Desconsuelo, statue by Josep Llimona in the Parque de la Ciudadela | Photo: Tom Walton
We'll start with the cultural stuff 😉 ! Barcelona has so much fascinating history: come with us on our social programme this week and discover some of it…
- Tuesday 3rd | This afternoon we're taking on a walk along the Moll de la Fusta, 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).
- Wednesday 4th | Today we'll be visiting the Parque de la Ciudadela — so called because it was the location of the citadel built after the 1713-14 siege to dominate the city of Barcelona. Its remains were pulled down in 1888 to make way for Barcelona's first Universal Exhibition, with the remains of that making this a fascinating walk (16.00)
- Thursday 5th | Come and explore some of the hidden corners of the Barrio Gótico with us this afternoon, as well as taking a stroll part of the way down the Ramblas (18.00).
- Friday 6th | Join us this evening at our Friday Club language exchange. It's a great place to kick off the weekend! 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.
Also this week | Champions, Barça vs Bate Borisov (Wednesday, kick-off 20.45); Spanish League, Barça vs Bate Borisov (Sunday, kick-off 16.00).
From the excellent TimeOut Barcelona Twitter feed, we picked up these 11 different ways to watch football in Barcelona (content in Catalan).
See also 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (same source)
Video | Yes, Spain's Eurovision entry was terrible too but here it is just in case anyone asks about it on Friday!
Lots on this week in Barcelona…
- Tuesday 13th | Our first trip this week takes us into the bohemian district of Gracia [general information | map]: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars! We'll also be seeing one of the less well-known Gaudí works, the Casa Viçens (16.00).
- Wednesday 14th | First laid out in 1791, the Laberinto de Horta is one of the most romantic of the hidden corners of Barcelona (as well as being one of the settings for Tom Tykwer's 2006 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer!). Come along and see it with us (16.00).
- Thursday 15th | Everyone who comes to Barcelona goes to see the Sagrada Familia but the city has a number of other lovely churches. Come with us today to see the Joyas del Gótico, the "Gothic jewels" of Barcelona — the Cathedral and the wonderful churches of Santa María del Pí and Santa María del Mar (16.00).
- Friday 16th | We've a special Eurovision Song Contest edition of our Friday Club language exchange this week. You could always swot up here just in case there's a pub quiz! In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.
Also this week The Salón del Cómic (May 15-18) is all you Superman (etc) fans. Fancy dress optional, but expect it to be packed!
The Nit dels Museus (Saturday 17) gives you free entrance to many of Barcelona's museums, from 19.00 to 01.00 on Sunday morning. Expect many of them to be packed too!
Ah, and on Saturday there's also the small matter of the Barça vs Atlético Madrid game, which will decide which of the two wins La Liga (kick-off 18.00).
Visiting the fortress of Montjuic | Photo: Violeta Coll
We like to take you to different places on our social program — so, as well as the Barrio Gótico, we're going to a couple of places this week you might not otherwise get to…
- Tuesday 27th | Join us this afternoon on our walk round the Barrio Gótico, the old part of the city of Barcelona. You could and will go on your own — but come with us and you'll discover a little more (16.00).
- Wednesday 28th | First laid out in 1791, the Laberinto de Horta is one of the most romantic of the hidden corners of Barcelona (as well as being one of the settings for Tom Tykwer's 2006 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer!). Come along and see it with us (16.00).
- Thursday 29th | Today's trip takes us to the top of Montjuic to visit the fortress that overlooks Barcelona (photo, above). From it the city was bombarded on various occasions and it also enjoyed notoriety as a prison. Today, however, it's one of the best places to go to obtain magnificent views of Barcelona (16.00).
- Friday 30th | You've got to start your Barcelona weekend somewhere. Why not start it with us at our Friday Club language exchange, where you can practise all the languages you know? 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.
Also this week Supercopa, second leg: Barça vs Atlético Madrid (Wednesday, kick-off 23.00).
Plastic Barça players in a shop window | Photo: Tom Walton
We're in for an overdose of football this week. On Tuesday there's the return game of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey, Barça vs Real Madrid (kick-off 21.00), the first leg having finished 1-1.
Then on Saturday we get a rematch: in the Spanish League, Real Madrid vs Barça (kick-off 16.00).
There'll be a lot of screaming and shouting, no matter what the results, the top of the Ramblas will get smashed up as usual, and however good the football is, frankly none of it will be very edifying.
This week's social program in Barcelona:
- Tuesday 29th | 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 30th | Come with us this afternoon to see the inside of one of the most singular Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, on a guided tour of the recently restored Palau Güell. Entrance is €10 but we think it's well worth it (16.00).
- Thursday 31st | We're going down to the Plaza España this afternoon to visit the CaixaForum, Barcelona's most-visited art museum, and itself a wonderful example of Modernista architecture. Of what's currently on, the Antes del diluvio exhibition (on Mesopotamia 3500-2100 BC) is possibly the most interesting (16.00).
- Friday 1st | Kick off the weekend at our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00).
Also this week
Wednesday, the first leg of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey: Real Madrid vs Barça (!!!).