CaixaForum, one of Barcelona's most curious pieces of Modernista architecture (and one of its best art galleries) | Photo: Tom Walton
We're back with our Friday Club language exchange on our social programme this week (and it's Tuesday 13th, not Friday, that we consider unlucky in Spain, in case you wondered).
- Tuesday 10th | 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 11th | 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 CaixaForum (photo, above) and lots more besides. We won't actually be going into the latter, but you might want to, afterwards (16.00).
- Thursday 12th | It's hard to believe, but Via Laietana (just along the road from IH Barcelona) is little more than 100 years old. Driven through the heart of the old city between 1908 and 1913 [see video], it's now one of Barcelona's busiest streets. Come with us and discover more of its history this afternoon (16.00).
- Friday 13th | Our first Friday Club of 2017! If you want to practice your Spanish (and any other languages you happen to know!), we're on the terrace/in the bar 19.00-21.00 every Friday except during the holidays.
Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.
Also this week | Two chances to see Barça at home! In the Copa, the return leg of the Barça vs Athletic Bilbao tie (Wednesday, kick-off 21.15, with Barça 2-1 down after the first game); and in the Spanish League, Barça vs Las Palmas (Saturday, kick-off 16.15). Prices start at €18 and €33 respectively for those (that's cheap for a Barça game).