Architect Le Corbusier wrote, “Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future.” And still today, the capital of Cataluña remains as much a guardian of its illuminated Gaudí architecture as it does a city which is perhaps the keenest in Spain to embrace the latest trends of international modern culture.
The spring-summer season in Barcelona is glorious. With the exception of the August humidity which, depending on the year, can send even the greatest sun worshipper running straight into the ocean, the months from May to October are out-and-about heaven. Good thing, then, that there is so much organised culture in this city, as if the natural blessings of the lesser-trodden Catalan coves along the Mediterranean coastline, and the cool air of the Pyrenees weren’t enough.
Cinema? A breath of fresh air!
You’ll find your outdoor screen supreme (‘Sala Montjuïc’) in Fossat de Santa Eulàlia moat at Montjuïc Castle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays across the dedicated season. There is a mini concert, a short-film and a full-length film included in the €6 ticket price. Take a taxi up from Plaza España; it’s the easiest way to not get lost, and to make the adverts. Going up to this area of expansive Montjuïc enables you to enjoy the impressive views over the cargo and cruise ship ports, should you go up earlier in the day and have a nosey around the castle grounds. For the film fun, pack a picnic and relax, safe in the knowledge that you can also rent a hammock. From 1 July to 5 August 2016 www.salamontjuic.org
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It’s all Greek to me
Brincabros at The Festival del Teatre Grec
The Festival del Teatre Grec (Festival of Greek Theatre) has been taking place in Barcelona every July since 1976. It features Ancient-Greek- themed events such as market stalls and mini performances throughout the city, but the action supreme happens at the Greek Theatre within the magical gardens of Montjuïc. The open-air theatre will make you feel as if you are in a bubble of ancient Greece. Throughout June www.lameva.barcelona.cat
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June in the Jardins
June in the Jardins
The peaceful, elegant gardens of the Palau Reial de Pedralbes are amongst Barcelona’s finest. In June, they host one of the city’s best-loved music festivals,using the palace as backdrop for some of the world’s favourite popular music acts, who rotate nightly. This year’s line up includes The Cranberries on 11 June, Milky Chance on 15 June and Tom Jones on 29 June (all at 10pm). There’s a top-quality food village too. Buy tickets online as early as you can. From 15 June to 29 June www.festivalpedralbes.com
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'Nutrition, Source of Life’ is an unusual exhibition at Museu Blau’s Museu de Cinches Naturals on the basic concepts in food and nutrition, with the healthy eating habits that we all need to put into practice for increased health and quality of life. The exhibition suggests ways to make healthy eating and behaviour a daily priority. It includes interesting reflections on eating habits, individual behaviour and the environment. Until 29 May www.museuciencies.cat
A snapshot of Barcelona life
‘Barcelona. The metropolis in the photography era 1860-2004’ is a photo exhibition charting the transformation of Barcelona – often linked to events like the Universal Exposition of 1888, the Olympic Games of 1992 and the Universal Forum of Cultures of 2004 – and depicted in five-year sections. Since 1980 La Virreina has been the city council’s image centre. Until 30 June www.ajuntament.barcelona.cat/lavirreina