The 56th Barcelona International Boat Show opens in Port Vell next month with over 260 exhibitors expected to attend.

Around 670 boats will occupy the Moll d'Espanya and Moll de la Fusta quays from October 11-15, including international brands such as Beneteau, Jeanneau, CNB-Lagoon, Marina Estrella, Sunseeker, Touron, Yamaha, Zodiac and others. The event is expected to be 6% bigger than last year.

Barcelona's Port Vell will be home to the floating exhibition of boats of over 8m, most notably a fleet of 20 catamarans in the largest-ever grouping in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe.

On land there will be an exhibition of small boats and dinghies as well as the latest new products in electronics, engines, paints, sails, trailers, charters and nautical services.

Once again, the Seminars for Entrepreneurs and Startups will be held for the second time following its success last year. The initiative, which takes place every day of the show, will reveal innovative marine projects and includes networking sessions, an exhibition area and an investment forum.

A series of professional meetings is also planned to encourage new contacts and business deals between exhibitors and visitors, and a series of seminars, conferences, round tables, presentations of regattas and trophies and prize-giving ceremonies will be organised in the Espai del Mar area.