Barcelona at Christmas? It's a fun place to be!
For anyone who's coming to join us (or who is thinking of doing so!), here's an advance on what's on our social programme over Christmas and the New Year…
- Tuesday 12th | A walk round the lovely barrio of the Born, about 10-15 walk away from the school.
- Wednesday 13th | This trip will take us down to Glorias, to experience the newer side of Barcelona.
- Thursday 14th | Come with this afternoon and discover the Palau Güell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district (you might ask us to book tickets for you if you want to go inside the Palau).
Remember to sign up for this trip before December 12.
- Friday 15th | Come to our Friday Club language exchange at 19.00 at the school bar/terrace. It's always fun!
- Tuesday 19th | Poble Sec, the lovely district lying below Montjuic, is where we will take you this afternoon.
- Wednesday 20th | Let's visit some of Barcelona's hidden gems, Christmas style!
- Thursday 21st | The Fira de Santa Llúcia is where, traditionally, we buy our Christmas decorations in Barcelona
- Friday 22nd | Get yourself some extra language practice on our Friday Club language exchange, at the bar/on the terrace, from 19.00 to 21.00.
- Wednesday 27th | The city's "Gothic Jewels" — some of its lovely old city churches, including Santa Maria del Mar, the setting for the novel La catedral del Mar (Ildefonso Falcones)
- Thursday 28th | Come with us this afternoon for a tour of some of Barcelona's amazing food markets.
- Friday 29th | A trip to see the Sagrada Familia and the Christmas fair in the square outside (you might ask us to book tickets for you if you want to go inside, to save yourself the queues!)
Remember to sign up for this trip before December 27.
- Wednesday 3rd | A visit to the artisan fair on in the popular barrio of Gracia.
- Thursday 4th | We will take you down the best known street in Barcelona, the Ramblas.
- Friday 5th | Come with us to see the famous Cabalgata de Reyes on the Via Layetana. It's the Three Wise Men (to people in Spain, los Reyes — the Kings), not Father Christmas, that bring presents in Barcelona.
- Tuesday 9th | The Manzana de la Discordia, a single block on the Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares, is home to three of its most singular Modernista buildings (only one of them by Gaudí!)
- Wednesday 10th | Barcelona traditions: Chocolate con churros. Approximate price 7€.
- Thursday 11th | The port was one of the areas of Barcelona transformed for the 1992 Olympics. Come with us today for a stroll along the "Moll de la Fusta" [view photos]
- Friday 12th | Come to our Friday Club language exchange at 19.00 at the school bar/terrace. It's always fun!
- Tuesday 16th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art, it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras.
- Wednesday 17th | Come and see the peaceful Parque de la Ciudadela and probably the nicest train station in Barcelona: the Estación de Francia.
- Thursday 18th | 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!
- Friday 19th | Come to our Friday Club language exchange at 19.00 at the school bar/terrace. It's always fun!
Do come with us on the social programme no matter when you come — it's a great way to really get to know Barcelona, with the assistance of an expert guide, and gives you around six hours a week extra practice for your Spanish.