Barcelona and Surroundings
On the coast of northeastern Spain, Barcelona is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second-most populous municipality of Spain, with a population of 1.6 million people within city limits.
Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gothic quarter of the city, and museums devoted to important artists that had been inspired by Barcelona as Pablo Picasso and Joan Mirò.
Nature and sport play a distinctive role in Barcelona, surrounded by long beaches in Barceloneta, Mar Bella and many others just outside the city, hilltops and forests, such as Montjuic hill and Tibidabo mountain which make the city the perfect place for hiking, biking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming or sunbathing. Definitely, Camp Nou, Barcelona’s Football Stadium, is a must-see for all football Barcelona FC supporters!
Barcelona is also a paradise for lovers of food and nightlife! In every corner, you can find a variety of high-quality restaurants with traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes and drinks, such as tapas, paella, fideuà, Cava, and Sangria, but also authentic cuisine from all over the world. Every night, live concerts and shows in open-air venues, vintage concert halls, and eclectic buildings transform the city in a complete 24h experience.
10 Places to see in Barcelona
1. Sagrada Familia
For an aesthetic and spiritual experience a visit inside Sagrada Familia is definitely worth it. Fruit of the work of genius architect Antoni Gaudí, the project began in 1883 and today construction still continues on the Basilica and is expected to be completed in 2026, 100 years to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. As per Gaudi’s will “Sagrada Familia is made by the people and this is reflected in it. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people”. As a matter of fact, the work is directly financed by donations made by visitors and the general public, which explains its slow construction progress.
2. Casa Batlló
One of the most famous modernist buildings, Casa Batlló (reformed by Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906), captivates passers-by along the elegant Passeig the Gràcia boulevard. On the facade, multicoloured glazed-ceramics and stained glass form floral patterns and water lilies and shine with the reflections of the sunlight or night light. Inside, modernist furniture and details, combined with blue ceramics and glasses.
3. Park Güell
No work by Gaudí better explains the genius’s concept about the fusion between nature and architecture than Barcelona’s Park Güell. Gaudí’s Park Güell reveals the perfect interaction between natural landscape and architectural building and details. Initially created to host a housing estate in a natural setting in the old village of Gràcia by Eusebi Güell, between 1900 and 1914, the park is now one of the most unusual parks in the world.
4. La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
Casa Mila (1906-1912) is one of Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic works of civic architecture. The building is more popularly known as “La Pedrera”, Catalan word for ‘stone quarry’, due to its exterior similarity to one. The facade simulates a rolling sea, adorned with iron balconies largely designed by Josep Maria Jujol, from wave to wave. Inside, you can find furniture from that period and ornamental elements designed by Gaudí. On the rooftop, ventilation towers and chimneys are covered with the particular technique of trencadís mosaic of ceramic tiles, stone, marble and glass.
5.Palau de la musica Catalana
The Palau de la Música Catalana is today an incredible venue for concerts and also a breathtaking building to visit. It was built between 1905 and 1908 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, as a home for the Orfeo Català (a choral society based in Barcelona) and is a great architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau.
6.The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is the historic centre of the oldest parts of the city of Barcelona. It retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many narrow streets opening out into picturesque squares. In the Gothic quarter you can admire the remains of the city’s Roman wall, several medieval landmarks and the gothic cathedral. Among the main sites, the Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Eulalia), the Pignatelli Palace (at present-day Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona), Santa Maria del Pi Church, Plaza Sant Jaume, Picasso Museum and the dynamic Plaza Real.
7. Santa Maria Del Mar
The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, was built from 1329 to 1384, designed by Berenguer de Montagut and was considered the place of devotion for merchants of Gothic Barcelona. It is also known as the “cathedral of La Ribera”, since it is located in La Ribera district of Barcelona and is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style.
8. Picasso Museum
Located in the Gothic quarter, the Picasso museum of Barcelona hosts more than 4.000 works of the artists, most of them about the formative years up to the Blue Period. Opened in 1963 the museum reveals his deep relationship with the city of Barcelona which lasted throughout his life.
9. Joan Miró Foundation
The Joan Miró Foundation, is a museum of modern art dedicated to the Catalan artist Joan Miró, which is located on the Montjuïc hill. The building is an example of rationalist Mediterranean architecture, designed by the architect Josep Lluís Sert, following Joan Miró’s instructions to create a space that would encourage artists to experiment with contemporary art. Many of the artworks displayed in the building were donated by the artist himself, and represent all the main phases of his artistic development, mainly inspired by Surrealism, Fauvism, Expressionism, and culminating in the creation of a unique artistic profile.
10. MNAC – Museum of National Catalan Art
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of Catalan visual art located on Montjuïc hill near Plaza Espanya. The museum contains works of art from the 10th to the 20th century and is especially renowned for its outstanding collection of Romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. Among the main Baroque and Renaissance section you can find artworks by El Greco, Velázquez and Rubens, and in the Modernist and noucentisme section you can admire works by Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and Antoni Gaudí.
Our Cultural Activities
The following free time activities are included in the price of each one-week course in Barcelona:
- one guided tour of the city
- one full-day excursion
Two-week courses include an additional guided tour of the city.
Our guided tour in Barcelona
Follow our teacher trainers for an informal, fun, and pleasant walking tour in one of the most special districts (“Barrio” in Spanish), the Gracia Barrio. During the tour, you may meet Erasmus + teachers from other courses (if applicable), and decide to stay for some delightful tapas.
Our one day excursions (to choose from)
Barcelona has so many sites to see that one week may be too short to enjoy all its architecture, art, food, nightlife, nature, and beach life. The following cultural activities are planned to be held on Saturday, or during the week at your best convenience, upon availability.
Barcelona Bus Turistic
Enjoy one full day on the fun hop on – hop off blue and pink double-decker bus around the city center of Barcelona and its neighborhood. The route map consists of different sightseeing lines you can enjoy to comfortably explore the city while listening to the description of the main sites. Besides the city center, the bus reaches the new part of Barcelona (Poblenou), Montjuic and Tibidabo areas, so at the end of the experience, you will have a complete perspective and knowledge of the whole city of Barcelona.
Gracia Barrio Tour
During the walking tour you will walk around Gracia barrio. This is a residential, creative, hipster district of Barcelona, which displays mainly original Modernist buildings (inhabited by residents still!!), which is home to the first house that Antoni Gaudi built in his career, Casa Vicens. Here you can appreciate the styles that influenced his artistic development, and discover details about life in Gracia in the XX century. Then you will walk towards the many Modernist streets around, and reach the many little squares that characterise the district, such as Plaza del Diamant, Plaza Virreina, Plaza de la Revolución. The history of Saint John’s Church in Virreina Square, will be explained to you where you will find a Modernist Chapel designed by Francesc Berenguer, Gaudi’s assistant, sometimes opened to visitors.
About the Training Centre in Barcelona
Our teacher training center is located in Rambla Catalunya, one of the most beautiful and elegant streets in Barcelona. Just a few steps from the vibrant Plaza Catalunya and the modernist Passeig de Gracia, the school location is perfectly connected with the main cultural sites and different areas of the city and offers a variety of attractive monuments, shops, and restaurants you can enjoy after the lesson.
The palace is a Finca regia modernista catalogada, a “royal cataloged Modernist building”, as you will appreciate from the beautiful floral and geometric decoration around the stairs, and the original floor in each of the rooms of the school.
How to reach us
Our courses are held in the historic city center of Barcelona, in Rambla Catalunya 15, 2-2.
Since the school is only a few steps from Plaza Catalunya and Passeig the Gracia, all trains, busses, and metro lines offer a perfect connection to it.