In Barcelona this week (apart from the football…!)

Video: The construction of the Vía Laietana

We've got nice triplet of different Barcelona districts for you on our social programme this week. And then there's the football…

  • Tuesday 20th | Come with us today to explore the bohemian district of Gracia [general information | map]: 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 21st | Transformed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition, the Plaza España is within walking distance of so much: the Las Arenas shopping mall in the former bullring (great view from the top!); Miró's Dona i Ocell (no sniggering!); the outstanding art collection at the MNAC (housed in the Palacio Nacional, built for the Exhibition); the former factory, now art museum of the CaixaForum and lots more besides. We won't actually be going into the latter, but you might want to, afterwards (16.00).
  • Thursday 22nd | It's hard to believe, but Via Laietana is little more than 100 years old. Driven through the heart of the old city between 1908 and 1913, as you can see in the video above, it's now one of Barcelona's busiest streets — and just a two-minute walk away from IH. Come with us and discover more of its history this afternoon (16.00).
  • Friday 23rd | Come get yourself some extra Spanish practice at our Friday Club language exchange (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 | On Tuesday in the Champions League, last 16 first leg, Chelsea vs Barça (kick-off 20.45, in London, that is). And at home on Saturday in the Spanish League, Barça vs Girona (kick-off 20.45).

For the Chelsea game, you'll want a bar with a big screen, for which the excellent TimeOut (content in Catalan) has some suggestions.

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