Fruit stall, Santa Caterina market, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton
Getting out and about and exploring a city is always fun to do on your own, but come with us on our social programme and enjoy doing so with a knowledgeable guide. Here's where we 're going this week:
- Tuesday 6th | Join us today on our walk round the Barrio Gótico, the old part of the city of Barcelona. You could and will go on your own — but come with us and you'll discover some of the wonderful things to be found there (16.00).
- Wednesday 7th | 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 8th | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video ], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
- Friday 9th | Kick off the weekend — and practise your Spanish — 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 | In the Champions on Tuesday, it's Inter Milan vs Barça (kick-off 21.00) and then at the weekend in the Spanish League, Barça vs Betis (Sunday, kick-off 16.15).
On until December 21st, and this year in its 50th edition, we have the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona.
For what else is on in Barcelona in the month of November, Barcelona Turisme — the official tourist board — have an excellent guide (.pdf file).