Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour, 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 Güell

1) Palau Güell (must see)

Palau Güell (or Güell Palace) is a town mansion built in the 1880s for the local industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell by Catalonia's most prominent architect Antoni Gaudí. Today, it forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". The house is centered around the main room for guests. The guests would arrive in horse-drawn carriages through the iron front gate made up of a parabolic arch and intricately forged iron-work resembling seaweed and, partially, a horsewhip. While the horses were taken down a ramp to the livery stable in the basement, the high society guests went up the stairs to the reception room, the ornate walls and ceilings of which contained tiny observation holes concealed high above, through which the host could take a sneak peek at the guests from the upper floor prior to greeting them in person.

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, and no two alike! Perfect on a sunny day, but don't go on wet days as they'll close the roof.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 Batlló

3) 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.

Tip:
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
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Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

4) 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.

Tip:
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
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La Sagrada Família

5) La Sagrada Família (must see)

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; "Expiatory Church of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions. The fact that the church is in the process of being built is as much part of the attraction as the building itself. Many tourists come especially to admire the sight of artists and construction workers as they contribute to completing Gaudí's masterpiece. The design of La Sagrada Família is replete with Christian symbolism. Its most striking aspect is its spindle-shaped towers. A total of eighteen tall towers are called for, representing in ascending order of height the Twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and, tallest of all, Jesus Christ.

Why You Should Visit:
Much more than a typical Roman Catholic church, and much more than a "place to see", this is a very unique and individual experience.

Tip:
Make sure you book early online as most days are fully booked if you try to buy at the venue.
Do spend some good time in the museum below – it gives a great amount of information about the project as well as the architect Gaudí who has influenced so much of Barcelona and Spain.
Also drop into the very informative audiovisual presentation (10min) about the history of this project as well as its future.

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

6) Park Güell (must see)

Park Güell (Catalan: Parc Güell) is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". 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. Gaudí 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 Gaudí. 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

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.
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
Shopping Walk

Shopping Walk

Set among the world's prime cultural destinations, Barcelona is en route to becoming one of Europe's top shopping spots as well. Fashionable designer stores are filling the streets of Barcelona with each new day, from well known international brands to local start ups. Barcelona is also an excellent gourmet destination, offering plenty of goodies to try on the spot or take home with you. Take this tour and explore the city's main shopping zones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
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
Picasso Walking Tour

Picasso Walking Tour

Pablo Picasso - the great Spanish painter, draftsman, and sculptor - developed his style in Barcelona where he spent many years of his life. This tour will take you to the bohemian sites of the city associated with the famous artist. Here you can visit Picasso Museum, the art gallery where his works were displayed for the first time to the public, and other similarly important places.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

It would be a pity to leave Barcelona without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. The specialty shops are most popular with tourists. Take this two-hour tour to explore the Barri Gòtic (the Gothic quarter) best specialty shops!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

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