How to do Business in Barcelona – Zuckerberg Style

Barcelona is considered an attractive tourist destination and an important business center, hosting worldwide shows as EIBTM 2014 and Mobile World Congress 2015.

EIBTM 2014

Development of infrastructure and strengthening of the business sector has lead Barcelona to become an international hosts of business events, gathering experts from different fields, such as economy, tourism, technology, etc. Therefore, numerous corporate events are organized in Barcelona every year, providing to the business professionals a huge opportunity for networking and establishing successful collaborations. One of the largest business events organized this year is EIBTM event, taking place now in Barcelona (18-20 November 2014).

The purpose of such event is to bring together the professionals from different industries, especially from travel industry in an event that will combine conferences, presentations, as well as business meetings and networking opportunities. This kind of event is a perfect opportunity for a companies to showcase its work to the other business professionals, and influential people in the sector.

Mobile World Capital Barcelona will host the Mobile World Congress from the 2nd until the 5th of March, 2015

This congress is one of the most important events focused on the latest innovations of mobile communication and technology. However, you will agree that attending such a huge congress might be a bit overwhelming and time consuming – not to mention poor sleeping hours.

If this is your first time attending EIBTM or Mobile World Congress, here you have some tips that will save you time and energy (to be used later on your “networking events”):

  • Download the complete agenda of the event, as well as the directions on how to get to the venue (available online at EIBTM and MWC2015).
  • Once you have defined the location of the event,  you should make your own agenda. Which events are you interested? Are you having meetings? Would you like to attend networking events? Will you like to enjoy Barcelona each day after the congress? Or you prefer to stay some additional days to do so?
  • Having an agenda will let you search the perfect accommodation for your stay. Do it in advance, as you do not want to be at risk of not being able to find suitable accommodation, or staying away from the city center. Business apartments are available near the city center, as well as in the other parts of Barcelona. You can find apartments that are located near the venue where the MWC2015 is taking place. This way, you will significantly reduce the time necessary to reach the venue every morning and to get back to the apartment every evening.
  • Keep in mind that these events are organized in the middle of the week, so you could extend your stay in Barcelona over the weekend, which would be a great idea if you want to combine the business trip with a couple of days of vacation. In this way, you would be able to both attend the event, and spend some time sightseeing or enjoying at the beach. All you need to do is to find where to stay and you are ready to spend great time in Barcelona.

Networking Events

Networking is an important part of EIBTM, MWC and any other business show, as it represents a great opportunity for the participants to meet leading experts, colleagues and other people from from different fields. Besides the chance to acquire some new contacts, this kind of event can also help you establish or improve the existing relationship with other participants, regardless if those are the companies that might be up for a certain collaborative project, or individuals whom you may hire as experts, consults on certain topics, etc.

The atmosphere on networking events is much more relaxed than during different corporate activities on the actual event. Networking events are organized every day in the evening and they are open to all.  The final day of the EIBTM event is reserved for a club night. It is a popular tradition in these events to organize an evening in the local club. This year’s club night will be held in Opium Mar, Passeo Maritim de la Barceloneta, from 10 until 2 in the morning.

The next edition of Mobile World Congress will host a number of conferences with renowned keynotes and panel discussions, exhibitions, as well as networking and business opportunities. Some of the keynotes speakers in the event that is going to be held in Barcelona in March, 2015 include: Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO at Huawei, Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman at Mozilla Foundation, Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, Charles Scharf, CEO at Visa, and many other people who run world-famous companies.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder & CEO, at MWC 2014

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder & CEO, attended the MWC2014, as a keynote speaker. This made sense given that mobile is key to Facebook’s strategy. This event gave him the opportunity to engage with key mobile operators and publicly announce  Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp.

If you are not from Barcelona, but you would like to attend the next edition of the MWC, you should try to find business apartments, as they are perfect for professionals who are in need of fully furnished apartments while participating in corporate events or attending seminars, conferences, etc., so corporate housing is pretty common in this city.

Finding the Perfect Accommodation for Mobile Congress

We have said before your sleeping hours will be reduced so, you should take the best of that time to have a restful sleep.  Finding business apartments is much better solution for you than staying in a hotel. Not only is it more comfortable, but it is a much more flexible solution, especially if you need accommodation for a longer period of time.

