Barcelona combines the ancient and modern. With a breadth and diversity of culture, a rich history in art, and home to masterpieces of many of the world’s greatest architects, Barcelona is also one of Europe’s most dynamic business hubs. And the IESE campus is just minutes from its center.
- Since the XIX Century Barcelona is at the forefront of regional commerce, and today is a thriving hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Barcelona’s excellent regional and international transport links have ensured that it is also home to many transnational corporations. The city also attracts hundreds of thousands of delegates each year to its many trade shows and expos, which include the world’s premier mobile event, the Mobile World Congress.
- Welcome to one of the greatest capitals of Mediterranean cuisine. There are more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona, several of which have been founded by Ferran Adrià, one of the world’s greatest chefs. You’ll also be able to find high-quality restaurants that fit almost any budget. During the week most restaurants offer a “menu del día” – a fixed price menu for around €13. Barcelona’s unique geographical setting also means that you can take a dip in the Med or hike in the Collserola mountains without leaving the city. And if you’re interested in the great outdoors, there are several national parks close to the city, while world-class skiing resorts can be found just a couple of hours away in Andorra.
- Barcelona’s cultural roots go back 2000 years and it is the home of many points of interest declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Barri Gòtic (“Gothic Quarter”) is the center of the old city of Barcelona, with many buildings from medieval times. From 1885 to 1950 the modernist architecture movement (related to the European Art Nouveau) left an important legacy in Barcelona. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. In Barcelona you can admire the Picasso Museum, the Fundació Joan Miró and the Romanesque art collection in the MNAC. Barcelona is also of course home to FC Barcelona. And Camp Nou is a ten-minute walk from the IESE campus.
- Although Barcelona is a busy metropolis, housing remains affordable – even in the city center. Renting a three-bedroom apartment in the city usually costs between 800 and 1,000 euros. Many students live in the vibrant Gracia district, with its colorful squares and outdoor cafés. The Born district is becoming a world reference in combining urban cool with Medieval beauty. And if three-meter ceiliings and mosaic floors are more to your taste, you’ll find affordable Modernista apartments to rent in the central Eixample district.
“Living in Barcelona? It’s probably one of the best parts of the MBA. The weather and the city design make it the perfect place to practice sport throughout the whole year. And the proximity to the sea is great!”