Barcelona fair grounds
Barcelona is behind Madrid only Spain’s second-largest city, but definitely by far the leading Spanish exhibition city. Here you can find the largest Spanish venue: The Gran Via fair ground with 240.000 m² hall space, located in a satellite city area not too far away from Barcelona airport.
Besides this rather new venue is the old re-furbished fairground Montjuic (115.211 m²) also still hosting the smaller national and regional exhibitions and trade fairs.
I’m very much in favour of Grand Via compared to Montjuic venue. There the parking situation for trucks and also for cars is a pure disaster. The closest truck parking area is about 3 km away uphill from this downtown fairground. Normal cars must be parked in costly outside car parks (min. 20 Euro per day).
The parking situation at Grand Via is better, but still not perfect. The parking space for trucks between the halls is limited. At large exhibitions truck waiting time before unloading can be up to 24 hours. Also there the normal cars must be parked outside. There is one close underground car park just across the street in front of the main entrance (1 Euro per hour), but a little farer away you will find cost free parking spaces easily during the set up period.
The traffic connectivity of Grand Via is very convenient. Metro and several bus line towards downtown and airport are available. The next expressway entrance is about 4 km away.
Generally the security measures are quite strict due to national political reasons. Without a working pass you will definitely get no entrance permission to the fairground during set up and dismantling period.
The closest by hardware store is from BAUHAUS, less than 1 km away from the venue.
Address: Passeig de la Zona Franca 99, 08038 Barcelona Tel:+34 932 23 19 23
Opening hours: MO-SAT 09:30-21:30
Consumables & beverages
There is one large shopping centre called Centro Commercial Grand Via2 with 24 restaurants and a Carrefour hyper market just across the street “Carrer de les Ciències” within max. 5 min. walking distance from main venue entrance.
There are many newly built hotels around Gran Via within walking distance. My favourite hotel is the SB PLAZA EUROPA located directly outside of the fairground, behind hall 7. If you make your reservation well in advance you can achieve interesting cost-saving room rates.
Carrer de les Ciències 11-13, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat Tel: +34 935 03 00 00 firstname.lastname@example.org