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.
DAY 4 - UPTOWN
FC BARCELONA STADIUM
Gaudi's hidden gem
12.30PM or 10.30AM
Next, a quick ride will take you North of the Diagonal Avenue into the Pedralbes district, where the Count Eusebi Güell (Gaudi’s best friend and patron) owned a real state. For him the architect built two pavilions that a spectacular metal gate shaped like a dragon.
You’ll get to learn about its symbolism and Gaudi’s relationship with the poet and priest Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer and the Marquis of Comillas, the most richest person in Spain in the late 1800’s.
MONASTERY OF PEDRALBES
A Gothic Treasure
12.45PM or 10.45AM
Next you’ll continue (again, a short drive or 15 minutes walk) to the Monastery of Pedralbes, founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada and built in an elegant Gothic style. It’s one of the few monasteries you can visit within the city limits.
You’ll learn here why often becoming a nun was a liberation and the opportunity to access power and independence if you were a woman in the Middle Ages, and see the spaces where they lived.
1.45PM or 11.45PM
SARRIÀ & PEDRALBES
2PM or Noon
If you added extra time for a ride around the exclusive Pedralbes district or to explore Sarrià and eat some tapas there, that’s what you’ll do next.
Pedralbes is the district around the Monastery, with quiet residential avenues lined-up with trees. Here are located prestigious business schools, renowned private hospitals, emblematic consulates… And here live local celebrities such as football players, members of the thigh society and artists.
Sarrià is another up-skilled neighborhood that still preserves a village feel: it only became part of Barcelona in the early 1900’s, and its main street Major de Sarrià is mostly pedestrian. That’s where it’s located a bar that many will consider to serve the very best patatas bravas in town (a famous tapa consisting of fried potatoes with allioli garlic sauce and a relatively spicy oil dressing).
If you asked to visit Gaudi’s Torre Bellesguard, this will be the last stop of your tour.
The name of this villa up in a hill was means “Beautiful Views”, and indeed, the views over Barcelona are magnificent from there! But that’s not the only thing that should drive you here.
This early Gaudi work is the perfect place to learn more about the architect background and his love for Catalonia, which he expressed in this building through historical symbolism. Its rooftop hides another dragon: maybe the largest in the whole city of Barcelona.
Whatever you visited last, if you booked a chauffeured tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel or back to the city center.
If you booked a taxi tour, your guide will help you getting a taxi or give you directions to get back to the hotel or find somewhere for lunch on your own.