The Raval, street art and dragons on this week's social programme

Street art in the Raval

Migration is natural, borders aren't | Street art in the Raval by lmnt_ and rocblackblock; photo: sirkirbymuxloe

We've got one of our favourite Barcelona barrios for you on our social programme this week and one of it's most amazing dragons, too…

  • Tuesday 7th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art, 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 9th | Come with us to the lovely gardens of the Palacio Real de Pedralbes, which was home to the Spanish monarchy 1919-1931 whenever they visited the city, and also takes in the remarkable Gaudí dragon on the gate of the Finca Güell, the summer home of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí's great patron (16.00).
  • Thursday 9th | This afternoon's trip takes us to the CaixaForum, an old textile factory and another fascinating piece of Modernista architecture housing Barcelona's most visited art museum. Of what's currently on, we particularly recommend the Thyssen exhibition (16.00, entrance fee €4).
  • Friday 10th | 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 | Copa del Rey Semi Final, Barça vs Atlético Madrid (Tuesday, kick-off 21.00).

Picasso and Gaudí on this week's social programme

Picasso

"Pokemon Go is ridiculous. Back in my day, if you wanted to walk around looking for big pink dragons and blue tortoises, you'd just take some drugs like a normal person" — Pablo Pikachu | Streetart in the Barrio Gótico, by TvBoy; Photo: Tom Walton

We're not going too far away on our social programme this week (the Barrio Gótico is 5 minutes' walk away) but there are lots of interesting things to discover. Come along!

  • Tuesday 13th | 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 14th | Our walk this afternoon 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 15th | 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!). If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum €15 but is definitely not something to be missed. See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed (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 Celtic (Tuesday, kick-off 20:45).  The excellent TimeOut Barcelona Twitter feed has these 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan), if you want somewhere to watch the game.

See also (same source) these 11 different ways to watch football in Barcelona.

Barcelona's art and architecture on this week's social programme

Streetart MNAC

The Palau Nacional, home to the MNAC, painted on the side of a newspaper kiosk | Photo: Tom Walton

There's lots this week on our social programme for those of you interested in art and architecture. If football is more your thing, it all (er…) kicks off again on Wednesday.

  • Tuesday 9th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to the Manzana de la Discordia, the block on Passeig de Gracia with three of Barcelona's best examples of Modernista architecture — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
  • Wednesday 10th | 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 (photo, above) (16.00).
  • Thursday 11th  | Note the change from the usual time today: this evening we're going to the spectacular light and sound show of the Magic Fountains of Montjuic (20.00).
  • Friday 12th | It's a long weekend — with no class on Monday 15th — and what better place to kick it off (as well as practise your Spanish) than 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: Your first chance to see them at home this seasons (assuming you think a minimum €39 for a ticket is worth it), in the Trofeo Joan Gamper, Barça vs Sampdoria (kick-off, 20.30).