Héctor Cols


Héctor Cols.

Héctor Cols is an occasional contributor to the Barcelona Metropolitan, covering human or geographical landscapes and helping with data related issues. Héctor is a curious software developer that finds no joy in conversation with Siri or Alexa and prefers to mingle with other kinds of outsiders. A fan of all things Barcelona, Héctor was in charge of the culture section of Resident Aliens, a podcast of the American Society of Barcelona.


The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, photo by Johan Broberg (CC BY 2.0).

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band set alight Sala Razzmatazz with their New Orleans style groove last month at the Barcelona Jazz Festival—read our review of this phenomenal brass ensemble's performance. Read more

Previews and reviews


Smart Cities Expo 2019, photo by Kate Williams.

Previews and reviews


Detail of a miniature of witches being burnt and tortured, from "Chroniques de France ou de St Denis," 1332-1350. Image courtesy of the British Library.

Witches and wizards, healers and sorcerers: Héctor Cols relates the complicated and tumultuous history of witchcraft in Europe and its persecution in Catalunya. Read more


A view of Barcelona from El Poble-sec. Photo by Oh-Barcelona (CC BY 2.0).

Roughly 20% of Barcelona's registered residents were born outside Spain. As they assimilate into Barcelona, they play an increasingly important role in building companies, sharing traditions and enriching our global city. Read more



Stevie Van Zandt interviewed by Héctor Cols at Hardrock Cafe Barcelona, June 2019. Photo by Victor Horcasitas.

See Barcelona Metropolitan's interview with Stevie Van Zandt, founder of Disciples of Soul and former member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band Read more



"Jo ja he votat" button, 2011. Photo by Sebastià Beinn (Wikimedia).

A look at the results of the May 26th local elections in Barcelona. Read more



Photo by Jordi Play, courtesy of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, 2012. (Wikimedia).

Get to know the people opting in to govern the city for the next four years. Read more



Rupit Village. Photo by Tara Shain.

Cracking the history of Rupit - discover the must see sights of this out-of-the-way medieval village. Read more

Weekend away

Marc Miralda López

Photo courtesy of TechBuddy.

Marc Miralda, Head of Operations of TechBuddy in Spain Read more

Business & Working

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