Plaza Real, marvellous square in the centre of Barcelona


Plaza Real is one of the places to see during a stay in Barcelona.

This beautiful square is located in the city center between the Gothic district and La Rambla. This very popular place is very apreciated first of all because it is very well located but also because it is very pretty with its many palm trees and its very pleasant restaurants and bars.  The large palm trees on this square really give us a “summer-” and holiday feeling that makes us feel good. Plaza Real offers the possibilty  to to go for a drink after a long day of walking.








It is also the perfect place to have an aperitive at the beginning of an evening because there are dancing bars with a very good atmosphere! It is also very attractive to eat there because the restaurants make it possible to find an island of relaxation and delight  in the heart of the city centre and to spend an enjoyable moment there with your family or amongst friends.

This magnificent square is thus a perfect place, to drink or eat,which you have to go and visit, be it day or night!!


published by Thibaut Ammouial

Toulouse Business School


Discovering Barcelona

The Corte Ingles on Plaza Catalunya, the central square of Barcelona.

Hi, I’m Thibaut I’m 19 years old and I’ve been in Barcelona for 5 months now. Having done my semester of expatriation here, I wanted to stay there to do my internship because I like it a lot in this city!

First of all what I really appreciate is the ideal climate! Also, one of the things that impressed me the most was the crowd in the streets, at all hours and every day there are people walking around, that makes the city very lively. One place I love to go is La Boqueria, this market is beautiful and very friendly. Then I continue down the Rambla to Barceloneta where I walk along the sea or jog, which is very pleasant. The possibility of being able to move around the city at any time makes it easier to discover the city, indeed the metro, tram, bus or even taxis allow great mobility! All the elements are combined to discover and enjoy the city to the fullest.

Barcelona really seems to be a city that offers something for everybody: from great food to art, sunny weather and the beach, and fantastic architecture.

And in winter it is posisble to go to the mountains to ski, only one and a half hour by car or public transport.

An activity you can spend a lot of time on in  Barcelona is shopping! Indeed, there are so many different styles and stores that we are spoilt for choice. I go a lot to the many Zara shops that are located around  Plaza Catalunya or also to the Cortes Inglès wharehouse where you can find absolutely anything you want.

When my French friends came to see me during their holidays, we went shopping in the famous avenue Passeig de Gracia, just next to Plaza Catalunya. We really liked it because there are the most famous brands in the world and we had an excellent afternoon. We then spent the evening in the “El Born” district where we ate in a very good restaurant , a tapas bar called “La Bona Sort”. My friends loved Barcelona and only want to come back!

I can’t wait to spend my first summer in Barcelona to enjoy the sun and the beach or its many rooftops where pool parties are organized! One thing I’ve also heard a lot about is the brunches that are held on Sunday afternoons on Montjuic hill. So I look forward to the start of the many festivities !




Mobile World Congress 2019 Barcelona

For who is coming for The GSMA, Mobile World Congress of the next year (2019), this is the article that you were looking for!

From now, what we surely know is the next appointment for the GSMA: from the 25th until  the 28th of February 2019.

But let’s see what the GSMA is….

First of all, The Mobile World Congress is not only an exhibition for the mobile industry but it represents new technologies, devices, mobile operators from all over the world: here customers and sellers can meet, talk, exchange ideas and opinions, sign contracts and more!

Since 2011, Barcelona has been hosting the event, and will continue to do so until 2023.

For the 2018 edition, from the 26th of February to the 1st of March, the exhibition was hosted in two big pavillions, but in different locations:

  • 1)    Flra Gan Via, Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • 2)   Flra Monjuic, Avda. Reina Maria Cristina, s/n 08004, Barcelona

You can easily reach the two locations by use of the excellent public transportation of Barcelona:

Here below you can find the Google Maps’ directions for both pavillions:

Probabily the 2019 edition will be in the same place but stay turned on our website for updates on the Mobile World Congress 2019 !!



Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra

Barcelona by night

In my opinion no hotel in Barcelona offers any thing so spectacular than the beautiful view from the balconies of our hotel. Ancient buildings, busy crowds  and vibrant city scenes make the view of the most popular square of Barcelona, Plaça Catalunya, a unique and real painting.

View of Plaça Catalunya

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I took amazing pictures while the sun was going down: the main ground is filled by the shapes of sails and the background seems to be on fire thanks to the hot colours of the burning sun.

Sunset from Palau de Mar

Then I walked to the modern bridge (Rambla de Mar), reaching Mare Magnum (have a look to the specific article:

From here I looked towards Montjuic and the reflection of the street lights mirrored in the sea.

It was a real romantic moment and the clouds made the athmosphere more involving!

I would reccomend to visit these places around sunsets. I am sure that I will remember this experience in Barcelona forever.

Sunset from MareMagnum


Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra

Citadel Park

Good morning from the “Citadel Park”, the biggest park in Barcelona’s city center!

