Cool Barcelona places on our social programme


Come with us to Montjuïc on Thursday for some wonderful views of the city | Photo: Tom Walton

Barcelona is a cool city, right? But how do you discover its real cool places? Our social programme is a pretty good place to start! This week's programme:

  • Tuesday 10th | Come with us this afternoon to visit Poble Sec, the district between the Avenida del Paralelo and Montjuic. Once home to factories, of which little now remains, it's a barrio popular, not least because of its many bars (see the recommendations in TimeOut and on TripAdvisor). The Carrer Blai [Google Maps] is particularly popular if you want to ir de tapas. Our walk will also take us down to the Avinguda del Paral·lel (so named because it lies parallel to the Equator). Inaugurated in 1894, and running down to the port from Plaça Espanya, it was once the centre of Barcelona nightlife, with theatres and cabarets and music halls.
  • Wednesday 11th | Although in Roman times Barcelona was far less important than Tarragona, 100km down the coast, the Romans left behind the remains of the city of Barcino that they founded in 15 BC: the Roman Temple and the traces of the Roman walls on top of which the city's medieval walls were largely built are among the things you'll see on our walk this afternoon.
  • Thursday 12th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them Montjuïc [Flickr | Wikipedia], which is where we're going this afternoon. Bring your camera or phone along: the views are fantastic!
  • Friday 13th | Fancy a beer this evening? Mireia is taking us to two cool bars: on this side of the Ramblas, Els 4 Gats, which dates back to 1897, and is the quintessential bohemian bar where movies have been shot and artists — including Picasso — and poets have met up. Then, on the far side of the Ramblas in the Raval, we'll be popping into Casa Almirall, which also dates back to the 19th century, to 1860 in fact. Beer? Make mine a glass of absenta! Note that what you drink, you have to pay for 😉 !

We meet up at Ground Floor Reception, by the front door, at 16.30 but 19.00 on Friday.

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