The International Convention Center is an attraction in itself, remarkable for the state of the art technology that abets the efficient running of the conferences it hosts and striking modern architecture with large versatile interiors. Of course, if you are visiting for work and conducting business there, there is a good chance you will want to get out and do something completely different when you have time off. The International Hotels deserve their reputation as gorgeous seaside locales, so do make time to wander out.

It pays, however, to choose a hotel in the vicinity of the convention center, as there are some excellent choices in the area. Save your travel time for when you have a free day. For a Convention Center Hotel, a gorgeous and modern design hotel that features a rooftop pool and walkable proximity to Beach and the convention center. Hilton Hotels also has two properties in Barcelona, one of which- Diagonal Mar, named after the modern shopping mall it is near- is very convenient to the convention center.

Barcelona is an artful city, so when you are at liberty to explore, why not check out some of the arts institutions and local galleries and events? The Picasso Museum is an obvious choice for art lovers, and the permanent collection is definitely worth seeing. But it is also a good idea to venture to some of the smaller spots of interest to locals.

Barcelona’s gallery scene can be quite high brow, with visits meaning private tours from a gallery attendant expecting a transaction. ARTEVISTAS is a great alternative to this. It’s an open and vibrant gallery space where you can find up and coming artists, as well as younger artists who have “made it” to some degree. They work with over fifty artists, representing a breadth of styles, and have two distinct spaces: the main hall housing the permanent collection and the VIP room for temporary solo exhibitions. Visit their website to see images of their space and to learn something about the artists they represent.

Angels Barcelona is a provocative space catering to the avant-garde. Here one can find visual art and video installations by internationally respected artists, such as experimental German filmmaker Harun Farocki and Spanish interdisciplinary artist and performer Esther Ferrer.

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