Barcelona events – The most important trade fairs in Barcelona

One of the most well-known Barcelona events has to be our trade fairs. If you have come here for one before, you’ll know why the Catalan capital is among Europe’s leading trade fair venues: the pleasant Mediterranean climate, plus being easily accessible from the rest of Europe, and many choices of big and small exhibition halls across the city are just a handful of the reasons. No wonder businesses from all economic sectors are attracted to exhibit here all year-round, including trade fairs related to gastronomy, fashion, and technology just to name a few. Keep reading for the most important Barcelona events related to trade fairs!


Most important Barcelona events – Trade Fairs

Mobile World Congress

Probably the most famous of all Barcelona events is the Mobile World Congress. All the biggest players in smartphones, computers, tablets and mobile devices come together for this highly anticipated event, hosted annually at Fira Barcelona. Heavyweights like Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Sony and more use the opportunity to debut flashy new products, and to showcase the latest technology trends. Some exciting new trends that dominated the recently held 2018 trade fair included 5G, mobile money, smart cities and artificial intelligence.

To be hosted on 25th – 28th February 2019

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Comic Fair – Saló del Còmic – Barcelona International Comic Fair

Takes place in Barcelona since 1981 and is the festival which showcases all the most important new developments in the world of comics. If you visit it, make sure you wear a fancy dress, every year, the Barcelona Comic Salon awards the most original proposals.

To be hosted on 12 Apr 2018 – 15 Apr 2018.

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Alimentaria – Barcelona Trade Fair

With a reputation for producing some of Spain’s finest cuisine, it is only fitting that one of Europe’s most popular gastronomy and hospitality trade fairs be held here in Barcelona. Live cooking shows, seminars and discussions on food innovation, workshops, tastings, plus a dizzying variety of products: bottled, preserved, cured, fermented, dried, fresh… You name it, it’ll be somewhere in the massive acre-sized hall of Fira Barcelona. More than 140,000 visitors from 157 countries attended the last edition, joining some 4,000 exhibitors, which goes to show that Alimentaria one of the many Barcelona events that captures not just the Spanish eye, but that of the world.

To be hosted on 16th – 19th April 2018.

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Hostelco – Barcelona Trade Fair

The International Restaurant and Hotel 2018 exhibition expects more than 41,520 visitors. The fair is being held alongside Alimentaria and is hosted every two years to bring new trends in hotel equipment.

Hostelco is a leading fair in technological innovation and international impact in the fields of manufacturing, import and distribution.

To be hosted on 16th – 19th April 2018. 

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B-Travel – Barcelona Trade Fair

This international fair is a travelers meeting point, where they can discover the latest developments about travel and tourism.

Its offer is presented around five big categories: B-Happy (experiences of well-being in company), B-Special (unique ideas), B-Culture (for fans of art, history and culture), B-Adventure (trips with sport, nature and adventure as protagonists) and B-Delicious (food and wine plans). 

To be hosted on 20th – 22nd April 2018.

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Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – Barcelona Trade Fair

Every year in April, a flurry of bridal designers and models come from all over the world and descend upon Barcelona; and in tow with them are suitcases spilling open with dresses of white satin, lace, tulle, sequins, and everything bridal. During this Barcelona event, the industry’s hottest names host exclusive invitation-only catwalk shows, such as celebrity favorites Ángel Sanchez and Galia Lahav just to name a few. Hundreds of boutique and international brands exhibit their latest and most sparkly creations that will have you falling head over heels in love. With so much excitement and glamour, it’s impossible to deny that romance is in the air when this Barcelona trade show is happening.

To be hosted on 23rd – 29th April 2018.

Barcelona Events- Barcelona Bridal Week


This trade fair is the best chance to meet roughly 14,000 visitors from SMEs and entrepreneurs seeking solutions for their transformation. The event is already a reference in the promotion of entrepreneurship and the competitiveness of SMEs. In this coming edition, digital transformation will be a highly anticipated hot topic.

To be hosted on 30 – 31 May 2018

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Salón Náutico de Barcelona – Barcelona Boat Show

Barcelona Boat Show brings the latest nautical and leisure products. Motor and sail boats, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, boats, trailers and sportswear share the exhibition space in one of the largest nautical fairs in Europe. More than 55,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors get together making it the largest of its kind in Spain. In its last edition it gathered 275 exhibitors, and also more than 700 boats were exhibited.

