Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour (Self Guided), Barcelona

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.
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Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Author: clare
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Palau Guell

1) Palau Guell (must see)

Palau Guell (or Guell Palace) is a town mansion in the Raval district, created by Catalonia's #1 architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Guell. Gaudí was commissioned to the project in 1885 and the palace was opened in time for the World Exhibition of 1888.

A magnificent Modernist building, this is one of Gaudí's early works in Barcelona and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as "Works of Antoni Gaudí". Designed as a multipurpose building, with flats, event and exhibition spaces, there were just 18x22 meters of floor space available to build it.

Some of the facade elements make it look like a Venetian palace. The interior is centered around the main guest room fitted with tiny observation holes, hidden in the ornate walls and ceiling, through which the owner could sneak peek at the guests, from the upper floor, prior to greeting them in person. The two large oval gates at the front, featuring iron-work in the form of seaweed, resembling a horsewhip, made it possible for the high-society guests to arrive in their carriages straight into the horse stables at the basement. From there, they could then climb upstairs.

Why You Should Visit:
Location just off the famous Las Ramblas and being less well-known means fewer tourists and a great way of saving time yet managing to see some nice Gaudí work right in the old quarter of the city.

Tip:
The roof terrace is the pièce de résistance, with colorful chimneys, decorated with broken tiles and mosaics, no two of which are alike! Altogether there are 20 chimneys, which also serve as ventilation shafts.
On a rainy day, the roof is closed, mind you, so you better check the weather forecast upfront so as not to visit here when it's wet outside.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm
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Casa Calvet

2) 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
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Casa Batllo

3) Casa Batllo (must see)

Casa Batlló is considered by many the ultimate Gaudí masterpiece; one of the highlights when it comes to representing Modernism or Catalan Art Nouveau in Barcelona. Built in the 1870s, it was passed over to Gaudí in 1904, who handled an astonishing renovation, turning a relatively ordinary mansion into a work of art. It is certainly one of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, known by locals as the “house of bones” for its almost bone-like balconies or the “house of the dragon” for its roof is in the shape of a dragon’s humped and glossy scaled back.

There are not many buildings in the world which seem more like a living thing than an inanimate object, but Casa Batlló achieves this and the design almost feels alive. At any time of day or night, there is a small crowd on the pavement staring up at the wavy-shaped facade covered with a mosaic of fragments of colored glass and ceramic discs. Though the admission price may seem somewhat steep compared to other attractions, the building's interior is just as swirly and curvaceous. Gaudí's use of light and color is wonderful, especially in the ceramics, and the curves soften the hard materials quite brilliantly.

If you do decide to visit, make sure to take one of the free audio-guides as they really help add historical and artistic context to the home. All rooms are now empty of furniture, but the smart guide helps you see how the design functions with furniture and lighting as it was originally used when it was occupied. As is the case of Casa Milà, Gaudí designed everything right down to the door handles so that everything would work together in form, function and design with nothing out of place.

Though visitors can use the elevator for some of the time, they should be prepared for a walk up the staircase up to the rooftop, which is recommended to soak in more of the intricate textures and shapes of the glass walls and tiles. Finally, on the roof, they are rewarded with scenic views of the area and some up-close views of the amazing details built into the roof – including, of course, the trademark twisted and tiled chimney pots that look as if they should belong to a land far, far away!

Tip:
For a fee, you can get a photo taken on the small balcony at the front of the building (on your way down from the roof); both a printed copy and e-copy.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-9pm (last entry: 8pm)
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Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

4) Casa Mila (La Pedrera) (must see)

Another fabulous example of Antoni Gaudí's work, Casa Milà curves around a corner of Passeig de Gràcia, located just a few minutes away from his other masterpiece, the Casa Batlló. Commissioned by a rich developer who had just married an even richer widow, this apartment block is the most original in the entire city and illustrates how well ahead of the design of the time Gaudí really was.

The nickname La Pedrera (“The Quarry”) stems from the building's stony, fortress-like appearance, but Gaudí thought of it more in terms of a body covered with a skin, where the columns were to be the building’s skeleton, and the stone its flesh. It may not look like much from a distance, but gradually you are drawn in and can't stop staring! The whole structure is so seamlessly sinuous that it appears to have been molded rather than built, while apartments resemble eroded cave dwellings.

