Barcelona Gaudi Tours

Looking to discover Gaudi architecture and modernism in Barcelona ? Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Mila and Parque Guell  are amongst the most stunning architectural treasures you can see anywhere in the world.  Allow us to organise a group tour of the Barcelona of Gaudi and get to grips with the mystique and genius of the great modernist.

Below you’ll find details of personalised and private tours which offer a general view of the most notable Gaudi buildings. But the beauty and intricacy of Gaudi’s design is such that you could easily spend a few hours at any one of his remarkable sites.

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Gaudi Tours in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a wide range of modes of transport for getting round the sites. Whereas walking will give you time to probe even the narrowest alleyways, using bicycles, e-bikes, segways and even a Vespa can be great fun. And our panoramic Gaudi bus tour will make sure you cover all of the sights in no time, in the luxury of your own private coach. Barcelona has safe cycleways and as a medium-sized city half a day is ample time to get a good view of the main sights.

Our tours include your own guide, all equipment, bookings for any monuments where entrance is included. Before you arrive we will send you a voucher with full information on the starting point, your guide’s contact details and any additional information required.

Barcelona Gaudi Tour- how it works

  • Pick ups will usually be at your hotel (depending on the mode of transport chosen)
  • Starting times are flexible – it’s your own private tour! (if entrance to a monument is included this may dictate the times for part of your tour however)
  • On a general panoramic Gaudi tour, we will aim to show you the following: Batllo, Mila Guell, Sagrada Familia as well as modernist buildings on the Eixample
  • Stops and visits to one or two sites can also be included (there will be an extra charge for entrance) – we do not recommend trying to visit more that 2 sites on a given tour however!

General Gaudi Tour – sample itinerary – best of Barcelona

Transport:  Vespa motor bike.  Tour lasts 6 hours (with 3hrs driving time) a total of 60 km. Departure time: 1000 – 1300. The following is a sample of a typical itinerary, but these can be adapted to suit your tastes!

Itinerary: Sagrada Familia – Parc Güell – Tibidabo – Pedralbes – El Palau – Montjuïc – Las Ramblas  – Paseo de Gracia – Casa Battló – La Pedrera

Who was Antoni Gaudi?

Antoni GaudiPossibly Barcelona’s most beloved son, Antoni Gaudí was an architect whose work was influenced principally by nature.  Born in 1852 he was raised in a family of metalworkers, another important influence. He was to become the most celebrated of the so-called “modernist” designers.

He died in 1926 when he was hit by a tram in 1926 on the streets of Barcelona. His most famous work La Sagrada Familia was unfinished when he died,  and remains unfinished today.  Gaudi developed his own style, always based on nature, using ironwork, mosaic and eschewing straight lines and “human” geometry.

“The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.”  Antoni Gaudi

Many of Gaudi’s designs used spirals based on sea animals, birds and plants, and often his vivid imagination produced delightful fantastic animals like iron dragons and lizards. He produced organic “standalone” structures, again using shapes from natures, which did not require internal or external supports or buttresses.  His vision and unique style is probably the single most dominant influence on the modern city of Barcelona.

Gaudi must-see sites include Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia  Basilica (now consecrated as a Cathedral – one of the world’s biggest), the amazing houses on Paseo de Gracia Casa Batlló and Casa Mila, the gothic styled  Episcopal Palace and Casa de los Botines, and the baroque Casa Calvet.  Gaudi died an extremely pious man, believing the nature that God created to be infinitely superior to anything any man could ever create, even Antoni Gaudi!

You modernista you- our tips on talking Gaudi – don’t be a culo de burro

There is nothing worse than a tourist mouthing off tedious and uninformed piffle about Gaudí and modernism while posing in a cocktail bar in L’Eixample, Paseo de Gracia or El Born. Many Brits – whose architectonic grounding is mainly in red or grey brick car park and railway structures – struggle with the passion, exuberance and quasi-surrealist   nature of some of Barcelona’s finest buildings.  Here are just a few Gaudi do’s and don’ts  for Barcelona dilettantes…

  • Do not confuse Gaudi with Gouda (a Dutch cheese), Dali (a surrealist with a silly moustache and a giraffe fetish), Gandhi (if you don’t know who he is you should be ashamed), or Gucci (a clothes shop).
  • Gaudi was not one of those womanising anarcho-surrealists that drank absinthe every night and set fire to churches. Quite the reverse, he was actually the product of (enlightened) mercantile Catalan middle class, and an increasingly religious and pious catholic as his life progressed.
  • And definitely do not pronounce Gaudi as “gawdy” – a term that really does only apply in some of the more colourful features of the Sagrada Familia (“Goddy” IS fairly appropriate though, you might argue…). It’s “Gow-DEE” with the accent on the second syllable…
  • His first name is NEVER abbreviated to “Tony”, even after far too much cava…

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