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May City Events in Barcelona

May in Barcelona is going to rush past, with the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Primavera Sound festival the city will be jumping all month. Keep on top of the buzz and check out what else we think will be worth catching:

1. Formula 1 Grand Prix at Catalunya Circuit – 10th – 12th May

Are you a petrol-head? A speed junkie? Then get your motor racing fix in Barcelona this month. The season is still in its early stages and so it’s hard to call who will do well here, although we are rooting for Fernando Alonso. The track is one of the faster ones with a couple of long straights where the cars can get up to 200km/h, so there will be no shortage of overtaking action. The Catalunya Circuit is a short train journey from the centre of Barcelona on the R2 or R11 lines, which means you can easily make a day of it and soak up the hustle on the qualifying days or the sheer adrenalin of the race day.

2. Primavera Sound Music Festival at Barcelona Forum – 22nd – 26th May

Described as one of the best music festivals on the planet, Primavera Sound has it all, eclectic line-up, warm and exotic location and a small festival feel with big festival organisation. If you have ever been to Glastonbury and had to slosh your way through acres of mud (and didn’t love your newfound closeness to Mother Nature) then try Barcelona instead. No mud here and you might even get a tan! This year’s line up is awesome with big names like Blur, My Bloody Valentine, and 80’s rock Gods, The Jesus and Mary Chain as well as new talent like Mac DeMarco, Poolside and Daughter. Need we say more?

3. Quire Boys at Apolo Club – 8th May

Keeping with the music theme, how about a gig? If you are in Barcelona on 8th May then head down to Sala Apolo for the Quire Boys. If you are looking for some toe tapping, head nodding rock then this is the gig for you. Yes, they have been around the block a few times but they still sound fresh, even if they don’t look it. You’re going to be hit with straight-up honest-to-god rock ‘n’ roll which you might think of as a little cheesy – but their natural, easy charm is sure to win you round in the end!

4. X Games Barcelona 2013 at Olympic Stadium – 16th – 19th May

Now for another rush of adrenalin. If you are into Moto X, BMX, skate-boarding and FMX or anything extreme then you cannot miss the Summer X Games. Set in the Olympic Stadium on the beautiful Montjuic Hill go and see some of the most awesome and breathtaking action. Dive right into the world of extreme sports and see some of the top X athletes in the world showing off their skills. If you can’t get tickets then there will be an interactive space at the Olympic Ring Plaza so you can catch up on the news, hang out and make friends with like-minded individuals.

5. Fiesta del Treball, city-wide – 1st May

How about something a little calmer for a breather? If you are in Barcelona on 1st May we should warn you that this is a public holiday. This does mean that some of the shops are closed but, that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. As with many European cities 1st May is traditionally Labour Day and often you will see parades, peaceful demonstrations and meetings of workers in the city. Also all of the attractions, museums, tours and restaurants in the city centre are still open, so this could be a good opportunity to see some of the more popular places as they are likely to be less crowded.

6. Eulalia Grau – I Have Never Painted Angels at Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona – Until 26th May

Eulalia Grau is one of Catalan’s own favourite artists and her work has become noted for the way it criticises the press and their portrayal of women. Her belief that the media propagates social models of cultural and economic dominance forms the basis of her work. So if you are looking for some (pop art influenced) modern art with a right-on attitude head to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona for the last chance to see this amazing exhibition.

7. A day at Parc Guell – All Month

If you are looking for a fun day out with some culture, a bit of exercise and history then you can’t go wrong with an outing to Parc Guell. Just a quick run-down of the essentials; the park was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish suburban area for Barcelona aristocracy. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí who even had a small house there for a while. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and is almost 100 years old. Highlights not to miss include the terraced area at the top of the park where you get a beautiful view across the whole of Barcelona, the mosaic salamander and the gate houses at the main entrance, the Gaudi House Museum and the serpentine benches. Be prepared for a walk though as the train station is about 20 minutes from the main entrance.

8. Alejandro Sanz at Palau Sant Jordi – 29th – 30th May

One of the big names in Spanish pop music, Alejandro Sanz, is coming home to Spain this month. If you are not sure who he is then let us tell you he has won no less than 15 Latin Grammy awards and three Grammies for his music. He has collaborated with big names like Shakira, Alicia Keys and David Bisbal (who is the godfather of one of Alejandro’s children) and his last single “No Me Compares” topped the Spanish and US Latin charts. If you want a high energy show with real flair and an atmosphere of adoration this is the place to be.

9. Trofeo Conde de Godó at Port Vell Marina – 22nd – 26th May

Barcelona is a city dominated by the Mediterranean coast and Port Vell has been an important part of the culture since Roman times. It is no surprise, then, that the city has a huge sailing festival every year, the Trofeo Conde de Godó. So why not head down to the old harbour and catch some sailing action.

10. The World of ABBA show at Teatre Tivoli – Until 12th May

For a final flourish how about some glitz and overindulgent nostalgia? The World of ABBA Show is one for fans of the famous 70’s pop band. With all your favourite tunes from “Mama Mia” and “Waterloo” to “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme, gimme, gimme” you can sing and dance along, after all we are all ABBA fans really aren’t we?

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