Time to dress up! | Photo: Tom Walton
In Barcelona, Carnival isn't the massive event it is in, say, Cádiz or Rio de Janeiro, but come with us on our social programme this week and you'll see that it's not only in Brazil that they know how to party!
- Tuesday 18th | Come with us today to explore the popular district of Gracia [more information & map]: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars (and, in August, a great festa major)! We'll also be seeing one of the less well-known Gaudí works, the Casa Viçens. We won't have time to go inside (though you can now visit it), so you might like to check out these wonderful photos of it.
- Wednesday 19th | Our trip this afternoon takes us down to Glorias, (that's the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, to give it its full, official name), which is home to the singular Torre Agbar, a huge shopping centre and the Encants, possibly the only flea market in the world with a designer roof (which, in true Barcelona fashion, leaked the first time it rained!). There's also the new Design Musuem down there too. It's an area that's been transformed in the last 25 years: once a massive roundabout, the Plaça now includes a large park).
- Thursday 20th | It's Carnival time! Come along with us at 17.30 and see. There are 50 processions in Barcelona you can join between Thursday and Sunday. In you fancy a weekend away, there are other places reasonably nearby where Carnival is a big thing — like Roses, Sitges, Tarragona and Vilanova. You could always dress up to come with us this afternoon!
Join us in Ground Floor Reception, by the front door at 16.30, 17.30 on Thursday.
Also this week | Spanish League, Barça vs Eibar (Saturday, kick-off 16.00).