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Fira de Barcelona: Everything You Need to Know About Its Sites

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Written by Daniella

If you’re thinking of visiting Barcelona or moving there, we bet you’ve heard of the Fira de Barcelona. This famous venue exists of two sites and is the epicentre of numerous events and gatherings that attract both locals and visitors from all over the world.

Thousands of people come to Barcelona every year to experience some sort of event at the Fira de Barcelona, and that is why today’s article by ShBarcelona will tell you all about what you need to know about the Fira in general and its sites.

What is the Fira de Barcelona?

The Fira de Barcelona is an event and exhibition centre of over 90 years old. Ever since its creation in 1929, it has, both nationally and internationally, been a benchmark for the trade fair and conference sector. During all these years it has become one of the most important trade fair and event venues in Europe.

There are two sites at the moment: Recinto Gran Via, for larger events and fairs, and Recinto Montjuïc, for smaller events involving less material and fewer people.

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Recinto Montjuïc (or Montjuïc site)

The Montjuïc exhibition location of the Fira de Barcelona was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition. It is located in the city of Barcelona, right next to the Plaza España. 

It is seen as one of the most important and iconic exhibition centres in the world. Its splendid location, easy access, and capacity make it so it can be adapted to any kind of event. Key events that are held here are:

  • Barcelona Wine Week
  • E-Show Barcelona
  • Saló de l’Ensenyament
  • Comic Barcelona
  • B-Travel
  • Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
  • Oktoberfest Barcelona
  • Manga Barcelona

There are several transport options to choose from when travelling to the Fira de Barcelona, the Montjuïc site. They are:


You can take the metro and get off at the Espanya stop (lines 1 and 3), which just takes a 3-minute walk to the entrance of the venue.


An ideal means of transport is the bus, as there are many bus stops throughout the entire city. You can take: the D20, D40, H12, H16, V7, 13, 23, 46, 65, 52, 79, 91, 109, 150 and the 165. They all connect to the Plaza España.


  • It takes about 15 minutes of walking from the Estación de Sants (Sants train station), but you can also use a second means of transport from the station.
  • You can also take FGC lines: the L8, S3, S4, S8, S9, R5, R6, R50 or the R60, and then exit at the Espanya stop.


You can book a taxi in advance or catch one that's free by hailing one, and ask them to drive you to the Fira de Barcelona. Make sure to mention you need to go the Recinto Montjuïc.

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Congress in the city of Barcelona (Photo via Unsplash)

Recinto Gran Via (or Gran Via site)

The Gran Via site of the Fira de Barcelona was designed by Toyo Ito and built in 2007. It is located very close to the city of Barcelona, in Hospitalet de Llobregat. 

The exhibition centre is one of the largest and most modern ones in Europe. Its design and functionalities are based on the most advanced and innovative technological techniques available. Some of the most important events that are held here are:

  • Mobile World Congress (MWC)
  • The District
  • Smart City Expo World Congress
  • MetalBarcelona y Robomática
  • UITP Summit
  • Construmat
  • Shoptalk Europe
  • BCN Cybersecurity Congress

There are different options when travelling to the Fira de Barcelona with location Gran Via. Some of them are:


You cab take the metro and get off at the Europa | Fira stop (line 9 Sud) or the Foc stop (line 10 Sud).


Lines H12, V1, 46, 65 and 79 take you to the exhibition centre.


  • You can take any of the following FCS lines: L8, S3, S4, S8, R5, R6, R50 or R60, and exit at the Europa | Fira station.
  • Or you can travel to the Estación de Sants (Sants train station) and take a different means of public transport from there. 


You can hail a taxi anywhere in the city and ask them to bring you to the Fira de Barcelona. Just make sure to mention you want to end up at the Recinto Gran Via.

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The versatility of the Fira de Barcelona makes it easily adaptable to any kind of event. That’s why so many events have already taken place there, like art exhibitions, concerts, music festivals, theatre shows, dance shows, and many others that are typical for Barcelona’s cultural life

ShBarcelona understands the importance of finding the right accommodation for you. If you need to find a place to sleep near any of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre sites, please check our vast portfolio with rental options in the area.

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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