To be hosted on 10th – 14th October 2018

Barcelona Events- Barcelona Boat Show

To check the calendar of upcoming Barcelona events and trade fairs at Fira, click here. If you’re visiting Barcelona for an important trade fair soon and are looking for an executive-style apartment, be sure to check out bizFlats for short term and long term rental options. Or check out our comprehensive guide for things to do in Barcelona during your 1 day, 3 day or 5 day stay!




Barcelona apartments for rent: Long term and short term apartment rentals

So you’ve booked your flights and now you’re on the hunt for Barcelona apartments for rent! Depending on your needs, you may choose a short term rental (rented by the day) or a long term rental (rented by the month). As a foreigner, if you’re looking for an apartment for rent over one month, but under three months, it can be a bit of a sticky situation if you go to a certain agencies. The main reason for this is the amount of upfront cash they require, which can normally be: one month for deposit, two months rent in advance, plus the payment of another month as an agency fee, which is a lot of cash to cough up!

Here at BizFlats, we are proud to offer you quality apartments located across Barcelona city, with flexible rental terms, that can be booked online easily. If you want to know what are the “must haves” for rental apartments in Barcelona, click here. Keep reading for our handpicked recommendations for Barcelona apartments for rent – long term and short term!

Barcelona apartments for rent short term

Rented by the day

  1. Fira Place Apartments
    Close to La Fira de Barcelona and the Barcelona Sants train station, this complex boasts a total of 10 apartments and 2 new duplexes, plus a big communal terrace that can be enjoyed by residents.
  2. Milliways Apartments
    Just 15 minutes away from the airport, The Milliways Complex has 20 identical executive-style apartments, all equipped with free wifi and twin bedrooms, making it the perfect place to stay for corporate groups and trade show groups.
  3. Dandi
    A three-bedroom luxury apartment located in the upscale neighbourhood of Eixample, just one block away from Passeig de Gràcia, and surrounded by La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló. Fitted with leather and mahogany furniture, mosaic-titled flooring and balconies, Dandi aparment is the epitome of culture, class and Modernism. This makes it a really good option if you’re looking to splurge on a memorable holiday.
  4. Livingstone
    A charming apartment furnished with original furniture and oil paintings from South Africa, Livingstone has two double bedrooms and two full bathrooms, plus fully furnished kitchen and fiber optic internet to ensure a comfortable stay.
  5. La Mimosa
    Just one minute away from Passeig de Gràcia, where the most elegant shops and boutiques are located, such as Gucci, Armani and Chanel. Plus all the restaurant and nightlife destinations with even more glamour to keep you busy. Feet sore after a long day of shopping? Have a soak in the whirlpool tub in La Mimosa apartment, the perfect apartment for treating yourself!
  6. Ascot
    Close to National Theater of Catalonia, and a few steps from Sagrada Família by Gaudí, Ascot apartment is surrounded by music, arts and culture. The apartment itself is chic, spacious and quiet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a nice balcony too.
  7. Ferran Batík
    This spectacular penthouse boasts a magnificent private terrace of 65 square meters, perfect for panoramic sunset views of the surrounding exclusive neighbourhood of Pedralbes. The floor to ceiling windows make it light, airy and pleasant. One of our popular Barcelona apartments for apartments for rent -Ferran Batík Apartment
  8. Neo
    A charming place in a new building in the neighbourhood of Eixample, this two-bedroom apartment is perfect for the curious traveller who yearns for a tranquil and calm place to rest after a long day of exploring.
  9. Noname
    Full of ambience and affection, you’ll be sure to appreciate the special touches of Noname apartment, like the fringed curtains, separate dressing room, plus big comfortable L-shaped sofas.
  10. KissMe
    Combining romance with playfulness and comfort, KissMe apartment is like a first kiss… unique and unforgettable.
  11. Garden House
    A mix between modernity and comfort, all located in the center of the city in the modernist neighbourhood of Eixample. Not to mention the 85 square meter terrace which is perfect for sunshine filled breakfasts to start your day.
  12. Art Gallery
    This cozy apartment is located in a beautiful 19th century building. With warm accents of wood in the floors, ceiling beams and furniture, it almost has a country house feel, bringing you an oasis in the city center.
  13. PDG Apartments
    With high ceilings, intricate detailing, and stained-glass windows, this luxury apartment will have you feeling like the rich and famous. Can be rented as a 5 bedroom unit, or combined with PDF Petit to make it a total of 8 bedrooms, making it perfect for large groups.
  14. Red Carpet
    With four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a Jacuzzi, Red Carpet is fit for an A-list celebrity. The spacious kitchen and dining table which fits 12 people, it’s the perfect space for hosting a memorable evening.
  15. Colonial
    Full of Gothic flavor, this apartment is decorated with wooden furniture, checkered fabrics, and rustic tables that create a warm atmosphere.
  16. Oriental
    Next to La Rambla and overlooking one of the most vibrant markets of the city, La Boqueria. Oriental apartment is full of sleek lines, polished surfaces and bright finishes.
  17. Picasso
    Located in the Born neighbourhood, Picasso apartment is in the artists’ district, a very chic area with many new cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The exposed stonewall and wooden beam ceilings add a rustic feel to the apartment.
  18. Calabrese
    This state of the art apartment is equipped with leather Chester sofas and armchairs, plus comfortable queen-size beds. The crisp high quality linens and premium towels will give you that five star hotel feel.
  19. Los Rambla Exec
    This executive style complex of apartments, is sophisticated and centrally located near La Rambla. Plus each bedroom comes with an ensuite bathroom.
  20. La Levantina Upstairs and La Levantina downstairs – Villas in Sitges
    Located in the beautiful town of Sitges, this mountainside villa is one of the most elegant options for rent just 20 minutes away from Barcelona. With a garden area and a wonderful pool of 16 meters long, it’s perfect for a bit of afternoon reading or a quick morning swim.
  21. Aro Beach
    Located in a private residential complex, this two-bedroom apartment has a sunny terrace, a swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens, and also a barbeque available, plus a golf club nearby and common areas for tennis, ping pong or basketball. Perfect for families looking to wind down and relax.

