The Mobile World Congress (GSMA) is the largest mobile industry fair in the world, drawing thousands of people from more than 200 countries for a showcase of the latest technology and trends for mobile devices.
It also has a conference side to it, with lectures given by some of the leading figures from the mobile industry, including representatives from mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology suppliers, vendors and content owners from all over the globe.
As of 2012, Barcelona is the official home of the fair for the following seven years, that is to say, the event will take place at the Fira de Barcelona site through 2018.
Book your accommodation in advance, before all the hotels and hostels are full. We suggest you pick Melon District Poble Sec, because we’re just 15 minutes from the Fira de Barcelona site at Plaza España.
The Cosmobelleza International Beauty and Wellness Trade Show is organised every year by the Grupo Cosmobelleza at the Fira de Barcelona site. Its main mission is to showcase the latest products, services and trends in the wellness and beauty industry, as well as serving as a forum for professionals and exhibitors from the hairdressing, cosmetics and wellness sectors
Internationalisation, training and business are three key ideas to which Grupo Cosmobelleza is committed year after year to stimulate and promote the Spanish beauty market.
If you’re looking for a room at a hotel or hostel in Barcelona, we suggest you book at Melon District, a new accommodation alternative for short stays.
The eShow is an annual fair in Barcelona that deals with Ecommerce, Marketing Online, Hosting & Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Mobile & Digital Signage.
This year on March 12 & 13, service providers and technological leaders in the sector will be in the same room. There will be a great number of conferences regarding the latest technological, marketing, and ebusiness trends in general.
If you are coming to Barcelona to attend eShow 2014 and you’re still looking for accommodation, the Melon District Poble Sec residence is a good alternative to a hotel or a hostel in Barcelona: we have rooms per night at a very competitive price.
These two shows take place once a year at the Fira - Montjuïc exhibition centre in Barcelona. They are a forum for everything and everyone related to the world of education (public and private universities, further and continuing education institutions, foundations, financial organisations, etc.), including anyone interested in continuing their studies, whether through university, a language course or any other type of further education.
At the fairs you can also find out about accommodation at the best student residences in Barcelona. That’s why Melon District takes part in the show with an information stand aimed at all students interested in coming to live and study in Barcelona.
Generally the event is held in March and takes place over five days, this year from 12-16 March, and during these days the students can arrange appointments with colleges and universities to personally discuss their options. Alternatively, you can simply attend the show and explore the stands that most interest you or suit your needs.
If you’re coming with your parents to the show in Barcelona and need accommodation, check out Melon District - as well as offering rooms for overnight stays, we are a student residence, so you can get an idea of what it’ll be like to live here when you start university.
The International Food and Drink Exhibition, better known as Alimentaria, is one of the most important fairs in the world for the food and drinks industry and has been held every two years in Barcelona since 1976.
It combines a food show with a professional trade fair, making it a perfect venue for industry professionals who want to promote their products or learn about new business models and product innovations.
At the same time as the fair, a host of events are run, including competitions, tasting sessions, research and innovation activities, etc.
Alimentaria receives over 100,000 visitors every year from Spain and abroad, and takes place at the Fira - Montjuïc trade fair venue. It is next scheduled to take place in from March 31st to April 3rd of 2014.
During the show it can be tough to find accommodation at hotels and hostels, so we invite you to book accommodation with Melon District. Go for the Poble Sec residence, which is just 15 minutes’ walk from the Fira venue in Plaza España.
The Catalonia International Tourism Show (SITC) is an annual event held over a three-day period in April at the Fira de Barcelona site.
This show brings together professionals from the tourism sector and members of the public who love travel.
Some of the travel products on display include adventure trips, sustainable tourism, sports tourism, camping, cruises, etc., as well as offers from accommodation, transport and tourism services companies.
Visitors to the fair can also take part in numerous fun activities including: food tasting sessions, workshops and travel prize draws, among others.
If you’re planning to attend from outside Barcelona and are on the hunt for a hotel or hostel to stay at during the show, we invite you to book a room at Melon District Poble Sec, which is just 15 minutes from the Fira de Barcelona site in Plaza España.
St George’s Day (Sant Jordi) is another highly special occasion in Barcelona, as Saint George is the patron saint of the city. The Catalans observe a long-standing tradition as part of the celebrations: the men give the women a rose, who give the men a book in return.
Legend holds that Saint George slew a dragon that was terrorising the local people and liberated an imprisoned princess. A rose bush formed from the dragon’s spilt blood and Saint George plucked the prettiest rose to give to his beloved, the princess. As a tribute to this legend, on this day men once again become knights in shining armour and furnish their princesses, the woman they love, with a rose.
