GAUDI GOTHIC ROUTE: PALAU GUELL + GOTHIC QUARTER + CASA MILA (LA PEDRERA)
Dedicate half day of the great projects of Gaudí with the most famous, controversial and modernista house in Barcelona is an unforgettable choice. Do not miss this opportunity to visit with an expert local guide 2 masterpieces very different from each other but with common elements such as love and imitation of nature, the innovation of unique architectural elements ahead of its time that define a universal genius as Gaudí. Discover and learn about Barcelona as you visit 2 masterpieces listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This guided tour offers you the opportunity to visit not only the famous Casa Mila (La Pedrera) but also one of his great first masterpieces Palau Guell located in La Rambla.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona to start your tour in Passeig de Gracia. It is one of the most prestigious avenues in all of Catalonia and the second most expensive street in Spain. Emblematic and beautiful, it houses some of the main symbols of Catalan modernism and Noucentisme. It has numerous beautiful buildings by architects such as Gaudí and his Casa Batllo or La Pedrera, Puig i Cadafalch and his Casa Amatller, or Domènech i Montaner and his Casa LLeo Morera.
Casa Mila or La Pedrera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site a must see for those who want to discover Gaudí’s work and modernism at its finest. Casa Mila (La Pedrera) is regarded as Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic work of civic architecture due its constructional and functional innovations, as well as its ornamental and decorative solutions, which broke with the architectural styles of his day.
After walking and discovering the secrets of this labyrinth of medieval streets, we will walk towards the sea along the famous Rambla observing the Boqueria market, its flowers, its people and the animation that has converted it, ending at Palau Güell.
The Palau Güell 1885, a work of youth by Antoni Gaudí before it was known, combines the sumptuousness of medieval aftertaste with the architect’s unique extravagance and Güell’s desire to show off in front of his friends. The building was completed in 1890 and was the private residence of Gaudí’s patron, Count Güell before he moved to famous Park Guell.
- Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
- If you have reduced mobility, please contact us before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board.
WHAT WILL YOU SEE
Casa Mila (la pedrera) Gaudí projected it in his professional fullness, at 54 years old , was his last civil work and supposed a rupture with the schemes of his time. The roof, an unusual cover and full of artistic strength that has nothing to do with the architecture of his time. They emphasize the hollows of the staircase, of symbolic forms that have become a symbol of Gaudí’s work. The Gaudí Space, located in one of the spaces with more character of the Gaudí architecture, the attic of La Pedrera. It consists of 270 catenary arches of flat brick and houses the only exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Gaudí. La Pedrera Apartment, a recreation of a house from the early twentieth century that brings us closer to the way of life of a bourgeois family, with furniture, household items of the time and ornamental elements designed by Gaudí.
The Palau Güell 1885, a work of youth by Antoni Gaudí before it was known, combines the sumptuousness of medieval aftertaste with the architect’s unique extravagance and Güell’s desire to show off in front of his friends. The building was completed in 1890 and was the private residence of Gaudí’s patron, Count Güell. He not only created a palace, but also a metaphor, as it rises like Güell himself, from the dark subterranean poverty to the colorful feast of the roof. The ground floor, marked by the severity of the grey marble, contrasts magically with the play of colours and shapes of the twenty chimneys-sculpture of the roof. A mosaic of ceramics, marble and coloured glass decorates these fireplaces, true symbols of the Palau Güell.
The centre of the Roman city, now the Gothic Quarter, is the crossroads between the Cardo and the Decumano, today the streets of Bisbe and Llibreteria. Nearby we can still see the remains of the Roman temple of Augustus. In fact, what was the original nucleus of Roman and medieval Barcelona is today the heart of 21st century Barcelona. In its network of alleys and squares live all the past and the present of the city.
In the Gothic Quarter, you will find the palaces of the Town Hall and the Generalitat, the Cathedral and other Gothic churches such as Santa Maria del Pi or Sant Just y Pastor. Very close to Plaça Sant Jaume, in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, we find the old Jewish Quarter street, formed by a network of tiny alleys and where part of the old synagogue is still preserved, and we will end up in the royal square to see Gaudí’s street lamp, which will take us along the Rambla to the Güell palace.
WHY GAUDÍ TOURS?
- Skip line at all top sites. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
- Experts in Gaudí and Modernism
- Professional and fully licensed local guides
- Totally flexible.
- Personalized visit adapting to your characteristics, age, condition or interests.
- Small Group preference (1 – 9 people). We use individual radio guide for each assistant with big group.
- No burdens, no agglomerations, no rush.
- Travel tips from friends: recommendations to help you plan the rest of your stay in Barcelona.
*Note: Entrance fees to the houses will be added to the final price depending on the number of people.
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