A walk down the Ramblas for you

On the Ramblas

Human statue on the Ramblas | Photo: Tom Walton

You couldn't come to Barcelona and not go for a stroll down the Ramblas, could you? Come with us on our social programme this week and find out a little more than you would if you went on your own… And we have another fascinating walk for you on Tuesday, as well.

  • Tuesday 29th | Come with us for a stroll this afternoon to see something of the Ruta del Modernismo. We can't and won't (promise!) take you to see all the 116 Modernista buildings officially included in the Route, but you'll get at least a taste of Barcelona's magnificent architecture (16.00).
  • Wednesday 30th | Come with this afternoon down the Ramblas, to discover some of the amazing things on and just off it — including one of our favourite Barcelona dragons and the Palau Güell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district. If you are an Antonioni fan, the Palau Güell is where Jack Nicholson meets Marie Schneider in The Passenger and — if you're a fan — a selfie coming out of the Hotel Oriente is on your to-do list (16.00).
  • Thursday 31st | This afternoon's trip takes us to see some of Picasso's Barcelona: it includes some of the most picturesque of the streets of the Barrio Gótico (Petrixol, Avinyó…); places like the 4 Gats restaurant (a bohemian taberna in Picasso's time); the Estación de Francia (from where he first travelled to Paris at the age of 21); and the Carrer de Montcada, where the Picasso Museum now stands (16.00).
  • Friday 1st | Note that today is a national holiday in Spain and there will be no class. We will be open on Saturday morning as usual.

Join us in Reception (Ground Floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Come and discover Barcelona with us

La Carboneria

Detail, façade of La Carbonería, Sant Antoni | Photo: Tom Walton

On our social programme for you this week:

  • Tuesday 22nd | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], which takes us from the wonderful Catalan History museum, across the old port past the Maremagnum shopping and leisure centre to the statue of Columbus and the bottom of the Ramblas (16.00).
  • Wednesday 23rd | Come with us today to visit the barrio of Sant Antoni, a district of the Eixample which lies between the Raval and Poble Sec. Among its attractions, the recently restored market (which dates back to 1872), the second hand book stalls (on Sundays) and La Carbonería, said to have been the very first building of the Eixample, and one of Barcelona's most spectacular pieces of street art (16.00).
  • Thursday 24th | 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 (16.00).

Join us in Reception (Ground Floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

On our social programme in Barcelona this week

Market stall

Fruit stall, Santa Caterina market, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Join us on our social and activities programme this week: it's a great way to get some extra practice for your Spanish!

  • 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 16th | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video ], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
  • Thursday 17th | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's supposed to be finished in 2026 (see this video if you can't wait that long!). If you want to go inside, note that it costs a minimum €15 (and book online if you want to do that) but is definitely not something to be missed (16.00). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed.

Join us in the front hall, unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

The Ramblas, Gothic jewels and a magic mountain on this week's social programme

Montjuic

Montjuic: overlooking Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Which is Barcelona's magic mountain? Some people tell us it's Tibidabo, but we insist it's Montjuïc. Come with us this week on our social programme and see why. Thursday, we'll show you everything you saw with us on Tuesday and Wednesday and a lot, lot more!

  • Tuesday 23rd | Come with this afternoon down the Ramblas, to discover some of the amazing things on and just off it — including one of our favourite Barcelona dragons and the Palau Güell, one of the few Modernista buildings to be found outside the Eixample district. If you are an Antonioni fan, the Palau Güell is where Jack Nicholson meets Marie Schneider in The Passenger and — if you're a fan — a selfie coming out of the Hotel Oriente is on your to-do list (16.00).
  • Wednesday 24th | Apart from Sagrada Familia (see Thursday), the city has a number of other lovely churches. Come with us today to see the Joyas del Gótico, the "Gothic jewels" of Barcelona — the Cathedral and the wonderful churches of Santa María del Pí and Santa María del Mar, the latter the subject of a book we always recommend, La Catedral del Mar (16.00).
  • Thursday 25th | The 1992 Olympics changed large parts of Barcelona — among them the mountain of Montjuïc [ Wikipedia ], which overlooks the city and which is where we're going this afternoon. The fortress at the top dates back to 1640 and from it the city has been bombarded on a number of occasions. Somewhere for a picnic (or a picnic and a film festival!)? That would be Montjuïc! Bring your camera or phone along: the views [ Flickr | Instagram ] are fantastic (16.00) !
  • Friday 26th | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

This week's social programme in Barcelona

Like many of Barcelona's wonderful Modernista houses, Gaudí's Casa Batlló wasn't always quite so spectacular, as you can see below. Come with us on our social programme this week to find out more!

This week's programme:

  • Tuesday 16th | 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 17th | We have a stroll this afternoon taking you to see some of the hidden corners of Barcelona you might otherwise miss. Come with us and explore (and see also these other hidden places, in other barrios) (16.00).
  • Friday 19th | Come with us this evening to visit Poble Sec, where the festa de barri is on. The district between the Avenida del Paralelo and Montjuic, it was 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 (19.00).

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.