Jan 13, 2021
The Catalan capital and Spain’s second-largest city, Barcelona is an amazing destination for business travel, with a selection of activities to enjoy for after work hours, you can turn your trip into one for business and leisure – bleisure! In addition to a host of business opportunities, you’ll find plenty of things to do after work hours in Barcelona so you can bring your whole family along for the trip, or have the stay with you for a weekend. Use our guide to find out how to spend your time in memorable ways.
This Mediterranean port city is built on seven hills and has neighbourhoods that have totally distinct personalities. Barcelona’s charms are found not only in its beautiful location, varied, often colourful architecture, and the many leisure activities on offer, but also in the warm and friendly people who call this vibrant 2,000-year-old city home.
As far as being a business city goes, Barcelona is home to the headquarters of companies in a range of sectors, such as automotive, pharmaceutical, renewable and energy, and telecoms. If you’re in the city for conferences, meetings, or corporate events, be sure to add some leisure activities to your itinerary. There is a plethora of bars, cafes, shops, restaurants, and cultural sites to explore after work hours in Barcelona.
Capri by Fraser Barcelona is the best hotel to base yourself at when in the city for bleisure travel. Located in the Sant Marti neighbourhood close to town, we’re part of the 22@Barcelona business and innovation district, where you’ll find start-ups, incredible architecture, and much more. Plus, we’re a mere 15 minutes from the beach and Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia church.
The best way to enjoy Barcelona on a business trip is to squeeze as much as possible into your free time. Thanks to fantastic public transport, getting around should never be a problem. In addition to an extensive network of buses, taxis, trains, and ridesharing apps, the metro has eight lines and more than 150 stations, making it easy to get to practically any destination in the city.
If you have a late start to your workday or have time to spare during the day, there are plenty of daytime activities to consider. If the weather is beautiful (which it probably will be), why not spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach? Our hotel is close to Platja del Bogatell, Platja de la Nova Icaria, and the beautiful beaches of the Barceloneta neighbourhood.
Prefer to put on your walking shoes and do some exploring? Head to the Sagrada Familia basilica, the huge, otherworldly church designed by one of Spain’s most illustrious architects, Antoni Gaudi. To see more of his work in a completely different setting, visit Park Güell.
Alternatively, make your way to the Gothic Quarter, where you can wander the winding mediaeval streets, browse artisanal goods, and pop into trendy cafes and restaurants.
If any of your workdays extend into the evening, why not suggest that you and your colleagues or clients enjoy a delicious meal together at one of Barcelona’s many renowned restaurants? If your counterparts or clients are based in the city, they’ll undoubtedly be able to make recommendations you can trust.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to evening activities to enjoy after work hours in Barcelona.
No trip to the city is complete without watching the sunset. There are two amazing vantage points where you can do this, namely Bunkers del Carmel and Tibidabo. Bunkers del Carmel at the top of Turó de la Rovira offers a 360º view of the city from a height of 262 metres above sea level. At 520m above sea level, Tibidabo is the highest gap in Barcelona. Also known as the Magic Mountain, it offers panoramic views of the city, and it has the added attraction of one of the country’s oldest working amusement parks.
Head to one of the restaurants or bars in La Barceloneta for local tapas experience. Tapas usually includes small pieces of meat, seafood, and tortilla prepared in various ways and accompanied by bread and drinks.
Visit Montjuic Fountain (Magic Fountain), built in 1929, for an unforgettable light show before heading to a local restaurant for dinner. You can choose from quaint family-owned establishments favoured by locals, Michelin-starred restaurants, and others serving up an array of international cuisines.
For a different approach to food, take an evening cooking class and learn how to prepare a local meat or seafood dish, Spanish omelette, or one of the country’s most iconic dishes – paella! In the mood for some early evening shopping? Los Encants Market closes at 8pm, giving you enough time to browse alternative objects, antiques, and all manner of second-hand goods.
What’s a visit to Spain without taking in a flamenco show? Given their popularity with locals and visitors, you’ll have no trouble finding one after working hours in Barcelona, whether you look close to your business venue or our hotel.
Are you looking at staying in the city for 28 nights or longer? Capri by Fraser Barcelona has great offers to make that more than possible and unbelievably comfortable.
Whether you choose a serviced studio or one-bedroom apartment, you can live life your way thanks to a spacious work desk, a fully equipped kitchenette, and comfortable living and sleeping areas. Our hotel also offers an on-site laundrette for keeping your clothes nice and clean.
Our restaurant Caprilicious serves up continental breakfasts and Spanish cuisine lunches to power you through your day, and our Pow Wow meeting facilities make it easy to meet with clients and make presentations. Worried about keeping fit while in the city? Work out in our hotel’s fully equipped gym. If you’re in the mood for a quiet drink before heading to bed, make your way to our lobby bar.
You can also enjoy perks such as free high-speed Wi-Fi access, as well as access to international newspapers and magazines, regular housekeeping services, and more.
Plan an unforgettable bleisure trip to one of Spain’s most exciting cities.