This Friday: Sant Joan, Barcelona at its craziest

Sagrada Famiia

Sagrada Familia | Photo: Tom Walton

You are coming to Barcelona to learn Spanish, aren't you? And to see the city, too, right? The former in class, the latter on our social programme every week. If you want to party as well, that would be this Friday night!

  • Tuesday 20th | 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 Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour (16.00).
  • Wednesday 21st | 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 22nd | 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!). If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum €15 (and book online if you want to do that) but is definitely not something to be missed (16.00). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed.
  • Friday 23rd | Tonight is Sant Joan — one of those nights when Barcelona just goes crazy (this time with fireworks). Why not kick it off at our Friday Club language exchange (in the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00). Bona retvella, as we say here in Catalonia!

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

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