Barcelona is bursting with its own unique flavor, and we’re not just talking about the mouth-watering food and drinks. You’ll forget reality as you marvel at the modernist architecture of Catalonia’s most famous son, Gaudí. (Hint: There’s much more than just the Sagrada Familia!) Catalans are also famous for another type of architecture: human towers. Castellers stack person atop person several stories high and you can catch them in action during local festivities throughout the year. And of course don’t forget the culture and pride of the world-famous Football Club Barcelona: Home of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe.
Barcelona is the tech epicenter of Spain, and rising fast on global lists. Each year Barcelona hosts the mobile industry’s largest exhibition, the Mobile World Congress. But that’s not the only time of year Barcelona is abuzz with technological fervor. This city has an ever-growing roster of startups and meetups, making it a great place to network and feed your cravings for tech-fueled conversations and debates.
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Can’t stop, won’t stop
There’s always something to do in Barcelona! If you’re into live music, you can’t beat this city. The Primavera Sound music festival is one of the best in Europe. The biggest names in music will keep you dancing until the sun rises over the Mediterranean. And if it’s electronic music you get down to, Sónar Barcelona is one of the most renowned festivals in Europe.
Or make gastronomy your hobby! Enormous paellas by the beach or bite-size pinchos in Poble Sec, this city has enough restaurants to appeal to any palate and budget! Not to mention a range of international cuisines that you can’t find anywhere else in Spain.
Location! Location! Location!
Barcelona is so great that you may never want to leave, but with three airports nearby it makes weekend getaways a piece of cake! El Prat is the biggest and closest, but there is also Girona to the north and Reus to the south which are frequented by low-cost airlines. Based in Barcelona, there’s practically no limit to where you can escape with a three-hour flight.
You don’t always have to fly to get out of the city though. You’ve got the Pyrenees mountains a couple hours drive away. With direct transportation from the city center you can spend your winter Sundays on the slopes. And in the summer you’ve got the rugged and wild Costa Brava to the north, or the sandy shores of the Costa Dorada to the south. What more could you ask for?
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La Molina (Barcelona's closest ski resort)
A healthy balance
Local culture values a healthy work-life balance and at eDreams ODIGEO we encourage it as well. Commuting is a breeze. You can take the metro, buses, bicycle or your own two feet — our offices are centrally located and easy to get to. Barcelona was recently named one of the top cities in the world for cycling and with the celebrated Bicing city bike system; you might find yourself a two-wheeled commuter before you know it!
There are many long weekends to take advantage of and flexible schedule options depending on your situation. With an annual average temperature of 18°C and more sun than most European cities, you’ll want to make the most of your time outside the office.
Find your spot
In Barcelona, each neighborhood is as unique and intriguing as the next, finding the one that best suits your lifestyle is an adventure in itself!
- The Ciutat Vella (Old City) is known for its narrow streets and shady plazas full of boutique shopping, gothic cathedrals and trendy restaurants and bars.
- The Eixample neighborhood has it all — because it’s huge! From Sagrada Familia to Plaza España, this neighborhood is known for it’s grid-style layout making it a happy mix of people, cars, flats and businesses. There’s the gay-friendly old left of Eixample, the swanky right and the quieter, off the radar Sagrada Familia and new left.
- Sarria always comes to mind for professionals with families — good schools far from the hustle bustle of the city make for a relaxed and peaceful environment.
- Gracia is the perfect mix of boho-chic and the hipster cool. Trendy bars and great boutique shopping make this neighborhood a hotspot for young professionals.