Come explore the Barrio Gótico, Montjuïc and Barceloneta with us this week

Street Art Barrio Gotico Barcelona

Street art, Barrio Gótico | Photo: Tom Walton

Come with us on our social programme and explore if you are with us this week. In the Spring sunshine, Barcelona is just so wonderful for a leisurely afternoon stroll!

  • Tuesday 26th | 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 27th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them Montjuïc [Flickr | Wikipedia], which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Thursday 28th | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. Come and explore with us (16.00).
  • Friday 29th | We've got a Blind Date edition of Friday Club for you this week. The poster makes it look as if you have to wear a paper bag on your head but we're guessing that's optional 😉 ! It's always fun, anyway. 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.

Until April 28
If you were here in Barcelona on Saturday, and got some nice photos of Sant Jordi, don't forget that you have until 12.00 on Thursday to enter them for our #ihbcnstjordi Instagram competition.

Bring your walking boots and come explore Barcelona

Model of Barcelona

Model of Barcelona showing the Parc de la Ciutadella | Photo: Natxo Azoz

Bring comfortable shoes on our social programme this week, as we've got some great Barcelona walks for you. Don't forget your camera, or phone!

  • Tuesday 15th | We've a trip up to the barrio of Sarrià [map] this afternoon. A separate town until it was incorporated into Barcelona in 1921, Sarrià still feels a little like a town. Look out for wild boar, stop off at the posh bakers Foix de Sarrià (Plaça de Sarrià 12-13) if you're feeling peckish — or try the world's best ever patatas bravas at Bar Tomas (Major de Sarrià 49). Shame it's rather expensive to find a flat there (16.00)
  • Wednesday 16th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela. In the photo, above, you have the park with the Catalan parliament building in the foreground, the Estación de Francia top left and the Castell dels tres dragons top right of the park, among other buildings. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip (16.00).
  • Thursday 17th | 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 18th | With both Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Fridays, today is the last Friday Club of 2015 (we'll be back Janauary 8th). And that means it's Christmas Party time! 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.

World Press Photo opening in Barcelona this week

Picasso in Barcelona

Pablo…? | Photo: Tom Walton

As well as our social programme (great for some extra practice for your Spanish!), don't miss the World Press Photo exhibition, details below.

This week:

  • Tuesday 10th | Come with 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 Guell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district (16.00).
  • Wednesday 11th | 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 Museo Picasso now stands (16.00).
  • Thursday 12th | Transformed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition, the Plaza España is within walking distance of so much: the Las Arenas shopping mall in the former bullring (great view from the top!); Miró's Dona i Ocell (no sniggering!); the outstanding art collection at the MNAC (housed in the Palacio Nacional, built for the Exhibition); the former factory, now art museum of the Caixa Forum… and lots more besides (16.00).
  • Friday 13th | It's Hipster Night (!!!) at this week's Friday Club language exchange (the place to be, of course, for any hipsters learning Spanish in Barcelona 😉 ! ). 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.

Opening Thursday | The outstanding World Press Photo exhibition opens this week at the CCCB (€6, visiting hours 11.00-20.00, closed Mondays, until December 13).

This week in Barcelona: dragons, labyrinths… and murder?

Friday Club

This week's Friday Club (see below)

The social programme for this week in Barcelona. Come along, it's a great way to get some extra practice for your Spanish!

  • Tuesday 21st | Come with 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 Guell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district (16.00).
  • Wednesday 22nd | 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 23rd | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them Montjuïc [Flickr | Wikipedia], which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views are fantastic (16.00)!
  • Friday 24th | The theme for this week's Friday Club is Who did what?, as you can from the poster, above. Friday Club is always something of a surprise so we can't tell you what it involves but come along to practise your Spanish anyway, it's always fun! 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.

Until July 31st | The huge number of events on at the Grec Festival (theatre, dance, music, circus…).

Until August 7 | Sala Montjuic, open-air film festival (Mon., Wed., Fri.); see full programme. Don't forget your picnic!

Discover two of Barcelona's most distinctive barrios with us this week

Street art in Poble Nou

Anti-capitalism street art mural by RocBlackBlock in Poble Nou | Photo: Tom Walton

We do take you to the usual places, like the Sagrada Familia for example, on our social programme but we like to get to places a bit further off the beaten track, too. Shirt sleeves, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and a camera will be in order this week!

  • Tuesday 19th |  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 20th | This afternoon we'll be visiting the Parlament de Catalunya. Ironically housed in what was originally the arsenal of the fortress built to dominate the city after the 1713-14 siege, the building itself is lovely, the visit an interesting one also to discover how the Parlament works. The trip also takes us into the Parque de la Ciudadela, one of Barcelona's nicest parks (16.00).
  • Tuesday 21st | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but — once — housed Barcelona's fishermen and then factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. Come with us and see for yourself (16.00).
  • Friday 22nd | This week, it's Flower Power Friday at our Friday Club language exchange. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… | sing it 😉 ! 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 | Newly crowned champions Barça vs Deportivo La Coruña in the last La Liga game of the season (Saturday, kick-off 18.30).