– Basilica of Sagrada Familia
– Park Guell
– Casa Mila (also called Pedrera)
– Casa Batllo
Barcelona private tour guide Gaudi’s Legacy
Gaudí, the architect who designed the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Church), also designed the most iconic park of the city, Park Güell. He moreover built houses in the “extension” of the city, of which Casa Milá (Mila’s House) and Casa Batlló (Batllo’s house) are the most popular. All of these buildings have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. He designed more than 20 buildings in his life, but the most magic are the ones from his mature period. At the beginning of his career as an architect he used traditional motifs in his buildings, and when he became more self-confident he gave his buildings shapes related to nature, developing what is known as organic architecture.
Antoni Gaudí was born in a little village 50 miles south of Barcelona, and when he was a child he had two main interests: firstly, is that he belonged to a family of coppersmiths, so he learnt to work with bi-dimensional planks of copper and transform them into a three dimensional object; secondly, is that he had a rheumatic illness that prevented him from going to play with other children, so instead he spent hours observing nature: plants, rocks, insects, birds…etc.
Sagrada Familia is the most visited attraction in the city, but it is still in progress. The construction started in 1882 and it is already 70% done, so after so many issues and doubts about its accomplishment, contemporary architects consider the possibility to have that finished in 2026. Today the inside of the building is practically finished, but on the outside still they have to build 10 more towers, all of them higher than the 8 towers already built.
Park Güell occupies the summit of a mountain North of Barcelona, almost on the peripheries. Originally was not intended to be a public park but the project that businessman Mr. Güell had for the “Muntanya Pelada” (Barren mountain) never went through and now we have a very original park famous worldwide.
Casa Milá, most popular known by “La Pedrera” (the stone quarry) by locals is probably the most original house in the city. Today many people visit this extraordinary building, but in the past it seems not everybody thought the same way. Gaudi designed this massif building as residence for family Mila in 1906, and when finished he retired his professional career. Casa Batllo, also known as “The house of bones” is another house designed by Gaudi for a whealthy family. It was abandoned at the broke out of the Spanish civil war, but now we can admire the flat where the owners used to live after a deep restoration in 2002.
Going with a licensed guide of Barcelona all these attractions can be visited without standing in long lines to access. Only in Park Güell we need to reserve in advance to avoid queuing.
In this tour you will get to know the personality, influences and motivations of Gaudi as long as the social and economic background of the city that he worked in at the end of 19th century and beginnings of the 20th. Barcelona is distinct from other Spanish cities because it was one of the few cities in Spain to have undergone the industrial revolution in 1800′. Then it was known as the ‘Manchester of the Mediterranean’. You will also discover more sites and learn about the prosperous relationship between the rich factory owners and the artistic movement of the time: Art Nouveau or Modernism, as it was known in Spain.
This is a half day tour (4-5 hours) visiting the interior of Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and one of the houses; if you want to visit the inside of both houses an extra hour is needed minimum.