This is one of our most popular tours. We take you to some of the most representative jewels of Modernista architecture and its greatest artist: Antoni Gaudi. Join us as we explore the figure, career and unique vision of this genius. Learn about his interpretation of the Art Nouveau style, and how Catalan architects created their own style within the movement, a style called Modernisme which uniquely reflects their culture and the times they lived in. Learn why nature was more than just a source of inspiration for decoration, but a model for building. And about how Gaudi was able to design and build things that no one else could because of his singular focus and incredible talent. The works of Gaudi go beyond the buildings and monuments he created, they created an indelible mark on the whole city that leaves no one indifferent.
Some of the highlights of this tour are:
- Sagrada Familia. Considered the crowing acheivement of Antoni Gaudi, and an absolute must-see for everyone who comes to Barcelona, this unfinished masterpiece of Modernisme is one of the highlights of Barcelona. Go up the towers for a panoramic view over the city!
- Park Güell. This is Gaudi’s unique vision of an urban park, and one of the best examples of his genius at work with the land and the landscape. The park is also home to some of the best examples of the “trencadis” style of mosaic work, most clearly displayed along the benches and in the “Drac” statue, a staple for photographs and souvenir shops, and the unofficial mascot of the city.
- Casa Milà. Gaudi’s last and arguable greatest private work, this monumental building’s every feature begs further investigation, from the wavy facade to the rooftop chimneys. Learn about the history and why the locals didn’t like it originally. The apartments themselves are a tribute to Gaudi’s innovative use of light and space without sacrificing beauty.
- Casa Batlló. One of the most colorful and vibrant houses designed by Gaudi, from the facade to the mosaic dragon, it is an essential for anyone who wants to explore the world of Modernisme. The mosaic façade, the “skull” windows and the rooftop chimney all combine to tell a story closely tied to the city of Barcelona.
- Casa Amatller. Right next to Casa Batlló is another modernista house, this one by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. The proximity of the two buildings highlights the similarities and difference of these two great artists within the same style. Mr. Ametller, who commissioned the house, was a chocolatier, and the chocolate bar façade is a testament to his business. But what about the other sculptures and statues, join us to find out more!
- Casa Lleo Morera. The last of the three houses on Barcelona’s “Block of Discord”, it is the work of another master of Modernistas, Domenech i Muntaner. This was the most affected by the Spanish civil war, but still retains its majestic beauty with a spectacular mosaic entrance and cupola overseeing the street. It is sometimes overlooked by people who are entranced by the two other buildings on the street, but it’s got its own history and holds its head high in the company of its more glamorous neighbors.