Curving lines, exaggerated proportions, and bright colors: Gaudí’s instantly recognizable and wildly imaginative architecture has fascinated millions of people. On this full-day tour, you will discover why he is one of the most respected and revered artists of all time as you view his four most famous works: Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Sagrada Família, and Park Güell.
Your tour begins at Casa Batlló, the famous tile-adorned apartment set on Barcelona’s opulent Passeig de Gràcia. Enter into this residence-turned-museum to see countless notable architectural gems including the grand wooden staircase built to look like the spine of a giant beast and skylights shaped like tortoise shells. You will also learn about Gaudí’s distaste for straight lines, which is particularly evident in Casa Batlló. Finally, make your way to the rooftop terrace to get a panoramic view of the Barcelona skyline.
Our next stop will be Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry), just a few blocks away. First opened to the public in 1987, this opulent residence was built in 1910 and served as the home of the Milà family. Your guide will lead you first to the rooftop to see its fantastical knight-shaped chimney peaks up close, followed by a tour through the home itself, still filled with the original décor and family possessions from the early 1900s.
After the Casa Milà, enjoy free time in the area to eat lunch before the second part of your tour.
The afternoon beings with a tour of Gaudí’s final and most recognizable work of architecture: the Sagrada Familia. You will be in awe as the cavernous church fills with beautiful afternoon light through the brightly-colored stained glass lining every window. Your guide will bring this iconic building to life through the story of Gaudí’s ambitious plans for the church and its almost 100 years of construction.
Continue on by private, air-conditioned bus transfer to Park Güell, a sweeping park built on the slopes of the Carmel Hill for the Güell family between 1900 and 1914. As in our previous stops, the long lines here are of no concern: our unique access allows us to enter immediately into the most famous and impressive part of the park, the “monumental zone.” We will stop for a picture with “El Drac,” the famous dragon figure guarding the entrance to the zone, before moving further inside to learn more about its interesting history. Originally planned to be an estate of 60 villas, the property was turned into a park due to of lack of interest but features still remain, including an open-air market venue called the Hypostyle Room.
After experiencing a day of Gaudí’s most famous works, spend the evening relaxing at another scenic venue: a 17th-century Gothic palace. Enjoy a complimentary drink and an exciting Flamenco performance by some of the best performers in town!
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