The Top 5 Things to Do in Barcelona During MWC2019
The place: Barcelona.
The event: Mobile World Congress 2019 aka #mwc19
Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you only see the inside of your hotel and the conference ground on Fira Gran Via. But you’re there for work and there are about 100,000 potential future business partners you don’t want to miss out on. So how do you experience (and Instagram!) the best Barcelona has to offer with signing your new digital transformation partner (wink, #Apigate, wink)? Well, I’ve curated what I believe to be the Top-5-Absolutely-Cannot-Be-Missed sights. Why just five? Because you have meetings you gotta get to!
1. Sagrada Família
While researching this post, (now might be the time to admit I’ve never actually been to Spain, much less Barcelona), Antoni Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Família was on every list. Still only 70% complete almost 140 years since it first broke ground, this remarkable basilica combines an eclectic mix of Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau and Spanish Late-Gothic architecture styles. Extraordinarily photogenic, you won’t want miss adding this UNESCO World Heritage site to your Instagram.
2. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Dancing fountains and lightshows are a staple of several large cities. Even Kuala Lumpur has one at KLCC, but Font Magica is something else. Situated at the foot of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and less than 2 miles away from the Fira Congress Hotel, this spectacular fountain puts on a water, music and light show every half hour. This spot really is two sights for the uber ride of one!
3. La Boqueria
I think about food more than I’m willing to admit and La Boqueria would probably be heaven on earth for me. La Boqueria is one of Europe’s largest food markets and situated along the famous La Rambla. Where stalls selling the freshest ingredients are interspersed with tapas bars, cafes and restaurants, you could easily spend a few hours here nibbling your way to a food coma.
4. Vila Viniteca
You’re going to need a glass of delicious vi after all those tapas and Vila Viniteca has one of the best selections. Both shop and deli, Vila Viniteca boasts 4000(!) wines from all over the world and about 350 (!!) handmade cheese. If all this choice overwhelms you, treat yourself to one of the many wine tastings they are hosting during MWC.
5. Camp Nou
The home stadium of FC Barcelona, visiting Camp Nou is basically a pilgrimage for any football fan. Football legends such as Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi have donned this iconic jersey and scored goals in the largest stadium in Europe. Buy your tickets online and skip the door surcharge.