The major benefit when staying in a furnished apartment is that you will have all the perks you get from a real home. Besides more spacious environment, you will also be able to prepare food on your own, which is great if you prefer eating at home than going to the restaurants. In addition, if you are going to attend this event with couple of colleagues, staying in a business apartment will help you reduce the accommodation costs, as you can find apartments with several bedrooms. Finding opportunities for corporate housing in a city such as Barcelona is important, as you will probably have a lot of situations to attend various events that are organized in this city, and establishing a relationship with a company that provides corporate housing opportunities would be a great benefit for your company.

There is no doubt that you will enjoy attending the business events but if you get the chance to explore Barcelona, the visit will be even more complete, as Barcelona is one of those places in the world you simply must visit at least once. It is a place that has much to show off, including magnificent architecture and design, numerous art works and historic locations around the city, delicious traditional cuisine, exciting night life, a lot of shops and shopping areas, as well as a beach that resembles the beaches from the most beautiful resorts. All of this is combined into a city that lies on Mediterranean coast and is well connected with other parts of Spain, Europe and other major capitals of the world.

If you will be attending EIBTM or MWC2015 or if you will be relocated for business in Barcelona, don’t worry! You will find a lot of corporate housing and business-class apartments that will make your stay a memorable one.

Lady Gaga #ArtRave – Barcelona 2014

Barcelona is for many famous singers the No.1 choice when choosing cities for their tours. Last Saturday, it was Lady Gaga who took the stage on the #PalauSantJordi, providing 18,000 fans her “one and only” performance in Spain on her #ArtRave, ArtPop Ball Tour.

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lady gaga art pop tour barcelona

gaga art pop tour barcelona

Gaga, whom appears to have gained at least 20 pounds, made her presence when she jumped off the stage. Her “Little Monsters” went crazy and her security personnel was forced to intervene to bring the diva back to the stage.

Who’s NEXT? Elton John – Saturday, December 6 2014
Palau Sant Jordi – Barcelona – 21:00

Barcelona Boat Show 2014

October is here and the temperatures has began to drop but…Don’t just say “goodbye” to summer! The 53th edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show 2014 is right around the corner and it will heat Barcelona’s seaside, giving visitors “the chance to dive into an ocean of new experiences”.

Held from 15 to 19 October in the Port Vell, the show will have four themed areas for experiencing everything nautical and if you are a beginner don’t worry. There will be different areas for everybody to enjoy the boat show.  The program includes a variety of activities which will thrill every possible audience.  In the “Fun Area” visitors will get started in nautical sports: #dinghysailing, #paddle-surfing, #canoeing and #kayaking, amongst others. Your kids will love it and so will you! One of the standout new features this year will be the installation of a wave generator for surfing in the Port Vell harbour.

For the more grown-ups the Sailing Night Experience will let you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere with live music, tastings and other activities.

boat show barcelona

After all these tough years the sector begins to show recovery signals and this edition is expected to be one of the best of the last years. With more than 160 exhibitors and 700 brands, it will be possible to admire the most luxurious yachts and super yachts that you will only be able to see in the “floating exposition” and in TV programs about the fancy vacations of the rich and the famous. 

There is a lottery ad here that says: “We don’t have cheap dreams” and I must add: “but dreaming is free!”.  Come and live your dream at the Barcelona Boat Show 2014.  Who knows! Maybe next summer you will be sailing in your own boat!

Luxury apartments available!

apartments for boat show 2014



La Mercè, Barcelona’s Annual Festival

mercè fireworks

If you are in Barcelona during this weekend you will enjoy a complete scenario of traditions and culture: “gegants” (giants), “sardanas” (a traditional dance) and castells (human towers), among others. Highlights include the Correfoc or Fire Run, featuring costumed devils and fire-breathing dragons. Not to miss: The fireworks display near the Montjuïc Fountain. Will leave you breathless!

This year the celebration will be more than special as it commemorates 300 years of the events of 11 September 1714. The program includes free concerts, shows and acts in the most emblematic spots simultaneously: Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaça Catalunya, Plaça de Sant Jaume and others.

The soundtrack of La Mercè 2014 will host all rhythms: pop, rock and traditional roots music. BAM  (Barcelona Acció Musical) will be the specialty of the festival and this year includes Swedish rhythms in their programming, with Stockholm as guest city.To check the complete concerts program click here.

