This week in Barcelona: magic fountains, the Ramblas and Jack Nicholson

Fonts de Montjuic

The spectacular magic fountains of Montjuic | Photo: Tom Walton

Our social programme for the first week of August (when, 25 years ago, we were in the middle of the Barcelona Olympics!)

  • Tuesday 1st | 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 2nd | Come with this afternoon down the Ramblas, to discover some of the amazing things on and just off it — including one of our favourite Barcelona dragons and the Palau Güell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district. If you are an Antonioni fan, the Palau Güell is where Jack Nicholson meets Marie Schneider in The Passenger and — if you're a fan — a selfie coming out of the Hotel Oriente is on your to-do list (16.00).
  • Thursday 3rd | Note the change from the usual time today: this evening we're going to the spectacular light and sound show of the Magic Fountains of Montjuic (20.30).
  • Friday 4th | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

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

Also this week | Your last chance to go to the Sala Montjuic, the open air cinema festival in the grounds of the fort on Montjuic, which overlooks the city. Cool place for a picnic supper on a hot summer night!

Barcelona Turisme, the official tourist board site, has a terrific guide to what's on in Barcelona in August, if you want to plan ahead (.pdf document).

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