Barcelona apartments for rent long term

Rented by the month

  1. Parsifal
    This large apartment breathes modernity and is perfect for lovers of music, with its proximity to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a temple of music with international recognition, plus Plaça Reial just moments apartments for rent - Parsifal Apartment
  2. Jollie
    With spacious 1 bedrooms, 1 bathroom plus sunshine-filled terrace with wooden canopy and sun lounger, this Barcelona apartment for rent is a real gem in the district of Les Corts. Take advantage of the beautiful Mediterranean climate with morning coffees under the sun, high up on the rooftops of the city.
  3. Macca
    Mixing design, original pieces of art and vintage touches, Macca is a contemporary apartment in a historic area, filled with light and comfort – just one of our many sophisticated apartments.
  4. The Penthouse
    A bright penthouse, in the beautiful neighbourhood of Eixample area near Camp Nou, with the luxury of a private terrace.
  5. Dandelion
    Exquisite, delicate and beautiful just like the Dandelion flower. This apartment’s privileged location guarantees sunlight throughout the day, and the natural light bounces off the many mirrors, making the entire apartment full of life.
  6. TheMarket

A warm and functional apartment, located in the heart of the city next to Plaça Universitat. With a nice balcony overlooking a quiet square, full of trees.

Which BizFlats apartment would you like to stay at most? Leave a comment below to let us know. Want to see more Barcelona apartments for rent? Visit!

Calçots: Ranking of the best restaurants in Barcelona

Perhaps you don’t know yet what calçots are, but you’ve almost certainly smelled them if you’ve been walking in the streets of Catalonia lately and caught a whiff of burnt onions. Don’t worry, nobody has left the stove on, we’re just cooking calçots! It is known that us Catalans love any reason to host a get-together with friends and family, and in the winter months, calçots are why people come together and eat. To visitors of Barcelona, this may seem baffling: how can there be so much excitement behind a scorched onion? Well, read on to learn more about this distinctly Catalan tradition!


What are calçots?

Calçots (pronounced: kal-SOTS) are a Catalan delicacy originating from Tarragona, and is somewhat of a cross between a scallion and a leek, that can grow to about 25 cm long. The annual harvest is during the winter season, from January to April, and is celebrated with “calçotadas”, where friends and family gather around to eat this wildly popular dish.

The calçots are bundled tight onto an open-fire grill, and charred for about five minutes on each side until blackened, then wrapped in newspaper to keep warm and served on a red terracotta roof tile – an absolutely humble and no frills dish, and oh so tasty.

Calçots - How to eat them

The ritual of eating calçots is messy business, but that’s half the fun! Roll up your sleeves, put on your paper bib (yes you’ll look a bit funny but so will everyone else) and get started by peeling the charred black layers of the calçot off piece by piece, until you get to the tender sweet pearly white center. Dunk it generously into the bright red romescu sauce, dangle it over your head, open wide, and chomp right into it. By the end of it, you’ll smell of onions, and have dirty black hands, plus a messy red-stained bib to wear as your badge of honour!

