Accelerate in Barcelona

Accelerate in Barcelona

Accelerate Diagnostics has an office in Barcelona, Spain. One of the world's leading tourist, economic and cultural centers, Barcelona was named one of the 25 most livable cities in the world in 2015, as well as one of the top 30 Innovation Cities. The city is also home to numerous biotech companies, including Almirall, BCN Peptides, Ferrer and Menarini.

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  • Education

    Barcelona is home to four public universities — Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) — as well as numerous private universities. The city is also the seat of the network Instituto de Altos Estudios Universitarios (IAEU), which offers postgraduate programs. For international students, Barcelona is home to various international schools.

  • Arts & culture

    Barcelona houses a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. The City History Museum, situated in a medieval building that used to be a royal residence, explains the story of the city, and includes a visit to the Roman ruins in the museum’s basement. The city has many venues for live music and theatre, including the world-renowned Gran Teatre del Liceu opera theatre. The GREC festival takes place every summer and brings highly renowned performers and companies to Barcelona.

    Barcelona is home to the Sónar Music Festival, an electronica music festival split into three days, and Primavera Sound Festival, which has broader programming. The Barcelona and Catalonia National Symphonic Orchestra performs around 75 concerts per season at the Auditorium (l’Auditori).

  • Outdoors

    Montjuïc mountain is the perfect place for a leafy stroll with great views. Aside from the natural surroundings and spectacular vistas, you’ll find buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games, including the Palau Sant Jordi. Plaça Espanya, at the foot of Montjuïc, is the most common access point to the mountain, and where you can also visit the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe and the CaixaForum cultural centre.

    Walk through the Laribal gardens, designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier; visit the Tres Pins nursery, where plants are grown for gardens and municipal parks in the city; and tip your hat to the bronze statue of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the square of the same name.

Notable destinations

Sagrada Familia (Giant Basilica)
Designed by famous Barcelona architect Antonio Guadí, it is a breathtaking work of architecture that has been under construction since 1882

Las Ramblas
The city's most famous street, lined with unique shops, restaurants and buildings and performers every day

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
A light and music extravaganza

La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
Built in 1912, this Barcelona treasure was also designed by Guadí

Barcelona FC Museum
A must see for any football fan, the museum is filled with trophies, pictures and statues of the greats

Park Güell
A large park with amazing stone structures, colorful ceramic tiles and the house where Gaudi resided

Miro Museum & Picasso Museum
Experience two of Barcelona's finest artists

Plaça Reial
A charming square located off La Rambla, provides visitors a relaxing spot for coffee, food and Barcelona atmosphere

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