Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour, Barcelona

In Barcelona you will find buildings that span all eras of the city’s 2000-year history. Gaudi, Gothic and Modernist buildings can all be seen in Catalonia's largest city. This tour is the perfect opportunity to visit Barcelona's acclaimed architectural sights.
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Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: clare
Arc de Triomf

1) Arc de Triomf (must see)

The Arc de Triomf is an arch-way structure, located near the Park of the Ciutadella. It was built by architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas in 1888 for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (Universal Exposition), and served as its archway gate. Built in the Moorish revival style, the arch is composed of reddish brickwork. A stone sculpture which states "Barcelona rep les nacions" or "Barcelona welcomes the nations", is located in the front frieze. This sculpture has been built by Josep Reynés and shows Barcelona openly welcoming visitors.

There is another structure on the opposite frieze, which contains a carving in stone called "Recompense". This carving is done by Josep Llimona, and is one of his earlier works and depicts a gift or prize-giving ceremony. There are many statues and reliefs that decorate the arch.

The Arc de Triomf is unique and stands out from other similar famous arches like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Done up in the mudéjar style, which has its origins in the distinctive Moorish architecture, the arch is colourful and heavily decorated with stone carvings. It can easily be reached by metro and it is a short walk away from the Park of the Ciutadella.

Why You Should Visit:
Great photo opportunities and a good way to see the locals doing their thing: relaxing, jogging, having picnics, coffee breaks.

Don't forget to try the Spanish cakes in a bakery shop near the Arc.
Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu)

2) Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu) (must see)

La Seu, or the Barcelona Cathedral is one of the most famous and most celebrated sites and religious structures in the city; a classic example of 14th-century Gothic architecture.

This church, constructed on an elevated ground, is considered to be the city's religious centre. Historical records suggest that this site was previously occupied by a temple and later a mosque before the cathedral was established.

Perhaps the most well known religious structure present in Barcelona is Antonio Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, but the Barcelona Cathedral firmly holds its position as one of the most magnificently built structures in the country. The cathedral is a tasteful and splendid blend of both Renaissance and medieval designs. It also features a tall bell tower which is also a classic example of Gothic art and architecture.

Behind the high altar of the cathedral, there is a beautiful alabaster sarcophagus of the cathedral’s patroness, Santa Eulalia, who was also the co-patroness of the city of Barcelona. According to historical records, Santa Eulalia was burned at the stake by the Romans for her firm and staunch beliefs, which contradicted with the Roman teachings. It has become a tradition for visitors to the Cathedral to leave their coins here.

Why You Should Visit:
A very nice mix of church, mini park, place to relax, place to pray...

Free to visit before 1pm and after 5:45pm (weekdays), with different schedules for weekends and public holidays.
For a €3 fee, you can take the lift up and get fabulous views over the rooftops of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palace of Catalan Music

3) Palace of Catalan Music (must see)

The Music Palace or the Palau Musica Catalan in Barcelona was designed by the accomplished architect, Muntaner. It was opened in 1908 and is a one-of-a-kind concert hall. This structure is basically the headquarters of the Orfeo Catala, one of the most renowned institutions supporting Catalan culture and music.

One can notice that the building is adorned with the Catalan coat of arms, also known as the ‘Quatre Barres’. The Palace includes the statue of Beethoven, which was created by Didac Massana and Pau Gargallo. The rest of the interior is adorned with a sculpture of the Ride of Walkiries. The interior also includes a magnificent glass light in the centre of the roof which was designed and created by Granell and Rigalt. The whole structure is a splendid galore of mosaic and red brick and hence is a great attraction for tourists.

The Palace offers guided tours for visitors, among which are the tours of the Lluís Millet Hall as well as the Chamber Music Hall, subject to availability. It is open every day of the year from 9 am to 9 pm. The price of an entry ticket is 10 Euros and the tickets are not available for advance sales on Sundays and other holidays but have to be bought at the location.

Why You Should Visit:
An absolutely gorgeous, intimate setting for Opera & Flamenco, with top of the line sound and lighting systems.
Seeing a performance here will be one of the highlights of your Barcelona experience.

Be sure to take opera glasses or binoculars and to check out the nice café on the ground floor!

Daily tours: 10am-3:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Casa Calvet

4) Casa Calvet

The Casa Calvet is located in Calle Caspe, Barcelona and it is built in the typical Catalonian style. It comprises four stories, excluding the first floor and basement, and also contains a roof terrace. It is one of the many splendid architectural sites in Barcelona duly appreciated by locals and visitors alike.

