In-Flight Catering and Business Aviation Tips for Barcelona, SpainMay 12, 2015 by Stacey Farooqui
Summer is almost here for countries in the Northern Hemisphere, and peak season is in full swing for Barcelona, Spain. Located in the Catalonia region of Spain, Barcelona has the sixth largest population in Europe. This, along with a vibrant culture and year-round pleasant climate, mean that you are likely to visit Barcelona during your career in business aviation.
Peak season for Barcelona starts in September and lasts through July. In August, most of the residents are on vacation, so the city is quite dormant compared to other months. In-flight catering through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network is available out of Barcelona-El Prat Airport (LEBL), which is the only airport located in Barcelona. During large events or holidays, it is important to give sufficient lead time, usually 48 hours, for in-flight catering requests.
The first large annual event of the year is the celebration of Carnival in February. Festivals can be found throughout the spring and summer months, starting with Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day) which is celebrated with gifts of books and roses, and can be compared to Valentine’s Day. If you are traveling to Barcelona the last week of May, you will be able to experience Primavera Sound, a music festival featuring dozens of live performances. Festival season ends with Festes de la Merce, which is composed of three days of celebratory events with September 24 being a national holiday. Be ready for sports, music, entertainment and fireworks!
Barcelona is full of historical and cultural sites, so try to check a few off your list if you have extra time on the ground. The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is where you can see the remnants of a medieval Roman village. Park Guell is a feat of modernist architecture by Antoni Gaudi, whose works have been bestowed the honor of being recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Casa Batllo is another of Gaudi’s works which is also included in his UNESCO listing. Montjuic is an excellent location to visit and hit several sites at once, here you will find Palau Nacional, the Magic Fountain, Anella Olimpica and Poble Espayol.
For fine dining options in Barcelona, there are several highly-rated establishments to choose from, including four which have all received two stars from Michelin. ABaC Restaurant, which is led by Chef Jordi Cruz and earned its stars in 2012; Moments, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel; Lasarta, who earned their second star in 2010; and Enoteca, located in the Ritz-Carlton and joined the list with two stars in 2013.
Fine dining, unique architecture, and a festive atmosphere are just a sample of the highlights that make Barcelona a great place to visit. Be sure to leave your favorite places in the comments section below.
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