What's on in Barcelona
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March 16, 2014
After a public outcry when Barcelona town hall refused permission (I mean, I ask you, what town hall wants to promote sport, for goodness sake?!), the Barcelona Marathon is back, with 13,062 starters in 2011, on a route taking in a number of Barcelona's big sights (Nou Camp, the Pedrera, the Sagrada Familia, the Torre Agbar...).
Pictured, right, Barcelona-Online editor Tom Walton leads the field mid-way through the 1986 edition... [Er... "appears to lead"? Ed.].
- We liked: The website's countdown to the big day
- Not so hot: Er... maybe I'll wait till tomorrow to start training.
March sees the 56th edition of the Barcelona-Sitges vintage car rally. The winner depends on the car itself, not the time required to cover the 45km involved, with extra points going for dressing up appropriately.
To see the cars, go to Parc de la Ciutadella on the Saturday morning, or be in the Plaça St Jaume on the Sunday, before the rally starts at 11.00.
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Until July 5th
The program for the 25th edition of Barcelona's Guitar Festival includes Estopa, Luz, Rosario, Jorge Drexler, Crystal Fighters, The Stranglers...
Venues always include the wonderful Palau de la Música, L'Auditori, Luz de Gas and Bikini.
Coming up we have Franz Ferdinand (Sant Jordi Club, April 5); Katie Melua (Sant Jordi Club, April 17); the Primavera Sound Festival (Forum, May 29-31); the Sónar Festival (June 12-14); Miley Cyrus (Palau Sant Jordi, June 13); and One Direction (Estadi Olímpic, July 8)... not to mention Lady Gaga (Palau Sant Jordi, November 8, tickets on sale Feb 14, sold out Feb 15.)
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.
Of the exhibitions currently on in Barcelona, we particularly liked the following:
CaixaForum Until May 11
Le Corbusier: Un atlas de paisajes modernos
Given that they've won the Champions three times in the last eight seasons, there's perhaps some justification for the claim that Barça [website] are the best team in the world (though for non-football fans it's hard to understand quite what they all get so over-excited about).
Next chance to see Barça at home:
- Champions Barça vs Manchester City, March 12
- League Barça vs Osasuna, March 16
- League Barça vs Celta, March 26
- League Barça vs Betis, April 6
- Full fixture list
Also in the League, apart from the away game to city rivals Espanyol (see below), there's also the small matter of the away game against Real Madrid (March 23), not to mention the final of the Copa del Rey, also against Real Madrid, in Valencia on April 16.
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).
Next home games for Espanyol:
- League Espanyol vs Elche, March 9
- League Espanyol vs Levante, March 23
- League Espanyol vs Barça, March 29
- League Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano, April 13
- Full fixture list
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.