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About Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in Europe. Its patchwork design of medieval and modern architecture gives a dramatic skyline to this culturally diverse city.

The city is divided into different areas or 'barrios', each with its own distinctive character, and perfectly spaced to explore the historic streets on foot. Picasso, Gaudí, and Miró all lived and worked in Barcelona and their influence on the cityscape is still evident today. With more than 5 kilometers of beaches, two marinas, exciting boutique shopping and world-class cuisine, it's easy to see why this vibrant and cosmopolitan city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

Exploring the city

Plan to explore Barcelona around HP Discover. Find recommendations for restaurants and places of interest as well as ideas from Spain’s official tourism website.

Fira Gran Via Venue

This year‘s venue for HP Discover is the Fira Gran Via Barcelona. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, it boasts state-of-the-art trade fair technology and over 200,000 m² of exhibition space. Whilst the fairgrounds are extensive, halls are connected with an airy skywalk that makes the halls feel very close together and decreases walking time between halls.

Fira Gran Via is located approximately 15 minutes from Barcelona El Prat International Airport. Visit the venue website for more information.

Hotel and lodging

For HP Discover 2014, accommodations have been secured at preferential rates at over 30 hotels in Barcelona.

Learn more about hotel accommodations, including options, booking, payments, rates, and terms.

Visa information and travel documentation

All attendees travelling to Spain must present an approved travel document (passport or identity card) and attendees from many countries will require a visa to enter the country.

Attendees are encouraged to apply for visas as early as possible, and to ensure all requested documentation is submitted with the application. Review a list of countries requiring a visa (PDF, 170 KB).

Find the Spanish embassy or consulate where your visa will be issued.

A request for a visa letter of invitation can be submitted during registration. Visa invitation letters will be produced by HP and forwarded directly to the attendee. Visa invitation letters will only be provided when full payment has been received for your event pass (if required) and all visa letter information has been submitted via the registration process.

Visa invitations will be valid for a 2 week period, between Wednesday, November 26 and Tuesday, December 9 and may not be extended.

It is the attendee’s responsibility to contact their local consulate regarding the lead time for visa processing. Visa invitation letters will be issued 7 to 9 working days following the receipt of full payment for event fees and completed information.

Due to the time it takes for visa applications to be processed, we recommend that visa letter information and full payment be submitted no later than Friday, October 17, 2014. Please note – this date may be earlier depending on local consulate requirements. Requests received after this time will be processed in good faith, however timelines cannot be guaranteed.

It is the attendee’s responsibility to complete the visa application process and HP cannot take responsibility for an unsuccessful visa application.

If you have any questions, please contact the HP Discover visa support team.

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+44 (0) 208 735 2005
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Hotel support

+49 (0) 7433 9991 50
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