Come with us Thursday for an amazing view of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia from the Turó de la Rovira | Photo: Tom Walton

Tuesday and Wednesday on our social programme this week we've got a nice contrast for you between two very distinctive districts of Barcelona. But where can you go to see it all? Come with us Thursday and find out!

  • Tuesday 19th | Come with us today to explore the bohemian district of Gracia [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 20th | 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, 1904-1906); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch, 1898-1900); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner, 1902-1905); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí, 1906-1912), which is further up the street on the other side. Shoutout for the Casa Mulleras (Nº37, 1898-1906) by the astonishingly prolific Enric Sagnier (1858-1931) (16.00).
  • Thursday 21st | Bring your walking shoes with you this afternoon and prepared for a walk up one of Barcelona's steepest streets. We're going to the top of the Turó de la Rovira (262m), where there were anti-aircraft guns during the Spanish Civil War (Barcelona was bombed in 1938). The view from the top (see photo, above) is spectacular (16.00).
  • Friday 22nd | 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.

This week in Barcelona: Santa Eulalia and San Valentín

Barcelona graffiti for Saint Valentines | Photo: Tom Walton

We have something special  for you on Tuesday and Thursday on our social programme this week:

  • Tuesday 12th | Today is Santa Eulalia, Barcelona's patron saint… not that we need any excuse to party in Barcelona (note today's start time 18.00)!
  • Wednesday 13th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art (see photo, above), it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Thursday 14th | The really romantic, really Catalan day of the year here in Barcelona is Sant Jordi but, today being San Valentín, we've got a special walking tour for you which will take you to some of the places in Barcelona "con encanto", which isn't quite "charm", isn't quite "magic"… it's… Look! You've never in love…? Come with us and see (16.00)!
  • Friday 15th | Our Friday Club language exchange is one of the most popular events on our social program. Why not join us on the terrace and in the bar after class this evening (19.00-21.00)?

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

Also this week | There's more on for Santa Eulalia (February 8-12), including free entrance to some of Barcelona's best museums, full details on TimeOut (content in Catalan). Note also the Light Festival (February 15-17).

The buildings of Barcelona, their history and architecture

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllò: just one of the houses on Barcelona's most famous block | Photo: Tom Walton

Barcelona's buildings, and their history and architecture, probably one of the most fascinating things about the city. Come with us on our social programme this week and see:

  • Tuesday 22nd | 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, in the photo above); 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. Shoutout for the Casa Mulleras (Nº37, 1898-1906) by the astonishingly prolific Enric Sagnier (1858-1931) (16.00).
  • Wednesday 23rd | It's hard to believe, but Via Laietana is little more than 100 years old. Driven through the heart of the old city between 1908 and 1913, it's now one of Barcelona's busiest streets — and just a two-minute walk away from IH. Come with us and discover more of its history this afternoon (16.00).
  • Thursday 24th | It's one of the things that makes Barcelona so amazing, isn't it — the contrast between the old and the newer, like what we saw Tuesday and Wednesday. Contrast that with what we'll see on today's walk, which takes us into the Call, the area of narrow streets (which is what Call means) just off the Plaça Sant Jaume that was Barcelona's historic Jewish quarter. One of the most medieval parts of the Barrio Gótico. Come with us and explore (16.00)!
  • Friday 25th | 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.

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).

Come with us to the Park Güell this Thursday!

Railings, Park Güell: come with us and see, Wednesday | Photo: Tom Walton

We're back to "normal" on our social programme this week, so we have our first Friday Club of 2019 if you'd like to join us for that:

  • Tuesday 8th | Come with us for a stroll this afternoon to see something of the Ruta del Modernismo. We can't and won't (promise!) take you to see all the 116 Modernista buildings officially included in the Route, but you'll get at least a taste of Barcelona's magnificent architecture. It's Antoni Gaudí that got all the fame and credit for it, but we'll also be telling you about Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluís Domènech i Montaner (with an honourable mention for Enric Sagnier (16.00).
  • Wednesday 9th | 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).
  • Thursday 10th | One you just have to see, the Park Güell (that's "Park" with a "k" as Gaudí is said to have modelled it along English lines). Apart from the lovely Park itself, the view of Barcelona from the top is spectacular. More information on the Park Güell on Wikipedia and on the official Park Güell website. Note that you need to sign up for this one — by 16.00 on Tuesday! Entrance to the Park is €7.50 (16.00).
  • Friday 11th | Join us this evening for our first Friday Club language exchange of the New Year. 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 | Spanish League, Barça vs Eibar (Sunday, kick-off 18.30).