Your tour will start at your location (within city limits) and from there you’ll either take a taxi or drive (if you booked a chauffeured tour) to the uptown district of Pedralbes. on the way, your guide start giving you a necessary background about Gaudi and his timeframe, so you can take the most of this tour.
GUELL PAVILIONS GATE
Dragons and oranges
Meeting the Count Eusebi Guell was a turning point for Gaudi that opened up doors and connected him with inspiring people. One of them was the priest and poet Mossen Cinto Verdaguer, who wrote the poem Atlantis about the adventures of the Greek hero Heracles.
This fabulous wrought iron gate representing a dragon and the details of the pavilions in both sides of it, once the entrance to a real state owned by the Count Guell and now part of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Barcelona, are inspired in Mossen Cinto’s book.
While the pavilions are open to the public in the mornings, they can only be visited by joining one of their group tours that takes about one hour, which is why we’ll only be seeing it from outside.
Further on into the elegant uptown, Torre Bellesguard is a hidden gem that has been recently open to the public: a large villa partly still inhabited by the owners and partly available for visitors.
Its location, next to the remains of a fortress used by the Crown of Aragon in the Middle Ages, inspired Gaudi to include lots of details that express his Catalan pride and remind us of that period of history that was a Golden Age for our land.
Your guide will show you around the different spaces: the garden, the entrance hall, interiors, attic and rooftop terrace.
His first creation
Next you’ll enter the neighborhood of Gracia where Gaudi built his first ever building: a private villa for the Vicens family.
The use of ceramic tiles and wrought iron here are already a prelude of what was coming in the future. And the nature inspiration is also clearly visible.
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.