This week in Barcelona: the city's fascinating history


Montjuic: overlooking Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

There's no Friday Club on our social programme this week because of the holiday, but we've still got plenty more for you, especially so if you're interested in Barcelona's fascinating history.

  • Tuesday 9th | 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 10th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them the mountain of Montjuïc [ Wikipedia ], which overlooks the city and which is where we're going this afternoon. The fortress at the top dates back to 1640 and from it the city has been bombarded on a number of occasions. Bring your camera or phone along: the views [ Flickr | Instagram ] are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Thursday 11th | 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).
  • Friday 12th | National holiday in Spain — school closed, no class!

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

Social program Barcelona, Dec. 31-January 6

Happy New Year to you, Feliz Año Nuevo

Here's the social programmme for the first week of 2013, if you're here with us in Barcelona.

  • Tuesday 1st | Holiday
  • Wednesday 2nd | Join us on our walk today round the  popular barrio of El Born, full of cool bars and history, home to the lovely church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Estación de Francia, which we'll also be visiting (16.00).
  • Thursday 3rd | Come with us this afternoon to see a pretty amazing collection of pesebres, one of our Christmas time traditions in Spain (16.00, entrance €3).
  • Friday 4th | The 6th, traditionally at least, is when the "Kings" (the Three Wise Men) bring people their presents and this afternoon we'll be going down to the Feria de Reyes to see what all the fuss is about (16.00).

Don't forget to buy your twelve grapes to bring in the New Year. Big parties in the Plaça Catalunya and the Pueblo Español (the latter 35€ a head!)