October, a great month to visit Barcelona

Fountains of Montjuic

The fountains of Montjuic | Photo: Tom Walton

We're into October, often one of the nicest months of the year weather-wise in Barcelona. For the coming week the forecast is for a maximum 23ºC (74ºF), minimum 17ºC (61ºF) — pleasant for strolling round the city on our social programme. But stick an umbrella in your bag, as there are also a few showers forecast!

  • Tuesday 29th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to the Manzana de la Discordia, the block on Passeig de Gracia with three of Barcelona's best examples of Modernista architecture — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
  • Wednesday 30th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to see some of Picasso's Barcelona: it includes some of the most picturesque of the streets of the Barrio Gótico (Petrixol, Avinyó…);  places like the 4 Gats restaurant (a bohemian taberna in Picasso's time); the Estación de Francia (from where he first travelled to Paris at the age of 21); and the Carrer de Montcada, where the Museo Picasso now stands (16.00).
  • Thursday 1st | Note the change from the usual time today: this evening we're going to the spectacular light and sound show of the Magic Fountains of Montjuic (20.00).
  • Friday 2nd | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also this week | Champions, Barça vs Bayer Leverkusen (Tuesday, kick-off 20.45). If you did want to go, tickets can be bought directly on fcbarcelona.com, priced €53 to €380 for this game. Take binoculars if you go for the cheapest seats 😉 !

¿Eres un auténtico barcelonés?

Si eres auténtico barcelonés… solo pisas La Rambla cuando vienen amigos de fuera, o para Sant Jordi | Foto: Tom Walton

Y si la lluvia continúa, puedes comprobar si eres un auténtico barcelonés y reúnes las señas de identidad que se indican en este blog.

¿Estáis de acuerdo con la lista? Nosotros no del todo: ¿qué pensarán los periquitos del número 16?

Y, además, falta alguna: si eres barcelonés de pura cepa, conoces la dama del paraiguas. ¡Infalible para detectar nuevos fichajes!

¡Y nunca llames a la ciudad Barça o, mucho menos, Barca!

Snow in Barcelona!

Snow on a statue on República Argentina | Photo: Tom Walton

If you live in somewhere like Canada you're not going to be impressed by this and will perhaps laugh about how excited we get about half a centimetre of snow in Barcelona.

But if you're a schoolboy living here, and have maybe only seen it snow in the city a couple of times in your life, this is exciting, because it's so unusual.

There's none actually lying on the ground in the centre of Barcelona this lunchtime, and it's nothing like the 10cm we got back in 2010, but the hills surrounded the city are more or less blanketed in white.

Weather this weekend in Barcelona

This weekend's pretty decent weather forecast for Barcelona

According to the weather forecast from Yahoo, we're set for 10 days of sunshine in Barcelona, which is nice to know on a Friday afternoon, with the weekend just hours away… and pretty decent for the middle of winter!

Temperatures in the next 10 days will be in the range 5-18ºC (that's 44-65ºF), so you'll want to bring a jacket, but when it's cold but sunny, Barcelona is at its most lovely.

Autumn in Barcelona

Autumn in Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

It's that lovely time of year in Barcelona now when you just about need a light jacket in the morning but can leave it in the office if you go out for a lunchtime stroll and will definitely want to take it off if you're sitting on a café terrace in the sunshine.

You really couldn't call it "autumn" at all, though you'll see panaiets in all the bakers and chestnuts being roasted and sold in the streets.

To appreciate the true colors of autumn, you probably want to get away from Barcelona as far as the Montseny (about 60km) or the magnificent countryside of the Garrotxa (about 140km), for both of which you really need a car (or be a really serious cyclist).

As you can see, for our photo, we had to make do with the display in the baker's window (plus half a dozen panaiets, just to actually taste autumn!).