Barcelona's best patatas bravas, wild boar, sieges and hospitals on this week's social programme

Hospital de Sant Pau

Entrance to the Hospital de Sant Pau | Photo: Tom Walton

Note that if you'd like to come with us on Thursday to see the wonderful Hospital de Sant Pau, the deadline to sign up is 16.00 on Tuesday.

  • Tuesday 28th | We have a trip up to the barrio of Sarrià [map] this afternoon. A separate town until it was incorporated into Barcelona in 1921, Sarrià still feels a little like a small town. Look out for wild boar, stop off at the posh bakers Foix de Sarrià (Plaça de Sarrià 12-13) if you're feeling peckish — or try the world's best ever patatas bravas at Bar Tomás (Major de Sarrià 49). Shame it's rather expensive to find a flat there (16.00) !
  • Wednesday 29th | Our walk today takes us from the Arc de Triomf [Wikipedia], the main entrance to Barcelona's 1888 World Fair to the Parc de la Ciutadella, which takes its name from the citadel built after the siege of 1714 to dominate the city, and was then the location of the 1888 exhibition, of which a few surprising traces still remain (16.00).
  • Thursday 30th | Come with us this afternoon to see the amazing Modernista architecture of the Hospital de Sant Pau, built between 1901 and 1930. Just a couple of blocks up from the Sagrada Familia, it was designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) to have the sort of pleasant surroundings that would aid its patients' recovery, with a series of tunnels hidden away below ground linking the different pavilions and providing the hospital with its services (entrance: €6.50; 16.00)
  • Friday 31st | Come get yourself some extra Spanish practice at our Friday Club language exchange. This week's theme, "Summer is Coming" (!!) (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 | There's the small matter of the Champions Final on Saturday, Liverpool vs Tottenham (in Madrid, kick-off 21.00). Who would have thought it, eh? The biggest game in Europe contested by two clubs that, according to the Guardian's The Knowledge, haven't won their domestic league for a combined total of 87 years, and neither Manchester City nor Barça (winners of 8 out of the last 11 Spanish League titles) got there, the latter dumped out unceremoniously by Liverpool!

And we also have the crazy Primavera Sound festival this weekend (May 30-June 1), which is one of the World's Top 50 Music Festivals, says  TimeOut.

This week in Barcelona: dancing eggs and the Sonar Festival

Dancing egg at the Museu Mares

Patio del Museu Marès | Photo: Tom Walton

It's suddenly got really hot in Barcelona: all the more reason to come with us to some of the cool places we have on the social programme this week!

  • Tuesday 13th | Come with us today to explore the bohemian district of Gracia [general 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 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 | Come with us today to see some of the lovely patios of the Barrio Gótico 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.
  • Friday 16th | 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 | It's the 24th edition of the Sónar Festival this week (June 15 to 17), which TimeOut reckons is one the world's top 50 music festivals.

Viernes: Músicas en el Born

Todos los viernes de otoño se están celebrando conciertos gratuitos a cargo de los profesores del Conservatorio Municipal de Música de Barcelona en el Born Centre Cultural.

Por ejemplo, este viernes día 14 tienes un concierto de piano y percusión, el próximo viernes un concierto de jazz, un concierto de música de cámara para instrumentos de viento el día 28 y el viernes día 5 de diciembre un homenaje a Adolphe Sax, inventor del saxofón, de cuyo nacimiento se cumplieron doscientos años el pasado día 6.

Del 23 al 2 de noviembre: Festival IN-EDIT

in-editVuelve el festival de documentales sobre música: el IN-EDIT. Del 23 de octubre al 2 de noviembre, mucha música en pantalla grande.

¿Existe un sonido Barcelona?

¿La guitarra sirve para hacer música o ruido? ¿O es que puede ser lo mismo?

¿Realmente la música amansa a las fieras?

¿Quieres saber más sobre Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Freddie Mercury, Frank Zappa?

Si esas preguntas resuenan en tu cabeza… ¡IN-EDIT!

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Graffiti, Glories

Graffiti, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes | Photo: Tom Walton

The World Cup, anyone…? There's lots of other stuff on, too, if you happen to thing the €700,000 each player gets if holders Spain win it again is just plain wrong

  • Tuesday 10th | Our "Barcelona y el mar" walk today takes us down to the port and the seafront, and to the barrio of Barceloneta, for a different perspective on the city (16.00).
  • Wednesday 11th | This afternoon we're going to Gaudí's amazing Park Güell, for many visitors to Barcelona the highlight of their visit to the city. Note there's an entrance fee of €8, but we think it's somewhere you just must go when you come to Barcelona (16.00).
  • Thursday 12th | Come with us today to see one of the districts of Barcelona that modern architecture has transformed, the area between Glòries and the Forum, and see one of the city's most distinctive landmarks, the Torre Agbar [photos, here and here]. Look out for some great graffiti (example in the photo, above) while you're down there (16.00)!
  • Friday 13th | It's Tuesday not Friday 13th that's supposed to be unlucky in Spain, so don't be put off coming to our Friday Club language exchange! 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. See you there!

Also this week
The World Cup [ Guardian | Marca.com ] kicks off Thursday, with Brazil-Croatia (kick-off 22.00 Barcelona time). The Spain-Holland game is Friday (21.00), with England-Italy (kicking off at midnight Sunday) being among the biggest games of the first week.

Meanwhile, just in case any of you happen to detest football, there's always the Sonar Festival (June 12-14), "Barcelona's 21st International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art".