Social program Barcelona, January 23-29

Güell: the man actually responsible for a lot of the Gaudí buildings in Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Our social program in Barcelona this week…

  • Tuesday 24th | We're going to the district of Pedralbes this afternoon, where there's a magnificent monastery, a trip which also takes us to one of the less well-known works by Gaudí, the gatehouse at the Finca Güell, with its amazing dragon (16.00).
  • Wednesday 25th | Here's somewhere you just must go when you come to Barcelona: Gaudí's Park Güell, for many visitors to Barcelona the highlight of their visit to the city (16.00).
  • Thursday 26th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela. We'll also be going to the Eiffel-Tower-inspired Estación de Francia. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip (16.00).
  • Friday 27th | This week we have a special "Chinese New Year's Eve" edition of our popular Friday Club language exchange. Why not join us on the terrace and in the bar after class this evening (19.00-21.00)?

Meet in Reception ("C" floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above…

Música en directo: La Garrafa dels Beatles

Somewhere for live music? Xavi recommends us a bar in the district of Les Corts, not too far away from the Barça stadium.

  • Nombre: La Garrafa dels Beatles.
  • Dónde: Joan Güell 150 [mapa], Metro Les Corts (LL).
  • Me gusta: La música de los Beatles.
  • Cuándo: Por la noche.
  • Qué tomar: Lo que sea: Lo importante es escuhar la música y ver la colección.
  • Para: Tomar algo y escuchar música en directo.
  • Nos lo recomienda: Xavi.

Silencio en la nieve

Just out, this crime story with an unusal setting: the battles of the División Azul on the Russian Front…

  • Director: Gerardo Herrero (Los aires difíciles, El principio de Arquímedes, Territorio comanche, Malena es un nombre de tango…)
  • De qué va: En el frente de Rusia, unos soldados de la División Azul encuentran a un soldado español asesinado. En medio de la guerra, los soldados españoles encargados de la investigación del caso, tendrán que hacer frente a un enemigo más próximo de lo que creían.
  • Quién actúa: Juan Diego Botto (Vete de mí, Roma, Obaba, Sobreviviré, Novios …), Carmelo Gómez (Oviedo exprés, La carta esférica, El método, etc.)
  • Por qué la recomiendo: Es una película de suspense y una excelente excusa para aprender sobre la División Azul y la participación española en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
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  • Nivel de dificultad: Nivel intermedio.

Social program Barcelona, January 16-22

Our social program in Barcelona this week…

  • Tuesday 17th | 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) (16.00).
  • Wednesday 18th | We're going to the Miró Foundation [website] this afternoon. Come along, it's one of Barcelona's very best art museums (Entrance €6; 16.00).
  • Thursday 19th | We're going down to the Plaza España this afternoon to visit the CaixaForum, Barcelona's most-visited art museum, and itself a wonderful example of Modernista architecture. Of what's currently on, don't miss Monet, Degas and Renoir in the Impresionistas: maestros franceses de la colección Clark exhibition (16.00).
  • Friday 20th | Bring your mobile phone if you're coming to this week's Friday Club language exchange: we've got another crazy "mensajitos" party. On the terrace/in the bar (19.00-21.00).

Meet in Reception ("C" floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above…

Picture postcard view of Barcelona

The Torre Agbar and the Sagrada Familia | Photo: Tom Walton

Last week we had a photo of Barcelona's ugliest street. Here's one to contrast with it, the view from the unfashionable, working-class district of El Carmel. You might just wander into it by mistake if you took the wrong exit from the Park Güell, but otherwise it's not on your must-see list.

We happen to like El Carmel, apart from anything else for the views. Shown in our photo today, the Torre Agbar and the Sagrada Familia.