Barcelona's art and architecture on this week's social programme

MNAC

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

intro on our social programme this week

  • Tuesday 15th | Come with us today to explore the bohemian district of GraciamapWikipedia entry ] 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 16th | 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).
  • Thursday 17th | 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 (16.00).
  • Friday 18th | It's a long weekend (Monday's a holiday, don't forget!) and what better place to kick it off (as well as practise your Spanish!) than 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 Spanish League it's the last day of the season this weekend, with Barça vs Real Sociedad (Sunday, kick-off 20.45).

Barcelona's architecture on this week's social programme

Market stall

Fruit stall, Santa Caterina market, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

There's so much more to Barcelona's architecture than "only" Gaudí, as you'll discover if you come with us on our social programme this week…

  • Tuesday 8th | 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 9th | 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. Incidentally, both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
  • Thursday 10th | 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 11th | 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 the Spanish League, with Barça just three games away from going the entire season unbeaten, it's Barça vs Villareal, the latter a merely 30 points behind, in sixth place (Sunday, kick-off 21.00).

What we have on in Barcelona this week

Mammoth!

If you go down to the park today… Mammoth! Run! | Photo: Tom Walton

With Tuesday being a national holiday for the Primero de Mayo, this week we have — unusually — an event today, Monday, on our social programme.

  • Monday 30th | 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).
  • Tuesday 1st| National holiday in Spain
  • Wednesday 2nd | Our walk this afternoon takes us to vit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela (photo, above) built on the site of the fortress built to dominate the city after the siege of 1714, which was demolished in 1868 and then became the site — in 1888 — of Barcelona's first Universal Exposition. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip (16.00).
  • Thursday 3rd | The Feria de Abril here in Barcelona isn't quite the spectacular event that it is in Sevilla and Jerez, but come down to the Forum with us this afternoon and we think you'll find the Feria de Abril de Catalunya interesting (16.00).
  • Friday 4th | 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 | In the Spanish League, with Barça newly crowned champions, it's the big one — Barça vs Real Madrid (Sunday, kick-off 20.45). Get yourself a seat in a bar with a large screen (we're assuming that a VIP ticket for the game, from €2,270, is probably a bit steep for you).

Come and explore the hidden corners of Barcelona with us

Exploring the Barrio Gótico

Exploring the Barrio Gótico | Photo: Tom Walton

Come with us on our social programme this week and we'll take you off the beaten track to some of the "other" parts of Barcelona.

  • Tuesday 10th | 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 11th | 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 12th | We have a stroll this afternoon taking you to see some of the hidden corners of Barcelona you might otherwise miss. Come with us and explore (and see also these other hidden placesa, in other barrios).
  • Friday 13th | 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 | Champions, Quarter Final second leg Roma vs Barça (Tuesday, in Rome, kick-off 20.45); Spanish League, Barça vs Valencia (Saturday, kick-off 16.15).

Come and explore Barcelona with us on our social programme

The eyes of the Hotel Onha

Via Laietana: The eyes of the Hotel Onha | Photo: Tom Walton

Barcelona is about to go crazy (crazier than usual, that is) over the football (details below). But, between times, come along with us on our social programme and discover the rest of the city…

  • Tuesday 3rd | 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 4th | This afternoon's trip takes us to see some of Picasso's Barcelona: it includes some of the most picturesque of the streets of the Barrio Gótico (Petrixol, Avinyó…); places like the 4 Gats restaurant (a bohemian taberna in Picasso's time); the Estación de Francia (from where he first travelled to Paris at the age of 21); and the Carrer de Montcada, where the Picasso Museum now stands (16.00).
  • Thursday 5th | 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, as you can see in the video above, 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).
  • Friday 6th | Start 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 | Champions Quarter Final first leg, Barça vs Roma (Wednesday, kick-off 20.45); Liga, Barça vs Leganés (Saturday, kick-off 20.45). Tickets for the Roma game are still available (starting at €89, or €820 if you want a VIP ticket; do people seriously pay those kind of prices?).