By Kyrus Keenan Wescott
If you’re headed to Microsoft Convergence this November, you have more to look forward to than just hearing from industry leaders who are driving change.
While gaining those great insights into business applications, you’ll also have the chance to explore one of Europe’s most famous cities.
While the weather in Barcelona over November and December isn’t the typical beach climate that attracts thousands of visitors each summer, it provides the perfect temperature to explore incredible architecture and stunning cityscapes illuminated by the glitter of festive Christmas lights.
While you’ll no doubt be spending a lot of time at the different sessions, if you do get out and about, you may be wondering where to start. To help, we’ve compiled a handy guide with top attractions and fun facts about this charming Mediterranean city. Enjoy!
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The most popular attraction in Barcelona, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia welcomes nearly 2.8 million visitors each year. The stunning building was designed by Antoni Gaudi and while construction began in 1882, its still continues to this day. Predicted to be completed within the next 30 years, visitors are often left in owe of the vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and general grandeur of the building, both inside out. A must for any visitor to Barcelona; it’s like nothing else.
One for the sports fans amongst you. Camp Nou, Europe’s largest sporting arena, is home to formidable football champions F.C. Barcelona, and can be experienced in all its glory during a tour of the grounds. If you really want to learn all the club’s secrets, including a rich history linked very closely to the politics and people of Barcelona, you can get an audio tour for just €5.
Housed in five adjoining medieval stone mansions, the Museu Picasso’s pretty courtyards are just as charming as the collection inside. The artwork on show includes more than 3500 pieces from Picasso’s earliest years, which is apt considering he spent his formative creative years in Barcelona. If you’re an art lover or simply enjoy the history of the art world’s most prominent influencers, this is definitely one for you.
Another stunningly-original Gaudi entry, but one we couldn’t leave off. Designed for a wealthy aristocrat, Casa Batlló was built between 1904 and 1906 and takes residence in the heart of Barcelona. Boasting a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination, and a rooftop designed to look like an animals’ back, the building is a masterpiece of shape, color and light.
La Fira de Santa Llúcia
Barcelona’s old city is a wonderful place to be as we edge closer to the festive season, so if you find the time, you really should pay a visit to the oldest, biggest and most traditional Christmas market Fira de Santa Llúcia. Occupying the Avenida de la Catedra in the Gothic quarter, the market has over 300 stalls — offering the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for someone back home.
Are you going to Convergence 2015 EMEA? We’d love to hear what you have planned for your trip.
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