Come explore the Barrio Gótico, Montjuïc and Barceloneta with us this week

Street Art Barrio Gotico Barcelona

Street art, Barrio Gótico | Photo: Tom Walton

Come with us on our social programme and explore if you are with us this week. In the Spring sunshine, Barcelona is just so wonderful for a leisurely afternoon stroll!

  • Tuesday 26th | 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 27th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them Montjuïc [Flickr | Wikipedia], which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Thursday 28th | 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 Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. Come and explore with us (16.00).
  • Friday 29th | We've got a Blind Date edition of Friday Club for you this week. The poster makes it look as if you have to wear a paper bag on your head but we're guessing that's optional 😉 ! It's always fun, anyway. 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.

Until April 28
If you were here in Barcelona on Saturday, and got some nice photos of Sant Jordi, don't forget that you have until 12.00 on Thursday to enter them for our #ihbcnstjordi Instagram competition.

Barcelona: so many different barrios to explore

Street Art PobleNou

Street art in Poble Nou | Photo: Tom Walton

Bring your walking shoes with you on our social programme and come and explore three very different Barcelona barrios.

  • Tuesday 8th |  Today's trip takes us into the barrio of Poble Nou, which is home to the iconic Torre Agbar, the nightclub Razzmatazz and some of Barcelona's best street art (see photo, above). But come along with us and discover a whole lot more about one of the city's most interesting, most genuine barrios (16.00).
  • Wednesday 9th | Transformed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition, the Plaza España is within walking distance of so much: the Las Arenas shopping mall in the former bullring (great view from the top!); Miró's Dona i Ocell (no sniggering!); the outstanding art collection at the MNAC (housed in the Palacio Nacional, built for the Exhibition); the former factory, now art museum of the Caixa Forum… and lots more besides (16.00).
  • Thursday 10th | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta, 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 11th | 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 | Spanish League, Barça vs Getafe (Saturday, kick-off 16.00).

This week: the Raval vs the Sagrada Familia

El Raval

On a wall in the Raval | Photo: Tom Walton

We've a nice contrast for you this week if you come with us on our social programme: the Sagrada Familia is so amazing but really rather touristy; the Raval, on the other hand is amazing but so totally not!

  • Tuesday 20th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. Probably the best place 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).
  • Wednesday 21st | 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 22nd | Come along with us to see the Sagrada Familia today. George Orwell reckoned it was "one of the most hideous buildings in the world" and thought  the Civil War Anarchists "showed bad taste in not blowing it up" (!!). But don't take old George's word for it: come along with us and judge for yourself. If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum of €15 and that it's best to book online and reserve a time (16.00).
  • Friday 23rd | 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 | Spanish League, Barça vs Eibar (Sunday, kick-off 18.15).

Come and explore Barcelona with us this week

Street art in the Raval

Street art in the Raval by @mischief_ness | Photo: Tom Walton

We always recommend people to join us on our social programme not just for the extra practise it gives you for your Spanish, but also because it's such a great way to explore Barcelona.

  • Tuesday 25th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port — home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras and to some of the city's best street art (16.00).
  • Wednesday 26th | 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 27th | This afternoon we're taking on a walk along the Moll de la Fusta, 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 28th | 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 | Spanish League, Barça vs Málaga (Saturday, kick-off 20.30).

Come and explore Barcelona with us this week

Streetart by Ze Carrion

Street art by Ze Carrion in Poble Nou | Photo: Tom Walton

For August, it's been pleasantly cool in Barcelona — great if you're exploring the city with us on our social programme in the afternoon after class!

  • Tuesday 11th |  Today's trip takes us into the barrio of Poble Nou, which is home to the iconic Torre Agbar, the nightclub Razzmatazz and some of Barcelona's best street art (see photo, above). But come along with us and discover a whole lot more about one of the city's most interesting, most genuine barrios (16.00).
  • Wednesday 12th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela. 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 (16.00).
  • Thursday 13th | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's now getting much closer to completion. If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum €15 (!!) and best book tickets online but it's definitely not something to be missed (16.00).
  • Friday 14th | We've got a tongue twisters contest at this week's Friday Club language exchange. That would be trabalenguas in Spanish if you want to warm up for that! 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 | European Supercup Final, Barça vs Sevilla (Tuesday, kick-off 20.45). The game is in Tiblisi so you might want to check out these bars in Barcelona with big screens.

Starting Saturday | Probably Barcelona's best barrio fiesta, the Festa Major de Gràcia | Full programme (in Catalan)