Fisherman and tourists, the Olympics and lunch on this week's social programme

Montjuic

Come with us to Montjuïc on Wednesday for some wonderful views of the city | Photo: Tom Walton

Our social programme takes you to lots of Barcelona's different barrios, and we've a couple for you this week. Come with us on Wednesday as well for the magnificent views of just about all the districts of the city.

  • Tuesday 18th | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour (16.00).
  • Wednesday 19th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them the mountain of  MontjuïcWikipedia ], which overlooks the city and which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views [ Flickr | Instagram ] are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Thursday 20th | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video ], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch (see this article on The Guardian for suggestions). Bring your camera (16.00) !
  • Friday 21st | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

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

Also this week | Just when you thought we could all have a nice summer break from football, along comes the International Champions Cup (in the US), so plonk yourself down in front of the telly on Sunday for the Barça vs Juventus game.

Modernista art and architecture on this week's social programme

Lamp, Casa Amatller

Modernista lamp, Casa Amatller | Photo: Tom Walton

We've got art, architecture and partytime for you on our social programme this week. All that's really missing is live music (try the Grec Festival for that) and the football, which is taking a few short weeks off! If you're interested in art, we particularly recommend the visit on Wednesday.

  • Tuesday 11th | 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 12th | Although the most noticeable manifestation of Catalan modernism was architecture (that would be what you saw if you came with us yesterday!), there was also a flowering of painting and sculpture and decorative arts like ironwork and ceramic tiles. Come along with us this afternoon to the Museo del Modernismo de Barcelona and find out more (16.00, entrance €10).
  • Thursday 13th | Lots of Barcelona's barrios and districts have their own Festa Major (basically an excuse to party 😉 !), with the Festa Major de Gracia (third week in August), the Festa Major de Sants (last week in August) and the Mercé being the biggest and best. But come along today to see that of one of our favourite barrios, the Raval (and note that we'll be meeting at 18.00 this evening).
  • Friday 14th | 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.

July in Barcelona: come with us to get to know the city

Moll de la Fusta

The Moll de la Fusta | Photo: Viateur, Pixabay

July and it's hot here in Barcelona — but not yet that hot so there's still plenty to enjoy on our social programme this week:

  • Tuesday 4th | Join us today 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 some of the wonderful things to be found there (16.00).
  • Wednesday 5th | Come with us today to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela, which stands where once there was a fortress to keep the city subdued. We'll also be going to the Eiffel Tower-inspired Estación de Francia. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip. If it's sunny, a real nice walk (16.00).
  • Thursday 6th | 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 7th | Come get yourself some extra Spanish practice 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 Pamplona, it's the crazy San Fermines (you know, the running of the bulls), which you can watch live on Spanish television or on the RTVE website, from Friday, every morning at 08.00. Bonkers!

There's the Tour de France as well, of course, which you can also watch on RTVE.es if you want some extra practice for your Spanish.

More of what's on in Barcelona this month in the Tourist Board's Agenda for the month (.pdf file). If theatre and music are more your thing, check out the Grec Festival.

Our Spanish social programme in Barcelona this week

Old Barcelona

Barcelona in the Born market | Photo: Tom Walton

We've got one of our favourite Barcelona barrios on on our social programme this week — the Born — and lots more besides.

  • Tuesday 26th | 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, as well as the fascinating remains of the medieval city of Barcelona in the old Born Market,  seen in the photo, above (16.00).
  • Wednesday 27th | 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 (16.00).
  • Thursday 28th | Note the change from the usual time today: this evening we're going down to the Plaza España to see the spectacular light and sound show of the Magic Fountains of Montjuic (20.00).
  • Friday 29th | 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.

This Friday: Sant Joan, Barcelona at its craziest

Sagrada Famiia

Sagrada Familia | Photo: Tom Walton

You are coming to Barcelona to learn Spanish, aren't you? And to see the city, too, right? The former in class, the latter on our social programme every week. If you want to party as well, that would be this Friday night!

  • Tuesday 20th | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour (16.00).
  • Wednesday 21st | Our trip today takes us down to Glorias, (that's the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, to give it its full, official name), which is home to the singular Torre Agbar, a huge shopping centre and the Encants, possibly the only flea market in the world with a designer roof (which, in true Barcelona fashion, leaked the first time it rained!). There's also the new Design Musuem down there too. It's an area that's been transformed  in the last 25 years — and still being transformed, with the Plaça, once a massive roundabout, to become a large park) (16.00).
  • Thursday 22nd | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's supposed to be finished in 2026 (see this video if you can't wait that long!). If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum €15 (and book online if you want to do that) but is definitely not something to be missed (16.00). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed.
  • Friday 23rd | Tonight is Sant Joan — one of those nights when Barcelona just goes crazy (this time with fireworks). Why not kick it off at our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00). Bona retvella, as we say here in Catalonia!

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