So much to see, so little time! Barcelona offers a plethora of attractions and activities and we hope that – with the limited time you may have during this busy conference – you’ll get a chance to experience some of the cultural and social offers in this beautiful and vibrant city.
Based on your interests, check out my list of favorites, from art museums to boutiques to football.
The Picasso Museum is “the” museum to visit in Barcelona, both for the artist and for the building, which is located in the Gothic Quarter and comprised of five medieval palaces linked together. This museum is essential to understand the formative years of Pablo Picasso.
The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona is one my favorites. Miro took a particular interest in the diversity of materials, forms and colors. It led him to explore and experiment with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, theatre and tapestry.
The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s famous Roman Catholic church, is the symbol of Barcelona. Gaudi devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.
Many of the buildings in the Gothic Quarter date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. El Call, the medieval Jewish quarter, is located within this area.
A visit to the Market of la Boqueria in Barcelona is advisable to enjoy an incredible array of colors and activity and discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients. The best products from Catalonia are here in one place: fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood.
Lupo Bags was the first shop to be opened in Spain by the famous Lupo Barcelona brand of fashion accessories. It carries this firm’s exclusive lines of bags, shoes, accessories and leather articles in collections for women and men.
Futbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barca, is playing in their home stadium on 22 Oct. and 29 Oct. Please note that while this now the official published dates, it may change to Sunday or to a different time as the TV schedule dictates when the match will occur and can be changed up to a week prior. Please be sure to read the warning on their website about this.
Tickets can often be hard to come by as the Stadium belongs to club members and only those that plan not to go resell their tickets through the club. It’s important to be aware that reselling or buying tickets on the streets near the stadium may not be official tickets and is forbidden by the club. You can inquire about tickets in advance at www.fcbarcelona.cat.
There are about 20 golf courses within an hour of Barcelona. Midweek greens fees range from 50 to 85 Euros; weekend prices are double. Midweek availability is typically excellent but all clubs are private, so members have priority on weekends.
Here are a few courses to consider:
Real Club de Golf del Prat (www.rcgep.com)
Club de Golf Masia Bach (www.golfmasiabach.com)
Club PGA (www.pgacatalunya.com)
Club de Golf Montanya (www.golfmontanya.com)
El Gran Cafe is an old-fashioned restaurant decorated in the “Bell Epoque” style and serving typical Catalan and international dishes. Classics include steak tartare, roast beef, duck magret and osso buco. Just try the daily menu.
Cerveceria Catalana is a beer bar and a tapas restaurant in Barcelona. It is considered one of the best places in the city to try tapas, the name of a wide variety of appetisers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine.
Casa Leopoldo is an unpretentious restaurant where locals residents go to dine. It specializes in Catalan food and wine.
I hope you found this information helpful and have the chance to sample some of Barcelona’s many activities while you are at Synergy. I invite you to email your questions about Barcelona to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @AskIngridBCN.
I look forward to seeing everyone next week! Safe travels.