Barcelona Welcome Pack

The ultimate guide to everything you need to know about our Barcelona Edition...

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Preparing for your arrival


Getting Here:


The countdown to adventure is on! By now, you may have already organized your flight to Barcelona. If not, here's a quick guide:

Barcelona has two major airports: El Prat (BCN) and Girona-Costa Brava (GRO).

El Prat is the main international airport, conveniently located just a short drive from the city center. Girona-Costa Brava is another option, located around an hour away from the center of Barcelona. 


Arrival Process


For those who opted for our shuttle service, a driver with a NOMA COLLECTIVE sign will be waiting to whisk you away to your destination. We'll have your flight information but if you're facing any flight delays, please DM us to ensure we're aware. 


If you prefer to organize your own transport, no worries! Taxis and rideshares like Uber are available at every airport. Barcelona's public transportation system is super easy to navigate and their buses/metro network provides easy access to various parts of the city.


If you opt for public transport, make sure to reach out to your Community Manager, they'll guide you through the process. 


Orientation


Now, once you've checked in at your apartment, this is where the fun really begins. Our welcome/kick-off ceremony will provide you with all the necessary information about your stay and give you the chance to meet your unique Noma community. 


Things you should know before you pack: 


Weather:

Barcelona's pleasant Mediterranean climate has hot summers and cool winters, making it comfortable for exploring. Barcelona’s summer (June-August) has hot dry days and cool evenings with highs of 84°F (29°C), whereas the winter season (December-February) is mild, with lows of 46°F (8°C) with some rain in spring and fall.

Fashion:

Barcelona is renowned for its diverse, eccentric, and eclectic fashion style. Whether you prefer to keep it casual or if every day is a runway, Barcelona is the perfect place to showcase your unique and personal style. Don't forget to pack a light jacket and comfortable shoes - You can be fashionable and sensible all at once. 


Tip: Wear the same clothes you would wear in your own city. 


General City Packing List:


  • Comfortable clothing
  • Small purse/handbag for city adventures
  • Sunglasses and hat for sunny days
  • Sunscreen for outdoor events
  • Light jacket or hoodie for cooler evenings
  • Sneakers or comfy shoes for walking
  • Portable phone charger for staying connected
  • Refillable water bottle for hydration
  • Small backpack or crossbody bag for essentials
  • Disposable rain poncho umbrella for unexpected showers
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Personal toiletries and meds
  • Cash or card - Euros are accepted everywhere




Communication


Important - all guest communication is on slack. 

Please click on the below image to join our Noma slack channel
Slack App is available on Web, Android and iOS. Please join Noma Collective on Slack clicking on the slack logo above.


When you join Noma Collective, you will see a list of channels on the left-hand side of the display. Please follow these links to join the channels: 


News And Events - For anything related to on-site events and activity sign-ups. @teamnoma uses this channel to let you know about the onsite event programme and daily announcements.


Onsite Chat - Think of this as your community conversation space, where you can share memes, have casual chats, see what people are up to and more!


#alumni - Once your trip is over you’ll get a VIP backstage pass to the entire Noma Collective Community. You’ll have access to exclusive perks, recommendations, advice, and alumni-only Editions.


You can also DM anyone by selecting their name in the bottom left which will enable you to discuss anything in private. 


Add a profile picture, pronouns and a short bio of current/previous job roles and any personal information of interest that you’d like to share in the ‘what I do’ section. This will help your fellow community members get to know you better!


If you have any questions for us, or any issues with anything on-site, please DM @TeamNoma. Also, if you’d like to flag anything in a general chat for our attention, simply add @TeamNoma to your post and we’ll pick it up. 


We will monitor Slack between 8 am and 8 pm daily, you will also have their Whatsapp number, so if there's an emergency, you can reach out to them via Whatsapp.   





Location


The Neighborhood - Eixample



Architectural Marvels:

Eixample is renowned for its exquisite architecture and streets lined with beautiful Modernista buildings designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Don't miss the iconic Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló!


Shopping Haven:

Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main avenues in Eixample, is a shopping paradise. You'll find luxury boutiques, international brands, and local shops. Stroll along this boulevard and indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy.


