Model of Barcelona showing the Parc de la Ciutadella | Photo: Natxo Azoz
What makes Barcelona such a fascinating city? Among other things, its history and architecture, which you can see something of on our social programme this week. And then, of course, there's the football…!
- Tuesday 26th | 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, 1904-1906); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch, 1898-1900); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner, 1902-1905); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí, 1906-1912), which is further up the street on the other side. Shoutout for the Casa Mulleras (Nº37, 1898-1906) by the astonishingly prolific Enric Sagnier (1858-1931) (16.00).
- Wednesday 27th | We have a "Yincana" round the Casco Antiguo — a gymkhana round the Barrio Gótico, that is. Come along, it's a fun way to discover the old city (16.00).
- Thursday 28th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela. In the photo, above, you have the park with the Catalan parliament building in the foreground, the Estación de Francia top left and the Castell dels tres dragons top right of the park, among other buildings. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip (16.00).
- Friday 29th | Join us this evening at our Friday Club language exchange. It's a great place to kick off the weekend — and to practise your Spanish! 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 Spanish League, we have the local derby, Barça vs Espanyol (Sunday, kick-off 16.15). With Barça 10 points clear at the top, and Espanyol — Barcelona's "other" team — a mere 32 points behind, with one win in their last five games, you can assume it's not that likely to be a cracker of a game (it's €315 for a VIP ticket if you must go).