Fira Barcelona: lodging, restaurants and activities
Fira Barcelona can boast to having a great location, found right next to all types of hotels, restaurants, public transport and even leisure activities. Montjuïc Hall, located in Plaza España, has a particularly privileged situation in that it allows tourists to enjoy good restaurants and activities all to be found within a rather small area.
Between one expo to the next, Fira Barcelona attendees will also be able to enjoy some of the most interesting locales Barcelona has to offer, all without having to travel around that much. Some options include taking a walk through the emblematic Plaza España, visit its central fountain and the two Venetian Towers that mark where María Cristina Avenue begins. You can always visit the large art collection on display at the National Art Museum of Cataluña and then assist to one of the city’s most amazing free shows: Montjuïc Magic Fountain with its waterfalls and show of colors and light. To round off your visit to Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss visiting the Pueblo Español (“Spanish Town”), the Montjuïc military outpost and spend one evening shopping in the Las Arenas Commercial Center.
Where to eat close to Fira Barcelona
If we are talking about bars and restaurants, the best and biggest offer will be found around Montjuïc Hall. At Lleida Street you will find restaurants such as Espai Kru, a mix between Asian, Japanese and seafood restaurant; Rías de Galicia, the longest lived traditional seafood restaurant in the city; or the new Pakta restaurant by Albert Adrià, with Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine. One of the best options for menus and traditional snacks will be found at La Xop d’Or restaurant, located in Paralel Street, or at L’Amfora restaurant, specializing in fish and meat grills and barbecue. Those looking for restaurants with views of the city, the best options will be found at the 5th floor in Las Arenas Commercial Center. Inside this dome offering panoramic views, you will find all kinds of restaurants, such as laLola and its delicious Spanish appetizers, Abrassame and its Mediterranean cuisine, or chef Ángel Camacho’s prestigious Japanese restaurant Watatsumi.
Where to sleep close to Fira Barcelona
Lodging facilities found near Montjuïc Hall deserving of highlight are:
– Ayre Hotel Gran vía: A modern hotel with an avant-garde design and a minimalist atmosphere, it is ideal for those staying in Ciudad Condal for a couple of days. It is located at Gran Vía, very close to Plaza España, and it features great facilities, a restaurant, conference rooms, business center and private parking.
– Catalonia Barcelona: Found in broad Plaza España, this four-star hotel is the perfect choice for business trips or to just enjoy several days of relax. It has private parking, connection to public transport, 20 conference rooms and amazing panoramic views from the rooms and terrace.
– B Hotel: This hotel has 84 rooms and counts with state-of-the-art home automation technology, solarium with pool, panoramic views, conference room floor and a business center.
– Ofelias Hotel: This hotel, located right next to the Las Arenas commercial center, has its own character, mixing modern sensibilities and the avant-garde with the warmest classical decorations. The hotel has rooms available for business reunions and training courses.
Even though Gran Vía Hall is not as centric, it still has a good public transport network linking it to Plaza España and the rest of the city. There are two standout lodging options close to Gran Vía Hall:
– Reinassance Fira Hotel: This design hotel is composed of two buildings joined by a panoramic restaurant with amazing tropical vegetation. It counts with roofed pool, a terrace pool and bar with amazing views of the city.
– Hotel Porta Fira: Located right in front of to the expo hall, this particular hotel, located in a bright red tower, offers magnificent views of the entire city. Its elegant facilities count with a gym, sauna and international food restaurant.