Have you seen the Antoni Gaudi structures and want to get a better understanding of the Modernist style and what was going on in Barcelona in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s? Would you like to explore the Eixample District from a different point of view beyond the top tourist sites? Would you like to learn who were Gaudi’s rivals and where their inspiration came from?
The Eixample District is the largest district in Barcelona, the expansion area where the Modernism architecture movement, the local Art Nouveau bloomed. Its grid of streets is easy to walk, but there are so many details that you’ll miss on your own. And who has the time to do the research and plan an itinerary that gives you the best examples of what was happening in those times?
If you are curious to discover how Modernism evolved in town and who were the other renowned architects in Barcelona in that period of the history of Barcelona,that Gaudi out-shined, this tour will give you a full understanding of the Catalan Modernisme architecture.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your main interests…)
Meet your guide at your location and head to the Old Town, where in a side alley survives the Café where everything started. Learn about the first generation of Barcelona artists that started bringing the latest trends from Paris and introduced the Impressionism and the Art Nouveau in town. Hear about Santiago Rusiñol, Raimon Casas and his peers, and about a very young Picasso that used to hang out there, too.
Not far stands out a magnificent concert hall designed by the prestigious Domènech i Muntaner for the choirs of the local working class. Hear about the industrial revolution and how it was closely connected to the development of the Modernist style.
This building is only seen from outside.
Not many people are aware that Gaudi built another apartment building in the Eixample District, besides Casa Batllo and Casa Milà. Learn about Gaudi’s origins and his early works, and gain enough background to understand better his evolution into become the great master he was going to be.
Between 1904 and 1905, the three top modernist architects worked one next door to the other, building three exceptional buildings. No one could agree on which one was the most beautiful of the three, and that’s how they became the Block of Disagreement. We’ll show you details of their façades that will make you see them in a whole new way.
The Eixample hides many exceptional examples of how Modernism got integrated in the local life. Depending on your interests, your guide will figure out a custom itinerary to include those places that will interest you the most.
Maybe it’s how the iron architecture was the perfect solution to cover local markets. Maybe it’s 100 years old modernist shops such as pharmacies and cafés. Maybe it’s a Gothic Cloister that was moved from the Old Town and rebuilt in the Eixample district. Maybe it’s more modernist architects, some of them not even mentioned in the guidebooks but a very important part of the local landscape. Maybe it’s a modernist apartment now located inside a fashion store.
Discuss with your guides what sounds more appealing to you, and get ready to see Barcelona from the eyes of a local.
A quick 3-stop subway ride (it’s faster than a taxi, but we can use taxis if you prefer) will take you to the Hospital of Sant Pau, now open as a tourist site but functioning as a Hospital until 2009. Despite its large dimensions, it is still a hidden gem that most Barcelona visitors will miss… and what a shame to miss it! You’ll be surprised at the ingenious solutions that the architect Domènech i Muntaner incorporated in his project, and its beautiful decoration will leave you in awe.
At the end of the tour you can choose to stay longer inside the modernist enclosure of the Hospital on your own to take more pictures, or maybe have a few tapas or a drink in its modernist café. Or if you prefer, your guide can give you recommendations for lunch, or give you directions or help you getting a cab back to your hotel.
This tour has been designed for adults able to walk, with a strong interest in architecture – specially Art Noveau / Modernism. It’s also great for repeat visitors that want to get a deeper insight of the Eixample district.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour can be adapted for them although if they haven’t been to the Gaudi sites yet you’d rather book a Gaudi tour instead.
If you have walking issues, this tour is mostly walking (around 4km or 2.5 miles) with one taxi or subway ride, and very few opportunities to seat. However, it can be turned into a chauffeured tour with frequent stops: only the 4 Gats café (located in a pedestrian area) and the visit of the Hospital of Sant Pau would require some walking.
If you are on a wheelchair, this tour is quite wheelchair friendly: even the subway stations are adapted.
If you’d rather have a longer tour, add one or two extra hours for a longer walk around the Eixample district or to visit the inside of the Casa de les Punxes by Puig i Cadafalch, or the Museu del Modernisme – a lovely collection of modernist furniture, paintings and sculpture.
The Palau de la Música Catalana can only be visited by joining one of their group tours: if we included it in this tour we’d still have to join one of their group tours and follow the guide around. Our guide could add up a bit to the Palau guide’s explanation, in low whispers not to disturb the rest of the visitors, but you wouldn’t get a private tour of the Palau or be allowed to walk away from the large group.
DURATION: 4 hours
WALKING & TAXI TOUR:
Taxi rides not included.
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|
|SUNDAY||Stores and shops are closed.|
|AFTERNOONS||Only available Monday to Saturday, April thru October.|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours Tours:||Anytime between 9AM and 10AM|
We had two private tours of Barcelona on consecutive days. Each tour was outstanding. The first was a modernism tour and the second was a Gaudi tour. Our guides (Marga on Day 1 and Miriam on Day 2) each tailored our tours around items of our interest and worked with the group and the other guide to ensure that our tours were perfect. We were impressed by the advance planning done by our guides. Each guide was an expert on the sights on their tour, but they managed to communicate to a group that (while interested in the subject matter) were total novices in the area. The tour involved a moderate amount of walking (and a couple of cab rides each), but not so much as to make our group weary. We hit all the items of architectural interest. Barcelona architecture during the modernism period is spectacular. Don't miss this!
We spent most of our first day in Barcelona with Miriam. She was full of information and lots of fun to be with. We did the Modernism Tour and then walked in the square and had lunch. A great first day in Barcelona.