Sants District of Barcelona - Great for Business Accommodation and Spanish quiet vacations
The Sants district of Barcelona is a good choice if you are looking for business accommodation, or a good place to stay with fast and easy access to both the coast, and the city of Madrid itself. The Sants vicinity has a reputation for being one of the more tranquil districts of Barcelona. It is a nice, quiet residential area, sprinkled liberally with excellent restaurants and cafes, and many people choose to visit here for the peace and quiet, as much as for the business and networking opportunities though it is not ideal for vacations.
It has good public transport with the city centre, and the Sants Estacio railway station will get you to the airport which is also just 25 minutes by taxi, but it is also a major rail transport hub which connects you to many other towns and cities in Spain. The AVE high speed train gets you to Madrid in under two and three-quarter hours. You can also get to the city centre in 15 minutes by metro and the FIRA exhibition centre, with its trade fairs and other business events is very close to Sants; hence its popularity for business accommodation during the exhibitions.
Sants itself falls within the district of Sants-Montjuïc, which lies just north of l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, and borders the well known district of Eixample on the northeastern side. With convenient access to the city of Barcelona, Sants enjoys the best of both worlds - tranquility, and convenient access to the city.
The history of Sants is quite unusual, in that until 1897 it was an entirely separate and independent village, with nothing more to do with Barcelona than transportation links. The village had a reputation for being a place of industry, particularly textiles, with some of the most notable Spanish textile manufacturers based here. In 1897, the village of Sants officially became a part of the city of Barcelona and a very important part too. However, its original independence has lent it an identity which is still clearly noticeable today. Sants feels different, with a culture and community feel that is recognizable from the first moment you set foot here.
Sants has a quiet, independent history, with little to do or see for the tourist. Even though, one of the most commercial streets anywhere in Barcelona runs through the district, and the Carretera de Sants is home to a wide number of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes, you are better to based yourself elsewhere in Barcelona if you are on vacation.
Barcelona has a reputation for being one of the most important places in Europe for trade fairs, conferences and business meetings. With a wealth of short lease apartments ideal for small business groups to use as temporary offices, a wealth of trade shows, conferences and shows, some of the most convenient and quick transport facilities anywhere on the continent, as well as unrivalled weather and scenic beauty, Barcelona has certainly earned its reputation.
Because it is home to the Fira de Barcelona, one of the most important trade fairs in the world, the Sants district is pivotal as a way for companies and businesses to promote themselves, their projects and their ideas, but has little else going for it. Barcelona’s association with such events started with the Universal Exposition in 1888, and since 1920 Sants has played host to the largest European trade fair, the Fira de Barcelona, with over 80 exhibitions, and nearly four million visitors.
Just last year a new station was opened in Sants, providing access to Spain’s Alta Velocidad Española, or AVE - the high speed train service which connects a number of key cities and locations within Spain on a dedicated line. These high speed trains travel at up to 300 kilometres and hour, and the new station at Sants allows travel to Madrid to be accomplished in just over two and a half hours. Considering that Madrid and Barcelona are over 620 kilometres apart, this is a remarkable feet, and is yet another advantage when it comes to organizing and planning business meetings, conferences and shows.
Being able to be a part of the Fira de Barcelona, or one of the many other trade shows, and have access to Barcelona’s wealth of top class short term lease apartments, most of them fully kitted out with high speed internet access and facilities which make them ideal for business meetings represents an ideal situation itself. Being able to head over to Madrid for lunch, and be back in Barcelona for dinner makes Sants a good location in Europe for those seeking a quiet, tranquil and secure setting for business meetings and accommodation.
So, whether you are looking for a quiet suburb, offering peace and quiet, with top class cuisine and easy access to the city, or somewhere to hold a business conference, the opportunities in the Sants District of Barcelona offer a good combination of cost and convenience for trade shows, exhibitions and business meetings. Short term leases are widely available, including a wide range of luxury apartments suitable for quality business accommodation.