Hola a todos!
MWC Barcelona is here! As a Barcelona native, I always get asked what to do in this magnificent city during this time of the year. To help all the mobile developers and marketers traveling to MWC, I’ve put together this list of the top ten experiences in Barcelona that everyone should check out:
➊ Les Rambles Promenade
Start at Plaça de Catalunya and stroll through La Rambla, one of the city’s liveliest streets for food and shopping. Enter the festive Mercat de la Boqueria and take in the colors and the crowds of the marketplace. Continue walking until you end at the majestic Columbus Monument.
Photo by Giuseppe Finocchiaro
➋ Back in Time
From La Rambla, hike back uphill to lose yourself in the streets of El Barri Gòtic, the Gothic quarter. The center of the old town still retains its maze-like infrastructure, with many narrow streets opening out into quaint squares. Be sure to visit the Barcelona Cathedral and the Royal Palace for a true taste of Spanish history.
➌ La Vie Bohème
Continue to El Born, an artistic and bohemian neighborhood where you’ll discover beautiful tucked-away fashion stores. Have a glass of sweet Rioja at one the wine bars along the way. Stop by the impressive Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and finish your walk with a savory tapas lunch at the Mercat de Santa Caterina.
➍ On the House
Take a cab to the unique and iconic La Pedrera building designed by Gaudí, and then enjoy panoramic views from its rooftop. Both the La Pedrera Museum and the rooftop are absolutely worth a visit (tickets available here), but the building can also be appreciated from the outside.
Photo courtesy of Globo Rojo
➎ Bougie and Gaudí
Walk downhill along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, the nerve center of the old Catalan bourgeoisie, for high-end shopping and luxurious dining. On your right you will see La Casa Batlló, another of Gaudí’s Modernist masterpieces.
➏ Trending Upward
Continue to Rambla de Catalunya, another beautiful and fashion-minded street promenade that takes you uphill. Check out the statue of El Toro Assegut, the thinking bull. Is he perhaps pondering the future of the mobile industry?
Photo by Josep Granyer
➐ Even More Gaudí
Don’t forget about these other highlights from the master architect! El Park Guell is a modernist park with breathtaking views of the city (you will need a ticket in advance). Sagrada Familia, an astounding and intricate temple, has been under construction for the past one hundred years (you will need a ticket in advance here as well).
Photo by cocoandcashmere
➑ All Fun and Games
Travel around Montjuic, the magical mountain above Barcelona’s harbor, and then swing back to MNAC, the largest art museum in the city. Also check out Las Arenas, a shopping center built inside a bullfighting plaza, and the Ciutat Olímpica, where most of the 1992 Olympics took place.
Try an expertly-mixed gin and tonic at the Mirabé Skybar. Enjoy the city vistas at the Eclipse Bar on the rooftop of the W Hotel by the Barceloneta. Swing by the lobby of the Hotel Omm, where most MWC attendees have their last drink.
➓ Meet the Chartboost Team
We’d love to see you in Barcelona. Here are a couple of events that Chartboost has planned at MWC:
- Hola Barcelona Party: Monday, February 26, 7pm at Iluzione. We’ve joined forces with Jampp to gather the top mobile app leaders in one place! Drinks, delicious food, and entertainment are on us. Ask your account manager for an invite if you’re interested!
- The 10 Golden Steps for a Mobile Startup to Go Global: Tuesday, February 27, 1pm at 4YFN (Fira1). This workshop is guaranteed to broaden your understanding of the mobile market. Learn more ▶
To see a list of our favorite restaurants, bars and clubs, click here!