On this three-hour tour, we will visit Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece the Sagrada Família , and also take in the Hospital de Sant Pau, a nearby modernista complex that's also the largest Art Nouveau site in the world. Accompanied by a local history, this tour will help us gain a deeper understanding of Barcelona’s world-renowned and once controversial Art Nouveau architecture—or as its referred to in Catalonia, Modernisme.
Our walk will begin with the expansive Hospital de Sant Pau. This ambitious structure, designed by top architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner
in 1930 and covering nine square city blocks, has served as an active hospital until 2009. (For more on its beginnings, check out our El Raval Tour
). After five years of intense renovations, the complex has recently reopened to the public and now houses cultural and academic institutions, such as the United Nations University and the Casa Asia. We’ll explore this space, learning about the Modernisme movement, architect Montaner, and Barcelona's overall urban planning.
A short ten-minute walk away is Antoni Gaudí's La Sagrada Família. Still incomplete today, more than ninety years after Gaudí's death, this building stands as one of the single most important works of architecture in Europe—a stunning example of Gaudí's genius (or madness) and the enduring power of his work and vision in Barcelona. After taking on the project in 1883, Gaudí worked on the Sagrada Família until his untimely death in 1926. Our exploration of the basilica will illustrate its symbolism, aesthetics, design, and how it connected with the Modernisme movement as a whole. By the end of our tour, we will emerge with a very tangible understanding of these two inspired works and recognize their importance in the history of modernist art and architecture, as well as their ongoing significance to the city.
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 the walk include the interior of the Sagrada Família?
Yes. We will have an in-depth visit to both the interior and exterior of Gaudí's incredible masterpiece.Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
The Hospital de Sant Pau is fully accessible and offers wheelchairs for rent. Sagrada Família is wheelchair accessible as well. The distance between the two venues is 1 mile, and the surfaces are flat and paved.Does this tour include skip-the-line tickets?
We will arrange skip-the-line tickets for our visit to the Sagrada Familia. As of 2019 we will purchase advance tickets to the Hospital de St. Pau as well.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.Does this include the Towers at Sagrada Familia?
The tickets we secure for this tour do not include the towers. Your guide may be able to assist you with upgrading your tickets on the day of the tour so you can climb one of the towers after, pending availability (it is not possible to do both). NB the towers involve climbing a lot of stairs and are often very crowded so it isn't an experience that we recommend. Please feel free to contact us for advice and further suggestions.