If you are eager to live a different festival full of culture and tradition, book your apartment today and come to enjoy La Mercé with your family or friends. You will not regret it!

Apartment available from 118€ per night, up to 4 sleeps, 5 minutes walk from Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina and Montjuïc.

La Diada, The Day of Catalonia


This holiday commemorates the fall of Barcelona in the hands of the Bourbon troops during the War of Spanish Succession on September 11, 1714, after fourteen months of siege. The Catalan Parliament declared September 11 as the National Day of Catalonia, “La Diada” and there are programmed several events for the day. The city is planning to receive more than 400,000 visitors, taking part in the acts.

If you are arriving on this day, keep in mind that it will be a difficult day regarding transportation, and the city will be full up. We never recommend taking the train from the airport on normal days and even less so, on a day like Sep 11, pickpockets will take advantage of the crowded trains. The best way to get into the city is taking the Aerobús, that will take you to Plaça Catalunya, final stop, were you should hop-off.

… or your best bet, our bizFlats Airport Transfer “from the plane to your apartment – your hassle free arrival.

You are arriving on a very special day with lots of people on the streets, so get ready for this festive occasion, and observe all the logical security measures regarding your cameras, wallets, purses, phones, etc., as you will do in any other place of the world which is heavily crowded.

Be prepared and enjoy your trip!



cinema a la fresca en montjuic

Vuelve el Cine bajo las Estrellas en Montjuïc

atardecer en montjuicEl 6 de julio dio inicio la 12° edición de Cinema a la Fresca, Sala Montjuïc, un evento para los amantes del séptimo arte en los jardines del Castillo de Montjuïc.  Sin duda, una experiencia diferente.


Tuve la oportunidad de asistir el verano pasado  a la proyección de Blancanieves “a la española”, adaptación del cuento original por parte de Pablo Berger, una película muda, gótica y en blanco negro, que  he de reconocer me sorprendió, pues eso de las pelis mudas nunca ha sido lo mío.

blancanieves_versión_españolaLo mejor de esta proyección fue la banda sonora en vivo, con música de Alfonso de Villalonga. La ejecución de la orquesta fue tan buena que nunca eché en falta los diálogos y por momentos olvidé que la música era en directo. La película tiene mucho de baile flamenco y cultura española. Ni hablar de la magnífica interpretación de Maribel Verdú, la madrastra. En mi opinión, excepcional.


En esta edición de Verano 2014, Sala Montjuïc  proyectará clásicos de la historia del cine. Un total de 16 films en versión original subtitulada que te harán revivir grandes momentos y crear nuevos recuerdos. No importa cuántas veces hayas visto Desayuno con Diamantes (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), verla bajo la luz de la luna, con una copa de vino, no tendrá nada que ver con las veces anteriores.

Otros grandes títulos que se proyectarán en este festival? Django Desencadenado, Grease y El Padrino, entre otros. Pero no todo será sobre Hollywood. Desde los inicios de Cine a la Fresca, el cortometraje ha sido un formato imprescindible y cada año, antes de cada película, se proyecta una selección de entre los mejores productores de cine de España. La programación completa del festival la encontrarás aquí.

Recomendaciones para Cine a la Fresca

  • Las puertas se abren a las 20.30 pero es recomendable llegar un poco antes si quieres alquilar tumbonas (3€), pues se agotan muy rápido.  Igualmente si quieres encontrar un buen sitio donde ubicar una manta o mantel para tumbarte cómodamente en la hierba será mejor que llegues pronto.
  • Si no te da tiempo a cenar antes, es buena idea que traigas tus tapas, quesos y vino de casa, pues las colas para comprar comida suelen ser interminables.
  • Hay un pequeño concierto de 20.45 a 22.00, antes de cada película,  lo que dará tiempo que las personas terminen de llegar y se ubiquen. La proyección será de 22.00 a 00.30 aproximadamente.
  • Toma en cuenta que, a diferencia de una sala de cine, todos los espectadores están al mismo nivel, o sea que cada vez que alguien se levanta incomoda a los demás. Intenta hacer todo lo que tengas que hacer antes del inicio de la película.
  • Por razones obvias, no se aceptan mascotas.
  • El precio de las entradas es lo mejor de Cine a la Fresca: 6€ o 10€ si deseas incluir una visita guiada al Castillo de Montjuïc.  Están a la venta en Atrápalo o en la entrada del evento pero es recomendable comprarlos con antelación para evitar colas.

