During this three-hour Barcelona Gaudi Tour, we’ll introduce the fantastic architecture of Barcelona’s most important architect, Antoni Gaudí, known as the master of Catalan modernism. In the company of an architect or art historian, we’ll visit some of Gaudís most important sites, including the Casa Batlló (with skip-the-line tickets), and contextualize his work within the history of the city and his contemporaries.
We’ll begin by looking at the history of Barcelona and the growth of the city, exploring the work of urban planner Ildefons Cerda, whose 1859 “enlargement” (eixample, in Catalan) laid out the modern city. With this architectural context as a backdrop, we’ll make our way through the heart of Barcelona to see two of Gaudí masterpieces: the Casa Milà (La Pedrera), where we’ll explore its fantastical exterior, and the Casa Batlló , on the Block of Discord, where we’ll spend time on its roof and the apartment inside.
During the course of this tour, we’ll also look at the works of some of Gaudí’s followers and rivals, including buildings by Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner. We’ll discuss these Modernista architects’ influence on Gaudí, and look at how they wove their unique points of view and inspirations into their finished designs. By the end, we’ll have insight into Barcelona’s aesthetic evolution and what led Gaudí to deliberately construct fantastical buildings that fight against the modern grid.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a semi-private tour?
Our semi-private tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our semi-private tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
Does this tour include the Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia?
No, this tour does not include these two sites. If you are interested in Sagrada Familia, you may enjoy our adult-oriented Sagrada Familia Tour
, which visits the Sagrada Familia as well as the magnificent Hospital de Sant Pau. We also offer a Full-Day Gaudí Tour
, which extends our Gaudí in Context tour to include Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.Does this tour include the Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and the Casa Batlló?
This tour will spend concerted time inside, outside, and on the roof of the Casa Batlló. The tour will examine the Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, from its exterior.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. Please contact us with any questions; we will be happy to advise if this seminar will be appropriate for you, and we can also design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.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.