Antonio Gaudi was the mastermind behind the design of this building and was commissioned to this project by the son of Pedro Martir Calvet, the textile manufacturer. The choice was made based on the fact that Gaudi’s work had never failed to express modernity and proved successful with every design.

Initially, the initiation of the project was delayed because of the rejection of Gaudi’s plans based on the fact that the desired structure exceeded the space allotted to Gaudi. Gaudi, who had no intentions of altering the design to the likes of the municipal architect, sent the plans back without modifying them and threatened that if the plans were not permitted to be implemented as they were, the design of the structure would be severely compromised. Hence, the Casa Calvet was constructed in a strict accordance with Gaudi’s ideas. An epic structure completely representing Antonio Gaudi’s style of work, the Casa Calvet adorns Barcelona like many other historic structures that one can find in the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Casa Lleó Morera

5) Casa Lleó Morera

The Casa Lleó-Morera is a building designed by noted modernisme architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, located at Passeig de Gràcia 35 in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The building is located on the corner with Carrer del Consell de Cent, and is one of the three important buildings of the Illa de la Discòrdia. The building was originally constructed in 1864, and was renovated beginning in 1902. Unlike many buildings constructed at the time, it was not named after its owner; rather it is named from the lions (lleó) and mulberry trees (morera) motifs in the decorations. Domènech i Montaner worked with sculptor Eusebi Arnau, Antoni Serra i Fiter for the ceramics, Lluís Brú and Mario Maragliano for the mosaics and Gaspar Homar for decoration and furniture to make the complete work. It was the residence of Cuban-Catalan photographer Pau Audouard.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Casa Amatller

6) Casa Amatller (must see)

The Casa Amatller was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The design clearly belongs to the Modernist style, which has been followed for a few chosen buildings in the city, and it is for this very reason that the Casa Amatller is one of the three most distinguished structures in Barcelona’s acclaimed Block of Discord, locally known as the Illa de la Discordia. The building was initially created to serve as a home for the famous chocolatier, Antoni Amatller, and is hence named after him. The construction spanned from 1898 to 1900.

The structure is one of the most important cornerstones of the Block of Discordance, locally known as the ‘la manzana de la discordia’. The Block of Discordance consists of various structures that have been built unconventionally, with designs quite opposite and out of the ordinary from what one gets to observe around Barcelona. Puig I Cadafalch is one of the most famous architects of these unconventional, modernist designs, along with Domenech I Montaner and Gaudi.

As a reference to the original owner, the chocolatier Antonio Amatller, some of the creatures and animals that have been depicted on the structure have been created with chocolate oozing from them, which is once again an example of the truly unique design of the building.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most unforgettable beautiful buildings of Barcelona – a building belonging to a fairytale.
You will discover something more extravagant or curious with every step you make.

At the ground level, you can find a café with some of the world's best hot chocolate (into which you dip soft toasted bread).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Casa Batlló

7) Casa Batlló (must see)

Casa Batlló is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodeled in the years 1904–1906. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona. The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernism or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

Why You Should Visit:
A clever combination of physical and virtual reality.
The house is truly unique with amazing features and architecture you will not see any place else, while the VR device shows how the interior looked like 100 years ago (when you point it to various spots in the building), and also serves as audioguide.

On the roof, you get scenic views of the area and some up-close views of the amazing details built into the roof.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Queviures Murrià

8) Queviures Murrià

Queviures Murrià is a big grocery store that is also an impressive work of art. It is famous for stocking the best products from every country. Queviures Murrià is housed in a building of a Modernist style that was designed by Ramón Casas.
Casa Terrades

9) Casa Terrades

The Casa Terrades was designed by the prominent architect of modernistic style and one of the most famous architects in the world, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The exact location of this particular structure is Avinguda Diagonal 416. Built in the early 1900s, it was constructed for the purpose of being used by the sisters Terrades.

They wished to accomplish the amalgamation of three different buildings and form a single complex. The curious thing about this building is that it contains both Medieval and Gothic elements. The most prominent feature however are the 6 towers having conical roofs. It is perhaps for this reason that this house is known locally as the Casa de les Punxes, which translates to House of the Points.

The façade of the building has been done using red bricks and stones. The anterior also includes various panels that adorn the house with images of Sant Jordi who is the patron saint of Spain.

The building was declared a National Historic Monument in 1980. Today, however, the house is privately owned and, therefore, not open to visitors. It is highly recommended, however, that one does take a moment to appreciate this remarkable piece of architecture from outside when visiting Barcelona.
Casa Comalat

10) Casa Comalat

There is a great misconception even among the locals in Barcelona, that the Casa Comalat was designed by none other than the great Antonio Gaudi. The fact that the architecture of this building is inspired by his work leads many people to believe this theory, but the designer actually was Salvador Valeri i Pupurull, and this building stands as a tribute to Gaudi’s work and contribution to architecture of Barcelona. Salvador began working on this project somewhere in the early 1900s. The main theme of the building, as one can see today, is Modernism and much like Gaudi’s work, this structure shows prominent curves as well as two façades.

