WFS Europe 2023 is getting closer by the minute!
As you know, this year’s edition will be held in the beautiful city of Sevilla. So we’ve written this article to help you enhance your WFS experience even further! Here you’ll find great tips for planning your trip as well as incredible deals and opportunities brought to you by our partners.
What you can expect from this article:
- History of Sevilla
- Getting there
- Accommodation and how to get to WFS Europe
- What to do in Sevilla
Let’s start with a little bit of history, shall we?
Sevilla is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia and is approximately 2,200 years old. Its old town area contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising three buildings: the Alcázar palace, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
In almost every corner of the city you will find its streets and buildings are filled with history and multicultural influences from the passage of various civilisations instrumental to its growth. From the Roman city of Hispalis, the Islamic conquest in 711, the Caliphate of Córdoba in the 11th century, as well as Baroque influence from the 17th century, Sevilla is a city with a personality of its own and a large well-preserved historical legacy.
Getting to Sevilla
One of the perks of hosting WFS Europe in such an emblematic city for the Spanish culture, is that Sevilla is a very well connected area. You can get there by train from Madrid, Barcelona or Córdoba, taking advantage of the 10% discount that RENFE, our Official Transport Partner, is offering to all WFS Europe’s attendees. This is an excellent way to sit back, relax and get some work done thanks to their WIFI included trains prior to your arrival at Santa Justa Station, only a short walk away from the city center of Sevilla.
You can also get there by plane, landing on Sevilla ‘s airport, also known as Aeropuerto de San Pablo. An option only 15 minutes away by car from the city center.
Where to stay and how to get to the WFS Europe venue
As you probably know, World Football Summit Europe is our flagship event, and after 7 editions organising it, we know that 48 hours of networking and learning can be tough and tiring.
WFS Europe will take place, for the second time, in FIBES Palacio de Congresos in Avenida Alcalde Luis Uruñuela. So you might want to consider accommodation options that are close to the venue:
This year, Barceló Hotels and Resorts has joined WFS as Accommodation Partner and will provide our attendees with a 5% discount on their bookings. You can choose between Hotel Occidental Sevilla Viapol or Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento. We assure you’ll be well rested, relaxed and prepared for two consecutive days of football industry action with us. But WAIT! It just keeps getting better and better, as they’ll be hosting an exclusive icebreaker cocktail for all attendees on the evening of the 19th of September at the Hotel Occidental Viapol. So make sure you don’t miss it!
And, if you need a dedicated travel agency who can offer a tailored experience while leveraging the experience as a sports travel operator, be sure to check out how BCD Sport can help you.
After a great night’s sleep at either of Barceló’s hotels, you’ll be happy to know that Bus For Fun, our official Mobility Partner, will be picking you up from the hotel and taking you straight to FIBES and back! So no need to take a cab or figure out what route to take! It’s a great opportunity to start connecting with other industry professionals since before the event even starts!
Ok, but what can I do in Sevilla aside from the event?
We know that traveling to Spain is always exciting, and while you’re joining us on a business trip, you probably want to do some sightseeing too. So don’t worry! We got you covered.
Our WFS Europe City Partners, Sevilla City Office and Ayuntamiento de Sevilla can help you make your experience in the Andalusian Capital a great one. If you visit Sevilla.org or Sevilla City Office you can plan everything from where to eat, what monuments to visit and even how to get around in the area. There’s so much to do that we’re certain that you’ll leave Sevilla wanting to come back soon.
Five of our favourite places in Sevilla:
- Plaza de España – An iconic and majestic place to visit in Sevilla. This plaza was designed by sevillian architect Aníbal González for the Iberoamerican Exhibition of 1929. The size of this plaza will leave you speechless, with its 50.000 square meters, this is one of the most beautiful places in Spain.
- Las Setas de Sevilla – A very modern monument, perfect for sunset pictures as you contemplate one of the most beautiful landscapes the city has to offer. If you recall, we hosted last year’s FIF edition there!
- The Alcázar Palace – A Royal residence used by the Royal family and other personalities, composed of several buildings from different eras. The original building was built over a roman settlement and later on it went on to be a Paleochristian Basilica. This Palace has been influenced by many cultures and moments in history.
- La Torre del Oro (Tower of gold) – A 36 meter high tower adjacent to the Guadalquivir river. It used to be part of the old walls that defended the Alcazar.
- The Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede – This is the biggest gothic cathedral in the world and third biggest Christian temple in all of Europe. An architectonic masterpiece, a multicultural legacy and a historic monument you won’t want to miss!
As we said, there is so much that Sevilla has to offer that just picking our top 5 was a very hard task.
We hope you are as excited to visit Sevilla as we are of hosting you there! If you have any doubts about the perks, the city or anything regarding the event, don’t hesitate to get in touch.