Antoni Gaudí is one of the world's best known architects, and his fantastical work, scattered around Barcelona and Catalonia, is unparalleled in terms of uniqueness and wonder. During this full-day Gaudí tour, we'll introduce his most recognized buildings, including his magnum opus, La Sagrada Família, as well as the imaginative work of his contemporaries. We'll examine the tenets of the architectural movement these 20th-century luminaries formed—Catalan Modernism—understanding how it is representative of a proud national identity. Finally, we'll have a sense of how Barcelona's urban development at the time ushered in the city we know today.
"[Our docent] gave us such insight into Modernisme architecture as a whole, and Gaudí particularly. She had details about his life, his mood, his family, and how his clients and his city viewed his work. Her explanations of Barcelona's expansion and the decorative themes of Modernisme helped us understand this exuberant school of architecture, and how it fits with Barcelona's history. Highly recommended.”
Gaudí in Barcelona
We’ll begin in Barcelona's Eixample (Catalan for enlargement) district, introducing the history of Barcelona and the mid-nineteenth expansion of the city under urban planner Ildefons Cerda. This expansion paved the way for new construction and new ideas, and presented an opportunity for the forward thinking architects of Gaudí's generation. With this in mind, we'll walk through the district, admiring asymmetrical and seemingly undulating façades and peaking into sumptuous interiors. Eventually, we'll reach Gaudí's masterwork Casa Batlló, on the Block of Discord. Touring the interior of this elaborately tiled building, a former mansion constructed to resemble a dragon, we'll imagine the experience of living inside such an extraordinary space.
La Sagrada Família
After a break for lunch, we'll move on to the crown jewel of Gaudí's career: the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Though originally conceived by a different architect, Gaudí took over the project in 1883, infusing it with his whimsical style. Construction continued after his death in 1926, and still continues to this day. We'll take in the intricately sculpted exterior, discussing Gaudí's religious zeal and chosen symbols, before entering the ethereal sanctuary. We'll admire the genius behind every detail of Gaudí's design, down to the way his monumental columns resemble trees and a thick forest canopy.
Following our visit to la Sagrada Família, we'll jump in a taxi to the airy neighborhood of La Salut, where we'll find the sprawling Park Güell, another of Gaudí's most known projects. The park takes it's name from Eusebi Güell, one of Barcelona's most successful entrepreneurs and Gaudí's friend and benefactor. They developed the park together, wanting to create an innovative community and housing development the likes of which had never been seen in Barcelona. Though the idea was not ultimately successful, Gaudí himself purchased one of the residences, living there until his death. The rest of the park became a municipal garden, from which one can take in expansive views of the city and the sea from it's gingerbread house-like vistas. We'll wander the hidden enclaves and tiled outlooks before leaving you to explore the rest of the park on your own.
Take Aways from our Immersive Gaudí Tour
By the end of our time together, we'll have an understanding of the significance of the brilliance of Gaudí on Barcelona and Catalan identity as a whole.
Interested in a (small) group, half-day Gaudí tour? Please see our Gaudí in Barcelona
What sites does this tour include?
The tour will include Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família, and Park Güell, three of Gaudí's most iconic works. Your docent may also include other works by Gaudí and his contemporaries.
Will we visit the Gaudí House Museum while inside Park Güell?
This tour does not include the Gaudí House Museum.
Does this tour include skip-the-line tickets?
Yes, we will arrange skip-the-line tickets for Casa Batlló, Sagrada Família, and Park Güell.
What about lunch?
We will definitely make time for lunch during the tour! Note, the cost of lunch is not included.
Is this seminar walking intensive, and/or wheelchair accessible?
We do cover extensive territory on this seminar. The interior of Casa Batlló is wheelchair-accessible, and there are also chairs onsite for rental. Sagrada Família is wheelchair accessible, however it is still under construction which means that the constant changes may affect mobility at times. People with reduced mobility may have difficulty navigating Park Güell. Please contact us with any questions; we will be happy to advise if this seminar will be appropriate for you, or discuss how we can customize to meet your needs.
Is this tour appropriate for children?
For young children (ages 3-12) we recommend our shorter Gaudí for Families
tour, which is led by scholars specially trained in educating children.