Fira de Barcelona
One of Europe’s largest trade fair institutions
Originally built for the 1888 Universal Exposition, Fira de Barcelona now holds major events like the Mobile World Congress and the Sónar festival. Covering a surface area of almost 400,000 m² distributed into two major venues, Fira de Barcelona’s exhibition space is one of the largest in Europe.
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Why visit Fira de Barcelona?
Fira de Barcelona dates back to 1888 when a trade fair venue was built at Ciutadella Park for the Universal Exposition. It was subsequently the site of Barcelona’s first annual trade fair, which was held from 1920 to 1925. However, for the 1929 International Exposition the trade fair was moved to Montjuïc, where the facilities created for this global event continue to be the heart of the venue to this day.
In 1942, under the name of Fira Oficial i Internacional de Mostres de Barcelona, the institution entered a new stage in which it opened its doors to all types of events and now it plays host to everything from music festivals to congresses. Fira de Barcelona now has two sites: the historic one at Montjuïc, which is still in use, located on either side of the entrance to Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina at Plaça d’Espanya and the one recently built on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes by the architect Toyo Ito, which has the capacity to hold enormous global events like the Mobile World Congress.
How do you get to Fira de Barcelona?
To get to Fira de Barcelona you can take the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and hop off at the Plaça d’Espanya stop or at the CaixaFòrum – Pavelló Mies Van der Rohe stop.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Fira de Barcelona played host to Spain’s introduction to the television set in 1935 and to Coca-Cola in 1942.
- Local’s tip: If you want to see inside the facilities, consult the official calendar to see what’s on!
- A must: For those who love technology, cars, comics or music!
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