Come with us and see the parts of Barcelona you might otherwise miss

Street art reproduction of Picasso painting

Street art by unknown artist, reproduction of Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon, Ciutat Vella. Come with us and see Picasso's Barcelona, Thursday | Photo: Tom Walton

It's wet today, Monday, but the forecast for the rest of the week is good. Come with us on our social programme this week and explore some of the hidden corners of Barcelona.

  • Tuesday 13th | Come with us this afternoon to visit Poble Sec, the district between the Avenida del Paralelo and Montjuic. 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 (16.00).
  • Wednesday 14th | There's a lot more to Catalan Modernisme than just Gaudí and few fancy buildings, as you'll discover if you come with us to the Museo del Modernismo this afternoon (or if you've been inside, say, the Casa Milà). Note the building itself, by Enric Sagnier, one of Barcelona's most prolific architects but most unsung. Entrance is €10, but highly recommended (16.00).
  • Thursday 15th | This afternoon's trip takes us to see some of Picasso's Barcelona: it includes some of the most picturesque of the streets of the Barrio Gótico (Petrixol, Avinyó…); places like the 4 Gats restaurant (a bohemian taberna in Picasso's time); the Estación de Francia (from where he first travelled to Paris at the age of 21); and the Carrer de Montcada, where the Picasso Museum now stands (16.00).
  • Friday 16th | 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.

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

Chocolate con churros on this week's social programme

The street art shutter (complete with dripping chocolate!) at one of Barcelona's most famous cafés: come along, Wednesday | Photo: Tom Walton

Tuesday give you Barcelona's architecture, Wednesday an opportunity to top up those Christmas calories, Thursday the chance to walk them all off… We have it all on our social programme this week 😉 !

  • Tuesday 9th | 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 — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
  • Wednesday 10th | One of Barcelona's great traditions (OK, that would possibly be other parts of Spain, too 😉 !): chocolate con churros for afternoon tea, for which we'll be heading over into the Barrio Gótico to one of our favourite granjas (cafés) on the Carrer Petrixol (now that is the Barcelona tradition!). Also traditionally consumed when you come out of the disco at about five in the morning. Price approx. €7 (disco not included!) . Yummy (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 | Join us on the terrace/in the bar this evening for our first Friday Club of 2018. Friday Club is every week, apart from the holidays, and is a great way to get yourself some extra practice for your Spanish (19.00-21.00)!

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

Also this week | In the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, we have the second leg of the Barça vs Celta tie, with the score 1-1 after the first leg (Thursday, kick-off 21.30).

Picnic: brunch en Barcelona

Somewhere in Barcelona for brunch? This one is about 10 minutes walk from IH…

  • Nombre: Picnic.
  • Comerç 1 [mapa], Metro Jaume I, Barceloneta (L4).
  • Me gusta: Platos difíciles de encontrar en otros restaurantes, como los huevos Benedict y los tomates verdes fritos [receta].
  • Cuándo: Los fines de semana al mediodía.
  • Para: Su brunch.
  • En la web: Facebook | TimeOut | TripAdvisor
  • Nos lo recomienda: Xavi.

See also Barcelona's best brunches (TimeOut)

¿Galletas? ¡Demasié Café!

Fancy a biscuit… ? This one is just up the road from IH Barcelona…

  • Nombre: Demasié Café.
  • Dónde: Roger de Llúria 8 [mapa], Metro Urquinaona (L1 y L4)
  • Me gusta: Las galletas, por supuesto.
  • Cuándo: A media mañana o a media tarde.
  • Para: Tomar un café y probar sus galletas, pasteles, chocolates…
  • Nos lo recomienda: Xavi
  • Website | Demasié on Facebook

If you're doing an intensive Spanish course with us, it's so dangerously close as to be tempting to sneak out on your mid-morning break!