Are you already excited about coming to Barcelona and visit the Gaudi sites? Can’t wait to see all of them? Are you worried you won’t have time enough and might be missing something out?
Your time in Barcelona is limited, and visiting the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi in one single day is close to impossible… if you try to do it on your own. Too much logistics: figuring out how to get oriented, how long it’ll take you at each site and getting from place to place, so much time wasted waiting in line (or spent buying tickets online from home and keeping all of them organized, plus keeping track of the timings).
This Full Day Gaudi Tour will spare you all the trouble: we take care of everything and you can just relax and enjoy. You’ll start visiting his early works, then follow his evolution until reaching the greatest work of his life: the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Church. And of course, always SKIPPING LINES!
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)
Start your day with Gaudi’s first masterpiece: Palau Güell, a private mansion designed for Gaudi’s patron and best friend, the count Eusebi Güell. Learn everything about how they met and the trust the businessman put on the architect, while admiring some beautiful antique furniture and discovering how Gaudi started approaching different architectural solutions.
*On the first Sunday of the month, Palau Güell will be substituted by the outside of Casa Vicenç and some extra time at the other sites.
A quick subway ride (for once, it’s faster than taxis!) will take you to the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, where Gaudi built 2 impressive apartment buildings. You’ll see first Casa Batlló, rivaling with two other gorgeous buildings by Gaudi’s competitors in the Block of Disagreement. Casa Batlló is an explosion of color and curbed surfaced that will certainly remind you of the landscaped in the bottom of the sea.
A tapas lunch is a great opportunity to get a little rest and a variety of local specialties. Your guide will take you somewhere in the area where locals go, prices are decent, food is great and service is efficient.
After lunch you’ll visit Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera, located only 3 blocks away from Casa Batlló. Its unique rooftop offers unbeatable views over the city as well as fantastic photo opportunities. You’ll also be taken to an interesting exhibit on Gaudi’s technique that will help you better understanding the projects of the master, and an apartment decorated with vintage furniture (pretty interesting to compare who the bourgeoisie lived here, as opposed as the noblemen lifestyle you’ve seen at the beginning of the tour in Palau Güell).
Next you’ll proceed to the north of the Gracia area to visit Park Güell, a colorful park famous for its mosaics, that was actually designed to be a housing development, but the project was a fail and eventually the real state was sold to the city council, who opened it to the public.
Your full day visiting the Gaudi sites leaves the best for the last: you’ll enter the fascinating Sagrada Familia church with your private guide, who will show you the details you’d miss if you were on your own, and help you understand the vision of a man that planned a masterpiece that would need generations to be completed.
Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel.
This tour is perfect for people with a strong interest in Gaudi: couples, families with teens and young adults, groups of friends… that have a full day to spend visiting the Gaudi sites and are OK walking and using public transportation.
If walking with the occasional taxi rides might be too exhausting, consider adding a driver for the second part of the tour (we don’t recommend a fully chauffeured tour because a driver would be a waste in the morning part of the tour).
If you travel with young kids or think a a full 8-hours day would be too much for you, consider visiting just Gaudi’s 3 most important works in our half day Gaudi tour.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, check with us before booking, as depending on your capacities we might or not be able to cover the full itinerary in 8 hours and we’d rather discuss it with you to set the right expectations.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them beforehand.
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.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS.
Taxi / Subway rides not included
HALF WALKING/ HALF CHAUFFEURED
WALKING PART: Taxi / Subway rides not included, if needed
CHAUFFEURED PART: Private Mercedes car or minivan for 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.
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Tuesday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||First Sunday of each month: Palau Güell will be substituted by the outside of Casa Vicenç and some extra time at the other sites.|
Recommended starting times:
|Alternatively:||9AM (only for hotels in Passeig de Gràcia)|
We've just returned from a lon weekend in Barcelona, where we had pre-booked with ForeverBarcelona an all day guided tour focussing on the works of Antonio Gaudi. Our guide Miriam exceeded our expectations in all respects and ensured we had all the best sights at the best times of day. Her tour provided an easy pre-history from which to grasp the aspirations of thinkers at the heart of Barcelona society at the turn of the 19th century, in which context Gaudi's works are no longer perceived as fantasy-folly, but actually sit as naturally as rocks or trees on a mountain slope. The tour was in all respects well judged, balanced and "just enough". Just enough walking, resting, cabbing... Just enough hustle-and-bustle, intermingled with quieter city squares... Just enough grand architectural vistas, countered with smaller intimate spaces... Just enough insight into larger civic society versus smaller personal anecdotes... A Catalan native, Miriam brought the city alive precisely because she delivers a tour that traverses the full scale of macroscopic spectacle and grand ambition right down to microscopic personal little illuminations, so that one is left touched by a glimpses of The People, The Person, and Society in between. All of this effortlessly and without pretension.
We did the all-day Gaudi tour and aenjoyed it immensely. Javier was a knowledgeable, fun, friendly guide. We were very happy with the personalized tour.