Barcelona

Barcelona is a joy I never want to end

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Take a stroll around this beautiful city – and you’ll never want to leave, says Julie Burchill

Inside the Sagrada Família: Gaudí was fascinated by the shapes of shellfish and pebbles, the branches of trees and light on a spider’s web

Does it matter whether Gaudí’s masterpiece is ever finished?

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In his biography of Gaudí, published in 2001, Gijs van Hensbergen opined that ‘we should never try to finish the…

Video technology can’t come to football soon enough

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Few sporting events in history have been greeted with such swivel-eyed, table-pounding hysteria as Barcelona’s comeback to overturn a 4-0…

Confessions of a Feyenoord hooligan-turned-Rastafarian

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spain, I stayed in youth hostels in Barcelona, Alicante, Almeria and Seville. But that first hostel in Barcelona, where…

Hostelling Scientology-style

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I stepped off the train in Barcelona at 7.30 in the evening and followed directions to the hostel. The February…

Hippy Neil took over my life... even my mum thought I was veggie like him

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I’m boning up on conversational Spanish for a trip to the Primera Persona festival in Barcelona with Alexei Sayle. We’re…

Why Juan Villoro is the best football writer you've never heard of

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Football, unlike cricket, has for the most part been ill served by its writers. For every Brian Glanville and Ian…

Football in front, infibulation behind

28 March 2015 9:00 am

I’m watching Manchester City being taken to the cleaners by Barcelona on the telly, while at the table behind me…