While some may say this is just a shameless way of sharing about my vacation, I must tell you that I'm often called upon to advise on topics that are related, but not vital, to my event planning services. I am a development specialist, restaurant critic and travel advisor, among other roles. I tell people where to entertain clients and hold conferences, so I think telling you about my experiences in Barcelona is relevant!
A professor during a study abroad semester in Rome once said that the best way to approach a new city is to find a high point and get a feel for the lay of the land. I always thought that was a great piece of advice.
We'll be sure to contract with a hotel that fits the meeting's needs and is in a great location. Balconies help too.
Next, I must figure out where guests will eat. Perhaps one day, we'll leave them on their own and they can experience the amazing Boqueria Mercato.
A tapas-hopping dinearound is absolutely necessary in the Born district at places like El Born and La Taverna del Born.
And for a high-quality, yet reasonably-priced dinner, perhaps we can take over a floor at Senyor Parellada:
Meetings are so often jam-packed but I do like to provide a list of local or must-see sites for guests. Since we're staying near La Ramblas, all one needs is a few moments to walk outside and see the Bruno Quadras Building which used to be an umbrella factory.
Just a few more blocks away is a statue that Americans, in particular, will enjoy: a monument to Christopher Columbus built on the location where he landed upon his return from America. This sight was particularly important for me to see since my father has a similar photo of himself with the statue, taken when he was in the Navy.
In case you're wondering (as I was), he's pointing east towards his home in Genoa.
There, of course, will be some "must-sees" on the itinerary such as La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece:
as well as his lesser-known, yet still remarkable Casa Batllo:
And in the case that spouse programs are needed, I do like to include fun options for those who may have been to the city already: