This week's social programme in Barcelona

Like many of Barcelona's wonderful Modernista houses, Gaud铆's Casa Batll贸 wasn't always quite so spectacular, as you can see below. Come with us on our social programme this week to find out more!

This week's programme:

  • Tuesday 16th | 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 鈥 the Casa Batll贸 (Gaud铆, 1904-1906); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch, 1898-1900); and the Casa Lle贸 i Morera (Dom猫nech i Montaner, 1902-1905); as well as to the Casa Mil脿 (also by Gaud铆, 1906-1912), which is further up the street on the other side. Shoutout for the Casa Mulleras (N潞37, 1898-1906) by the astonishingly prolific Enric Sagnier (1858-1931) (16.00).
  • Wednesday 17th | We have a stroll this afternoon taking you to see some of the hidden corners of Barcelona you might otherwise miss. Come with us and explore (and see also these other hidden places, in other barrios) (16.00).
  • Friday 19th | Come with us this evening to visit Poble Sec, where the festa de barri is on. The district between the Avenida del Paralelo and Montjuic, it was once home to factories, of which little now remains, it's a barrio popular, not least because of its many bars (see the recommendations in TimeOut and on TripAdvisor). The Carrer Blai [Google Maps] is particularly popular if you want to ir de tapas (19.00).

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

The barrios of Gracia and the Raval on this week's social programme

El Raval

On a wall in the Raval | Photo: Tom Walton

One of the most fascinating things about Barcelona is how different its barrios and districts feel. Come and see two of them on our social programme this week.

  • Tuesday 9th | Come with us today to explore the popular district of Gracia [more information & map]: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars (and, in August, a great festa major)! We'll also be seeing one of the less well-known Gaud铆 works, the Casa Vi莽ens. We won't have time to go inside (though you can now visit it), so you might like to check out these wonderful photos of it (16.00).
  • Wednesday 10th | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], which takes us from the wonderful Catalan History museum, across the old port past the Maremagnum shopping and leisure centre to the statue of Columbus and the bottom of the Ramblas (16.00).
  • Thursday 11th | It's summer and that means it's fiesta time! This week we have the Fiestas del Raval (see full programme, .pdf file), not so well known as the Festa Major de Gr脿cia (August) but lots of fun. The Raval itself is the once rather seedy area off to the right as you head down the Ramblas, once home to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas Negras, now a barrio where you might hang out in its many bars and restaurants. We're meeting at 19.00, join us then!
  • Friday 12th | Kick off the weekend — and practise your Spanish — at our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00).

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

Come to the Sagrada Familia with us this week

The Sagrada Familia | Photo: Tom Walton

Bring your water bottle with you on our social programme this week. It's hot in Barcelona, as you might expect!

  • Tuesday 2nd | Join us today on our walk round the Barrio G贸tico, the old part of the city of Barcelona. You could and will go on your own 鈥 but come with us and you'll discover some of the wonderful things to be found there (16.00).
  • Wednesday 3rd | It's five years now since the 300th anniversary of the siege of Barcelona but the Barcelona 1714 route is still a historically fascinating one. The remains of the city blocks demolished to build the post-siege fortress now to be seen at the Born Centre Cultural are particularly interesting. Come along if you're interested in the history of the city (16.00)!
  • Thursday 4th | One you just must see: the best known Gaud铆 building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's supposed to be finished in 2026 (see this video if you can't wait that long!). If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum 鈧15 (and book online if you want to do that) but is definitely not something to be missed (16.00). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed.
  • Friday 5th | Join us this evening at our Friday Club language exchange. It's a great place to kick off the weekend — and to practise your Spanish! In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

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

Photowalking Barcelona's Modernista architecture on this week's social programme

Stone and iron

Stone and iron: detail of a Modernista fa莽ade – come and see, Thursday | Photo: Tom Walton

Among the events on our social programme this week, our photowalking tour on Thursday will show you how much more there is to Barcelona than "only" Gaud铆!

  • Tuesday 25th | Although in Roman times Barcelona was far less important than Tarragona, 100km down the coast, the Romans left behind the remains of the city of Barcino that they founded in 15 BC: the Roman Temple and the traces of the Roman walls on top of which the city's medieval walls were largely built are among the things you'll see on our walk this afternoon (16.00).
  • Wednesday 26th | Our trip today takes us down to Glorias, (that's the Pla莽a de les Gl貌ries Catalanes, to give it its full, official name), which is home to the singular Torre Agbar, a huge shopping centre and the Encants, possibly the only flea market in the world with a designer roof (which, in true Barcelona fashion, leaked the first time it rained!). There's also the new Design Musuem down there too. It's an area that's been transformed in the last 25 years — and still being transformed, with the Pla莽a, once a massive roundabout, now a large park) (16.00).
  • Thursday 27th | Bring your camera or phone with you this afternoon and join us for a photowalking tour looking at some of the curious details to be found on some of the wonderful Modernista fa莽ades of the houses in the Eixample district (16.00).
  • Friday 28th | Come and join us on the terrace/in the bar after class this afternoon for our 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 |聽Starting this Friday (28th) and running until August 2, we have the Sal贸 Montjuic open air film festival. The summer in Barcelona wouldn't be the same without it!

Barcelona's amazing dancing eggs on this week's social programme

Dancing egg at the Museu Mares

Patio del Museu Mar猫s | Photo: Tom Walton

Apart from what's on our social programme this week, this Sunday is聽Midsummer's Eve, Sant Joan, perhaps the craziest of Barcelona's many crazy parties. Don't miss it (actually, you won't be able to, even if you wanted to…) !

  • Tuesday 18th | Today's trip takes us into the barrio of Poble Nou, which is home to the iconic Torre Agbar, the nightclub Razzmatazz and some of Barcelona's best street art. (especially if you get as far as the barrio of Sant Mart铆). Cool for the beach, too! But come along with us and discover a whole lot more about one of the city's most interesting, most genuine barrios (16.00).
  • Wednesday 19th | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio G贸tico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video ], the more famous of the two. Especially interesting at this time of the year, both are also great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00) !
  • Thursday 20th | Come with us today to see some of the lovely patios of the Barrio G贸tico and one of Barcelona's most curious traditions: l'ou com balla, aka the dancing egg, which is something you will only see during Corpus Christi (16.00).
  • Friday 21st | It's a long weekend, with Monday a holiday in Catalonia. Come and start it with us, and practise your Spanish, at this week's Friday Club! In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

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