This week in Barcelona: the good, the great and the ugly


Street art by @guate.mao in the Born | Photo: Tom Walton

We've got one of our favourite Barcelona barrios and one of its most fascinating artistic periods on our social programme this week. On this week as well, two Barça home games and our least favourite annual event.

  • Tuesday 28th | Join us on our walk today round the popular barrio of El Born, full of cool bars and history, home to the lovely church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Estación de Francia, as well as the fascinating remains of the medieval city of Barcelona in the old Born Market. Some cool street art, too, if you keep your eyes open (16.00)!
  • Wednesday 1st | Although the most noticeable manifestation of Catalan modernism was architecture (come with us tomorrow for that!), there was also a flowering of painting and sculpture and decorative arts like ironwork and ceramic tiles. Come along with us this afternoon to the Museo del Modernismo de Barcelona and find out more (16.00, entrance €8).
  • Thursday 2nd | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's supposed to be finished in 2026 (see this video if you can't wait that long!). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed. It's definitely not something to be missed so why not come with us today (entrance €15; 16.00)?
  • Friday 3rd | You've got to start your Barcelona weekend somewhere. Why not start it with us at our Friday Club language exchange, where you can practise all the languages you know? 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 Sporting (Wednesday, kick-off 19.30) and Barça vs Celta (Saturday, kick-off 20.45)

It's also the week of one of the major, annual embarrassments to Barcelona as a city: the Mobile World Congress (February 27th-March 2). Expect to see a lot of limos transporting filthy rich young men behaving badly from posh restaurants to exclusive discos and to find no room at any of Barcelona's many, unnecessary five-star hotels. Of minus zero benefit to your average Barcelona citizen.

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