On a wall in a side street… | Photo: Tom Walton
The Barrio Gótico is somewhere to explore on your own: when you've got an hour before or after class, or whenever, go get yourself lost there…!
It's also one of the most popular events on our social program — exploring some of its hidden corners. Come with us on our walk this afternoon (meet, 16.00h in Spanish Reception…).
This week we recommend you the first novel of Barcelona-born "Pablo Tusset"…
Título: Lo mejor que le puede pasar a un cruasán (2001) Autor: Pablo Tusset [Wikipedia] Nivel: Avanzado De qué va: La novela cuenta el recorrido de Pablo Miralles por los barrios más pijos de Barcelona en busca de su hermano desaparecido. Una cita:
Desde luego, el apartado que más temo de las reuniones familiares es la sobremesa. En el momento en que se sirven los cafés, mi Estupenda Familia ha agotado ya los temas de Cultura y Sociedad y empieza a hacerme preguntas personales, casi siempre relacionadas con [...]
Like Sarrià, the district of Gràcia [general information | map] was once a separate town — at least until 1897, that is, when it officially became part of Barcelona, as the latter started to expand.
In August, Gràcia has a great Festa Major and its other attractions include some great places to sit on a terrace in the sunshine, one of the less well-known Gaudí houses (the Casa Viçens), as well as plenty of other interesting architecture, as we discovered on a recent photowalking tour.
Come along with us and explore on [...]
Balcony in the district of Gracia: come with us, Wednesday | Photo: Tom Walton
Your social program in Barcelona this week…
Tuesday 26th | No trip to Barcelona would be complete without seeing the Sagrada Familia, the Gaudí cathedral. This afternoon we'll also be going just up the road from the Sagrada Familia to the equally magificent Hospital de Sant Pau (16.00). Wednesday 27th | Our walk this afternoon takes us into the bohemian district of Gracia [general information | map]: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars (16.00)! Thursday 28th | Come and explore some of [...]
Hidden in the Gothic Quarter | Photo: Tom Walton
At the end of the Carrer Bisbe Caçador [map], a short side street leading off the Plaça Sant Just, there's another little square which (according to the map) doesn't even appear to have a name.
Because the street is a dead-end, because there's nothing especially remarkable to "see" in the square, you'll find that it's almost always deserted and ignored.
Stay and sit a while…
Ángel recommends us somewhere central to try some Catalan cooking, for lunch or dinner, just off the Plaça Universitat…
Nombre: La llavors dels Orígens. Dónde: Enric Granados 9 [mapa]. Metro Universitat (L1 and L2). Me gusta: La carta en los manteles, que se puede consultar en Internet, como las recetas de los platos. Así puedes intentar repetir en casa. Cuándo: Para comer o cenar. Qué tomar: Cocina catalana de temporada. Web: www.lallavordelsorigens.com Nos lo recomienda: Ángel
Inside the Park Güell… Come with us, Tuesday | Photo: Tom Walton
The social program in Barcelona this week…
Tuesday 19th | We're going to one of Barcelona's must-see places today: Gaudí's Park Güell, for many visitors to Barcelona their favourite place in the city (16.00). Wednesday 20th | It's just a short distance away from IH and is one of Barcelona's most popular museums: come with us this afternoon to the Picasso Museum (16.00). Thursday 21st | Our walk this afternoon takes us on a stroll round the Barrio Gótico, the old [...]
Sagrada Familia and Barcelona's twin towers from El Carmel | Photo: Tom Walton
We had a picture of the view of Barcelona from the Park Güell, recently; here's another one from not so far away, though you're not actually that likely to go there.
El Carmel is one of the barrios of the district of Horta [map] and is also the name of one of the hills (267m) overlooking the city, and hence the view. If you were coming back from the Park Güell, you [...]keep looking »