After receiving the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, La Pedrera was acquired by a Catalonian banking foundation, and when restoration and cleaning were done some of the original decorations re-emerged. The owners also refurbished the place and there are some great things to explore inside as well.

On the fourth floor, an elegant apartment has been recreated, done up in the style a well-to-do family might have enjoyed in the early 20th century. Up in the attic, one can find a tribute to Gaudi’s life and work through scale models and plans, drawings and photographs. All his Barcelona landmarks are covered, in displays that illustrate how he drew inspiration from natural forms like pumpkins, seashells, and python skeletons.

Keeping with the main façade, the roof terrace is an undeniable highlight, filled with a fabulous collection of interesting forms, designed to also fulfill a function, such as chimneys, ventilation shafts and stairwells. A wander among these provides great panoramic views of Barcelona and a nice respite from the bustling streets below. Plan to visit on a fine day as the roof terrace is closed when it is raining.

Tip:
Do try to book your ticket in advance online to bypass the crowds and, if you can, get the tour at sunset or after dark to see everything lit up as part of a surreal audiovisual show. In the summer months, jazz and flamenco concerts are held in this unique setting.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8:30pm (March-Oct / Dec 26-Jan 3); 9am-6:30pm (Nov-Feb)

Night Tour:
Daily: 9-11pm (March-Oct / Dec 26-Jan 3); 7-9pm (Nov-Feb);
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La Sagrada Família

5) La Sagrada Família (must see)

Gaudí's gothic masterpiece is awe-inspiring up close. The mammoth basilica seems to sprout from the ground and keep rising, rising, rising as far as the eye can see. Gaudí spent a large part of his career on this iconic monument, having dedicated over 43 years on its design. Construction works are still ongoing, but these are as much part of the attraction as the building itself.

From the outside, there is much to take in, but the interior is no less extraordinary with eyes being drawn at once to the walls and to the roof. Huge, bright, colorful and vibrant stained-glass windows line the walls, filling the church with natural light and an explosion of color. Supported by countless pillars, with strong trunk bases that sprout into branches as they near the ceiling, the roof looks like a forest canopy.

Walking around and marveling inside a religious temple might have worked for you so far, but be warned that you'll be clueless as a rock if you decide to do that in the Sagrada Família. This cathedral is another level and there is so much to know about it that one would waste the experience with no guide. Luckily, the audio device visitors get does provide enough information while allowing plenty of time to wander around, or you could book a guided tour in many languages directly through the Basilica's website if that sounds like fun.

When planning your trip here, pre-purchasing a ticket online is absolutely recommended and will allow avoiding long queues upon arriving.

Note that children under 6 cannot go up the towers and the walk down spiral steps can be a bit daunting for some. Should you decide to do the climb regardless, ask the staff where the “backside elevator” is located, as there are usually fewer people there.

Furthermore, don't forget to spend some time in the museum below, which gives a great amount of information about the Sagrada Família project as well as about Gaudí himself, who has influenced so much of Barcelona and Spain. Dropping directly into the audiovisual presentation which covers the project's past and future would be a good idea.

Tip:
It is also worth visiting the small school onsite that Gaudí built so the children of those working on construction could be educated. Visiting the school doesn’t take long and provides yet another example of the great architect's work.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8pm (Apr-Sep); 9am-7pm (Mar, Oct); 9am-6pm (Nov-Feb); 9am-2pm (Dec 25/26, Jan 1/6); last entry: 30 mins before closing time
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Park Guell

6) Park Guell (must see)

Park Guell (Catalan: Parc Guell) is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudi". The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudi incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park.

Why You Should Visit:
Amazing park with stunning tiling; a feast of colour. Perfect for any day when you can be outside.

Tip:
Walk to the large cross at the Park's high-point (located on the back side, not the front entrance) to get the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay.

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

7) Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens - once a private house now turned museum - is a unique place for knowledge, culture, get together time, leisure and, ultimately, enjoyment; an authentic discovery of the extraordinary universe of architectural genius Gaudi. Along with a permanent collection, the interactive museum houses temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as a series of cultural and educational events of various sorts.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
La Rambla Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
El Raval Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Ciutat Vella Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Barri Gotic Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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