We’ve have been waiting so, so long for the photos from the New Orleans event and our poor blog has gone delinquent! While we remain patient (since it is our client’s photographer!), I’d like to keep you entertained by posting some other photos relevant to Barcelona, Spain events.
While some may say this is just a shameless way of sharing my vacation, event planners are often called upon to advise on topics that are related – sometimes vital – to event planning services. We are development specialists, restaurant critics and travel advisors, among other roles. We tell people where to entertain clients and hold conferences, so my experiences in Barcelona could be helpful!
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. A great piece of advice.
We would be sure to contract with a hotel that fits the Spain event’s needs and is in a great location. Balconies help too.
Next, we 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 in the Born district is absolutely necessary for Spain events, 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 we do like to provide a list of local or must-see sites for guests. On this trip, we’re staying near La Ramblas, so 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. In case you’re wondering, he’s pointing east towards his home in Genoa.
There, of course, will be some “must-sees” on any Spain event 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, we do like to include fun options for those who may have been to the city already, such as the Museu de la Xocolata:
Of course, Spain events would not be complete without branching out on your own for some people-watching, so we suggest the Gotico neighborhood’s Harlem Jazz Club or Sincopa.
Like most site visits, this vacation was brief so one more stroll through the neighborhood before catching a flight home!