This week: the Raval vs the Sagrada Familia

El Raval

On a wall in the Raval | Photo: Tom Walton

We've a nice contrast for you this week if you come with us on our social programme: the Sagrada Familia is so amazing but really rather touristy; the Raval, on the other hand is amazing but so totally not!

  • Tuesday 20th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. Probably the best place in Barcelona to go to find street art (see photo, above), it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 21st | 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 22nd | Come along with us to see the Sagrada Familia today. George Orwell reckoned it was "one of the most hideous buildings in the world" and thought  the Civil War Anarchists "showed bad taste in not blowing it up" (!!). But don't take old George's word for it: come along with us and judge for yourself. If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum of €15 and that it's best to book online and reserve a time (16.00).
  • Friday 23rd | Kick off the weekend — and practise your Spanish — at our Friday Club language exchange (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 | Spanish League, Barça vs Eibar (Sunday, kick-off 18.15).

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