Barcelona at its best – and worst

Roses for Sant Jordi

Roses for Sant Jordi | Photo: Tom Walton

Barcelona (and Sant Jordi) in the spring sunshine: one of those times of the years when it's at its loveliest. Come and see on our social programme this week:

  • Tuesday 18th | Come with us today to explore the popular district of Gracia: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars (and, in August, a great festa major)! We'll also be seeing one of the less well-known Gaudí works, the Casa Viçens (16.00).
  • Wednesday 19th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to see some of Picasso's Barcelona: it includes some of the most picturesque of the streets of the Barrio Gótico (Petrixol, Avinyó…); places like the 4 Gats restaurant (a bohemian taberna in Picasso's time); the Estación de Francia (from where he first travelled to Paris at the age of 21); and the Carrer de Montcada, where the Picasso Museum now stands (16.00).
  • Thursday 20th | We have a stroll round the Barrio Gótico for you today, taking you to see some of the hidden corners you might otherwise miss. Come with us and explore (and see also these other hidden corners of Barcelona, in other barrios).
  • Friday 21st | We have a special Sant Jordi edition of our Friday Club language exchange this week. 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 | It's a kind of big week for Barça: on Wednesday in the Champions it's the return of the Barça vs Juventus Quarter Final (kick-off 20.45), with Barça down 3-0 after the first leg; and then on Sunday, in the Spanish League, it's Real Madrid vs Barça (kick-off 20.45), with Barça 3 points behind their arch rivals, who still have a game in hand. A double opportunity — because of the atavistic screaming that goes on and the absurd amount of importance attached to such things — to see Barcelona at its worst.

Sunday also happens to be Sant Jordi, when tradition has it that the girl gives her guy a book, and in return receives a rose. Barcelona at its best (though you'll have to pardon us for suggesting it's all become a bit commercialized).

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