Barcelona, the old and the new, and the Modernista bit in the middle

Torre Agbar

The Torre Agbar, one of Barcelona's most distinctive landmarks | Photo: Tom Walton

On our social programme this week, we've got old Barcelona for you (Tuesday) and the new, post-Olympics city (Wednesday) — with the fabulous Modernista one, from the late-19th/early 20th century, thrown in as well (Thursday).

  • Tuesday 14th | Join us today on our walk round the Barrio Gótico, the old part of the city of Barcelona. You could and will go on your own — but come with us and you'll discover some of the wonderful things to be found there (16.00).
  • Wednesday 15th | Our trip today takes us down to Glorias, (that's the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, to give it its full, official name), which is 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 (which, in true Barcelona fashion, leaked the first time it rained!). There's also the new Design Musuem down there too. It's an area that's been transformed  in the last 25 years — and still being transformed, with the Plaça, once a massive roundabout, to become a large park) (16.00).
  • Thursday 16th | Come with us for a stroll this afternoon to see something of the Ruta del Modernismo. We can't and won't (promise!) take you to see all the 116 Modernista buildings officially included in the Route, but you'll get at least a taste of Barcelona's magnificent architecture. Interesting, and not all of them by Gaudí (16.00)!
  • Friday 17th | We have a special St Valentine's Day Friday Club for you this week, three days late of course, but hey, love is for ever, right 😉 ? 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 | Champions, last-16 tie, PSG vs Barça (Tuesday, kick-off 20.45); Spanish League, Barça vs Leganes (Sunday, kick-off 20.45).

For the PSG game, you'll want a bar with a big screen (content in Catalan).

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