Spanish vocabulary for talking about politics

After the political turbulence of the last few weeks, new regional elections have been called for the 20th of December. Whether you're fervently pro-independence, a passionate advocate of remaining within Spain or slightly confused by the whole situation, it's bound...

Our favourite things about winter in Barcelona

As autumn turns to winter and the nights get shorter, Barcelona seems like a completely different city to its summer self - but one that still has plenty of charm. Here are a few of our favourite things about winter in Barcelona!  Empty beaches It might be too cold to...

Hallowe’en traditions around the world

Hallowe'en is one of our favourite holidays and it's celebrated in different ways all over the world. Hallowe'en as we know it today originates in the pagan society of the Celts, the ancient inhabitants of Scotland and Ireland, and their autumn festival of Samhain,...

Autumnal culinary traditions in Catalunya

As the days shorten and nights get cooler, It's a good time to explore the rich culinary traditions of Catalunya. We've picked out our favourite foodie activities of the season, so read on for inspiration - and to work up an appetite! Hosting a castanyada At this time...

Getting the most out of your Spanish classes

It's back to school time, which means that it's time to dust off your Spanish books and settle in for another term of language learning. Check out our top tips to get the most out of your classes this year, and you'll be moving up the levels before you know it! Let go...

Four free things to do in Barcelona in October

October is almost here and summer is fading away. It's time to unpack your winter jumpers and put away your swimming costume. But even though Barcelona is an amazing summer city, there's still plenty going on this month, so put these events in your diary!  48H Open...

The Languages4Life guide to La Mercè

When the temperature starts to drop for autumn it means it's time for Barcelona's biggest and best street party. After a summer of neighbourhood festes majors, La Mercè rounds off the celebrations with countless performances, concerts, shows and cultural activities...

A guide to La Diada

If you're new in Barcelona, you might be wondering why all the shops are closed today. The 11th of September is La Diada, a date celebrated across Catalunya. It commemorates a battle at the end of the Spanish War of Succession, which was fought between Archduke...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in September

The holidays are over for most people, but that doesn't mean September has to be all work and no play! Check out our list of five free things to do in the city this month - perfect if you're feeling the post-holiday pinch! Love Come Down The Love Come Down DJs are...

The ten most important English phrases to know when travelling

The holidays are coming up! Even if you're not travelling to an English speaking country, English is the lingua franca across the world and people who work in airports, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions usually speak English. With that in mind, we've put...

Four free things to do in Barcelona in August

August is the month of holidays, but there's still lots to do if you're staying in town for the summer. Check out our pick of four free events happening this month! Barcelona Vegan Fair This monthly vegan fair hosts stalls selling natural cosmetics and toiletries,...

The best beaches near Barcelona

Barcelona has been voted the best beach city in the world, and it's amazing to live somewhere you can pop down to the beach for a swim after work! But at the weekend it's nice to escape the crowds of Barceloneta and head for a quieter beach. Luckily, there are loads...