The spectacular magic fountains of Montjuic | Photo: Tom Walton
This week in Barcelona we have Sant Joan (crazy!), lots of interesting things on our social programme and a small matter of a World Cup to get over-excited about!
- Tuesday 19th | 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 Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour (16.00).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 20th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to the Manzana de la Discordia, the block on Passeig de Gracia with three of Barcelona's best examples of Modernista architecture — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
- Thursday 21st | 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 22nd | 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) at the times given above.
Also this week | Saturday night is Sant Joan (Mid-Summer's Eve), one of those times of the year Barcelona goes really, really crazy. The beach is probably the place to be!
In the World Cup we have, among a plethora of frankly pointless group stage games, Spain vs Iran (Wednesday, kick-off 20.00).