The Casa Comalat reached its completion in 1911 and is a must visit for all. This particular building is counted amongst the best projects that Salvador Valeri i Pupurull has worked on. One side of this house features ceramic balconies with what appears like melted wax underpinnings. There are also a number of wooden galleries in the house that add an interesting touch. The edifice now also features a designer bar.

The fact that the building looks so much like one of Gaudi’s designs misleads people into thinking that he was the author of this house.
Palau de Baró de Cuadras

11) Palau de Baró de Cuadras

The Palau de Baro de Cuadras is one of the unique structures present in Barcelona. Its originality and uniqueness intrigues all those that visit. The wonder lies in the fact that it has not one, but two façades. This architectural trick makes the building look different from different angles. Not only this, but there is yet another surprising factor.

Each façade does not only make the building appear different, it makes a world of a difference in the entire architecture of the structure. From one side, the building resembles a new Gothic Nordic structure, and from the other side it appears to be perhaps the most eclectic example of Modernisme architecture in Barcelona. The mastermind behind the designing of this particular building was the famous Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

The structure was constructed in 1904 and was built as a mansion. The rear end of the building however shows that the main purpose of the building was to be used as a block of apartments. The interior is also surprising with a completely Arabic décor comprising of mosaics and woodwork. It is here that the famous Casa Asia exhibition is held, the main purpose of which is to boost the cultural as well as economical relationship between Europe and Asia.
Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

12) Casa Milà (La Pedrera) (must see)

La Pedrera, also known as the Casa Milà, was constructed between 1905 and 1910 and was completed in 1912. The mastermind behind the designing of the structure was the prominent architect Antoni Gaudi, who was perhaps the most famous architect of his time, and his work is scattered in all of Barcelona today. Located in the Eixample district of the city, the Casa Milà was actually built for Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. In 1980, the building lost most of its glory as the paint wore off and the interior looked faded and worn out. After that, the Casa Milà was restored and renovated in order to revive its true glory, which can be seen today.

UNESCO has declared the building a World Heritage Site because it is counted among the best works of Antoni Gaudi. The current owner of this property is Caixa Catalunya. The building has been constructed in such a way that all the residents of the flats can easily interact and communicate with each other, which was Gaudi’s idea again. He wanted everyone in the building to get to know each other and hence designed the building in this way.

The building features various exhibitions on its first floor where visitors can get a chance to appreciate the interior of the Casa Milà. The entrance for the second floor is charged and the rest of the floors are not accessible to visitors and the general public.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the two great Gaudí houses of Barcelona; not exactly cheap but well worth seeing.
The highlight is certainly the roof terrace, with many beautiful sculptures representing water, fire, sun, earth, and guardians of the roof.

Do try to book your ticket online to skip the line and, if you can, get the tour in a time slot when the sun sets.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Barcelona is rightfully regarded as one of the world's key religious destinations. The number of churches, cathedrals and chapels worth visiting in the Catalan capital is enormous. This three-hour tour will show you to some of them.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Eixample Souvenir Shopping

Eixample Souvenir Shopping

It's a pity, if not a crime, to leave Barcelona without visiting the local specialty shops. Check out this Eixample souvenir shopping tour for some gifts and souvenirs unique to Barcelona that you may want to bring home to your loved ones from this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera is a culturally rich, historic area of old town Barcelona. Centuries ago, it was a very well to do neighborhood and was inhabited by aristocrats, merchants, wealthy sailors, and Jewish money-lenders. Today, it is regarded as the Soho of Barcelona and offers trendy shops and cafes, a popular hangout place for tourists and locals alike. Follow this guide and explore the unique sights of La Ribera.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Barcelona abounds in museums with rich expositions that are both informative and entertaining. The city's 55 museums cover a plethora of subjects, from art to history to architecture to science to sports to war. Take this tour to get familiar with the most acclaimed museums, galleries and scientific centers of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Gaudí is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and other masterpieces will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Take this tour and enjoy the sight of Barcelona's architectural marvels created by Gaudí.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, located just southwest of the city center and overlooking the harbor. Besides the great view, it also offers visitors many interesting and significant museums such as the Poble Espanyol, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport, and others. Here, you will learn many interesting facts about the history and culture of Catalonia, Barcelona and Spain in general. Don't miss the opportunity to tour the great museums Montjuïc has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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