- Explore Barcelona's Modernist architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí on this guided walking tour.
- Learn about the life and creative inspirations of the Catalan genius.
- Visit famous works of Gaudí, including La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia.
- Enjoy a nice stroll through Eixample in the company of an expert local guide.
- Discover other examples of the Modernist movement in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood.
- Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one morning.
- Great introduction to Barcelona's revolutionary architecture.
Get an insider’s look at Modernist art on this intimate tour of Gaudí’s major works. Discover the masterpieces of the famous Catalan architect and learn with what inspirations Gaudí reached his goals.
We will begin the tour with a stroll down Passeig de Gràcia, one of the wealthiest avenues in Barcelona, lined with stunning Modernist architecture, glamorous shops and high-end restaurants. Here, we will stop to admire two of Gaudí’s most famous buildings, both of them considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Learn how the rolling hills of Montserrat inspired the rooftop of “La Pedrera” and how Gaudí based his artwork in the “Casa Batlló” on Christian motifs and the legend of Sant Jordi, the patron of Catalonia.
Next, we will explore Gaudí’s crowning masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Basilica de la Sagrada Familia”. Our guide will share with you some of the fascinating stories behind its conception, allowing your group to fully appreciate this complex work of art. Take a moment to marvel at the exquisite detail displayed on the Nativity Façade and let the Old Testament come to life before your eyes. Your group will also hear about the inspiration behind the structure’s unique architectural features and the interpretation of their meaning by Gaudí’s successor, architect Josep Maria Subirachs.
During the tour, you will also visit several Modernist buildings in Eixample designed by other architects. This neighborhood is part of the modern Barcelona, born in the mid-nineteenth century after the Cerdà Plan expanded the city beyond its old medieval walls. This monumental project was funded by Barcelona’s bourgeoisie families as a way to show off their wealth and innovative ideas. These buildings are still around today and the interiors of many are accessible to visitors as free access parks. Our guide will take you through some of them to give you an idea of how Ildefons Cerdà developed his plan. For fans of art and architecture, this experience is the total package! You’ll leave the tour an expert of Modernist art with a deep understanding of Barcelona as a city!
points of interest
- Passeig de Gràcia: One of the wealthiest and most famous avenues of Barcelona, lined with high quality restaurants, beautiful Modernist architecture and glamorous shops that make it a shopaholic’s dream come true!
- La Pedrera (Casa Milà): “La Pedrera” in Catalan means “the quarry,” which is the nickname given to the building by locals, who didn’t like its modern forms. The Casa Milà was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and was the last civil work designed by Antoni Gaudí.
- Casa Calvet: Considered one of Gaudí’s first works, created for a textile manufacturer.
- Casa Batlló: In 1904 Antoni Gaudí undertook a radical refurbishment of a building on Passeig de Gràcia to create one of his boldest works of Modernist art. This vast impressionist painting is often interpreted as the surface of the rolling sea in the heart of Barcelona.
- Casa Lleó Morera: The architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner completed this masterpiece in 1902. It is located on “la manzana de la discordia” (“Block of Discord” on Passeig de Gràcia).
- Casa Ametller: Another example of Modernist style, designed by Josep Puig I Cadafalch. Casa Ametller, along with Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó Morera, is considered one of the three most important buildings in Barcelona's famous “Block of Discord”.
- Basilica de la Sagrada Familia: One of the most emblematic and beautiful attractions in Barcelona, this Roman Catholic Church was designed by famous Catalan Modernist Antoni Gaudí. It was consecrated and proclaimed a basilica by Benedict XVI in 2010 and is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, despite being incomplete.
- Casa Comalat: Considered a tribute to Gaudí, the architect Salvador ValeriI Pupurull worked on the Casa Comalat from 1909 to 1911. It is one of the most original examples of homegrown art nouveau in Barcelona.
- Palau del Baró de Quadres: In 1900, the Baron de Quadras commissioned Catalan Modernist Josep Puig I Cadafalch to refurbish a residential block on Carrer Rosselló. The talented architect transformed the building completely. The structure’s two distinct façades are especially interesting, as their design makes the structure resemble a Northern European palace.
- Casa Terradas (“Casa de les Punxes”):This residential block, built in the shape of a medieval castle, is one of the most recognizable Modernist landmarks in the Barcelona skyline.
- Palau Montaner: In 1889, one year after the Barcelona Universal Exhibition, the architect Josep Domènech I Estapà was commissioned to design two luxury homes for the two owners of the Montaner I Simón publishing house.