Music buffs take note. September is the month to head for Catalonia.

If you’re looking to book an early autumn break and are really into music, we have just the thing for you. There’s a market going on in Catalonia in September that has nothing to do with fruit and veg. The Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (Vic Live Music Market) has been held every September in Vic, near Barcelona for the last 22 years and this year will take place from the 14th-18th of the month.

Music reps from all over the world come together in Vic to exchange ideas, buy and sell music and hear about the latest trends. But not only is it a commercial fair and series of talks, there are also concerts in the square, with local, Mediterranean and international artists playing. Check www.mmvv.cat for more details.

It’s easy to bag a bargain flight to Barcelona with Easy Jet or Ryanair, so make sure to combine some sightseeing in what is arguably Spain’s most avant-garde city, with some fun concerts in Vic. Barcelona has a veritable trove of must-see places, a red-hot nightlife, some unforgettable bars and restaurants and great art collections. It’s also home to Europe’s largest Gothic quarter (Barri Gótic), the town’s old centre, and to some extraordinary ‘moderniste’ (Art Nouveau) architecture, especially the flamboyant works of architect Antoni Gaudí, now World Heritage Sites.

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