The nine best Barcelona Instagrams to follow

Barcelona is an incredibly photogenic city and it's pretty hot with Instagrammers, with over 26 million photos hashtagged #barcelona on the popular photo-sharing platform. A great way to share images and find inspiration within your community, we thought we'd share...

Spanish vocabulary for the flea market

As well as a permanent flea market - Les Encants - Barcelona has a different market on almost every weekend, with prices ranging from the higher end (Palo Alto, Barcelona Vintage Market) to the flea market prices where you can find some real bargains (El Flea,...

Six free things to do in Barcelona in March

Spring has finally sprung! The sun is out, the temperature is up and what better way to celebrate than getting out and about and enjoying the best of what Barcelona has to offer! Check out these six great events, all absolutely free of charge! Join the International...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

Valentine's Day isn't particularly popular in Barcelona - the Catalans celebrate love and romance on Sant Jordi, a festival where people exchange books and roses. But if you do want to celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner, don't worry - even though Barcelona...

Which Barcelona expat tribe do you belong to?

Barcelona has one of the largest expat populations in Spain, with foreigners making up 17% of the general population. People are drawn to the city for all sorts of reasons - so which Barcelona expat tribe do you belong to? The tech-heads You've come to Barcelona to...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in February

February can be a bit of a blah month in Barcelona. Everyone is fed up with winter but summer still feels like ages away. But not to worry, there are lots of fun and free things in the calendar this month, with not one but three city festivals in February! Festes de...

How to gesture like a Spainard

Learning a language is incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it's also hard work. This week, take a break from grammar and learn these gestures instead, with no need to worry about pronunciation or conjugation - they will say it all for you! It might feel like...

Moving to Barcelona – should I learn Spanish or Catalan?

We get asked this question a lot by our students who are new to Barcelona and a bit unsure of the way that the Catalan-Spanish balance works in the city! It's a tricky one to answer, so we've put together some pros and cons of learning Spanish and learning Catalan so...

New year’s resolutions for Spanish learners

Every year we hear people making New Year's resolutions to do with giving something up (or quitting something), whether that's chocolate, or alcohol, or cigarettes. But why not make this year's resolutions something positive and constructive? We've put together a list...

The best books for English learners

Reading literature is a wonderful way of expanding your vocabulary and learning new structures, but it can be a frustrating experience when you are still learning, so it's important to choose books with interesting ideas and engaging characters. We've picked the...

American English vs British English

"Two countries separated by a common language" is how George Bernard Shaw described the relationship between the United States and Britain. While it's true that Americans and Brits can understand and communicate with one another perfectly well, there are some...