This is a sample itinerary for our Private Modern and Contemporary Tour of Barcelona.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your main interests…)

9AM

This itinerary can be approached to discuss how sustainability has been taking into account when developing this area of the city, from the architectural and urban planning point of view.

While we recommend walking (plus one tramway ride) for this tour, it can be also done as a chauffeured tour if you prefer.

Barcelona modern and contemporary architecture tour

GLORIES

Public Buldings & Corporations

30 minutes

This always controversial giant turnabout concentrates the most amazing concentration of top-class Barcelona modern architecture: the spectacular AGBAR tower by Jean Nouvel – maybe one of the most famous buildings in Barcelona, the TNC (National Theater of Catalonia) by Ricardo Bofill and the Auditori by Rafael Moneo, plus the unusually shaped DHUB and the Encants vault.

Tour of the Barcelona contemporary architecture buildings

@22 DISTRICT

The renovation of Poblenou

9.30AM

This former industrial area has become the modern and contemporary architecture lab of the city. This bustling media business district combines the heritage of restored factories with high-tech new contemporary office buildings and a urban development focused in self-sustainability, as well as the integration of housing and services beside the economical activities. Discover the emerging local architects and the contemporary design c0ncept has been applied in a park by Jean Nouvel.

Tour of the barcelona modern architecture

DIAGONAL MAR & FORUM OF CULTURES

Events that transform a city

11.30AM

The far end of the city was finally developed in 2004, with the excuse of organizing a big international event: the Forum of Cultures. The city received international architecture prizes for the Blue Building by contemporary architects Herzog & Demeuron, but other projects such as the Congress Center and the Diagonal Mar park are also worth seeing. You’ll also be surprised to see how trash processing facilities and power centrals have been successfully integrated in the project, rather than pushed to no man’s land.

1PM

At the end of the tour your guide can give you directions on how to get back to our hotel, or put you on a taxi, or give you suggestions for lunch.

MAKE YOUR TOUR EVEN BETTER

Add 2 extra hours to include one of the areas visited in the chauffeured itinerary.

9AM

This itinerary requires a driver, that will efficiently take you from one site to the next. There’ll be of course stops to get out and explore the sites, but the walking will be minimal.

If budget is an issue, taxis can be used but walking will be involved and we might not be able to get to the Gran Via area within 4 hours.
Olympic architecture

OLYMPIC VILLAGE, BARCELONETA

The Recovery of the Waterfront

9.15AM

One of the first areas in town to be known for its contemporary architecture buildings after the 1992 Olympics (stands out the Fish sculpture by Frank Gehry), later additions have been incorporated to the list such as the Gas Natural headquarters by Miralles & Tagliabue, or the trendy W Hotel.

MONTJUIC HILL

Architecture Rock Stars

9.45AM

Modern and contemporary architecture mix up in this hill south of Barcelona: The 1992 Olympic facilities (Calatrava, Arata Isozaki…) connects with the area of the 1929 World Fair where you shouldn’t miss one of the fathers of contemporary architecture: Mies van der Rohe with his German Pavilion (reconstruction). Just a bit further, Richard Rogers completed the transformation of the old Las Arenas bullring into a modern shopping mall.

Gran Via 2 Architecture

GRAN VIA 2

New City Facilities

11.45AM

The construction of the second enclosure of the trade fair facilities has enabled the transformation of a working class neighborhood into a new business district, where you’ll find contemporary architecture buildings by renowned architects such as Toyo Ito, David Chipperfield and Richard Rogers again.

12.45PM

1PM

At the end of the tour you’ll be dropped off back to your hotel/apartment, or the cruise pier, or a nice place for lunch.

MAKE YOUR TOUR EVEN BETTER

Add 1 extra hour to include one of the areas visited in the walking itinerary.

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