The tradition of giving a book to men is much more recent. This ritual commemorates the fact that some of the world’s great writers were born and/or died on this date, including Cervantes and Shakespeare. For this reason in 1995 UNESCO declared 23 April World Book Day.
This celebration is roughly equivalent to Valentine’s Day in other cultures, although with its focus on books, the Catalan version is arguably a more cultural occasion. Strolling through the city’s streets on the day you’ll find them crammed with books and roses, including myriad second-hand book stalls set up on Barcelona’s famous La Rambla. Good cheer reigns throughout the day all over Catalonia, and there can be no better day to go book hunting in the city.
Come and celebrate this romantic day in Barcelona with your partner and stay at Melon District, where you can enjoy quality accommodation without spending a fortune. We’re an excellent alternative to traditional hostels and hotels.
From the 8 to 11 May, the 32nd annual International Comic Fair 2014 will take place in Barcelona at the Montjuic Fira.
If you love comic books or you are simply visiting Barcelona, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of interesting expositions, as well as plenty of cultural and fun activites.
If you are in need of a hotel or hostel for FICOMIC, we suggest you book a room at Melon District Poble Sec. Our rooms are a good value for the price and we are also only a 15 minute walk from the exhibition center, the Fira of Barcelona.
Every year Catalonia hosts one Formula 1 race a season at the famous Circuit de Catalunya (Montmeló). For three days, from 9 to 11 May 2014, the best drivers and fastest cars in the world go head-to-head as they compete for maximum points in the world championships. The Montmeló track and all of Barcelona buzzes with energy during this Formula 1 race.
Plus, every year during the months of February and March, training sessions are held at the Circuit de Catalunya, with admission at very reasonable prices. This is a great choice for Formula 1 fans looking for a small shot of adrenaline at a more affordable price.
Book a room for these dates in Barcelona. Melon District is a new accommodation alternative to traditional hotels and hostels.
Primavera Sound is another of the festivals that is gaining popularity in Barcelona every year. Its first edition was held in 2011 and attracted 8,000 people, while it is estimated that in 2012 crowds of roughly 150,000 attended the event across its different venues.
This music festival combines new independent music and established artists. It covers all sorts of genres and styles, with a focus on pop, rock and electronic music.
Primavera Sound draws together artists and spectators from different generations, who flock to different venues in the city every year; in 2014 will be held from 29 to 30th May.
The festival is celebretade at the Parc del Fòrum, every edition includes several different stages within this site. Other Primavera Sound concerts are held across the centre of Barcelona under the name "Primavera Ciutat". There are also some free gigs thanks to the "Primavera al Parc" initiative.
Just a few metro stops from the Parc del Fòrum you’ll find Melon District Marina. Book a room with us and we guarantee you’ll enjoy a better atmosphere that at a traditional hotel or hostel.
The International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition (SIL 2014) is organizing its fifteenth edition from 3rd - 5th June at the Montjuic Fira exhibition center.
With the growing need for all companies to open new markets and expand their exports internationally, SIL 2014 is especially significant. The event is also the most important in southern Europe and the Mediterranean area.
If you are in need of a hotel or hostel for SIL 2014, we suggest you book a room at Melon District Poble Sec. Our rooms are a good value for the price and we are also only a 15 minute walk from the exhibition center, the Fira of Barcelona.
Bizbarcelona 2014 is an exposition that joins different business propositions for the creation, growth, and internationalization of companies. In short, Bizbarcelona is perfect for networking, where you can get the information and advice to help put you on the path to career success.
The event is from June 4th – 5th at the Montjuic Fira exposition center.
If you are an entrepreneur and want to create your own company or would like to see the one you already own grow, don’t miss this fair. And for your accommodation in Barcelona, we recommend you take a look at Melon District Poble Sec. We have affordable rooms that are only 15 minutes on foot from the Fira exhibition center in Montjuic.
Sónar is one of the biggest annual events in Barcelona, taking place over a three-day period in June. Since it was founded in 1994, it has become one of the top electronic music festivals in Europe.
Sónar officially describes itself as the Barcelona International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, and every year it receives more than 80,000 visitors from all over the world.
It is split into Sónar by Day (concerts, showcases, professional area, etc.) and Sónar by Night (where the headline acts perform), with activities taking place in different venues across the city. Depending on the time, they are held at the CCCB and the MACBA (by day) and at the L’Auditori and Fira Gran Via (L’Hospitalet) venues at night.
It offers crowds more than their money’s worth every year, with a superb programme combining the biggest names on the contemporary electronic music scene with an extensive line-up of emerging artists, DJs and musical trendsetters.
