Smart City Expo Barcelona is an event whose objective is to promote and raise awareness of urban innovation throughout the world. The aim of the meeting is to create a space for debate and analysis of the future of cities and their citizens. It is the most important global event on intelligent cities, which aims to become a platform for urban innovation in the world.
Since 2011, the congress has sought to reflect on how cities are centers of innovation and knowledge, engines of economic growth, prosperity and social well-being. For this reason, innovation in cities has become a key element in moving towards a sustainable future.
If you are passionate about innovation, city transformation, sustainability and entrepreneurship, Smart City Expo is an unparalleled opportunity because industry leaders come together in one place.
At Smart City 2018 you can discover the projects that transform cities around the world, connect to global platforms, update yourself with more than 400 international speakers from around the world and attend interactive presentations to exchange ideas.
On the other hand, if you have your own business, another reason to visit Smart City World Congress is that it is an event where you can create synergies with other companies and institutions present at the event.
At Smart City Expo 2017, more than 18,000 people, 675 exhibitors, 420 speakers and 700 cities attended.
Smart City Expo 2018 will be held from 13 to 15 November at the Fira Barcelona, one of the largest trade fair complexes in Europe. Fira de Barcelona is one of the most famous fair complexes in Europe, in which the biggest meeting, congresses and events are organized each year as the Mobile World Congress, the IBTM World Barcelona 2018, and many more.
The exhibitors that you can find at Smart City Expo Barcelona are from different sectors, which cover a large part of the scope of what makes up cities today: Governments & Inter-Governmental Organizations (local governments, regional governments, state governments, national governments, public administration), Institutions (public institutions, private institutions, non-profit institutions, local institutions), Research & Academia (Universities, think-tanks, research centers), Global Companies, SMEs & Local, Startups & Entrepreneurs and Media & Culture.
In the 2018 edition, Smart City Barcelona seeks to reflect on the habitability of cities and how the dynamics of cities can be transformed to make them more sustainable, inclusive and intelligent for citizens.
In addition, during Smart City Congress, you can attend to the Integrated Water Cycle Show (Iwater) and the Circular Economy European Summit so you will find the perfect ecosystem to analyze and connect with key leaders of the future of cities.
Smart City World Congress is held at the Fira de Barcelona in the Gran Vía venue, whose address is:Av. Joan Carles I, 64
Due to the huge number of visitors coming to Fira Gran Via for the Smart City Expo, the best way to get to the congress is by taxi or private transfer, in order to be sure to get in time. In any case, you can also take the subway or bus to get to Fira Barcelona.
Barcelona is a very accessible city by public transport, you can almost get to every corner of the city by subway and train. For this, and as Fira Barcelona is a very important area of the city, it has it own metro station (L9, 'Fira' and 'Europa/Fira' stations) from which it is very easy to get to the venue.
Barcelona is a city with a large number of taxis. There are approximately more than 10,000 taxis throughout the city and they are known for their black and yellow colors. It is very easy to identify “taxi stops” on the street and the Fira Barcelona venues also have fully equipped taxi ranks.
The availability of the taxi is indicated by a green light on the outside of the car. On the other hand, all taxis have a taximeter and offer the possibility of payment by card.
If you prefer, you can attend the Smart City Congress via the Barcelona bus line. However, the quickest and most recommended way is by subway, EnjoyBCN transfer service or taxi.
TMB H12 and 79 lines
If you prefer to always travel by yourself (public transport and taxi services are often in high demand during these fairs and are not even available at peak times), with EnjoyBCN you have the possibility to take advantage of private transfer services in Barcelona.
Whenever you need it and on any journey since your arrival in Barcelona and during your stay: airport transfer, arrival at the apartment, transfers to the fair from any point in Barcelona, etc. Our team is at your disposal.
As you may have heard, Barcelona is one of the most modern and innovative cities in Spain, which is actually becoming a real Smarticity due to the intelligent services that it offers for visitors and locals.
If you are scheduled to attend the Smart City Congress, don’t hesitate to stay in the city centre ("Passeig de Gràcia" or "Plaça Catalunya" are the most famous areas in Barcelona) if you’re willing to have easy and fast access to public transport and taxis. In addition, this is one of the best ways to enjoy a wide range of restaurants, shops and nightlife in the city.
In the other way, if you rather spend your days next to the venue, there are several hotels, apartments and accommodations next to Fira de Barcelona specially dedicated to visitors that come specially for business purposes. Enjoy the Congress staying at Miro apartments, located at 15 minutes to Fira Barcelona, to which you’ll be able to get walking in less than 10 minutes.
Here are our recommendations to stay next to Fira de Barcelona, so that you have all the necessary services close by and at your disposal:
As our clients, if you book your accommodation at one of luxury apartments in the centre of Barcelona, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy our free services:
We had a wonderful stay with enjoyBCN, it is clear that they know what they are doing in this business and know how to take care of their clients. After...
