Gaudí, Sagrada Familia & Modernism

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Basic Information
Total time
2 hours 30 minutes
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Outside the FNAC store at the corner of Bergara street with Plaza Cataluña, with a PINK umbrella of Barkeno Tours.Go to map

In those days, at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, Barcelona was changing rapidly. The city was going through spectacular urban development. The fast industrialization resulted in giant fortunes being made in the blink of an eye. The modern city was forming, based on the new ideas fuelled by the movement of the Catalan cultural revival. It expressed itself in many fields of art: poetry, painting, sculpting and theatre, but most of all in architecture and decorative art.    

Barcelona was right in the heart of the Catalan modernist movement. With the money coming from affluent families who wanted their houses decorated in the most opulent style and some of the most creative minds in the history of architecture, it was here that the greatest masterpieces of this era were created. The best known architect who made Barcelona modernism immortal was of course Antoni Gaudí. 

Join us and let’s discover together the style that makes Barcelona different and unique compared to all the other cities in the world. Let us introduce you to the one and only Catalan modernism! We will visit together the famous city block often called “the apple of discord” where four of Barcelona most significant modernist architects Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Enric Sagnier were fighting for the palm of primacy and where their entirely different ways of expression clashed. We will see some of Gaudí’s masterpieces including the crazy Casa Batlló, built with almost no straight lines, bringing to mind some fantastic beast and La Pedrera, with its 33 balconies and facade looking like a cliff sculpted by nature, wind and waves, both included on the UNESCO Heritage List. We will finish the tour at the undisputed symbol of Barcelona – La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s ingenious, unfinished creation. It’s a tour you simply can’t miss!

During this 2,5 hour free walking tour, you will see and discover:

  • Plaza Cataluña

  • Eixample – district with many modernist buildings

  • Passeig de Gràcia – one of the most important Barcelona avenues

  • Manzana de la Discordia – the Apple of Discord – famous modernist city block with Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Batlló

  • La Pedrera

  • Sagrada Família

  • and much, much more!

Meeting Point
Outside the FNAC store at the corner of Bergara street with Plaza Cataluña, with a PINK umbrella of Barkeno Tours.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 6 people on them. If you travel in a party of 7 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Very informative tour by Jules!

4 months ago

I attended the tour without knowing that much about the architecture of the city however during the tour not only got general information but also very interesting facts that Jules shared with. The tour was very engaging.


Great introductory tour

11 months ago

This was a very interesting tour with all the historical information and interesting quips to get you excited about seeing more of this area. I would highly recommend it as a precursor to going into the Gaudi sites.


Tour maravilhoso com Pedro

1 year ago

O tour com Pedro foi muito divertido e informativo. Ele conhece muito de arte e da história. Foi muito solícito e atencioso todo o percurso. Certamente participarei de novo!


Excelente guía y recorrido

1 year ago

Juan Pablo transmitió de manera increíble los mejores datos de cada edificio y de la historia

Juan Molina

Enjoyable tour of the amazing architecture of Barcelona

1 year ago

Great tour explaining the history of the layout of the new town, stopping at 3 or 4 eye-catching buildings by Gaudi and others, finishing at Sagrada Familia. Highly recommmend


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