Find your Menu Calçotada in Barcelona 

To make a full “calçotada” feast out of it, some restaurants offer a “Menu Calçotada” option, here you get calçots with romescu, plus a choice of barbequed meats like “butifarra” sausages, lamb or veal. Some establishments include toast, white beans, potatoes, and maybe even desserts like catalan cream, or honey with cottage cheese. All of the above is usually offered for a very reasonable price of 25 – 35 euros per person, which will leave your belly full and satisfied. Wash it all down with a “porró” or two of local red wine too.

Menú calçotada barcelona

Best restaurants near Barcelona to eat calçots – Countryside farms

The most authentic way to enjoy calçots is at rural restaurants or countryside farms, which also makes for a fun mountain getaway. Be sure to book ahead as it can get busy. Here are our top three recommendations:

  1. Masia Can Vilallonga (Carrer Oceà Atlàntic, 80, 08173 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona)
    Located off the beaten path near an equestrian club in Sant Cugat del Vallès, this family farmhouse dates from the 14th century and has a wonderful mix of modern and rustic design, with a backdrop of beautiful green fields and countryside. Outdoor seating available.
  2. Can Carbonell (Carrer Muntanya, s/n, 08960 Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona)
    Offering rustic and hearty Catalan fare, this typical Masía catalane specializes in calçots. It’s charming fireplaces and wooden ceilings will transport you back in time to the 13th Just a 15 minute drive from Barcelona.
  3. Can Borrell (Carretera d’Horta a Cerdanyola BV-1415, Km 3, 08171 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona)
    Catalan cuisine with an idyllic setting in the heart of the Collserola National Park. Oak embers are used in their open-fire grills to give the calçots a wonderful smoky flavor.

Best restaurants in Barcelona to eat calçots – Restaurants in Barcelona

If you haven’t got an entire day to spare, there are some great restaurants in Barcelona city center which offer calçots too. Here are our rankings:

  1. El Jardí de l’Àpat (Carrer d’Albert Llanas, 2, 08024 Barcelona)
    Their elevated terrace offers a magnificent view, and is surrounded by ancient trees and garden, giving a sense of privacy and serenity in the hustle and bustle of the city. Park Güell is nearby for an after dinner stroll.
  2. Taverna El Glop (Carrer de Sant Lluís, 24, 08012 Barcelona)
    Opened since 1970s, their checkered tablecloths, and wooden chairs will have you feeling just as if you’re in the countryside, with the convenience of being located in Gràcia neighbourhood.
  3. L’Antic Forn (Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 28, 08001 Barcelona)
    Just two blocks from Las Ramblas, this is a wonderful little restaurant tucked away in a side alley, with affordable prices and friendly service the establishment is frequented by locals.

Have you tried calçots yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!






Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 – Things to do during your stay

Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 is happening once more! You’re back in town again for one of the world’s biggest technological conferences, which this year takes place 26th February to 1st March at Fira Gran Via and Fira Monjuïc. There are new touristic attractions in town waiting for you to see, and also plenty of events and parties these days too. Check out this handy guide for things that you can’t miss!

Mobile world Congress 2018

New and old sights to visit during the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018

After a long day in a conference hall, there’s nothing better than to stretch those legs and get some fresh evening air. A visit to UNESO World Heritage site Casa Vicens is absolutely recommended; its doors were only just opened to the public for the first time in 130 years last winter.

Casa Vicens

Of course, if you didn’t get a chance to visit it yet, Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is stunning in the night, the myriad of coloured glittering lights almost bring the building to life. Sagrada Família after dark is also hauntingly beautiful, with the colossal structure illuminated as it looms over the rest of Barcelona. With Gaudí’s distinctive modernist style, as showcased in all three buildings above, it’s easy to see how he’s considered as one of Spain’s most renowned architects.

If you’re keen to take in more historical sights during your stay at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018, check out our Barcelona in 5 days, 3 days and 1 day travel guide.

Mobile World Congress 2018 - welcome back to Barcelona

Music events during the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018

Watch an opera performance at the spectacular Gran Teatre de Liceu. With it’s magnificent high ceilings, plush red curtains and opulent gold detailing, it is only fitting that such a grand venue would play host to one of the greatest love stories of all time, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Showing on the evening of Tuesday 27th February.

If you’re aching for some music that you can move your body to, American pop star Jason Derulo will be performing at Sant Jordi club on the night of Monday 26th February, his top 40 hits will have you tearing up the dance floor.

Barça vs Girona soccer match during the Mobile world congress Barcelona 2018

Arriving a few days early in Barcelona? You’re in luck; on Sunday 25th February watch FC Barcelona and Girona battle it out in one of the world’s most famous football stadiums – Camp Nou. There’s even a tour and museum that showcases memorabilia and trophies for those big football fans.

