The Insider’s Guide to Barcelona: Get MWC Ready!

(This post is updated with new recommendations)

Barcelona is known as the Spanish city that has sea, mountains, panoramic views, great seafood and amazing Gaudi architecture all in one place. However, it is a city that offers so much more than that. For our industry, it is home to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Europe’s largest mobile conference. For many mobile professionals, the yearly trip to Barcelona has something of a pilgrimage and during that time, the whole city transforms to cater to thousands of handset developers, telecom providers, and mobile enthusiasts.

The Applift team, with the help of some of our team members who have lived in Barcelona, has put together an informative guide with a selection of some of our best recommendations on things to do, sights to see and places to wind at after a hard day at the conference!

We also have some useful tips that you can bookmark to get around the city:

Public Transport

Hola Barcelona Travel Card – This Barcelona transport pass offers unlimited journeys on the metro, bus (TMB) and the other Barcelona public transport network over 2 (48 h), 3 (72 h), 4 (96 h) or 5 (120 h) consecutive days, with one ticket. Prices range from €15.20 to €35.40

T-10 – A multi-person travel card valid for 10 intermodal journeys. The cost is €10.20

Single ticket metro ticket for €2.20

Secret tip: The T-10 is the best deal if you plan on not using the metro system that often. However, keep in mind that the T-10 pass is not valid on the L9 Metro line to and from the airport.

Restaurants We Recommend:

La Informal – Best burgers in Barcelona and in the same courtyard as El Gat de Botero

Vinitus – Considered one of the top places to get tapas in Barcelona

Carlota Akaneya – Authentic Japanese BBQ restaurant. Reservation required

Tempura Ya and Yoi Yoi Gion – two affordable and tasty Japanese restaurants in the city

El Dorado Chicken Restaurant Peruà – Peruvian restaurant

El Magraner Boig – Best Greek restaurant in Barcelona

Petit Bangkok – Thai cuisine

La Boquería, the central food market, offers an explosion of sounds & tastes. Try one of their freshly pressed juices to keep your energy high and your system in check to beat the hustle and bustle of MWC.

Botafumeiro offers one of the best mariscadas (fish & shellfish) in the city.

Can Paixano, located off of Las Ramblas, is a popular hotspot in the city, specialized in the production and sale of cava (bubbly wine from Spain) along with a great selection of Tapas. Pay it a visit for the great energy and the selection of cavas.

Our Best Rooftop Terraces:

  • Ayre hotel Rosellon 
  • Almanac
  • Negrosco Princes
  • Hotel 1898 on La Rambla  

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Looking for more tips on surviving the greatest mobile conference on Earth? Don’t forget to check out our latest video!

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