Beast in the Barrio Gótico

Beast in the Barrio Gotico

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…).

Lo mejor que le puede pasar a un cruasán

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 mi estado civil, mi horizonte profesional o mis expectativas vitales a medio y largo plazo. Hubo un tiempo en que me complacía en escandalizarlos improvisando toda clase de aspiraciones inadmisibles para un joven pijo, sacarme el carnet de taxista, o emplearme en una cadena de montaje, no sé, pero a estas alturas de mi existencia –y más aún en las circunstancias concretas de aquellos días- no aspiraba siquiera a escandalizar a mis tíos […]

  • Versión cinematográfica
  • Por qué me gusta: Tiene mucho sentido de humor y te hace reír. Puede ser difícil por la gran cantidad de referencias culturales, sociales, generacionales…

The district of Gràcia

Gracia 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 the social program, Wednesday.

Photo (above, right), the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia (aka Rius i Taulet) | Photo: Tom Walton

Social program Barcelona, January 25-31


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 the hidden corners of the Barrio Gótico with us this afternoon (16.00).
  • Friday 29th | Come get yourself some extra Spanish practice at our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00).

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

A nameless square in the Barrio Gótico


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…