As we brace ourselves to receive the 100.000 plus visitors who will be coming to Barcelona next week for Mobile World Congress we thought you might like to be guided by some locals about what else there is to do in Barcelona next week aside from mobile-related activity.
It’s not all about mobiles
As anyone who has been there can tell you Mobile World Congress is as exhausting as it is exciting, so to make your visit to Barcelona more pleasurable here in this Blog post we recommend some activities that you can get up to in Barcelona when you are not in meetings, stands and conferences.
Have a ‘Calçotada’
If you want to surprise someone, take them to eat ‘calçots’. A calçot looks like a cross between a spring onion and a leek and at a Calçotada they are usually cooked on an open fire and served in huge quantities with ‘romesco’ sauce, a typical Catalan sauce. Seeing your colleagues standing wearing an obligatory bib grabbing an onion is a memory worth making. There are some good restaurants in Barcelona where you can eat ‘calçots’ but our recommendation is to do it outside of the city, as it has always been done, in a ‘masia’, or in the countryside.
Attend the ‘new’ Catalan derby
For sports fans attending MWC who want to see a decent game of football, there is nothing better than visiting the Camp Nou and watching a match of La Liga. If your flights arrive in time, on February 24, the Saturday before the start of the Mobile, Barcelona will be playing against Girona. Girona is having an excellent season having beaten Real Madrid amongst others and is only two points away from the Europa League something nobody would have believed before the season began for these first timers in the Division one.
Hold a cooking workshop
Eating well, working as a team, learning new things and having a lot of fun… is what the different cooking workshops that can be done in Barcelona offer. Places like Born to Cook or Fooditeca allow you to create a very welcoming environment among colleagues and clients. Here you can hold paella making competitions whilst cooking with local products and sharing tasks away from virtual, augmented and other realities.
Attend a concert at the ‘Palau de la Música’
For those who love music and architecture, we strongly recommend visiting the Palau, declared as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Among its programming we find both classical music concerts (Diana Damrau & Jonas Kaufman, February 24) and contemporary (Rosalía & Refree, March 1). A pleasure for both the eyes and the ears.
Set yourself adrift in the Mediterranean
And finally for the more daring, we suggest some paddle surfing classes in Barceloneta. Bearing in mind that for many attendees, arriving in Barcelona in February is like being in the Canary Islands, we suggest you wear the neoprene (or not, for the brave!), take the board and paddle. What better way to end a stressful week with a swim in the Mediterranean. In the maritime district of Barceloneta you will find several centers, such as the Moloka’l Sup Center, which offer classes and equipment rental.
So there you have it some tip tips on how to make the most of your time in Barcelona. We wish you a productive and successful time during MWC.