Nativity scene in the remains of the Barcelona of 1714 (see Tuesday, below) | Photo: Tom Walton
Apart from what we have on our social programme this week, there's the football (see below), which brings one of the city's most curious phenomena: at around 18.00 on Saturday, Barcelona will either go completely crazy or else fall deathly silent.
- Tuesday 29th | It's a couple of years now since the 300th anniversary of the siege of Barcelona but the Barcelona 1714 route is still a historically fascinating one. Particularly curious are the remains of the city blocks demolished to build the post-siege fortress, now to be seen at the Born Centre Cultural (16.00).
- Wednesday 30th | Come with us this afternoon for a stroll 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 (16.00).
- Thursday 1st | Everyone who comes to Barcelona goes to see the Sagrada Familia but the city has a number of other lovely churches. Come with us today to see the Joyas del Gótico, the "Gothic jewels" of Barcelona — the Cathedral and the wonderful churches of Santa María del Pí and Santa María del Mar, the latter the subject of a book we always recommend, La Catedral del Mar (16.30).
- Friday 2nd | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).
We meet in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.
Also this week | In the Spanish League, it's the big one: Barça vs Real Madrid (Saturday, kick-off 16.15). That would be "from €1300" if you want a ticket (well, it is the "VIP Experience"). We'll be honest: it's pretty shameful that anyone will pay that to watch a football match.
If you really must watch the football, find yourself a bar with a big screen (content in Catalan).