Have you heard about Antoni Gaudi sights in Barcelona and can’t wait to see them? Are you aware there are lots of details and stories there you are likely to miss unless there’s someone there to point them out for you? Do you get bored listening to audioguides full of fillers that never go straight to the point? Do you hate joining a large group of other visitors on a site tour and not being able to make all the questions you have? Are you all for skipping (very long) lines?
The Gaudi sites are the must-see of Barcelona. You can’t say you’ve been here unless you have seen at least a few of his masterpieces. But lines are long, unless you buy tickets in advance and time everything perfectly to arrive at the site within that short entrance span they give you. Audioguides are slow: I personally get impatient and end up skipping lots of stops. And joining one of the group tours that are organized at the sites means first of all being there at the right time (since they only usually schedule a few a day), and then not being able to hear your guide well or make questions. Plus how many sites can you really see in one morning? On your own, probably not more than one, maybe two.
Our Forever Barcelona Private Gaudi Tour is our most popular tour, and here is why: Our guides are experts that will be happy to answer as many questions you have. With us you get to skip all the lines without having to worry about getting tickets in advance: we take care of all that. And you’ll be efficiently navigated around the city to take the most out of the tour, and get to see the 4 Gaudi masterpieces in just one morning (3 inside, 1 outside). At the end of the tour, you’ll be as passionate about Gaudi as our tour guides are!
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)
Your Gaudi architecture tour starts in Passeig de Gràcia, the main street of Barcelona and the heart of the Eixample District, where Modernism was developed. Here are located two Gaudi buildings: Casa Batlló is a colorful apartment building remodeled by him in 1905. It makes part of the Block of Disagreement where two other remarkable architects of the time worked as well: Puig i Cadafalch (with his Casa Amatller) and Domènech i Muntaner (with his Casa Lleó Morera).
Only 3 blocks further, Casa Milà / Pedrera was a controversial apartment building, that the Barcelona society wasn’t ready to understand in Gaudi’s time. He was heavily criticized then, but now this building is considered one of his masterpieces. It was also the last private project Gaudi accepted before devoting himself exclusively to the Sagrada Família Church, 1906-1910.
Next, a taxi ride (no subway option here) will take us to the Park Güell: another unfinished project, commissioned this time by his best friend and patron Eusebi Güell.
Although it never became the planned community that it was meant to be, but it’s now the most fairy-taleish park in Barcelona. You’ll be fascinated by the colors of its mosaic tiles, and you’ll also enjoy great views over Barcelona.
Finally, another taxi ride from it is located the breathtaking Sagrada Família Church, his absolute masterpiece to which he dedicated the last years of his life until his death (he could already tell then that the project would take several generations to be completed).
Following his wishes and the plaster models he left (reconstructed after the damages caused by a fire during the Spanish Civil war in 1936), the construction has continued and now it’s scheduled to be finished by 2026-30. Pope Benedict dedicated the inside in November 7, 2010 during a solemn multitudinous mass.
Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel. Or you might decide to stay inside the Sagrada Familia (or last site visited) and continue enjoying it on your own.
This tour is great for people wanting to see the top Gaudi sites but not needing to spend a whole day touring.
If you are traveling with kids, the Gaudi sites are very kid friendly! And most kids are totally capable of following a 4-hour tour. If you are worried about their stamina, bring snacks for them and consider adding a driver (specially if you don’t want to split your family in several taxis if you are 4 or more, or during the summertime when an air-conditioned van is so worth it).
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please check with us before booking: some sites involve stairs, and while they can be avoided that requires a longer detour and eventually an extra hour might be needed to cover the whole itinerary. Taxi drivers are forced by law to accept wheelchairs (but they aren’t always pleased to do it…). Adding a driver will add comfort to your sightseeing and make it easier, but it won’t make it remarkably more time-efficient. The Sagrada Familia towers are not accessible for wheelchairs.
If you’d rather spend a whole day touring and see ALL the Gaudi masterpieces, check out our Full Day Gaudi Tour.
If you are on a cruise, this is a great way to visit the Gaudi sites efficiently. Pier pick-up and drop-off is included for chauffeured tours. For walking / taxi tours you’ll be asked to join your tour guide at the first site in the itinerary (it should be easy to find a taxi at the pier).
If you don’t need to focus so much in Gaudi and prefer an overview of the city, check out our Barcelona sightseeing tour offer.
If you are an architecture fan, check out our other Barcelona architecture walks.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia, as we’ll need to book them in advance.
Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:
It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.
If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.
Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.
DURATION: 4 hours
Taxi rides not included.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
CHARGED UPON BOOKING:
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||Anytime between 9AM and 11AM|
|Afternoon Tours:||April thru October: Anytime between 1PM and 4PM|
November thru March: Anytime between 1PM and 3PM (to take the most out of the sunlight)
My family and I had a wonderful private Gaudi tour with Montse. She was so friendly and very knowledgeable. We had a 5 hour morning tour with her and a private driver. It was not only very interesting to see the famous Gaudi sights but also saved us a lot of time because we were able to skip lines and drive to each destination. Our 3 teenagers enjoyed it as well and that says something!
We took a private tours to visit the most remarkable of Gaudi. The tour allows you to skip the lines and visit everything in a halfday. Our guide Pepus was excellent and knowledgeable. He gave us a great explanation of everything, without overwhelming us. We looked for different private tour options and this was by far the best and most affordable.
My husband and I booked a 4 hour private Gaudi tour with chauffeur. Montse and driver met us right up at the cruise port. We couldn't be happier with our tour! It was simply outstanding and one of the highlights of our trip for sure. We were very impressed with the service and tour. Worth every penny!
We were in Barcelona on a cruise. Since our time was somewhat limited, it was great that Martha was prompt in meeting us at plus Sagrada Familia to begin the tour. Gaudí's work with have spoken for itself, but Marta did an awesome job of bringing it to life. She showed us the sites from varying perspectives, which made the experience all the more interesting. We had a great day with Martha and would definitely stick out on our next trip.
We took a tour of Gaudi's architecture with Marta. We had a wonderful experience, learned a lot, and we saw the most iconic Gaudi buildings. The hours went by flying. We will recommend this tour 100%. You will absolutely love it, even if you really do not know much of Gaudi's! I took the tour with my 2 children (18 and 20) they absolutely loved it!
We had the distinct pleasure of spending a private halfday with Marta Laurent Veciana of Foreverbarcelona touring the creations of Antoni Gaudi. Her knowledge of this architect and his amazing creations was outstanding and her love of his work very clear. Not only did she provide us with extremely interesting information about Gaudi, what inspired him, his life and works, she also pointed us in the direction of other wonderful things to see in Barcelona. Our morning with her is indeed a highlight of our days in Barcelona.
Maria Jesus gave us the most incredible walking tour of Gaudí's masterpieces: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and la Pedrera. We are now huge Gaudi fans.
Gaudi is Barcelona. For a full understanding of the relationship you need someone who can explain it not just quoting facts and figures but with passion and is relatable to the audience.
Marta was a superb guide -- She was able to give us the local flare of Barcelona, along with its rich history, including all the highlights of Gaudi. We loved every minute seeing Gaudi's unique and whimsical works.
She plan the 4 hours with skill and concern for us. We felt we got to know Gaudi's history and importance in the best way. We were fortunate in her professional throughness and ability to inspire.