For the second year in a row, Affiliate World Europe will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain and Revolution Force can’t wait! Since we’ve already been to Barcelona, we like to consider ourselves professional travel guides. I’m kidding! But we do have some fun ideas for you to check out while you’re there. From the beautiful, historic architecture to the Mediterranean cuisines- this city will surely not disappoint you.
First on the agenda, Palau de la Música Catalana.
As you make your way through the narrow streets of La Ribera area, at the top of El Born you’ll come across the Palau de la Música Catalana. The building was designed by architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner in 1905 and completed in 1908. It is still a functioning music hall and a popular tourist attraction.
Next head to Sagrada Família.
A one-of-a-kind temple designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began in 1882 and has yet to be completed. It is the longest running construction in the world. Talk about a work in progress!
Other Antoni Gaudi’s work of art to visit: Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.
Casa Batlló was originally built for Josep Batllo(a wealthy aristocrat) as an upmarket home. Among the locals, you’ll hear this place often referred to as “House Bones” for the balconies resemble “skulls” and the supporting pillars “bones.”
Casa Milà also known as “La Pedrera” is one of Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic work of civic architecture. Its functional innovations and decorative constructions were designed in 1906 for the Mila family as their family home.
Don’t miss Santa Maria del Mar!
Santa Maria del Mar or “Cathedral of La Ribera” is one of the most magnificent Gothic-style churches in Barcelona and something that should be seen while you’re out touring. The church took over 50 years to be completed and was finished in 1384. It is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style
Do you need a break?
Then take a quick detour to the beach. Barcelona’s beachfront boardwalk stretches for miles and can easily take an hour to get from La Barceloneta to Diagonal Mar on foot. It is worth the walk to see the natural liveliness taking place on the beach.
Are you a sports fan?
If you are, then you’re going to want to make a trip to Camp Nou. Each year millions of Barcelona fans head to this cathedral to watch their home team Futbol Club Barcelona (Barca) play. Camp Nou is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful futbol cathedrals and can hold up to 99,000 fans.
Hungry yet? Here are some ideas for you to check out:
Cañete– This tapas bar (mainly classic Spanish) is found in the vibrant Raval neighborhood. The chefs work in front of you, giving each guest a special in-house experience. And let’s not forget about the wine. The wine selection is rather large, giving each person a variety of choices.
Botafumeiro– Opened in 1975, Botafumeiro is one of Spain’s most famous restaurants. It is a mix of Catalan and Galician cuisine and features a marvelous seafood medley- from shellfish to fin fish to caviar to cuttlefish. You will not be disappointed with whatever dish you choose.
Boca Grande- Found in the heart of Eixample, Boca Grande is a sophistication magnet. The unique atmosphere gives the restaurant an appeal to locals and visitors, not to mention the exquisite food. It has some of the freshest seafood and fish in town. Once you’ve finished eating, make your way upstairs to Boca Chica.
Boca Chica, found in the same building as Boca Grande, is a cocktail bar with a touch of glitz and glam. It has an old-world, colonial feel, but with just the right amount of elegance. Although it features an extensive list of signature cocktails, the most unique aspect of the bar is the restroom. You’ll find people hanging out in the restroom listening to the DJ booth or popping into the photo booth. Yes, you read that right. The DJ spins in the bathroom making it a hot place for the guests to hang out.
Ocaña– Located in the Plaza Real, features two different restaurants. Café serving traditional Spanish cuisine and tapas and Ocaña DF, with food inspired from Mexico and Peru. The flamboyantly designed space was named after painter, anarchist and LGBT activist, José Pérez Ocaña. If you want the real fun to begin, then you’ll need to head down to the basement. There is a cocktail bar called Apotheke and a lounge, Bar Club Ocaña, which is where the real drinking takes place.
Dry Martini– Opened in 1971 and is considered one of the most famous cocktail bars in the world. The Dry Martini is the perfect bar for what? A martini, duh! If you’re lucky, you’ll find your way to the back of the room where a hidden Speakeasy doorway is held. Behind the bar’s storage room door is a stunning secret restaurant.
However, if you’re looking for a place to casually walk through and eat, then you’ll want to check out La Boqueria. La Boqueria market dates back as far as 1217. It is the city’s first-ever covered food market and welcomes more than 45,000 visitors a day. The artful displays of seafood, cheeses, charcuterie, and produce is something you won’t want to miss.
Finally, it’s time to talk about shopping.
If you’re willing and ready to spend some money, then you’ll want to visit Plaça de Catalunya and Barri Gotic.
Plaça de Catalunya – In the heart of Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya is regarded as the central point of Barcelona city center. The plaza was initially opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1927 when the city was preparing for the 1929 International Exhibition. Now, the plaza is filled with large shopping centers and department stores.
Barri Gotic– The Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of Barcelona. You’ll be able to find examples of Roman and Medieval-era architecture as you wander through the alleys of different shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Last but not least, make sure to stop by and say hello to us while we’re at the conference. We’ll be at booth B20.