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!

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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.

Barcelona New years Eve: Ready for the party?

Barcelona New years eve is around the corner. Where are you planning to go? Apart from the official events, like the gigantic New Year celebration at Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, there are some other great events on offer during the Barcelona New Year’s Eve festivities. 

Barcelona New years Eve: Best parties in town

Poble Espanyol Complex

A fine end of year party always takes place at the Poble Espanyol complex.  This year sees the  29th edition of the best Barcelona New Year’s Eve party.  Start the night bringing in the new year with the 12 chimes, grapes and cava in hand, ready to start a night of fun with new musical hits and some of the songs from the past.  Three spaces are prepared for the party and include Plaza Mayor, the Carpa and the VIP area, located in one of the most renowned nightclubs in the city – La Terrazzza.

Barcelona New Years Eve - Poble Espanyol

Sutton Club

For some special VIP treatment and nightlife elegance, then one of the best parties in Barcelona for New Years Eve has to be the Sutton Club’s 2018 celebrations.  There are 50 VIP tables and on this night, they maybe reserved from €1000 and have for the best views of the dance floors and the finest service for you and your friends.  DJs on the night are Albert Martin and Carlos Ramos in the main room.

Barcelona New Years Eve -Sutton-Club-Barcelona

OneOcean Club & Bar

This place is a new private members club and restaurant built on the water alongside the super yachts in the heart of Barcelona’s Port Vell.  It is the place to be seen for Barcelona’s social elite.  It has fast become known for its fine service and marina views.  Seeing in the New Year here will be nothing short of spectacular.  Your ticket will include a gala dinner, live music performances, dance floor, delicious cocktails and many more surprises.  You can book your place and reserve your place at  €195 and celebrate your Barcelona New Year’s Eve in style.

Barcelona New Years Eve - One Ocean Bar

Sala Apolo

This is one the city’s finest venues, and is more than just a dancehall.  The complex located on Avinguda del Parallel, has music halls, a hotel, theatre, bars, gaming facilities, and offers an enviable and mixed billing every week.  The site has always been a centre for entertainment for more than 80 years, and today Sala Apolo is popular with big music names as well as with emerging local and international artists.  While the line-up for its end of year extravaganza is top secret, this will be one of the best Barcelona New Year’s Eve events.Barcelona New Years Eve

Harlem Jazz Club

 Credited as one of the top 10 Jazz clubs in the world by Forbes Magazine, Harlem Jazz, nestled in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, plays host to jazz, blues and swing bands from or touring in the city.  Regular bands include The Big Beat Swing Band & Sax Attack, Big Mama & Tota, JV & 2 Moons and Son de la Rambla.  The venue’s stage can easily house a large band and there is plenty of room to groove, with drinking tables situated close to the action.  But arrive early as spaces fill quickly over Barcelona New Year’s Eve.

Aurora at Velòdrom d’Horta

If you are partying through to the first day of the year, then Barcelona New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t stop in the early hours.  On the 1st of January, a new event featuring some of the best DJs on the planet will take place for the first time and is set to be an extravaganza at the old Olympic Cycling Racing Venue situated at Velòdrom d’Horta.  Superstars include US House DJ sensation Seth Troxler and rising Belgian Techno star, Amelie Lens.  Gates open at 16:00 hours, so you may have some time to catch up on some much needed sleep before the party starts again!

Barcelona New Years Eve - Velodrom D'horta

All in all, Barcelona is a city of fiesta, and whichever Barcelona New Years Eve event takes your fancy, make sure your stay is complete by choosing one of our beautiful apartments located throughout the city.  See our selection here.


La Mercè 2017, the main event on Barcelona’s festival agenda

La Mercè 2017 is the main event on Barcelona’s festival agenda, uniting all of its neighbourhoods and serving as the city’s Festa Major.  This year it aims to extend further throughout the city by adding even more new venues and activities.

Every year, Barcelona invites a city from around the world to jointly celebrate the festival.  This year Icelandic capital Reykjavik has been invited to be this year’s special guest city and will be honoured throughout La Mercè.

Overall, it is a religious festival that has been celebrated since the Middle Ages and observes the holy feast day of Our Lady of Mercy.  It is the biggest weeklong festival in the city and an age-old tradition, but there are very up-to-date activity items as well, such as specialty markets, art displays and musical performances for example.

Gegants & Capgrossos – La Mercè 2017 

Catalunya has a great tradition for processions of giants or bigheads, which are tall, hollow structures with very large papier-mâché heads, each with a unique identity and character.  They are carried on top of people’s shoulders in a parade as they dance and run at the crowds.  Also, there are the Bestiari – which are figures of medieval, folkloric creatures.  This parade happens on the first day of the La Mercé celebrations.

Gegants Procession, September 22, Palau de la Virreina on La Rambla, 99, at 19:00h

The Correfoc – La Mercè 2017 
The famous fire run is always on September 24 – the actual saint’s day for La Mercé.  Performers dressed as devils and fiery dragons dance in a long procession through the city.  Hordes of “diables” hoist pitchforks, or forquilles, above their heads, with spinning fireworks attached that spray in all directions.  If you’re going to get a close-up photograph, then protective clothing is advised.  There is also an early fire run for children.

Correfoc (Adults), September 23, Via Laietana at 20:15h
Correfoc (Children) September 23, Via Laietana at 18:30h

Castellers – La Mercè 2017 

The Catalans are very good at building human structures. In fact he last few world records – 10 persons high – have been have been set in the region.  Participants, or Catsellers, climb on top of each other, interlocked into a delicate balancing act to get people to reach into the sky as far as possible.  The human tower is supported by a large number of people at the bottom, and then it’s a race to reach the highest point in strict formation before the structure breaks.

Human Towers, September 23, Plaça de Sant Jaume at 11:30h
Human Towers, September 23, Plaça de Sant Jaume at 12:30h


Barcelona Acció Musical has been running for over 20 years and hosts more contemporary rock and pop music concerts.  It runs in parallel to the main festival, and as Reykjavik is the partner city for this year’s La Mercé, then a contingent of its artists will perform, as well as national and internal artists.  Concerts usually take place at Plaza Real, Plaza Catalunya and at the MACBA, among many other intimate places and open-air venues around the city.

BAM, September 22-25, various venues


Piromusical – La Mercè 2017 
This is a critically acclaimed, professional fireworks display that takes place on the last night of La Mercè 2017 on Avinguda reina Maria Cristina.  You need to arrive early for the big finale, as thousands of people gather to watch this spectacular show.

Check the official agenda for more firework displays and digital light mapping events throughout the festival, at

Piromusical, September 25, Avinguda de Reina Maria Cristina (Plaça Espanya) at 22:00h

The La Mercè Festival is a great way to see Barcelona at its best.  Your stay could be much more convenient with your own apartment.  Check our website for an excellent selection of short-term holiday rentals so that your stay in the city is as comfortable as possible.

Check the official agenda for more firework displays and digital light mapping events throughout the festival, at