Fira Barcelona - Gran Via is Fira Barcelona’s second venue, the older one being Montjuïc. The two sites are located 3.5 km apart and offer more than 400,000 sq m of exhibition area / 14 pavilions altogether. This space is impressive not only in terms of scale but also because of its versatility and modern infrastructure.
Fira Barcelona accommodates close to 1000 exhibitions, trade fairs, congresses, meetings, corporate and cultural functions every year. Some of the large international events held in Gran Via, such as Mobile World Congress (MWC), use Montjuïc as the setting for some of their activities. The excellent transport connections between the venues facilitate such arrangements.
1888 marks the first International World's Fair in Spain - Barcelona Universal Exposition (Exposicion Universal). By the time of Fira Barcelona - Gran Via’s official opening in 2007, the city already had long-established trade fair traditions and needed a new, contemporary event space. The creative mind behind the design of Gran Via was the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Envisioning the signature organic look of the complex, he also considered factors like sustainability and energy efficiency.
At the start, the venue had 200,000 sq m of functional area. The following year, it received a rooftop photovoltaic plant. In 2011 Fira Gran Via was expanded by 2 pavilions (halls), adding 40,000 sq m. There are presently 8 pavilions (240,000 sq m) and 45 on-site restaurants.
Barcelona itself offers a great variety of gastronomic experiences - from tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants - which should not be missed. The favourable location of Fira Barcelona - Gran Via guarantees easy access to many of them. The same applies to the remarkable attractions in the city, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Fira Barcelona - Gran Via is easily accessible from the central areas of the city and El Prat Airport. In fact, the two following stations provide links to Terminals 1 and 2.
Fira underground station’s tunnel leads directly to the South Entrance. It is where metro line L9S stops.
Europa / Fira station is not far from the South Entrance. Metro line L9S stops there too, along with metro line L8 and trains R5, R6, R50, R60, S3, S4 and S8.
Amadeu Torner bus stop is in proximity to the South Entrance. Bus lines 46, 65, H12, L70, L72, L80, L81, L86, L87, L94, L95, LH1, N15, N16, N17 stop there.
Foc underground station is near the North Entrance. Metro line L10S stops there.
The trip of those travelling to Gran Via by car is made easy by the fact that the trade fair complex can be reached by the main roads to Barcelona, like AP-7, AP-2, A-2, C-16, C-58, C-31, C-32 and C-33 motorways. The venue has 4.580 parking spaces.
The portfolio of Fira Barcelona - Gran Via features international events with major influence in their respective industries. Some of them are based in the city:
Alimentaria Barcelona, the globally renowned food and beverage exhibition;
ibtm world, the trade fair gathering the global meetings and events industry;
Equiplast, the comprehensive event for plastics and rubber;
Barcelona Building Construmat, the leading platform for the building sector.
Other trade shows rotate among chosen European venues and are held in Fira Gran Via whenever their edition comes to Barcelona. Such examples include:
ITMA, the key trade fair for textile machinery;
CPhI Worldwide, the number-one pharmaceutical event.
Fira Barcelona - Gran Via has three independent entrances - South, East and North. The fairground’s 8 versatile pavilions (halls) are connected by a walkway. Halls 2 and 3 are the largest.
The conference centre at Gran Via is set close to the South Entrance. In addition, there are conference rooms in most of the exhibition halls and three suites - Europa Suite, Barcelona Suite and Tibidabo Suite.
The Nuclo gourmet restaurant is also situated near the South Entrance and is overlooking the fountains of Plaza Europa.