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.
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 can walk down, or if you chose the Passion façade you have the option to take the elevator down at no extra cost. 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.
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)
We arrived on Barcelona from a cruise and toured the Gaudi sites on December 5 with Marta. She was waiting at the designated location when we arrived. Marta is extremely knowledgeable of the sites and made our day in Barcelona. There were 4 of us and Marta. Rather than arrange for a car and driver we split up into 2 taxis. This worked wonderfully.
I want to give Marta a 5+ for her outstanding Gaudi tour. During the four hours I spent with Marta, she gave a clear & interesting narrative about each of the locations visited and itneresting details about the life of the architect. The pacing was perfect. Never once did I feel rushed nor did I feel that I was missing out on any of the fascinating details... In pleasingme, she pleased a harsh critic (I'm a museum guide).
Having a half day Gaudi tour with Marta was the highlight of our trip. I had been to Barcelona before but Marta brought a wealth of knowledge that as a tourist we would have missed. Thank you Marta for making the day so special.
We had the fortune of having Marta guide us through the Gaudi sites on our last day in Barcelona. Marta was lovely to deal with from our first inquiry thourghout our tour. She was a wealth of information on Gaudi right down to the fine details. We learned so much about Gaudi architecture, which was our goal.
My husband and I did the Gaudi tour with Marta. We decided to splurge and also had a car and driver. Marta was wonderful. We started our tour La Pedrera and Marta guided us through the apartment pointing out all the wonderful design details and giving us the history of the building. We then went on to Park Guell which as beautiful and then to Sagrada Familia which just took my breath away. Marta is very knowledgeable and explained so much about each of the sites. It was truly a wonderful experience and I hope that we can return one day to see the completion fo the Sagrada Familia.
Terrific Gaudi Tour.
We are now devoted Gaudi fans!
The best way to experience the Barcelona of Antoni Gaudi complete with a historical, artistic and personal narrative.
I learned more about Gaudi from Miriam than on previous trips to Barcelona.
Before our visit to Spain we had little or no idea of his genius and influence in Barcelona.