Walking through Barcelona, it does not take long before you stumble upon a piece of architecture created by the great Antoni Gaudi. The famous practitioner of Catalan modernist architecture has his unique style imprinted across the city, with tourists flocking to see such masterpieces as the Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.
Such is his legacy’s enduring popularity and power that a number of tour companies in Barcelona offer excursions dedicated exclusively to his work. We’ve dug deep and picked out five of the best.
FROM €17.50 PER PERSON
A cycling-friendly city, what better way to immerse yourself in Gaudi’s Barcelona than on two wheels? During this private, 3-hour bike tour your local guide will take you to the most famous Gaudi sights while regaling you with intriguing stories about the iconic artist’s life and work. Your journey will begin at Plaça Reial alongside the eye-catching Gaudi lanterns, before moving on to famous landmarks such as the famous Sagrada Familia Church, Parc de la Ciutadella where you can admire some of Gaudi’s early works, and even the hospital where he died. At the end of the tour, you’ll cycle back to your departure point armed with memories to cherish and a new-found appreciation of one of the world’s greatest ever artists.
FROM €60 PER PERSON
This 3-hour tour invites visitors to discover the best of Gaudi’s Barcelona masterpieces while learning the magical art of photography. You’ll traverse the city and learn about settings, composition, angles, light and other key ingredients for creating beautiful shots while photographing many of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks. Among the Gaudi buildings you’ll get to visit are Sagrada Familia, Casa Calvet, Casa Macaya and La Pedrera. There’s no need to bring a professional piece of kit – just a camera of any kind, plus a healthy dose of enthusiasm and desire to learn, is all that’s required.
FROM €35 PER PERSON
The unique thing about Barcelona Architecture Walks is that all of their guides are practicing architects, meaning that visitors can tap into their expertise to gain a rich understanding of the landmarks that they visit. Held across 3 hours (and in any weather), the acclaimed ‘Barcelona and Gaudi’ tour takes you to a number of the city’s modernist buildings created by the masterful Gaudi, including Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, as well as areas of Barcelona that served to stir his imagination and incredible vision. The tour will also include rich discussion about a number of important philosophical ideas and concepts that underpin much of the city’s architecture, such as eclecticism, the end of modernism, utopian socialism, positivist materialism, anarchism, beatification, the intellectual bourgeoisie and the Spanish Civil War. (Photo: Sergio Pirrone)
FROM €165 PER PERSON
Ask anyone to name the words they best associate with Barcelona and there’s every chance that “food” and “Gaudi” will feature highly. This tour brings the two together by combining the best of Gaudi’s modernist architecture with some of Barcelona’s most mouth-watering culinary offerings. Part history lesson, part gastronomic journey, a friendly and knowledgeable guide will help you gain a deep understanding of the modernist movements and the beautiful buildings to which they gave birth. As for the cuisine, you’ll get to sample such delights as freshly shucked oysters, chilled Cava and artisanal chocolates. But the main event will be a lavish 6-course lunch in a top Michelin-starred restaurant. The tour is rounded off atop one of Barcelona’s best rooftop bars, surrounded by magical views across the city.
FROM €203 PER PERSON
Take a memorable trip through the best of Gaudi’s works on this private guided tour, which allows you to choose the departing time that best suits you before embarking on your adventure – ideal for those requiring some flexibility. First, you’ll visit Park Guell and the famous Cathedral of Sagrada Familia. Next you’ll proceed to Casa Battló and take a stroll inside to learn about the history of its famous creator. After Casa Batlló, you’ll take a one hour break to have lunch (own expense) before visiting Casa Milá, known as La Pedrera. Here, gaze at the distinctive corkscrew chimneys and enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona before descending to Espai Gaudi to see an enticing exhibition detailing the architect’s life and works.