Barcelona (1 day)
With this tour, we invite you to discover the beautiful city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, located on the Mediterranean Sea at the northern end of the Spanish coast. You will be able to know from the modernist architecture of Antonio Gaudí, to the charm of its historic center and the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean.
We recommend starting the walk in the temple of La Sagrada Familia, a large-scale work that began on March 19, 1882 from a project of the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula Del Villar. In 1883, Gaudí oversaw the works of the basilica, a task that he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then, different architects have continued the construction always under the influence of Gaudí's final drawings.
If you visit this essential monument, we recommend continuing to Park Güell, for which you will need transportation. The Güell Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO along with six other works by Antoni Gaudí. The space was conceived as a residential city inspired by the English Garden cities, although the construction of the houses was not completed and only ended as a Public Park. It is considered one of the most important works of modernism in the world, a reflection of the artistic fullness of Gaudí, who had put into practice all his architectural genius using many innovative structural solutions. It was built on the Pelada Mountain, in concave lands that resemble an amphitheater from which we can see Barcelona and the sea. Of all the initially planned urbanization, only two houses were built, one of them is the current Gaudí house museum and the other is La Casa Trías.
If there is still time, you can go back to the city center and walk along Paseo de Gracia, one of the most important and exclusive avenues of Barcelona. Here you can admire the incredible facades of Casa Batlló and La Casa Milá (La Pedrera), designed by Gaudí in its full stage.
Among monuments, you can stop at the prestigious fashion boutiques and luxury boutiques along the avenue.
Our local guide will suggest the most appropriate place to have lunch according to your tastes during the visit. Do not miss Catalan specialties!
In the afternoon, you can take a walk through the beautiful neighborhood known as the Gothic Quarter, an area containing several remnants of its glorious past. Nowadays, due to constant modernization, it is easy to detect an old building right next to one built in the 90's. It is this mixture of old and new that brings people from all over the world to visit or stay in the Gothic Quarter. The narrow, winding streets create a perfect maze for a walk.
It is a neighborhood full of quiet streets and squares where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings and history. Some of the main attractions that our local guide can teach you are, the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, located in the heart of the neighborhood, as well as other buildings such as the Plaza del Rey, the remains of the Temple of Augustus, the Plaza and Church of San Felipe Neri or the surrounding streets of the so-called "call" or Jewish Quarter.
If you wish, in one of the many medieval palaces, the Berenguer de Aguilar Palace, the current Picasso Museum in Barcelona is installed, which is well worth a visit if you so choose.
Here are some other important places so you do not miss anything in the city:
Casa Milá: Popularly known as La Pedrera, it is a modernist building built by the architect Antonio Gaudí and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Casa Batlló: Modernist building designed by Gaudí in Barcelona
Montjuic: It is a wide shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbor, southwest of the center of the city.
Castillo de Montjuic: Former military fort with roots from 1640
“Palau de la Música Catalana”: a key concert venue in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernist style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Picasso Museum: It houses one of the most extensive collections of works of art by the Spanish artist of the 20th century - Pablo Picasso
National Museum of Art of Catalonia: National Museum of Visual Art Catalan
Juan Miró Foundation: Contemporary works of art by Miró
Mirador de Colón: 60m high monument dedicated to Cristóbal Colón and located at the lower end of La Rambla.
Santa María del Mar: Iconic and impressive church of Gothic style located in the picturesque Barrio del Born.
Tour Duration: 8 hours (indicative only and adaptable)
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