DAY 1 - OLD TOWN
RAMBLA & BOQUERIA MARKET
A lovely stroll
The origins of Barcelona
In the Gothic Quarter you’ll learn how the Romans founded Barcelona 2000 years ago, and how in the middle ages Barcelona experienced its first period of splendor with the Gothic style. You’ll walk around medieval plazas and alleys, see Roman ruins as well as the Royal Palace, the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat Government building.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. EULALIA
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, with its historical wooden choir, artistic chapels, the crypt where Saint Eulalia is buried, and also an picturesque cloister where 13 geese live.
Medieval Jewish Section
Or if you prefer, we’ll show you the Call (Medieval Jewish Section). Despite the attacks suffered in 1391, it’s still a highly atmospheric area with a fascinating although sad history. Here is located the oldest synagogue in Europe.
BORN DISTRICT & PICASSO MUSEUM
History & Art
When the tour is over, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel, or help you find somewhere for lunch in the area that is packed with great tapas bars.
DAY 2 - GAUDI SITES
Either you are meeting your guide directly in the city center or at your own location, your tour will start with an introduction about Gaudi’s timeframe, linking it to the Industrial Revolution, the arrival of Modernism (Art Nouveau) and the creation of the Eixample District.
CASA MILA / LA PEDRERA
The Stone Quarry
Today you’ll start your visit in the Eixample district and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, where Casa Milà is located. We’ll take you inside: discover why this building is also called La Pedrera, go up to its amazing rooftop to admire the city views and its unusual chimneys, visit their exhibit on Gaudi’s technique, then the apartment decorated with antiques from the early 1900’s.
SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH
At the end of the tour, if you booked a taxi tour, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions back to your hotel or somewhere for lunch. Or you might decide to stay inside the Sagrada Familia (or last site visited) and continue enjoying it on your own.
If you booked a chauffeured tour, you’ll be dropped off back to your hotel or apartment, or at some local restaurant for lunch on your own.
DAY 3 - MONTJUIC HILL
1929 WORLD FAIR
Entering the mountain
The last of your 3 days in Barcelona covers the Montjuic Hill, that you’ll start exploring from Plaça Espanya, the entrance to the World Fair of 1929, with the former bullring Las Arenas, now a modern shopping mall.
The pavilions built for the World Fair host now trade show events, but you can still visit the reconstruction of the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. Next to it there is the former Casaramona factory, now Caixaforum art center.
CITY VIEWS FROM PALAU NACIONAL
The city at your feet
The impressive building of the National Palace, home to the MNAC museum is also worth a stop: the city views from there are spectacular.
Note that this tour does not include visiting the MNAC museum as it takes too long, but it is possible to add extra hours on request to fit it in.
When Barcelona was put on the map
Enjoy the local cuisine away from the tourist traps.
MONTJUIC CASTLE BY CABLECAR
Great choice for families and to enjoy breathtaking city views.
If you are into art, you shouldn’t miss the best collection in the world of this surrealist artist.
It’s not easy to find taxis up in the Hill, so after visiting your last site you’ll descent either across some scenic gardens downhill or to the funicular, until you reach a busier area where your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel or somewhere to eat.