What's on in Barcelona
The Grec is one of Barcelona's major annual festivals, with events including music, theatre, dance and circus...
Tickets can be booked online (via Telentrada), but obtaining tickets and information is probably going to be much easier from the ticket and information office at the top of the Portal de l'Àngel, in the south-east corner of the Plaza Catalunya.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for a lamentably short period, there's open-air cinema, proceeded by a live music (21.00), the film starting at 22.00, under the walls on the fort on Montjuic (free bus service from the Plaza España).
Bring your picnic supper along beforehand and enjoy some live jazz to go with it. A cool way to spend a hot summer night.
- We liked: The walk round the castle walls afterwards in the moonlight
- Not so hot: Some of the films on the programme... But hey, I'm going for the picnic
- Info: Catalan only
Gràcia, once separated from Barcelona by green fields, is now one of its more bohemian districts, much loved by those into ethnic restaurants and spending the day lounging on café terraces as well as being home to Barcelona's punks and squatters. It is also home to one of the more vibrant street festivals, with 600 events (dance, theatre, music...) over 9 nights.
The neatly designed site has the basic information about what's on...
- We liked: The annual competition to decorate the streets
- Too hot: Barcelona in August
Concerts coming up in Barcelona include Mark Knopfler (Poble Espanyol, July 31); Fito & Fitipaldis (Palau Sant Jordi, September 19); U2 (Palau Sant Jordi, October 5 and 6).
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.
The first chance to see Barça is August 5, in the pre-season Joan Gamper Trophy game, Barça vs Roma. After that, there's the European Super Cup, Barça vs Sevilla (August 11) and the Spanish Super Cup second leg, Barça vs Athletic Bilbao (August 17).
Barça kick off La Liga away to Bilbao (August 23) -- making that three Barça-Athletic games in 10 days, and with Barça already possibly having won three trophies before the real football gets under way. The first home game in La Liga is Barça vs Málaga (August 29), with the next home game after that, Barça vs Levante, not until September 20.
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).
The next chance to see Espanyol in action is Espanyol vs Betis (August 9), in the Ciutat de Barcelona Trophy game, with La Liga kicking off with Espanyol vs Getafe (August 23), with the next home game after that a big one, Espanyol vs Real Madrid September 13).
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.