Camp nou

Where to eat after Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018

Tucked away on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, El Nacional is a feast for your taste buds and eyes alike, and the perfect casual dinner spot for after the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018. Originally constructed in 1870 as a textile factory, the 8,500 square foot space has been transformed into an all-new gastronomic heaven with a Wes Anderson-esque retro flair. With four culinary areas and four specialised bars, there’s plenty to choose from, including tapas, cold cuts, cheeses, oysters, cocktails and more.

El Nacional - Best restaurants to eat in Barcelona

If you’re a fan Spain’s most loved rice dish, paella, check out our recommendations for Best Paellas in Barcelona. If you’ve got some important clients from Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 to host, there’s plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants that will wow your companions, check out our guides for Barcelona and Catalonia here.

Where to party after Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018

Whether it’s just to grab a post-conference drink, or if you want to party until 6am, Port Olimpic’s glitzy beach-front bars and clubs are always pumping, no matter what day of the week. You’ll find a cosmopolitan crowd dancing and drinking the night away at places like Opium, Carpe Diem, Shoko and Pacha.

Also recommended are Bling Bling and Luz de Gas in upper Diagonal area, these are places to see and be seen, put on your best threads and they’ll have you wrapping up the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 on an absolute high! Check out our Facebook page for the latest updates on which parties to go to, or check out this article on Barcelona nightlife.

Mobile World Congress 2018 will be a very busy time for Barcelona, we highly suggest booking accommodation in advance. Check out our short-term rentals here and book your apartment today.

The Three Kings Day 2018 in Barcelona

The Three Kings Day 2018 is one of the highlights of the Barcelona Christmas Season.  Its name in Catalan is Dia dels Tres Reis d’Orient, and is also known as The Epiphany in religious terms, and happens on the sixth day of January.

It is a major event in the Catholic Church’s Nativity agenda. Three Kings Day marks the arrival of the Three Wise Men of the Orient to the birthplace of Jesus at his stable in Bethlehem.  They came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newborn messiah, but in Barcelona, they arrive to give gifts to the city’s inhabitants.

For local kids here in Barcelona, Three Kings Day is even more special, as the focus of the day is on them and not really the grown-ups.  Rather like the traditional Father Christmas character in Northern Europe, children only receive gifts if they have been good all year long!  The city’s children also have to write a letter to the King’s Pages ahead of the Three Kings arrival to ensure they get the gifts they desire.

On the 5th of January, the Three Kings arrive in Barcelona with a spectacular street parade called La Cavalcada dels Reis d’Orient – which is a procession to symbolise the arrival of the Three Kings into Bethlehem mounted on their camels, each bearing their gifts for the baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day 2018

This year, they will arrive by boat at 4:30pm at the Moll de la Fusta.  After a welcome statement by city officials, the Three Kings begin a parade along the city streets.  This year, the Three Kings parade starts on Via Laietana at 6pm, snaking its way through the city, finishing at the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc at around 9:30pm.

The Three Kings parade features the Three Kings in their carnival style float among a whole collection of other floats and musical attractions, where the performers are laden with candy and sweets to throw at the children who catch them, normally in umbrellas that are held upside down.

After the parade has finished and before the children go to bed, they have to prepare some food and water for the Three Kings and their camels to take refreshment.  Normally unable to sleep with excitement, contemplating the next morning, the children will eventually settle to sleep and wake early the following morning, when they can see and open their gifts on Three Kings Day.

After the morning’s activities are over, the whole family will settle down for a very special lunch.  It is normally a four course sitting and traditional menus will begin with a buffet of tapas followed by a special soup and then a third course of meat or freshly cooked fish.

Then the pièce de résistance is served – Tortell de Reis (King’s Cake) – a puffy, circular, marzipan sponge cake filled with cream, resembling a King’s crown.  In fact there will be a crown in the centre and the cake is topped off with dried fruits symbolizing a crown’s jewels.

But the King’s Day tradition doesn’t stop there, because inserted into the cake are two objects – a bean and a figurine of the baby Jesus.  Whoever recovers the figurine gets to wear the crown and is called King for the day (also signaling that that person will have a very lucky year) and whoever gets the bean unfortunately has to pay for the cake!

As you can see, Three King’s Day 2018 will be a very special day indeed for the city’s children. So why not make your stay in Barcelona just as special by renting a luxury apartment during your stay.  We have a wide selection of apartments to rent all over the city, so why not opt for one on the Three Kings parade route?  See here for our selection of beautiful places to rent during these unique celebrations.