” The Society has nearly 1,400 members from all fields of research and medicine, including oncology, pathology, radiology and many more. The conference is an opportunity to bring people from across these fields together.

EBCC-12 – European Breast Cancer Conference

Dates: 21st – 22nd – 23rd March

Venue: CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

The website of the European Breast Cancer Conference states that: “The goal of EBCC-12 is to promote the establishment and implementation of a European multidisciplinary platform for scientific exchanges about all aspects of breast cancer, from bench to bed side.”

Speakers from all fields related to breast cancer research come to the conference to talk on a huge variety of topics related to this central theme. The conference gathers together physicians, scientists and patients to display “new New & stimulating scientific programme mapping the breast cancer journey.”

EBART International – Evidence-based Assisted Reproduction Technology Conference

Dates: 26th – 27th March

Venue: Palau de Congressos de Barcelona

Started in 2016, each edition of this conference has been in Barcelona and is held every two years. It is the first conference of its kind, namely, the first conference to focus specifically on the research and development of assisted reproduction technology.

Two key changes have been made this year: the venue has been changed to the Palau de Congressos de Barcelona, and parallel sessions, which will be “one focused on topics related to Clinicians, and another for Embryologists”, have been introduced.

 

Need help with an event in Barcelona? Get in touch with us today for a personalised quote for group activities and group travel services in Barcelona. Email info@barcelonatours.net.

Updated 01/01/2020.

At first glance, the terms “team-building” and “competition” might seem contradictory. “Team building” is about developing your employees and colleagues through shared experiences. “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 four 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.

 

Wipeout: Warriors of Fun

Why is Wipeout: Warriors of Fun a great Team Building activity?

  • This is a high-energy, adrenaline-filled group activity
  • It will bring out the inner-child of everyone in your group
  • It can be adapted for groups visiting any time of year – it’s an outdoor activity that’s not just for summer
  • The activities are adaptable to group size and ability.

The Activity

This team building activity is an amazing way to strip down the barriers and any social awkwardness as you will all need to be willing to be a little bit silly in order to take part.

We have all seen the TV shows that incorporate inflatable kids’ games and obstacle courses. These shows are internationally loved, as people all over the world love to watch other people run, skip, jump and, most importantly, fall over while tackling hilarious inflatable obstacles.

Well, now is the time to put your techniques to the test! Will you prove yourself to be a Wipeout warrior or will you fall at the first colourful hurdle? We will split your group into teams and you will take part in several different challenges. Examples include: a mechanical bull, giant whack-a-mole, inflatable obstacle course and even a good old-fashioned tug-o-war!

The games are suitable for all fitness levels, with the focus being on fun and getting outside into the fresh air. If you’re visiting in summer and worried about being too hot with all the running around, don’t fret! Water is added to the activities in the summer months to add an extra fun element and, of course, to help you cool off too. In winter, the reverse applies! We’ll take the water away.

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.

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.

 

Team building activities for large groups in Barcelona

Event brief

Onna contacted BarcelonaTours in August to help organise some amazing team building activities for their company. The event was called “Onna Camp”. The company wanted Onna Camp to bring people together from their different offices.

This was their first global reunion, so Onna wanted to make this super fun, interactive, and inclusive. While they specifically requested to try our Graffiti Art Collective activity, they were also open to other ideas for Onna Camp.

They also informed us they had rented a villa in the city to host the event activities. wanted the activities to run concurrently, with each team member able to choose what to participate in.

 

Create a stunning piece of street art in Barcelona with your colleagues

What we did

We started out by providing a proposal with lots of fun and interesting ideas for the client to choose from. Onna then came back to us with a list of activities they were interested in: treasure hunt, graffiti, mosaic making, yoga, cocktail classes and our transport services too.

As Onna had already rented a space for their event, we set about organising how we could do each of their selected activities in the villa and the best rooms/areas to use for each activity. This was done through a site visit a couple of weeks before the scheduled event date. The rest of the organising was done through conference calls and emails between Onna and BarcelonaTours.

The venue chosen by Onna was called Los Tilos. This venue is available for hire for private events and has ample space for large groups.

 

Cava tasting for your team building event in Barcelona

The event

On Thursday 19th September, guests who had chosen to do so took part in the Photo Treasure Hunt. On Friday 20th September, guests could choose which activities to take part in at the event venue. A member of the BarcelonaTours team was on site for the full day to help with logistics and managing the day’s activities.

All the activities (apart from the Treasure Hunt) were held in Los Tilos and the space was a gorgeous spot for Onna Camp.

Each activity had skilled and professional instructors that brought along the materials for the activities where needed. The Sangria Class, Mosaic class and Graffiti Collective activity were done outside as the weather was great, while the other activities took place inside. You can see photos of the event below.

The activities, as well as being fun, were a mixture of educational, practical and relaxing. Desk yoga was included to teach people how to incorporate stretches and gentle movement into working day, something that is very much needed as many people spend most of the day seated at a desk; the mosaic and graffiti activities brought people together through artistic expression and creation, while giving guests the opportunity to take part in something they might never have tried and might never do again; finally, the sangria class and cava tastings were an educational look at Spanish wine and cocktails, and a delicious way to experience these drinks.

 

Sangria Making Class for a team building activity in Barcelona

The results

Onners were very happy with the event. The Google review read: “We hired Barcelona Tours for our offsite retreat in Barcelona. They were AMAZING! We organized a scavenger hunt, sangria making class, cava tasting, graffiti workshop, mosaic building, as well as transportation throughout the city. Every activity was flawless and perfectly executed. We were super pleased with their service and will definitely work with them again.”

Activities breakdown

Photo Treasure Hunt: 30 guests took part in this activity, 3 hours in duration. We also organised transfers from the company’s office in Barcelona for this. The Treasure Hunt involves exploring the Gothic quarter and taking pictures with Polaroid cameras, which Onna then could keep as a memento of the day.

Graffiti Art Collective: organised for up to 60 guests, up to 3 hours in duration. Onna stated they wanted the theme of their art pieces to be “Barcelona” and “New York”.

Mosaics Design: organised for up to 60 guests, up to 3 hours in duration. Onna means “waves” in Catalan, so the company created a design using the colour blue and the design was then to be hung in their office after the event.

Sangria making class: organised for up to 20 guests, 1 hour of instruction. They learned how to make 3 different types of Sangria (1 traditional, 1 with cava and raspberries and 1 with white wine, green tea, mint and jasmin).

Cava tasting: organised for up to 20 guests, 1 hour of instruction with professional sommelier and a tasting of 4 different cavas.

Desk yoga: organised for up to 20 guests, 1 hour of instruction.

All the activities are adaptable to larger groups.

Would you like to book an event with BarcelonaTours.net?

Please get in touch if you would like to organise an event in Barcelona: email info@barcelonatours.net or call +34 935 00 82 26.