Visit Barcelona: places we go to
What to see in Barcelona...? There's just so much to see, so many places to visit in Barcelona, that it's hard to know where to begin. Our social program is, however, as good a place as any, and we try to include in it some of the famous places in Barcelona you just must see, as well as some of those that you may not find in the guidebooks.
The programme of visits - one every day - changes every two weeks, so you will need the programme corresponding to your stay to see exactly what places we'll be taking you to.
To give you a taste, why not join us as we visit Barcelona? A selection of recent trips...
"When do we get to see this?" one of the Italian girls with us wanted to know, pointing to a photo of Gaudí's salamander in her guidebook, when we went to the Park Güell.
But, as we found out, there's in fact lots more to it than just the picture postcard views...
"June, the hottest for 30 years they say, and the social programme took us, among other places in Barcelona, to visit Gaudí's Palau Güell..."
"In Barcelona in December, if you want to see something of Spanish culture, there's nowhere better than the Feria de Santa Lucía, a temporary market set up in front of and around the cathedral selling Christmas trees and figures for the belén, the crib, as well as countless ideas for Christmas presents..."
"... We then stopped off in the Plaza del Pí, a quiet little square with pavement cafés, and home to one of Barcelona's loveliest Catalan Gothic churches - Santa Maria del Pí. On Saturdays and Sundays the Plaza del Pí is also Barcelona's Montmartre..."
"La Ribera, to the left of Via Layetana as you head down towards the port, has its origins at the time when the old medieval centre of Barcelona started to get too cramped. The narrowness of La Ribera's streets even today are witness to the fact that it too was originally built in late medieval times..."
"Barcelona's opera house, opened in 1847, and twice burnt down (1861 and 1994), is a building you might miss as you walk down the Ramblas. But despite its unimposing façade (and the post-1994 extension, which is a particularly hideous eyesore), inside it's a pretty impressive place, even virtually empty on a Saturday morning...."
"The Maritime Museum in Barcelona (...) which May's cultural program took us to, is somewhere anyone visiting Barcelona should go to, and not just because of the fact that it is one of Barcelona's most interesting museums..."
"Gaudí is probably the most international of the exponents of Moderisme - the Catalan Art Noveau, if you like - but the Palau de la Musica is by its most Catalan architect, Domènech i Montaner and (...) the Palau de la Musica is the very best of Moderisme..."