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Visit Barcelona

A Business Travellers Bleisure Guide to Barcelona

Trends in business and leisure travel have changed in the past year but we are excited that the world is opened again for international travel.

Barcelona has become one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it has everything to please the majority of visitors : with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture , Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso and more.

KNOW BEFORE VISITING

✓ Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, and from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.

✓ The siesta for shops and businesses is from approximately 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. while bars and restaurants close from about 4 p.m. until about 8 or 9 p.m.

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Why is Barcelona such an attractive city for Bleisure travelers?

By adding opportunities for leisure, business travelers are able to disconnect from the airports, hotels, and meetings to enjoy themselves. It gives people an opportunity to enjoy their spare time on a business trip, cultivates their work-life balance, or extend a working week in an unfamiliar city by taking the weekend off there.

Meanwhile, leisure travel can be used as an opportunity for generating business. This is where the concept of bleisure (a portmanteau of ‘business’ and ‘leisure’) is born; in other words, balancing business with leisure while traveling.

Top 10 Best Barcelona tourist attractions

Planning on visiting Barcelona at the end of February? Early spring is one of the best times to visit the city as prices not only drop dramatically, especially for accommodation, but it is also pretty quiet, the sights are relatively empty. It’s a good time to explore the museums, but also to go outside and attend sightseeing tours.

Barcelona is a city full of museums, parks, Antoni Gaudí buildings, and other highlights – check the top 10 must-see attractions below and start planning your time after the Psych Congress Europe 2022!

Sagrada Familia
The absolute number 1 attraction in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia; the holy cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí. The unfinished church will probably be completed in 2026 and has to be part of your city break. Be sure to always buy tickets for the Sagrada Familia several days in advance!
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Park Güell
Park Guell is the famous park with mosaic benches and the salamander. This Park is a sightseeing must-see when visiting Barcelona. However, only a limited number of visitors are admitted every hour. It used to be free, but now you have to purchase your tickets in advance.

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Gothic quarter of Barcelona
The Barri Gòtic is the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona’s historical city centre, with the Barcelona cathedral and famous squares such as Plaça Reial and Plaça Sant Jaume. Wander the small, picturesque streets in the historical city centre near the Rambas.
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Casa Mila & Casa Battló of Gaudì
Casa Mila and Casa Battló are two buildings with flats designed by Gaudi. La Pedrera means ‘stone quarry’ and is a highlight in terms of architecture. Visit one of these ‘casas’ of Antoni Gaudí to understand what the Catalan Modernism is. Sourse: biowebdesign, by (n.d.). Top 10 Attractions in Barcelona. [online]

Picasso Museum of Barcelona
The museum of Pablo Picasso is located in the district La Ribera. The Museu Picasso has over 4,000 works of art by the painter Pablo Picasso who spent an important part of his life in this city.
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Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the busiest street in Barcelona with its flower stalls, plane trees, street musicians, and living statues. It’s the most touristy place in the city and the spot to get souvenirs.
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Parc de Montjuïc & Magic Fountain
The Montjuïc is the most famous mountain of the city with dozens of sights, including Palau Nacional, Foundation Joan Miró, Poble Espanyol, the Olympic Stadium, the cable car, and the magical fountain ‘Font Magica’ with its fountain show of water and light.
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Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Música is one of the most beautiful concert buildings in the style of Catalan Modernism.Visit a concert or take a tour through this Modernist palace of music.

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Camp Nou Stadium of FC Barcelona
Visit the FC Barcelona Camp Nou stadium. Take the Camp Nou Experience tour and see the dressing rooms, trophies, and all the parts of the stadium, or attend one of Barca’s matches.
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Boqueria Market
Mercat de la Boqueria, or the Mercat de Sant Josep, is the colourful produce market on the Ramblas. The Boqueria market is the perfect place to start the day by tasting and experiencing Catalan flavours and smells.
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