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Living in Barcelona

A city that has it all

Home to the innovative, the disruptive, the avant-garde and the fun-loving, Barcelona is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Your ESADE MBA invites you to fully experience everything that the city of Gaudí, Miró and Dalí have to offer.

Barcelona is a major global metropolis, built on a human scale. The city offers you real cultural diversity across its many distinct districts or barrios. Experience the medieval secrets of the Gothic Quarter and the jewels of the Art Deco in the glittering Eixample district. The city’s is packed with first-class museums and art galleries.

Getting around is fast and efficient. Barcelona’s international airport connects to major hubs around the world and the city’s public transport network is first-rate. High-speed AVE trains put Spain’s other cities within easy reach while a network of regional trains make exploring Catalonia simple. Barcelona’s Metro system is one of the best in Europe and the newly modernised bus system runs 24 hours a day – so you can get home no matter what time your event finishes!

But the best way to move around is often on foot. In Barcelona, there are delights to discover around every corner.

Affordable housing, travel, dining and recreation mean that you can live, eat and enjoy life under year-round Mediterranean sunshine, right in the city centre.

Things to enjoy in and around Barcelona

Football (August-May)

The city is home to one of the world’s greatest soccer teams, F.C. Barcelona. Almost 100,000 fans converge on the iconic Camp Nou stadium to watch players like Leo Messi perform their magic.  But Barça isn’t the only team in town; RCD Espanyol also plays in Spain’s top division.

Skiing and snowboarding (December-April)

The slopes of the Pyrenees are just a couple of hours’ drive from the city. In winter, the ski stations of the Pyrenees, including La Molina – Spain’s first ski resort – are popular weekend destinations.

Beach (year round)

Barcelona’s miles of sandy beaches are an essential part of city life. Whether you want to swim, surf, skateboard, jog or just hang out with friends and soak up the sun, there’s a spot for you here.

Motorsport (year round)

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of the world’s top racetracks. It hosts Formula 1, the MotoGP and the FIA World Rallycross Championship. There are also numerous track days and events if you want to get behind the wheel yourself.

Sports and athletics (year round)

The 1992 Olympics in Barcelona left a legacy of superb sports facilities. From athletics to diving, and ice-skating to basketball, you’ll find a first-class club to meet your needs.

Music festivals: Primavera Sound & Sónar (June)

Primavera Sound celebrates the latest in independent music, showcasing major and emerging talent. Sónar draws hundreds of thousands of music lovers from around the globe, offering a taste of the avant-garde and ground-breaking experimentation in dance and electronic music.