Gastronomic Delights:

Eixample offers an array of culinary delights, from traditional tapas bars to innovative restaurants. Be sure to savor the local Catalan cuisine, and explore the hidden gems of the Gràcia neighborhood, known for its bohemian vibe and diverse dining options.


Cultural Gems:

This area boasts a rich cultural scene. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) for a dose of contemporary art, or enjoy live performances at the Teatre Goya. Eixample is alive with creativity and cultural diversity.


Parks and Green Spaces:

Eixample is home to several picturesque parks where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Head to Parc de Joan Miró for a stroll or relax with a book under the shade of the trees.


Connectivity:

Navigating Eixample is easy, thanks to its well-connected public transportation system. The neighborhood has multiple metro stations and buses, making it simple to explore other parts of Barcelona.


Safety and Comfort:

Eixample is considered safe for both tourists and locals alike. However, as with any travel destination, it's always a good idea to remain vigilant and take basic precautions with your belongings.


Eixample's Unique Layout:

Eixample is known for its grid-like layout, designed by urban planner Ildefons Cerdà. This innovative design contributes to the neighborhood's open and airy feel.


Local Markets:

Engage with the local culture by visiting markets like Mercat de la Concepció and Mercat de la Boqueria. These markets offer fresh produce, local delicacies, and a chance to speak to friendly local vendors.



Food & Beverage 



If you're a foodie, Barcelona is the perfect place for you to be. Embark on a culinary adventure in Barcelona, from incredible tapas to seafood paella to refreshing sangria, and experience what makes Catalan cuisine so unique. 


Wander through bustling markets like Mercat de la Boqueria to taste fresh produce and local treats. Savor the uniqueness of Catalan cuisine with dishes like escalivada and butifarra amb mongetes. Taste the iconic flavors of Spain with a plate of seafood paella, filled with shrimp, mussels, and saffron-infused rice. This dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and can be made veg-friendly. 


Sharing is caring in Barcelona. Dive into a world of tapas with little plates and big flavors; sample some crispy croquetas, grilled octopus, patatas bravas, tortilla española and Padron peppers. Cool off with a refreshing glass of sangria, tinto de verano, or cava. The perfect way to relax in Barcelona after a long day.


In Barcelona, food is not just sustenance; it's an exploration of culture and history through the palate, inviting you to embark on a delicious journey of discovery. Embrace the tradition of Sobremesa and relax at the table long after you’ve finished eating.


When Going Offsite 


We're thrilled to provide you with a tailored Google Map showcasing our handpicked local hot spots. This map will be your ultimate guide for discovering hidden gems, must-see attractions, and our personal favorites. Get ready for effortless access to insider recommendations that will elevate your Barcelona adventure! 🗺️🌟


 Transportation 



Getting around Eixample, a central Barcelona neighborhood, is easy with its efficient and comprehensive public transportation system. The T-10 Card, priced at 11.35 Euro, allows you to access all modes of public transport, including metro, buses, and even the Montjuic funicular, which you can ride to the beautiful Montjuic gardens (with 10 rides included). 


For those who prefer to explore on foot, most of Barcelona's city center is easily reachable and beautiful to explore whilst walking. Additionally, various companies provide convenient scooter and bicycle rental services, often charged by the minute, allowing you to explore the streets of Eixample and beyond.



Safety Briefing

1. Stay Vigilant:

Barceolna is generally safe, but like any big city, it's important to stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables secure, especially in crowded areas.


2. Beware of Pickpockets:

Unfortunately, pickpocketing can occur in tourist areas. Keep your belongings close and avoid leaving bags unattended. Consider using a crossbody bag or money belt for added security.


3. Use Public Transportation Safely:

Barcelona's public transportation is efficient and a popular choice for getting around. If you're using the metro or buses, keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas.


4. Stay Safe at Night:

Barcelona has a vibrant nightlife, but ensure you're in well-lit and populated areas if out late and try to stay in groups. 


5.  Transportation Apps:

When using rideshare apps like Uber, verify the driver's details and vehicle before getting in. Always sit in the back seat, and let someone know your destination and expected arrival time.


6. Emergency Assistance:

In case of emergencies, dial 112 for police, fire, or medical assistance. The local police are known as "Mossos d'Esquadra." Keep essential contact numbers and identification with you at all times.


