Fira Gran Via is one of the most up to date event venues available and was designed by the Japanese 2013 Pritzker Prize for Architecture winner Toyo Ito. Orginally completed in 2007 the Gran Via venue was expanded in 2011 with the addition of two new pavilions giving an extra 40,000 m2 of exhibition floor space and making it one of the largest event venues in the whole of Europe
The venue stands out for it functionality, architecture and overall concept with its commitment to sustainability highlighted by having one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic installations in the world.
The Fira Gran Via has a total of eight halls/pavilions provide cutting edge technology and services with a combined floor space of 240.000 metremetre squared. The flow of visitors is channeled through the halls via connecting walkways. There are a total of 45 restaurants throughout the venue with the gastronomic restaurant Nuclo located inside the Foyer.
The Gran Via venue has various spaces for congresses and exhibitions. It houses the Convention Centre “Centre de Convencions Gran Via.”, an area of 26,000 metre squared which is equipped with panels to divide it into multiple spaces for conferences and with a flexible capacity of 3,000 to 12,000. With parking for up to 4,580 vehicles the venue also has two helipads for VIPs.
Some of the largest and most notable trade shows in Barcelona now take place at the Fira Gran Via including the Barcelona International Food and Drinks Exhibition “Alimentaria” which attracted 140,000 visitors during its last edition and the GSMA Mobile World Congress which attracted 93,000 visitors in 2015.
Fira Gran Via Barcelona is located in a new business development area, very close to El Prat airport and well connected to the public transport network. In February 2016, just in time for the next edition of the Mobile World Congress, new metro line L9 will connect Terminal 1 of the El Prat Airport with the station at Fira Gran Via. This was one of the demands of the GSMA, the association that organizes the Mobile World Congress, ever since the event first came to Barcelona.
The Eixample, which in recognition of its status as the newer part of the Barcelona translates as “extension”, is a large area to the north of Plaça Catalunya spreading out from left to right of Passeig de Gràcia.
This area is indeed an extension to Barcelona, benefiting immensely from the ingenious urban planning of Catalan engineer Cerdes in the 1850s. Having a love for straight lines, Cerdes designed the whole area to be set out in a grid with each block having an inner courtyard. This results in an almost perfect urban layour making it is hard to get lost in and easy to find places.
More recently the Eixample is now famous for being the area to the majority of Barcelona’s art nouveau masterpieces, as well as a high-class residential and shopping area.
Passeig de Gràcia is the heart of Eixample and the line that cuts the area into two from “Eixample left” and “Eixample right”. The right beign the older side with the more impressive architecture. Here you will find most of Barcelona’s international designer shops such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Also along this road are two of Gaudí’s characteristically dreamlike buildings: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
There are plenty of fascinating art galleries in this area of the city and if art is your thing be sure to check out the Fundacion Antoni Tapies, just off Passeig de Gràcia which has a permanent collection of the Catalan artist’s work.
Whilst being a safe, residential part of Barcelona the Eixample also offers a vibrant nightlife and thriving café culture. Eixample is one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona to wander, absorbing the fabulous architecture and then stop to observe the people from one of the many terrace cafes.
It is in the Eixample that you will find some of the best and also most expensive restaurants in Barcelona. This along with some internationally acclaimed bars such as Dry Martini making the area an extremely luxurious place to spend an evening.
Transportation links in and out of the area are excellent, being serviced by several metro stops, as well as the FGC train. However the area is very central and most other parts of Barcelona are all within walking distance.Read more
- Air Conditioning
- Airport Shuttle Service
- Audio/Video Capabilities
- Business Center
- Catering services
- Convention floor
- Outdoor Space
- Portable Walls
- Private Space
- Seating area
- Security Staff Onsite
- Video Conferencing
- VIP Services
- Wheelchair Accessible