I knew I could have just wandered around Barcelona and seen examples of modernist and Gaudi architecture on my own, but I was interested in learning more about Gaudi and the history of some of the buildings I wanted to see. As a result, I signed up for the Gaudi Tour with SANDEMANs NEW Barcelona Tours. It’s an affordable 3-hour tour through Barcelona, though it actually ended up being closer to 4 hours long.
We began the tour at the Jaume metro station and ended at Sagrada Familia. Here are some of the highlights:
Palau de la Música Catalana
A beautiful concert hall
Els Quatre Gats (The 4 Cats)
Previously a popular meeting place for modernist artists
Casa Amatller + Faborit
Faborit was a mid-tour stop for lattes and chocolates! Even though not technically part of the tour, it was a highlight for me, and inside Casa Amatller, which was part of the tour.
Casa Lleó Morera
A modernist residence by architect Lluís Domènech
A modernist Gaudi building that I really wish I’d purchased tickets to view the interior of, after seeing how unique it is from the outside
A Gaudi building
An iconic unfinished church designed by Gaudi
I’d give this tour a 6 out of 10. It was an ok tour, but not exactly what I was expecting. As we went along, as much as I thought I wanted to hear some unique facts and history, I would have enjoyed a tour guide that would take photos for those of us that weren’t traveling with anyone. And, instead of having the tour time extended an hour for commentary, it could have been put to better use (with an increase in the price) to include entrance fee to view the interior of either Casa Batllo or Sagrada Familia.
You can book this tour on the SANDEMANs NEW Europe Tours website.