BARCELONA CONVENTION AND VISITING SUPPLIERS
Wednesday Oct 8 arrive 9:40 a.m.
10 30 a.m. Go to hotel to drop off luggage,. Plaza Espanya
11:30 a.m. Appointment at Arai with DHC – Borja Badia – Derbyhotels Collection
Avinyo 30 in Gotico t +34 93 203 950
12: 30 p.m. Appointment at Duquesa de Cardona- Sandra Martinez
Passeig Colom 12- Barcelona Telf: + 34 93.2689090
Lunch with Tara
7 15p.m. Meet Enric Català (Taca de vi) sommelier in the hotel lobby +34. 656 363 358
8pm Dinner with group at El Mussol in Plaza Espanya
Thursday Oct 9- Buy Catalunya convention and gala dinner
7:45 a.m. transfer to convention
|07:45||Transfer to Palau de Congressos de Catalunya for the workshop
Av. Diagonal, 661-671, Barcelona
|Workshop Buy Catalunya – 5 meetings|
|Workshop Buy Catalunya – 4 meetings|
Tour operators will move to one of the following rooms
1. Cultural itineraries
2. Food and wine tourism itineraries
3. Catalan coast
4. Nature and Adventure / Special interest
|Workshop Buy Catalunya – 9 meetings|
|18:15||Transfer to Hotel Catalonia-Barcelona Plaza|
|19:30||Transfer to Recinte Modernista Sant Pau for the Farewell Dinner|
|Transfer and accommodation in Hotel Catalonia-Barcelona Plaza|
gala dinner at Recinte Moderniste Sant Pau
Thursday Oct 10- 7 30 a.m. Taxi to airport, 9 50 a.m. Fly to Lyon
To visit on site inspection:
hotel DO in Plaça Reial
Restaurants to Try
Pakta- Albert Adria´s new Japanese
Quimet Quimet- Tara says try the prawns with truffled honey
La Tieta, also in Poble Sec
Bread and Circuses- NY style sandwiches
Martinez– views over the city, paella
Caelis at the Palace Hotel
Pitarra Restaurant was founded in 1890 in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The restaurant is in the house where Frederic Soler, better known as Pitarra lived. Soler was an eminent figure in Catalan theatre of the mid-19th century.Gothic Quarter www.restaurantpitarra.cat
Roig Robí . Based in lower Gràcia just above Diagonal, the restaurant is a short walk from Hotel Casa Fuster. Known for its excellent rice and cod dishes, Roig Robí’s traditional Catalan cuisine is served in a charming setting including a terrace and ratan chairs.
Restaurant Elche is located off the beaten tourist track, in the neighborhood of Poble Sec. Andrés Iborra and Carmen Vicente opened “El Elche” in 1959, the restaurant named after the couple’s hometown in the province of Alicante. The bar and restaurant soon attracted many artists and celebrities in show business along with the patrons of the nearby theatres on the Avinguda del Paral·lel. Later, their sons Eduardo and Andrés took over the restaurant, maintaining a rich family tradition.
Neighborhood: Poble Sec
More formal dining/Michelin:
Nectari, 1 star
Dos Palillos, 1 star
Dos Cielos at the W
Koy Shunka, 1 star
Moments at the Mandarin, 2 stars
Enoteca at Hotel Arts, 2 stars
Eclipse Bar at the W
Boadas – oldest Cocktail Bar
One of the old city’s most beautiful squares, Plaça Reial was built in the mid-1800s just off the pedestrian boulevard La Rambla. The Plaça Reial has towering palm trees, arcades covering its perimeter sidewalks and a fountain at its center. Its famous lampposts were created by Antoni Gaudí, modernist designer of the Sagrada Família (Holy Family) basilica—and the city’s favorite son.
After the dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975, the Plaça Reial became hip, serving through the ’80s as home to artists, writers, designers, architects and musicians. But as the city at large became more inviting during the ’90s, the area became less so. Most of the creative types moved away, drug dealing abounded and thieves ran rampant.
It’s still a good idea to keep a close watch on your belongings in the Plaça Reial, but these days you can do so in style. Hotel DO: Plaça Reial (rooms, from $370; Plaça Reial 1; 34-93/481-3666; hoteldoreial.com), an 18-room, five-star boutique property with two restaurants and a rooftop bar, opened this February in a completely renovated mid-19th-century building. Great attention has been paid to details, like the art on the walls of the comfortable rooms with clean lines, hardwood floors and high ceilings. A short stroll brings you to the port, and it’s just a minute to La Rambla.
Fifty yards farther along Plaça Reial is Ocaña (Plaça Reial 13–15; 34-93/676-4814; ocana.cat), a café, restaurant, club and cocktail bar in a building that dates from 1856. The current Catalan owner took eight years to create the complex, which she hopes echoes both Paris and Tel Aviv. The café’s kitchen is ensconced in a large area surrounded by glass, its workings visible to diners inside Ocaña and passersby outside. The changing menu features seasonal Catalan food with flavors from around the Mediterranean rim, such as a delicious suquet (fish stew) with a base of fresh green peas rather than the traditional potato. Plans call for a more formal restaurant in the airy upstairs space overlooking Plaça Reial. The place is named for the artist José Pérez Ocaña, who lived next door in the late 1970s and early ’80s. He was Barcelona’s most visible transvestite during those years, and his daily strolls up La Rambla, in colorful, elegant dresses, were enough to remind all he passed that Franco was dead and Barcelona was now a city where anything was possible.