So much to see in Barcelona!

The Sagrada Familia from the south

The Sagrada Familia seen from Aragó | photo: Tom Walton

There's just so much to see in Barcelona! Our social programme this week will give you just an inkling of the amazing variety of things to be seen, of places to visit…

  • Tuesday 20th | Although in Roman times Barcelona was far less important than Tarragona, 100km down the coast, the Romans left behind the remains of the city of Barcino that they founded in 15 BC: the Roman Temple and the traces of the Roman walls on top of which the city's medieval walls were largely built are among the things you'll see on our walk this afternoon (16.00).
  • Wednesday 21st | 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).
  • Thursday 22nd | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's now getting much closer to completion. Note that it costs €15 (and that's without an audioguide) if you want to go inside (in which case book online) but is definitely not something to be missed. (16.00).
  • Friday 23rd | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

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

Also this week | The first leg of the Copa del Rey QF, Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, Wednesday, kick-off 22.00.

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  1. The curious view of the Sagrada Familia there is over the top of a one-storey garage in the block to the south.

    There are still plans to demolish the entire block, several blocks in fact, to create an avenue leading up to the church — which is possibly why the garage has survived: no one wants to buy and redevelop if the whole thing is going to come down eventually.

    A Spanish lawyer's dream 😉 !

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