What's on in Barcelona
Barcelona's annual Comic Fair is hugely successful -- so much so that it's always absolutely packed. Go -- but perhaps only if you're a hard-core comic geek (dressing up for it optional).
Formula 1 comes to car-crazy Barcelona (or just outside Barcelona, at any rate) with the motorcyle GP taking place at the same venue in June.
June 2-4 2016
The Primavera Sound is one of Barcelona's top annual music festivals.
The 2016 line-up includes, among many others, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sigur Rós and Brian Wilson and a long etcetera, not all of whom, we confess, we'd actually ever heard of.
In 2015 it would have cost you €185 (unless you got one of the first 1,000 tickets that went on sale).
We're kind of potty about motorcycling here in Spain (it helps that we win just about everything going). Barcelona has its own GP, out at Montmeló.
As for how to get there, helicopter would be nice and convenient, but you could also go on train with everyone else who wasn't crazy enough to go by car.
Concerts coming up in Barcelona include Bruce Springsteen (Camp Nou, May 14); Adele (Palau Sant Jordi, May 24 and 25); Coldplay (Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, May 26&27); Amaral (Sant Jordi Club, June 11); Neil Young (Poble Espanyol, June 20); Rihanna (Palau Sant Jordi., July 21); Estopa (Palau Sant Jordi, October 15); Justin Bieber (Palau Sant Jordi, November 22) and The Cure (Palau Sant Jordi, November 26).
There are also the Primavera Sound (June 2—4) and the Sonar (June 16—18) festivals, both of which TimeOut included in its World's top 50 music festivals.
Among other summer festivals, we have the Cruïlla Barcelona festival (July 8-10), with conterts by Damien Rice, Bunbury, Love of Lesbian, Zoo, Ana Tijoux...)
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
There are two remaining games at the Nou Camp this season with, first, a potentially decisive local derby, Barça vs Espanyol (May 8), which could determine who wins La Liga this season. Mess up and Barça will be hoping the other game, the final of the Copa del Rey, Barça vs Espanyol (May 22), will salvage their season.
TimeOut Barcelona had an article recently on 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan) which you might find handy if you find you're not going to spend that kind of money on 90 minutes watching 22 blokes boot a bit of synthetic leather about.
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in a new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
Apart from that trip into the city, Espanyol have one home game remaining, on the last day of the season, against Eibar (May 15).
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.