Temps de Flors in Girona: the prettiest festival of primavera

We're only a couple of days away from the start of the one of the most picturesque festivals in Catalunya - Girona's Temps de Flora festival. First celebrated in 1954, the flower festival has been celebrated annually since 1956, with visitors coming from all over the...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in May

Festival season is beginning, and you can still have fun even if you've missed out on Primavera Sound tickets! We have the details of three free festivals happening in and around Barcelona this month, along with some other fun events!  Drink'n'Draw  This massively...

Sant Jordi: a day of books and roses

Our favourite Barcelona festival is coming up this Sunday - El Diada de Sant Jordi, a Catalan celebration of the national patron saint. The legend goes that Sant Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess. Out of the blood of the dragon a rose blossomed, which he offered...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in April

Spring is well and truly here, so get out to enjoy the best cultural events Barcelona has to offer. You can leave your winter coat - and your wallet - at home!  Listen to some classical music As part of the Maria Canals music competition, there is a grand piano...

Five things to do in rainy Barcelona

Barcelona is usually a city of blue skies and sunshine, but the weather forecast for this weekend is looking stormy. When it's overcast, going to the beach or drinking a caña on a terrace just isn't appealing, so if you're stuck for ideas of rainy-day activities we've...

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,...

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...

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...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in December

The festive season is upon us, and there's lots to see and do in the city this month, so wrap up warm and get out there to sample the best of Barcelona at Christmas time! Born de Cançons This free concert features Max Villavecchia, a Catalan musician who studied...