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What is Barcelona International Boat Show 2018?

Barcelona International Boat Show is the leading sport and recreational boating fair in Spain, in addition to being the only one in the country recognised by the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO). 

Organised by Fira Barcelona each year, it is the largest event for boating professionals and amateurs in the country, with both floating and dry exhibition spaces. Fair-goers will have the opportunity to see all the latest from prestigious brands and a whole display of boats, from small powerboats to sailboats, yachts, catamarans, Menorquin yachts, and even large cruise ships or recreational fishing vessels. Plus, those who come to the boat show will get to discover all sorts of nautical products and services in the various sections of the fair: motors, sails, trailers, fishing gear, charter ports or marinas, and much more.

Who is it for?

Barcelona International Boat Fair is geared towards professionals in the nautical sector as well as boat-lovers interested in discovering what is available for sale and the latest products from international brands in the nautical sector. Each year, this event welcomes more than 51,000 visitors from all over the world who come to visit over 250 exhibiting companies over 4 days.

When and where will the next Barcelona International Boat Show take place?

This year’s Barcelona International Boat Show will be held from 10 to 14 October at Port Vell (Barcelona), one of the most suitable open-air venues in the city to host this fair.

Port Vell is located in the Port of Barcelona, which allows participants to visit and exhibit large boats, as well as having indoor spaces for presentations, conferences and even meetings with clients.

Areas, exhibitors and activities at the Barcelona International Boat Show

The activities and exhibitors at this boat show are divided into 8 points at Port Vell:

  • Fun Beach Area
  • Nautical Night
  • Traditional Sailing
  • The Sea Corner
  • One Ocean Club
  • Nautical Food Court
  • Entrepreneurs’ sessions
  • Professional Meetings

At the boat show, you can participate in activities organised in each of these areas in order to boost your business opportunities and make new contacts with clients during your stay.Plus, Fira Barcelona has organised Professional Meetings throughout the Barcelona International Boat Show, for exhibitors and visiting professionals, in order to generate new business and networking opportunities. For more information about these sessions, go to the website: http://www.salonnautico.com/professional-meetings

If you are interested in this or any other event, don’t hesitate to contact your personal assistant to help you set up these gatherings.

How to get to Barcelona International Boat Show

Each year, top professionals from the global nautical sector share their latest products and services with the public at Port Vell.

There are many ways to get to Port Vell, whether by public or private transport.

As an EnjoyBCN client, when you book any of our luxury apartments in the centre of Barcelona we’ll help you with anything you need for your stay in Barcelona, both before and after arrival (airport transfers, setting up meeting spaces, booking restaurants for professional meetings/gatherings, etc.). This way, as soon as you book with EnjoyBCN, your assistant will contact youto work out any logistics or organisational needs we can help you with.

  • Arriving in Barcelona by plane:

    El Prat Airport is the main international airport in the area, located just south of Barcelona and just a 20-minute drive from the Port Vell area. El Prat Airport has regular flights to more than 215 destinations and numerous connections to large European cities, making Barcelona an easy, quick gateway to nearly anywhere in the world. 

    From the airport, there are many public transport options to take you into Barcelona or the metropolitan area (metro, bus, suburban trains, etc.), although there is currently no direct route to the boat show venue. So, you would have to take a train to the centre of Barcelona and then a bus or metro to Port Vell.

  • Taking the metro from the airport to the boat show:

    Take the Airport Train (R2 Norte) to Passeig de Gràcia. If your flight arrives at Terminal 1 (T1), you won’t be able to walk directly to the train station, as it is 4 km away. You’ll have to take the free shuttle bus outside that connects all the terminals. When you get to the Passeig de Gràcia station, switch to the metro (L3 – green line) and get off at Drassanes. When you leave the metro station, you can take a bus from there to the various sections of the port or go by foot, taking advantage to visit the whole area.

  • Taking the bus from the airport to the boat show:

    Port Vell is just 15 km from the Barcelona Airport. This means it takes roughly 20 minutes in private car and we recommend this option, as it is the easiest and most comfortable. Plus, this service is available at no additional cost for all our clients.

    Private transport from the airport to the boat show:

    Port Vell is just 15 km from the Barcelona Airport. This means it takes roughly 20 minutes in private car and we recommend this option, as it is the easiest and most comfortable. Plus, this service is available at no additional cost for all our clients.

    So, when you book any of our apartments, we take care of arranging everything for your transfer from the airport at absolutely no additional cost.

  • Arriving by train - Barcelona Sants

    If you arrive in Barcelona by train, you’ll probably come directly to Barcelona Sants: the city’s main station with daily connections to numerous cities in Spain and France.

    From Barcelona Sants, you can take the metro to Drassanes (L3 – green line) to get to the Port of Barcelona, where you can take a bus to the various areas of the port or go on foot if you don’t know the area yet.

The best accommodations for the boat show near Port Vell:

Barcelona is a vibrant city that never stops growing and changing, especially Las Ramblas, located right by Port Vell. This is one of the most active nightlife areas in Barcelona, with a huge array of bars and restaurants for all tastes.

Want to come to Barcelona International Boat Show 2018 but don’t know how to organise your trip? We have many central accommodations options in emblematic locations with 24/7 service designed to make sure your every need is met during your stay.

For those visiting the boat show, we offer apartments or private buildings designed especially for large groups, with separate rooms and 24/7 concierge service. One of the most emblematic buildings you can stay at with EnjoyBCN is the Colón Building, which is just a 7-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the boat show at Port Vell.


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This sort of accommodations has been created especially for large and/or small businesses interested in making the most of Barcelona on a work visit. Our Colón Building features large spaces and workrooms available at no additional charge to host meetings with your team, clients or suppliers. Plus, the building is located just a stone’s throw from the Barcelona International Boat Show.

By booking any of our accommodations, you also get:

  • A personal assistant in your language to help you handle any logistics or organisational issues during your stay, booking restaurants, getting around in Barcelona, setting up meeting, etc. Available 24/7, just for you.
  • We're a team based in Barcelona, so we can help you choose the best restaurants in the area to host any important meeting or gathering. Some of our favourites include: 7 Portes , One Ocean Club and Pez Vela.
  • Wi-Fi in all our apartments, free of charge, and high-speed fibre-optic connection.
  • Spaces available for private meetings or team work sessions, with high-speed Internet and latest-generation equipment (screens, phones, etc).


Our customers talk about our apartments

Sergi, concierge at Colon apartments:

Concierge apartamentos Colon EnjoyBCN Are you coming to Barcelona for this year’s boat show?

Welcome, leave it all up to me.

My name is Sergi and my team and I strive to make your stay as pleasant as possible, with any help you need, at any time, to resolve anything that may come up over the course of your stay: from recommendations for activities or restaurants, to booking meeting rooms or transfers, 24 hours a day.

By booking with EnjoyBCN, you’ll get a spacious apartment especially designed for professional travellers looking for all the comforts of a large yet private accommodation in Barcelona’s most privileged locations.

Enjoy this unique experience, much more than quality accommodation, it is personalised service to ensure you have what you need, when you need it.


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