About Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's old city is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful and romantic in Europe. Its small streets, little shops, and renowned architecture invite you to explore every corner of this charming area.

History, traditions, art, design, culture, and business make Barcelona a destination to be experienced. With more than five kilometres of beaches; two marinas; the most superb and unique modern architecture in the world; art and buildings by Picasso, Gaudí, and Miró; and great cultural attractions, Barcelona is one of the top 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. For the first time this year, Fira Gran Via was also the venue for Mobile World Congress 2013.

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

Hotel & lodging

For HP Discover 2013, accommodation has 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 & 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, 181 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 conference 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, December 4 and Wednesday, December 18, 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 conference 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 October 25, 2013. (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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