We had a wonderful stay with enjoyBCN, it is clear that they know what they are doing in this business and know how to take care of their clients. After a 6 hour train ride, it was an easy check-in process, with everything clearly detailed in emails leading up to our stay. The apartment is quiet, clean, and the rooftop has an unparalleled view of La Sagrada Familia. They have the whole building and are careful not to rent to big groups who may be looking for a party, which was much appreciated, although it would have been nice if the rooftop was open past 22:00, on a warm night it would have been great to sit with a glass of wine and take in the view. Pierre and Teresa were excellent hosts, making sure we had a local number to reach them on WhatsApp if we needed anything, and taking care of dinner reservations for our first night there (they had amazing recommendations). We are already talking about our next trip to Barcelona, and one of their locations would definitely be on our list.
We are so happy to see that you had such a great stay and felt this well taken care of. Teresa and Pierre will be delighted when they see this wonderful feedback. Thank you! Regarding the rooftop terrace closing hours, as the building is in a residential area, the city council states we have to close the terrace at 10pm. If this was not the case, we would be more than glad to remain more time open!
It has been a pleasure to have you as guests. We hope to see you soon again in Barcelona!
We were so pleased with our apartment near Sagrada Familia and would definitely recommend EnjoyBCN's properties to other travelers. *Location* - ideal....
We were so pleased with our apartment near Sagrada Familia and would definitely recommend EnjoyBCN's properties to other travelers. *Location* - ideal. With views of Sagrada Familia from the roof and the entrance to the building on Avinguda Gaudi, one might expect the apartment would be noisy, but it was very quiet considering the location. We couldn't hear any street noise at all, though other guests in the hallways were occasionally quite loud. This was disruptive to our baby's sleep only one night, so I still didn't consider it a big problem, but if you (or your kids) are light sleepers, you might want to play some white noise or bring earplugs. The apartment is within steps of a metro stop, many shops and restaurants, several supermercats, a wonderful bakery, and a gelateria (what more do you need?!). *Layout/Furnishings* - excellent. The apartment is well-equipped with everything you need for a wonderful stay, including a full complement of kitchen appliances for cooking in. The separate shower and toilet rooms were nice for our group of three adults and one baby. *Cleanliness* - excellent. The apartment was very clean and well-maintained. Linens, towels, and bathrooms were all pristine. Cleaning tools were provided so we were able to maintain the tidiness of the apartment all week. *Amenities* - excellent. We enjoyed the rooftop terrace with pool and view of Sagrada Familia. It is quite private, and despite the other guests in the building, very quiet. The laundry room is easy to access, free(!!!), and clean. The elevator is small but clean, and a bit scary - you cannot hold the door open with your hand and have to use the "open door" button inside - this is very important to know when you are trying to get suitcases and strollers into the elevator. The door WILL close on you. *EnjoyBCN Staff/Communications* - excellent. We had wonderful interactions with the EnjoyBCN staff, who set up a car service for us from the airport (highly recommend CarsDeluxe!), let us leave our luggage in the office prior to check-in, and ensured we had everything we needed for a lovely holiday. All of my communication with the EnjoyBCN staff were friendly, professional, and very helpful. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend you stay with EnjoyBCN, especially in the gorgeous apartment we rented.
Thank you for such a wonderful and complete comment! We have no words to thank you enough for such a detailed description of your experience that will help other guests to choose a rental for their vacation. It also will help us to improve the apartment for future travelers. We are so happy to see that you liked that much the apartment and felt well taken care of.
It has been a pleasure to host you. We hope to see you soon in Barcelona!
Best Regards from all the team!
We chose this apartment based on its location, facilities, many positive comments and the pictures. After spending 2 weeks with our family and the grandchildren...
We chose this apartment based on its location, facilities, many positive comments and the pictures. After spending 2 weeks with our family and the grandchildren we can say that everything was truthfully represented. Excellent location for getting to the beaches or to the vibrancy of the city. Beautiful views. The apartment was perfect in size along with the four bedrooms. We were 7 people. We utilized the kitchen for some family meals which worked out beautifully. The grandchildren loved the pool and the swings. Easy access to the metro/buses/trams which was very important when you have grandchildren. The two weeks went by extremely well. Furthermore, the customer service and support from EnjoyBCN was excellent. We had a few little items to follow up on and the staff were there all the time and responded on time and perfectly. Great customer support, great apartment and great city. What more can one ask for when on vacation.
Thank you for this absolutely wonderful review! We are so happy to see that your family and you had such a great stay and that the apartment suited everyone's needs. Also, thank you so much for the comment on our team: we do a great effort everyday to make you feel at home and feedbacks like this one are the best rewards we can get for it.
It has been a pleasure to host you. We hope to see you soon in Barcelona!
Wonderful location and great apartment. The host was incredibly responsive and did everything they possibly could to make sure our stay was excellent and...
Wonderful location and great apartment. The host was incredibly responsive and did everything they possibly could to make sure our stay was excellent and any issues resolved asap. I wouldn't hesitate to immediately contact them with any issues at all. The apartment is a lovely space with an open concept main area and we had a toddler who often played around there. Do note there is a glass coffee table but we just moved that to the side. The location is excellent and nearly everything was walkable and we felt quite safe. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.
How happy we are to see that you had such a great stay at the apartment and felt that well taken care of. We do a great effort everyday to make you feel at home and this great feedback motivates us to keep on doing a good job! It has been a pleasure to have you in our apartment. We hope to see you back in Barcelona soon!
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