Seas o no un cinéfilo, Cinema a la Fresca 2014 es un evento que no te puedes perder!

International Sushi Day in Barcelona

Does June 18 ring a bell to you? Any historical event or holiday? Not exactly right? Well, today is International Sushi Day, a recently created day and a cultural movement popularized by social networks and Chase’s Calendar of Events, a website on special events, worldwide holidays, civic observations, and more.

yamashita sushi day

The only thing you have to do to celebrate is to EAT SUSHI, delicious Japanese dish made with rice and raw seafood.  Call or text your friends and go try some sushi dishes, including sushi rolls, sashimi or any other sushi-related food items. This celebration lasts the entire day, so I guess by now you are wondering:

Where’s the best sushi in Barcelona? Here some options:

yamashima sushi rest

YASHIMA is one of the best Japaness restaurants in Barcelona, member of Yamashita Group. Great food, excelent service and an elegant decor.

Address: Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas, 145, Barcelona/ Reservations: 934 19 06 97

shibui sushi

SHIBUI is the right place if you are looking good quality at a good price. An extensive menu where you can find a wide variety. Not to miss the uramakis, sashimi and beef tartar.

Address: Comte Urgell, 272, Barcelona / Reservations:  933 219 004

parco rest sushi

PARCO, located in Paseo de Gràcia, this restaurant offers a stylish and cozy ambience with touches of the 60’s. You can’t miss sushi and sashimi.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia 119, Barcelona / Reservations:  93 238 78 22

view spain square

WATATSUMI:  Its prime location in the Dome of Las Arenas Commercial Centre makes this a great choice for dinner. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Montjuïc mountain and Square of Spain…and of course the Japanese food.

They have a 10% discount to celebrate International Sushi Day…so go try it.

Bon profit!


Música, Motos y Moda Invaden Barcelona

Este fin de semana ha sido de esos en los que debes escoger muy bien a qué actividades te apuntas.

Fira Montjuic SónarPara muchos, especialmente para los amantes de la electrónica,  el fin de semana empezó el jueves con la apertura del Sónar, el Festival de Música Avanzada y New Media Art de Barcelona. En su 21° edición, nada menos que 109,000 almas ansiosas de buena música y mucha fiesta se reunieron en Fira Montjuic, para Sónar de Día, y en Fira Gran Vía, para Sónar de Noche.

Sin duda, el Festival Sónar se ha convertido en una cita anual y está considerado entre los mejores festivales de música del mundo. No sorprende entonces que la organización haya puesto entradas a precio reducido en pre-venta para Sónar 2015 y que se hayan agotado en menos de 24 horas. O sea que si esperas no perderte la siguiente edición del Sónar Festival, empieza por separar los días  18, 19 y 20 de junio de 2015 en tu agenda y mantente atento a la próxima pre-venta.

Circuito Montmeló Marquez

El fin de semana siguió subiendo de temperatura y atrajo a los amantes de la velocidad y las motos al Circuito de Montmeló, donde se vivió la adrenalina del Gran Premio Monster Energy de Catalunya. Luego de mucho sol y algunas amenazas de lluvia, ayer domingo, Marc Márquez ganó la séptima carrera del Mundial Moto GP. Después de un duelo sin cuartel con el piloto de Yahama, Valentino Rossi, el piloto catalán dejó claro porqué es el actual campeón. Grande Márquez!

barcelona mileycirus

Volviendo a la música, otra que se robó el show fue la cantante ex-Disney (que ya de Hannah Montana no le queda nada) Miley Cyrus. El concierto empezó con la cantante saliendo de una enorme boca con su típica pose de “lengua afuera”, que ya se ha convertido en su marca personal. El espectáculo estuvo inspirado en el tema circense y lleno de toques  irreverentes (no voy a explicar más porque creo que una imagen dice más que mil palabras).

Por cierto, este sábado, 19 de junio, vuelve INTENZ DIAGONAL, la Shopping Night más esperada de Barcelona.  Diagonal, específicamente el tramo entre Calle Joan Güell y Calle Entença, estará llena de moda, gastronomía, y cultura, todo un espectáculo artístico inspirado en el circo. Será que el tema circense es tendencia?