Do you want to see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, but also get an overview of the Old Town? Are you interested in visiting the two top churches in Barcelona, plus a gorgeous park?
This tour is born out of our guests demand, wanting to see the two top Gaudi masterpieces without missing out the oldest part of the city either. It’s particularly convenient because we take care of securing tickets for the two sites where they are tougher to get, and we’ll also navigate you around the alleys of the historical Gothic Quarter.
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 tour will start with a walk around the oldest part of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, to explore the city’s medieval plazas and alleys. Its main feature is the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Eulalia: depending on your interests your guide will take you inside for a detailed tour, give you some time to quickly check it out on your own, or just show it to you from outside.
Nearby is also located the medieval Jewish Section, an area that despite the attacks of 1391 preserves the mystery of its ancient past. If you are interested, your guide can show you around and even take you to what is believed to be one of the oldest synagogues in Europe.
In the rest of your stroll you’ll be presented with Roman ruins from 2000 years ago, charming plazas, and historic buildings such as the City Council and the Royal Palace of the Crown of Aragon.
Next you’ll cross the city to reach Park Guell, a failed project of a gated community that eventually became a park. Gaudi planned its main infrastructures, that are a great example of his fantasy, sense of humor and architecture mastership.
Its colorful mosaic bench, gingerbread-house entrance and dragon fountain are the elements not to be missed there.
The tour will end with a visit of the world-famous Sagrada Familia Church, Gaudi’s lifetime project still unfinished. This church that doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before won’t leave you indifferent. Let your guide reveal its secrets for you and help you understand what exactly was designed by Gaudi during his lifetime, and what has been created out of his general advice and the study of the models he left.
Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel or give you recommendations for lunch. You might also choose to stay longer in the Sagrada Familia to continue enjoying it on your own.
This tour is for people wanting to visit Gaudi’s Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, as well as the Gothic Quarter.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is totally children friendly.
If you are 4 people or more, consider adding a private driver if you don’t wish to split in two taxis for the ride.
If you have walking issues, please note that the Gothic Quarter and the Jewish Section are fully pedestrian areas and you must be able to walk with frequent stops but little opportunities to seat for about 1 hour at least. Also, Park Guell involves short flights of steps (around 10 to 20 steps each).
If you are on a wheelchair, the Gothic Quarter is quite doable, but skipping the steps in Park Guell is a detour that requires time. As long as there are tickets available for those hours, we’d start your tour with Sagrada Familia, then head to Park Guell, and spend whatever time is left at the Gothic Quarter (it might be shorter than what’s planned in the original itinerary – please book an extra hour if you want to make sure you’ll have time for everything).
If you would also like to go inside La Pedrera (Casa Milà), add one to two extra hours to your tour.
If you’d rather have an overview of the city center, this walking tour skips Park Guell (that could be added with one extra hour), takes you inside Sagrada Familia and walks you around the Gothic Quarter, but also includes La Rambla, the Boqueria Market and Passeig de Gràcia.
If you’d like to have a longer tour, check out our full day tours.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell in advance, 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 Barcelona walking tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Boqueria Market is closed.|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||Anytime between 9AM and 11AM|
|Afternoon Tours:||Anytime between 1PM and 2PM (Summertime until 4PM)|
We made the right choice for the Gaudi and the Gothic tour. It was a good introduction of Barcelona and we enjoyed the tour very much. Of course, with our fantastic guide Miriam, who is knowledgeable and professional in her job.
My wife and I were traveling with our granddaughter and included Barcelona among four cities in Spain, primarily to show her the Sagrada Familia but also the unique nature of Barcelona. We had been in Barcelona previously with a Tauck tour, but wanted to show our granddaughter the wonders of the genious Gaudi. Without a doubt, Miriam's walking tour of the old city, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia was far superior to that we had while on the previous Tauck tour. Her knowledge and fervor for the sites led to a much deeper understanding of Barcelona's history and unique culture, as well as the man Gaudi. Honestly, I would guess we have been on 50 or more guided tours over many years of visiting Europe and elsewhere and I would rate Miriam's Barcelona at the very top. Previous tours had left us with the idea that Gaudi was mad or deranged, but Miriam convinced us that he was a genius. Kudos to Miriam and to ForeverBarcelona - they made Barcelona the highlight of our trip through France and Spain.
I had booked a Barcelona tour with ForeverBarcelona for the morning prior to our embarcation on our Azamara Cruise. Our guide and her driver picked us up at the hotel as planned. Our happy surprised was that they picked us up at the hotel in a Mercedes minivan. Montserrat, oru guide for the tour, and her driver Didac showed us the Old City, the Cathedral, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. She was amiable, funny, well informed and flexible with our needs. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer. She was delightful.
We had a short, 4 hours, to pack in Gaudi and the old city center - wow it was fantastic. Having a van at our disposal, with dropoff at the port when our tour was over, was incredibly handy. We were able to pack experiences into every moment of our time in Barcelona. We were able to book a tour that gave us even more than we expected. We got a great introduction to Barcelona, a wonderful overview of Gaudi and a solid exposure to the city's history. Thank you for an incredible experience!!
With only three days in Barcelona, we wanted to have a strong sense of the city and important sites early so we could explore further for the remaining two days. Montse provided that grounding and more. We toured Park Guell, la Sagrada Familia and the Barri Gotic. Are we ever glad we hired Montse as a private guide! Not only did she provide a richness of history and vivid detail on who Gaudi was and what and how he created, but she provided a depth of understanding of Catalan culture, politics and history. She left us with great tips on how to reach other sites we wanted to visit, as well as some restaurants and dance recommendations. For three of us this was a big investment, but Montse made it all worthwhile. Montse was beyond knowledgeable: for every question we had, Montse brought us into a thought-provoking conversation. Brava!