7. Respect Local Laws:

Respect local laws and customs, and avoid behaviors like public drunkenness or urination. Barcelona embraces diversity, but it's essential to respect local norms.


8. Use Trusted Services:

If you're exploring the city at night, stick to well-known transportation options like official taxis or rideshare services.


9. Stay Hydrated:

Barcelona's Mediterranean climate can get warm, especially in the summer. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to protect yourself.


10. Trust Your Instincts:

If something feels wrong, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation if needed. Don't hesitate to seek help or support from your Community Manager or the Noma Collective team.


Remember, your Community Manager and the Noma Collective team are here to support you. If you ever have any concerns or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out.







Work 

Your Digital Nomad Guide 



As digital nomads ourselves, we understand the importance of a flexible work environment, and in Barcelona, we've got you covered. 


There are dedicated workspaces within all of our apartments, providing you with cozy spots to work. If you require more privacy for calls or focused work, some of our rooms also offer comfortable private desk areas. All of these areas have great WiFi and your Community Manager is just a Slack message away if you need anything.


Barcelona offers a variety of co-working spaces within walking distance, and we collaborate with a local spot, so if you're interested in purchasing a discounted co-working pass here, give us a shout, and we can organize it for you. 


We're committed to ensuring you have the perfect workspace for a productive and enjoyable Noma experience in Barcelona.







Community


Our community, events and code of conduct



Events Schedule


You'll receive a shared Google schedule two weeks before arrival, so you know what to expect when you arrive.  

Sign-up: We announce the weekly events schedule on Slack every Monday morning which includes at least one event a day, offering something for everyone.


The events consist of 4 categories:


Wellbeing: Yoga classes are included as part of your package. You can also take part in HIIT classes or running.


Adventure: We embark on weekly adventures to uncover the city's hidden gems. We work with two Local Community Managers, your guides to Barcelona's hidden gems and secret spots. Weekly group excursions range from walking tours, bike tours and day trips.


Community: We host various community events including a weekly family dinners and brunches.


Professional Growth: Noma community members have the chance to host workshops that focus on their professional background or personal interest/skill. 




Code of Conduct 


We are a diverse and inclusive community, committed to supporting one another in our shared journey. Please extend your support to those organizing events and don't hesitate to ask questions; there are no such things as 'stupid questions' or 'boring events.'


At Noma, the safety and comfort of every member are paramount. We have solo travelers and staggered arrivals, so let's make every newcomer feel genuinely welcome and supported in their experience.


**Respect and Consideration:**


Noma attracts individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and ideologies. It's essential to be mindful of this diversity. Avoid making comments or jokes related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, divisive political figures, or national stereotypes. Let's practice empathy and understanding at all times.


**Respectful Communication:**


In our community, respectful communication is paramount. We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior such as sexual references, innuendos and passes that could make others uncomfortable. Let's foster an atmosphere of professionalism and mutual respect, ensuring everyone feels secure and valued.


**Ensuring Safety:**


1. Consent Matters: Never touch someone without their clear and enthusiastic consent.

2. Respect Personal Space: Everyone deserves their privacy and personal space; please respect their boundaries.

3. Reporting Concerns: If you witness any unsavory, criminal, or unwelcome behavior, please report it to a member of the resort staff immediately. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation and are unsure how to handle it, Team Noma is always available to assist.


**Maintaining Confidentiality:**


We value discretion and will handle issues with utmost sensitivity, unless you specify otherwise. Reach out to us at @TeamNoma if you have concerns or need assistance.


Thank you for making Noma a safe, respectful, and supportive community for everyone.


We believe in creating a respectful and harmonious environment where everyone can thrive and enjoy their Noma experience to the fullest.







Leaving Process


Leaving Ceremony 


Our leaving ceremony is a space to share how it was to spend a month in the exciting and vibrant city of Barcelona! Expect wine, cheese and endless entertaining stories.

Here, we will hold a Community Forum, where you can share feedback about your experience to help us continue to grow, improve and keep curating exceptional adventures you love.


Transfers to the Airport 

We provide shuttles to the airport when you leave, but if you prefer to make your own way, please let us know so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


Finally, sit back, relax and start counting down the days until you arrive in Barcelona! We can't wait to see you and show you around one of our favorite places - it's going to be an incredible adventure.