Come and explore Barcelona's barrios with us

Street art in Poble Nou, artist unknown | Photo: Tom Walton

We have a couple of Barcelona's less touristy barrios for you on our social programme this week. Come with us and explore!

  • Tuesday 14th | 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. (especially if you get as far as the barrio of Sant Martí). But come along with us and discover a whole lot more about one of the city's most interesting, most genuine barrios.
  • Wednesday 15th | 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, 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).
  • Thursday 16th | It's festa major time already — at least it is in the district of Sant Antoni, another of Barcelona's more interesting, less hyped ones. The Market dates back to 1882, the work of the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, and has just reopened after extensive restoration work. This article in El Periódico gives you a taste of the kind of stall you'll find there. Note also the second hand book fair that is held every Sunday. If you want to know more, try Wikipedia or the market's official website — or why not just come along with us?

Join us in Ground Floor Reception, by the front door at 16.30.

Also this week | Spanish League, Barça vs Granada (Sunday, kick-off 21.00).

Come and discover Barcelona with us

La Carboneria

Detail, façade of La Carbonería, Sant Antoni | Photo: Tom Walton

On our social programme for you this week:

  • Tuesday 22nd | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], 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).
  • Wednesday 23rd | Come with us today to visit the barrio of Sant Antoni, a district of the Eixample which lies between the Raval and Poble Sec. Among its attractions, the recently restored market (which dates back to 1872), the second hand book stalls (on Sundays) and La Carbonería, said to have been the very first building of the Eixample, and one of Barcelona's most spectacular pieces of street art (16.00).
  • Thursday 24th | 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).

Join us in Reception (Ground Floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Street art and Sevillanas on this week's social programme

Streetart Enric Puyalto

Street art in Sant Martí by @enric.puyalto| Photo: @sirkirbymuxloe

With Wednesday being a holiday, we've got something for you on Monday on our social programme this week:

  • Monday 29th | 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. (especially if you get as far as the barrio of Sant Martí). But come along with us and discover a whole lot more about one of the city's most interesting, most genuine barrios (16.00).
  • Tuesday 30th | Sevillanas are one of Spain's many traditional dances originating, as the name suggests in the city of Seville. Wikipedia has an entry about Sevillanas, if you need to find out more, though YouTube will be more enlightening for some practical examples. Or why not come along today and actually get some hands- (and feet!) -on practice. Dani has a fun Sevillanas workshop for you (16.00)!
  • Wednesday 1st | National holiday in Spain
  • Thursday 2nd | 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. And now that you know how to do a Sevillana… (16.00).
  • Friday 3rd | You've got to start your Barcelona weekend somewhere. Why not start it with us at our Friday Club language exchange, where you can practise all the languages you know? 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 semi-final, Barça vs Liverpool (Wednesday, kick-off 21.00, with the second leg in Liverpool on May 7).

Poblenou, Sant Martí and Sant Antoni: some of the hidden corners of Barcelona

Street art in Sant Martí

Street art in Sant Martí | Photo: Tom Walton

Note that Thursday is a national holiday in Spain (crazy, right 😉 ?) so we have two activites for you on Friday on our social programme this week:

  • Tuesday 30th | 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. (especially if you get as far as the barrio of Sant Martí). 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 31st | The Sant Antoni Market dates back to 1882, the work of the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, and has just reopened after extensive restoration work. This article in El Periódico gives you a taste of the kind of stall you'll find there. Note also the second hand book fair that is held every Sunday. If you want to know more, try Wikipedia or the market's official website — or why not just come along with us (16.00)?
  • Thursday 1st | National holiday in Spain
  • Friday 2nd | 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 places, in other barrios) (16.00).
  • Friday 2nd | 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.

Modernista architecture, Picasso and street art this week in Barcelona

Street art Barrio Gótico

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

Come with us on our social programme and explore Barcelona! What we have for you this week:

  • Tuesday 25th | Join us today on our walk round the Barrio Gótico, the old quarter 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 (not least of them, the street art!) (16.00).
  • Wednesday 26th | 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 27th | 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 28th | Come and join us on the terrace/in the bar after class this afternoon for our very popular Friday Club language exchange. Fun (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, we have Barça vs Athletic Bilbao (Saturday, kick-off 16.15).