Barcelona's best patatas bravas, wild boar, sieges and hospitals on this week's social programme

Hospital de Sant Pau

Entrance to the Hospital de Sant Pau | Photo: Tom Walton

Note that if you'd like to come with us on Thursday to see the wonderful Hospital de Sant Pau, the deadline to sign up is 16.00 on Tuesday.

  • Tuesday 28th | We have a trip up to the barrio of Sarrià [map] this afternoon. A separate town until it was incorporated into Barcelona in 1921, Sarrià still feels a little like a small town. Look out for wild boar, stop off at the posh bakers Foix de Sarrià (Plaça de Sarrià 12-13) if you're feeling peckish — or try the world's best ever patatas bravas at Bar Tomás (Major de Sarrià 49). Shame it's rather expensive to find a flat there (16.00) !
  • Wednesday 29th | Our walk today takes us from the Arc de Triomf [Wikipedia], the main entrance to Barcelona's 1888 World Fair to the Parc de la Ciutadella, which takes its name from the citadel built after the siege of 1714 to dominate the city, and was then the location of the 1888 exhibition, of which a few surprising traces still remain (16.00).
  • Thursday 30th | Come with us this afternoon to see the amazing Modernista architecture of the Hospital de Sant Pau, built between 1901 and 1930. Just a couple of blocks up from the Sagrada Familia, it was designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) to have the sort of pleasant surroundings that would aid its patients' recovery, with a series of tunnels hidden away below ground linking the different pavilions and providing the hospital with its services (entrance: €6.50; 16.00)
  • Friday 31st | Come get yourself some extra Spanish practice at our Friday Club language exchange. This week's theme, "Summer is Coming" (!!) (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 | There's the small matter of the Champions Final on Saturday, Liverpool vs Tottenham (in Madrid, kick-off 21.00). Who would have thought it, eh? The biggest game in Europe contested by two clubs that, according to the Guardian's The Knowledge, haven't won their domestic league for a combined total of 87 years, and neither Manchester City nor Barça (winners of 8 out of the last 11 Spanish League titles) got there, the latter dumped out unceremoniously by Liverpool!

And we also have the crazy Primavera Sound festival this weekend (May 30-June 1), which is one of the World's Top 50 Music Festivals, says  TimeOut.

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