Two very different areas of Barcelona

Plaza España

Plaza España and Las Arenas | Photo: Tom Walton

We normally have three events on our social programme every week but we've had to postpone Wednesday's trip. Sorry! The two trips that we do have, however, will take you to a couple of places you might otherwise miss — and there's an interesting contrast between them.

  • Tuesday 4th | 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!
  • Thursday 6th | Our excursion this afternoon takes us to see "La Barcelona de 1929", the Barcelona of the 1929 Universal Exhibition of that year. Among the areas of Barcelona that it transformed was the Plaza España, itself not one of the city's most pleasant squares but within walking distance there is 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.

Join us in Ground Floor Reception, by the front door at 16.30.

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