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?).

Come to the Sagrada Familia with us!

Sagrada Famiia

Sagrada Familia | Photo: Tom Walton

We've a nice contrast for you on our social programme this week: the medieval church of Santa María del Mar (Tuesday) vs Gaudí's Sagrada Familia (Thursday). Come along with us and see!

  • Tuesday 27th | Join us on our walk today round the  popular barrio of El Born, full of cool bars and history, home to the lovely church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Estación de Francia, as well as the fascinating remains of the medieval city of Barcelona in the old Born Market (16.00).
  • Wednesday 28th | Come with this afternoon 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. If you are an Antonioni fan, the Palau Güell is where Jack Nicholson meets Marie Schneider in The Passenger and — if you're a fan — a selfie coming out of the Hotel Oriente is on your to-do list (16.00).
  • Thursday 29th | 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!). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed. It's definitely not something to be missed so why not come with us today? Note that entrance is €15 and you need to book a place by 16.00 on Tuesday if you want to come with us (16.00).
  • Friday 30th | National holiday in Spain, school closed

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

Note also that, with this being Easter, the school will be closed from Friday 30th to Monday 2nd (inclusive) and this week will be open only 09.00 to 16.00. Friday Club will back on April 6th.

Art, architecture and Poble Nou on this week's social programme


Detail, Modernista building in the Eixample district: come along with us and see, Thursday | Photo: Tom Walton

The art and the architecture (not to mention the street art!) are just a couple of the things that make Barcelona such a distinctive place. Come with us and explore on our social programme this week.

  • Tuesday 20th | 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. 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 21st | Our trip this afternoon 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 (16.00).
  • Thursday 22nd | 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 23rd | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange — the last one for two weeks as we take a break for Easter (19.00-21.00).

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

The Romans, the flea market, the architecture, the football: Barcelona has it all

Montjuic

Come with us to Montjuïc on Thursday for some wonderful views of the city | Photo: Tom Walton

Wednesday's football is probably the big event in Barcelona this week, but we have plenty of other goodies for you on our social programme this week, too.

  • Tuesday 13th | 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).
  • Wednesday 14th | Our trip today takes us down to Glòries, (that's the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, to give it its full, official name), which is home to the singular Torre Agbar, a huge shopping centre and the Encants, possibly the only flea market in the world with a designer roof (which, in true Barcelona fashion, leaked the first time it rained!). There's also the new Design Musuem down there too. It's an area that's been transformed in the last 25 years — and still being transformed, with the Plaça, once a massive roundabout, now a massive roadworks, but supposed eventually to become a large park) (16.00).
  • Thursday 15th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them the mountain of Montjuïc [ Wikipedia ], which overlooks the city and which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views [ Flickr | Instagram ] are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Friday 16th | 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 | Champions, Barça vs Chelsea (Wednesday, kick-off 20.45).Spanish League, Barça vs Athletic Bilbao (Sunday, kick-off 16.15).