From the Arc de Triomphe I walked straight on the big boulevard until one of the ten entrances of the park. The first thing that I saw was this big fountain on my right side with these nice chameleons. Just in front of the fountain there is this huge greenhouse with a big plant variety.

Jardins Fontserè i Mestre


Initially the park was constructed by decision of Felipe V , in the 1714, in order to build a fortification for their army. At a later time, for the Great Exposition on the 1888, the park was entrusted to the town planner Josep Fonteseré, who with the collaboration of the little Antoni Gaudí,  created an astonishing park.

The park has a free access and it is open from 8:00 to 20:00 (October-March) and from 8:00 to 21:00 (April-September).

A caption of a ordinary sunny afternoon

Visitors of the park usually go for a run, have a pic-nic or just a walk with the family. It was really nice see how many kids can enjoy this safe park under the hot sun of Barcelona!


I would advice to the tourists to rent a bike if you are in Barcelona for a short period of time: the good weather and the little incline of the street let you visit everything faster in a eco-friendly way. Everywhere in the city you can find cheap red bikes.

Some tourists use segways too, with a personal guide. Open the link above if you need further information:


Walking in the park you will certainly notice the famous Parliament, a huge historical palace.

Catalonia’s Parliament

Another interesting sculpture inside the park is the enormous rock mammoth 3.5m long and 5.5m wide. The first time I saw it I felt so small in front of this prehistoric giant! It is a must-see attraction for everybody!


The last important attraction in the park,  is the wine-stone fountain: it is a huge construction made of an Arc de Triomphe with two canopies in the both sides. Some of the decorations were designed by Antonio Gaudì, who helped Josep Fonteseré in the fountain’s fulfillment. The fountain’s theme is the birth of  Venere’s birth and the most famous sculpture is situated on the highest point of the monument, Cuádriga de la Aurora.


I will recommend  the last attraction of the park, although you have to pay for the entrance: the big Barcelona Zoo.

Here below you can find the link of Zoo Barcelona’s official page if you desire to book tickets in advance:

Zoo de Barcelona

Valeria – Hotel Ginebra

Launch of ADA – Timeline

Our previous article was about the introduction of ADA, the third generation crypto coin, as payment for your stay in Hotel Ginebra.

Immediately we have received many inquieries and also our tweet has been re-tweeted many times, clearly showing great public interest in this initiative.

Currently the payment platform to pay with ADA (named after the brilliant   mathematician Ada Lovelace,  ( )  is under development.

We are doing our best to launch our platform some time in December 2017.  Obviously the system needs to be tested and deemed reliable and safe.

Here at Hotel Ginebra we are as enthusiastic as you are, so we promise you that the project is going ahead full speed.

We will post updates regularly and also tweet our progress.

Thank you very much for your kind interest and enthusiasm, and see you soon at Hotel Ginebra in Barcelona with ADA.





現在、ADAで支払う支払いプラットフォーム(華麗な数学者、Ada Lovelace(の名前が付けられています)が開発中です。




あなたのご好意と熱意に感謝し、バルセロナのHotel GinebraですぐにADAでお会いしましょう。


The Sagrada Familia

How can you visit Barcelona without visiting the Sagrada Familia?

Master piece of Antoni Gaudi, it’s construction began in 1882 and is continuing to this day. It is the most visited monument of Spain: 125 meters of neo-gothic architecture that has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Living only 300 meters away from the Sagrada Familia i was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the view everyday, and i still haven’t grown bored of it.

If you plan on visiting it is advisable that you book tickets in advance as there are a lot of people who wish to visit.

You may book your reservation at and remember to use the code PROMO2017 for a 7,50 euro discount.

For transportation you can take the L4 metro line from either Plaza Urquinaona or Passeig de gracia. For more information you can visit

Puerta del Angel – Angel’s Gate

Every year, thousands of travellers come knocking at the door of the angels` at Barcelona.

“What is this door and to where does it lead?” You may ask.

The original name of Angel’s Gate is of course in Spanish ´”Puerta Del Angel”. While there is no physical door or gate, Puerta Del Angel is one of the entrance points to the “Barrio Gotico”/ the gothic part of Barcelona.

Along the way, you will find many shops and restaurants and of course many examples of the amazing architecture you can find everywhere in Barcelona.

On your way down the Puerta Del Angel, you will encounter The Barcelona Cathedral. This cathedral has been constructed in the 13th Century, and  has a rich history. Allthought not one of the most famous landmarks of Barcelona, a visit is highly recommendable.   Due to your incredible strategic advantage of booking your stay at Hotel Ginebra, Puerta Del Angel is just a two-minute walk from the hotel!


And of course…

Do not let us tell you all about it, come and find out about the beauty of Barcelona yourself!

-Hotel Ginebra