What's on in Barcelona
March sees the 59th 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.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan, etc
March 12, 2017
The Barcelona Marathon, now in its 39th edition, enjoys 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.
Coming up we have, among others Korn (Sant Jordi Club, March 18); Sting (Sant Jordi Club, March 21); Placebo (Sala Razzmatazz, April 27); Rick Astley (Teatre Barts, April 29); The Jesus and Mary Chain (Razzmatazz, April 29); Ricky Martin (Palau Sant Jordi, May 16); Van Morrison at the Primavera Sound Festival (June 3); Suzanne Vega (Razzmatazz, June 10); U2 (Estadi Olímpic, July 18); Lady Gaga (Palau Sant Jordi, September 22); plus a date, as yet unconfirmed, for the Rolling Stones.
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.
Coming up for Barça at home we have, in the league, Barça vs Valencia (March 19); Barça vs Sevilla (April 5); and Barça vs Real Sociedad (April 16); with the return leg of the Champions Quarter-final, Barça vs Juventus on April 19.
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 their 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).
Coming up at home for Espanyol, there's Espanyol vs Las Palmas (March 12) and Espanyol vs Betis (April 2).
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.