If you’re coming to Sónar in Barcelona, we recommend you book accommodation at Melon District for a better atmosphere than a hotel or hostel. We even have swimming pools so that you can cool off during the hot summer days.
Midsummer’s Eve, known in Barcelona as the Revetlla de Sant Joan ("St. John’s Eve") or nit del foc ("night of "fire") is a festival celebrating the official start of summer. Celebrations around these dates date back to ancient times and are held across Europe, although they are particularly prevalent in Spain, Portugal (Fogueiras de São João), Norway (Jonsok), Denmark (Sankthans), Sweden (Midsommar), Finland (Juhannus) and the UK (Midsummer), with each region having its own traditions.
In Barcelona it is a lively, festive occasion when people have fun out on the streets and stay on the beach until the break of dawn. There is no specific venue where the celebration takes place, although most people head down to the beach, where special bars are set up and the usual chiringuitos (beach bars) crank up the volume of their music. There are also DJ sets and concerts all over the place, bonfires on the beach and fireworks to kick off the night.
Stuff goes on for the festival all over the city, where street parties are held and people throw firecrackers and bangers aplenty.
This is a truly magical experience in Barcelona and, as one of the biggest celebrations of the year, it has the city swinging all night long.
If you’re visiting Barcelona at this time of the year, we invite you to book your accommodation at Melon District, where you’ll get better value for money than at a regular hotel or hostel.
For every summer for several years now, Sala Montjuïc has offered an open-air cinema season in the gardens around Montjuïc Castle. Screenings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 p.m., with a total of 15-18 films shown in 35 mm on a giant screen.
Generally, the season includes some of the greatest films in the history of cinema, which are always shown in the original language with Spanish subtitles. Before the start of the film, you can enjoy live music from performers of different genres, including jazz, blues, flamenco and samba, as well as a selection of short films. People usually bring food and drink so that they can enjoy a picnic during the screenings.
If you need to book accommodation, look no further than Melon District Poble Sec, which is just 20 minutes on foot from Montjuïc.
Barcelona stages numerous festivals, especially in the summer months, when the weather is ideal for enjoying open-air activities.
The Cruïlla Festival is one of the more recent events, having celebrated its 7th anniversary in 2013.
This festival takes place during the first fortnight of July at the Parc del Fòrum and lasts two days. Its line-up includes performances from a variety of hip-hop, reggae and rock acts, among others.
The concerts are held at the four stages specially set up for the festival. Besides the various concerts in the programme, you can also enjoy other activities like workshops, games and circus performances during the festival.
If you’re coming to the festival with friends, we recommend you book a room with Melon District, where you can meet other people like you, unlike traditional hotels or hostels.
Every year from 15 August, the Gràcia neighbourhood kicks off a week full of fun and activities. During the festival the neighbourhood’s streets and squares play host to concerts, workshops, fashion shows, fireworks and much more.
Gràcia’s local festival is the most famous and most extravagant of all of Barcelona’s neighbourhood celebrations and attracts crowds in the thousands, including locals and tourists alike, as well as people from Barcelona’s surroundings interested in going to one of the events or simply strolling through the neighbourhood.
One of the highlights of the festival is the original street decorations, which are different every year. The locals spend the months leading up to the festival hard at work on the distinctive, colourful adornments that create a unique atmosphere in the streets of the neighbourhood. A competition is even held to decide which street is the best decorated.
Enjoy the Gràcia Festival and the sun in Barcelona by booking a room at Melon District, where the swimming pool and terrace will help cap off a special stay, for great alternative to your average hotel or hostel.
24 September is the day of Barcelona’s Festa Major, or big annual festival, commemorating the feast day of La Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy), the patron saint of Barcelona.
Barcelona’s streets and neighbourhoods come alive during the festival which, given its huge significance to locals, isn’t only celebrated on the 24th, but rather comprises four days jam-packed with activities.
Some of the most popular activities include the Correfoc (a "fire run" in which people are pursued through the streets by firework-spraying demons, dragons and all manner of other mythological creatures), the Catalan Wine and Cava Fair (in which a number of Catalan wine producers show off their products and offer free tasting sessions) and the Piromusical (a music, fireworks and light show held in Montjuïc) which provides a fittingly spectacular finale to the celebrations.
In short, with artistic and fun activities galore, you’re bound to have a blast at this festival, which offers everything from dance to circus, concerts, shows and street art for all tastes and ages. When it comes to parties, it’s hard to top Barcelona’s La Mercè, which also marks the end of summer and looks forward to autumn.