Street art and designer roofs and museums: it has to be Barcelona


The Mercat Encants Vells Fira de Bellcaire… That's a flea market. With a designer roof | Photo: Tom Walton

Our social programme for the first week in December. It's cold but sunny in Barcelona — so bring a coat but be prepared to take it off ūüėČ !

  • Tuesday 1st | 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, 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 2nd | Our trip today takes us down to Glorias, home to the singular Torre Agbar, a huge shopping centre and the Encants, possibly the only flea market in the world with a designer roof (see photo, above).¬† There's also the new Design Musuem down there too (on the other side of the roadworks!) (16.00).
  • Thursday 3rd | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. Come and explore with us (16.00).
  • Friday 4th | We've got Brazilian Chill for a theme at this week's Friday Club language exchange. Speaking some Portuguese is not a requirement, but we think you'll be surprised how many different languages you can usually practice on Friday evenings at IH Barcelona! 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 | Copa del Rey, Barça vs Villanovense (Wednesday, kick-off 20.00).

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