The Ramblas, Velázquez and medieval Barcelona on this week's social programme

Barcelona gets two opportunities to go completely bonkers this week (see the football, below), as it periodically likes to do. Meanwhile, on our social programme this week, we've got some actual culture for you 😉 !

  • Tuesday 26th | Come with this afternoon down the Ramblas, to discover some of the amazing things on and just off it — including one of our favourite Barcelona dragons and the Palau Güell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district. If you are an Antonioni fan, the Palau Güell is where Jack Nicholson meets Marie Schneider in The Passenger and — if you're a fan — a selfie coming out of the Hotel Oriente is on your to-do list (16.00).
  • Wednesday 27th | Until March 3rd (so about to end!), the CaixaForum has a Velázquez y el Siglo de Oro exhibition on. Formerly a textile factory, later used as police horse stables, the CaixaForum is now one of Barcelona's best art museums and, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, an excellent example of how Modernist architecture wasn't just used to build houses for the rich! Entrance fee €5 (unless you happen to be have a bank account with La Caixa, in which case its free) (16.00).
  • Thursday 28th | Our walk this afternoon takes us round the barrios of La Ribera and El Born, full of cool bars and history, home to the lovely church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Estación de Francia, as well as the fascinating remains of the medieval city of Barcelona in the old Born Market (16.00).
  • Friday 1st | 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.

Also this week | We have two big, big games this week, both in Madrid. First, it's the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, Real Madrid vs Barça, with the score 1-1 after the first game (Wednesday, kick-off 21.00). Then it's the same again in the League, Real Madrid vs Barça again — the third "clásico" in a month! — (Saturday, kick-off 20.45), with Barça currently comfortably top, with Real third, lagging 9 points behind.

There's also MWC19 Barcelona (previously known as the Mobile World Congress) (25th-28th), which is why the Metro is on strike all week (you probably have to have lived in Barcelona for some time to understand the logic of that one!)

Come with us this week to the Picasso Musuem and the MNAC

MNAC

The Palacio Nacional, housing the MNAC's 1000 Years of Art | Photo: Tom Walton

If art is your thing, we've got a couple of trips on our social programme this week that you're going to love:

  • Tuesday 15th | One for art-lovers this afternoon: our trip takes us down to the Plaza España to see the 1000 years of art in the outstanding collection at the MNAC, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (photo, above) (16.00).
  • Wednesday 16th | There's more spectacular art today for you at the Picasso Museum [website]. Which is Barcelona's best museum? Everyone has their own favourite but this one, in a lovely medieval palace [see also the virtual tour], is one not to be missed. Note that you need to sign up for this one, with entrance €12 (16.00).
  • Thursday 17th | It's the Festa Major [website (information in Catalan)] of the barrio of Sant Antoni, which is over on the other side of the Raval. Come along to the fiesta in one of Barcelona's less touristy districts (16.00).
  • Friday 18th | 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.

Also this week | In the Copa del Rey, it's Barça vs Levante (Thursday, kick-off 21.30), with the small matter of a 2-1 deficit for Barça to overcome; and then at the weekend, in La Liga, we have Barça vs Leganés (Sunday, kick-off 20.45).

Unseen: exposición de fotografías de Jessica Lange

El Centro Arts Santa Mònica (La Rambla 7) muestra una exposición de las fotografías de la actriz estadounidense Jessica Lange.

Si has visto King Kong, All that jazz, El cartero siempre llama dos veces, Tootsie, El cabo del miedo o Big Fish entre muchas otras películas en las que ha salido como actriz, puede que tengas curiosidad por conocer su faceta como fotógrafa.

Hasta el 28 de junio. Martes a sábado de 11h a 21h;  domingos y festivos de 11h a 17h;  lunes cerrado.

Entrada gratis.

Facebook: Arts Santa Mònica

Última oportunidad: Josep Llimona en el MEAM

Josep Llimona, Desconsuelo

Josep Llimona, Desconsuelo | Photo: Tom Walton

This week is your last chance to see an exhibition about one of Barcelona's major sculptors

En el MEAM (Museu Europeu d'Art Modern) hay una exposición sobre Josep Llimona hasta el día 1 de marzo, así que te quedan pocos días para disfrutarla.

Josep Llimona es uno de los escultores catalanes más importantes del modernismo catalán y uno de los referentes visuales de los barceloneses, puesto que varias de sus obras se encuentran en los lugares más emblemáticos de la ciudad.

Por ejemplo, suya es la famosa escultura Desconsuelo que se puede ver en el centro de uno de los estanques del parque de la Ciudatella (una copia en nuestra imagen, ya que el original está en el MNAC), o la estatua ecuestre de Ramon Berenguer III en la Via Laietana, el forjador de la Plaça Catalunya, los relieves del friso del Arc de Triomf, el monumento a los héroes de 1808 frente al portal de Santa Eulalia (la entrada al claustro) de la Catedral, el monumento al Doctor Robert de la plaza Tetuan, que estaba antes en la plaza Universitat…

La entrada cuesta 9 euros.

Wikipedia Josep Llimona | Desconsuelo

  • Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Barra de Ferro 5 [ mapa ]
  • Horario: de martes a domingo, de 10:00 a 20:00 h.

Come and see Barcelona's art and architecture

Video | The Sagrada Familia: what it will look like in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí's death

Perhaps especially if you're interested in art and architecture, come with us on our social programme this week…

  • Tuesday 25th | 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 26th | Come down to the Plaza España this afternoon to see the 1000 years of art in the outstanding collection at the MNAC, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (16.00).
  • Thursday 27th | You couldn't come to Barcelona and not go and see the Sagrada Familia, could you? Our trip will show you round the outside; if you want to go in, note that it costs a minimum of €14.80 (!!) and that it's best to book online and reserve a time in order to beat the queues (16.00).
  • Friday 28th | Among the other fun and games at this week's Friday Club language exchange, we've got a Trivia Quiz. Come along, it's always fun (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.