The Mundial and what else is on in Barcelona

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".

La Carbonería, primer edificio de El Eixample

La Carboneria

Detalle, fachada de La Carbonería | Photo: Tom Walton

Possibly one of the most spectacular bits of graffiti in Barcelona, you want to photograph it quick, before it gets demolished…

Este edificio del Eixample [ Wikipedia ] está de actualidad desde que hace unos días la policía desalojó a los ocupas que se habían instalado en él desde hacía años.

Lo cierto es que el edificio, en una de las esquinas de la calle Urgell con Floridablanca [ mapa ], tiene en su fachada posiblemente el graffiti más espectacular de la ciudad.

Si quieres tener un recuerdo de la historia de Barcelona y de la contracultura, ve a hacerle una foto antes de que lo derrumben (ese es su destino).

Según Lluís Permanyer, un reputado cronista de la ciudad, este fue el primer edificio de El Eixample, por lo que merece ser conservado.

Barcelona in September

Graffiti, Poble Nou | Photo: Tom Walton

September is one of the best times to visit Barcelona: it's warm but not so stifling as in August and, among other things, later in the month (21st-24th) we have Barcelona's big fiesta: the Mercè.

Here's our social program to kick off the month:

  • Tuesday 3rd |  Today's trip takes us into the barrio of Poble Nou, which you might be vaguely familiar with as home to the iconic Torre Agbar and the nightclub Razzmatazz; 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 4th | Which is Barcelona's best museum? Everyone has their own favourite but the Museo Picasso is one not to be missed. Come along with us this afternoon… (16.00).
  • Thursday 5th | 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 6th | 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.

Graffiti in Sant Pere

In Sant Pere… | Photo: Tom Walton

We haven't had one of these for a long time, have we?

A lot of Barcelona's graffiti is disappointing: you'd have thought we're hip enough to have a few decent graffiti artists, wouldn't you?

They say that they've all been chased out of the Barrio Gótico and so on, though that doesn't seem to include mindless vandalism on all the shop shutters (walk around after closing time and you'll see what we mean).

So it's nice when you do come across something that actually demonstrates real talent…

See also On our main site, photos from our social program, Lo pegado y pintado en las paredes del Gótico: Graffiti in Barcelona.

Social program Barcelona, Feb 18-24

Graffiti eyes

Graffiti, Barrio del Raval | Photo: Tom Walton

This week's social program in Barcelona:

  • Tuesday 19th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port — home to some great graffiti (see image, above), to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 20th | For anyone interested in Barcelona's history, our trip today takes us to one of the city's most interesting museums: the Catalan History Museum. If you want to understand Barcelona, come with us (16.00)!
  • Thursday 21st | 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 €13.50 (!!) but is definitely not something to be missed (16.00).
  • Friday 22nd | This week we have a special Oscars edition of our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00).

NOTE If you do want to visit the interior of the Sagrada Familia, it's worth booking online, to avoid the queues.