CorporateStays is pleased to announce our newest partnership: we now can offer apartments in Barcelona, Spain! Barcelona is the largest city by the Mediterranean Sea. It is a major hub for tourism, business, and transport, with travelers arriving from across the world. Visitors come for its important economic force to the European Union as well as the historic beauty of a seaside city. Whether you are traveling to Barcelona for business or for pleasure, please enjoy our top 5 recommendations for your time in Barcelona.
Sight-Seeing in Barcelona
Barcelona has beautiful buildings and neighborhoods. Fortunately, CorporateStays new partner apartments are in the Gothic district. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood to stroll through. Visit Parc Güell designed by the famous modernist Antoni Gaudi, 42 acres of space with park benches and breathtaking views of the ocean. Stop by Casa Batlló to see Gaudi’s most famous apartments and museum dedicated to Spain’s modernism. Also make sure to stop by La Barcleloneta Beach, a main tourist attraction and enjoy the hot Spanish sun on a popular, yet clean, beach in the city.
Shopping in Barcelona
Looking for a unique souvenir to bring home? Visit Las Ramblas, a street filled with souvenir shops and local stores. It’s easy to enjoy a walk down this iconic street filled with street musicians, fortune-tellers, and painters. For more designer boutiques and handicrafts, try the Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, a similar district.
Do you belong to more the fashionista crowd? The Portal de l’Àngel and Avingua Diagonal are the places to be if you’re looking for the most exclusive brands and accessories or international fashion.
Eat Like a Local in Barcelona
Barcelona has a host of tapas bars, restaurants, quick bites, and cafes throughout the city for foodies of all tastes. However, if you’re pressed for time, we have some of the best bets in the city.
If you’re looking for a special, fine-dining experience in Barcelona, try the famous Uma. For a slightly more laid-back feel, with true Catalan flavorings, try Viana. And if you’re looking for some familiar comfort food, Il Forno has some of the best Italian food outside of the Italian peninsula.
Enjoy Sports in Barcelona
If you have any leisure time in the city, taking in a soccer match is a must. Football, as it is called in Europe, is THE sport to watch. And one of the top teams to watch is FC Barcelona. As of publication date, they are currently listed as leading in La Liga. Try to get a ticket at the Camp Nou Stadium to watch a match surrounded by hundreds of the club’s most loyal fans.
Don’t have a chance to step in the stadium? Not to worry! The city has plenty of pubs broadcasting matches. Some of our favorites include Flaherty’s Irish Bar near Las Ramblas, La Taverna de Barcelona, or Belushi’s bar. Bring a friend or a colleague for a fun time watching the local team. Or, you can always show up wearing the red and blue jersey; you’ll be bound to make some new friends!
Some Tips for Business Meetings in Barcelona
If you are visiting Barcelona on business, and are setting up a business meal, we would highly recommend Restaurante Barceloneta. You can reserve a private room, or enjoy a table by the window overlooking the port. However, if you’re meeting a potential new partner from the city, why not let them show you their favourite place?
If you’re all brushed up on your Spanish, it will definitely help you in your meetings in Spain. But please, keep in mind, that it’s not the only language you may run into. Barcelona is located in Catalonia, known as an autonomous community within Spain. Catalonia has three official languages, Catalan, Spanish, and Occitan. It may be wise to bring an extra language app on your phone, and double check the preferred language of your potential business partners before booking your dates.
Want the best possible stay while visiting Barcelona? Skip the crowded hotel and relax in a fully-furnished apartment with CorporateStays. Our newest partner buildings in key parts of the city, which will mean you’ll never be far from your next meeting or weekend outing. Get in touch with one of our corporate housing specialists today and find out how we can make your next trip your best trip!