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Escorted Tour - Barcelona Overview

Barcelona overview

A Gothic and Modernist marvel on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is quirky, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool. This city breathes life: from chefs foraging for fresh produce in La Boqueria Market at the crack of dawn to partygoers leaving El Born's pulsating clubs around the same time. Pause for a minute, and discover Barcelona's real charm in small details -- the hidden courtyards of BarriGòtic, the light catching SagradaFamília's wax-like turrets -- all coming together to make the capital one of Spain's most livable and loveable cities.

Renowned Barcelona Tourist Attractions
La Catedral

Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, laced with gargoyles and the stone intricacies you would expect of northern European Gothic, sets it quite apart from other churches in Barcelona. The facade was actually added in 1870, although the rest of the building was built between 1298 and 1460. The other facades are sparse in decoration, and the octagonal, flat-roofed towers are a clear reminder that, even here, Catalan Gothic architectural principles prevailed.

Temple Expiatori de la SagradaFamilia

Barcelona's most emblematic architectural icon, AntoniGaudí'sSagradaFamília, is still under construction 130 years after it was begun. This striking and surreal creation was conceived as nothing short of a Bible in stone, a gigantic representation of the entire history of Christianity, and it continues to cause responses from surprise to consternation to wonder. No building in Barcelona and few in the world are more deserving of the investment of a few hours to the better part of a day in getting to know well. In fact, a quick visit can be more tiring than an extended one, as there are too many things to take in at once. However long your visit, it's a good idea to bring binoculars.

Casa Batllo

One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinogenic best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower.

Casa Mila

Usually referred to asLa Pedrera (The Stone Quarry), this building, with its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the block, is one of Gaudí's most celebrated yet initially reviled designs. Topped by chimneys so eerie they were nicknamed espantabruxes (witch scarers), the Casa Milà was unveiled in 1910 to the horror of local residents. The sudden appearance of this strange facade on the city's most fashionable street led to the immediate coining of unflattering descriptions; newspapers called it the "Rock Pile," and made unflattering references to the gypsy cave dwellings in Granada's Sacromonte. The exterior has no straight lines; the curlicues and wrought-iron foliage of the balconies, sculpted by Josep Maria Jujol, and the rippling, undressed stone, made you feel, as one critic put it, "as though you are on board a ship in an angry sea."

The Old City

The CiutatVella (Old City) is where the top attractions are, and if you are short of precious time, this is where you should spend most of it. The Gothic cathedral, the Roman foundations, and the earthy Raval and funky Ribera districts are all located within this large chunk of the city's landscape, which, due to its one-way and pedestrianized streets, is best visited on foot. It seems daunting at first, but striking landmarks such as the cathedral, the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), and the PlaçadelRei will help you navigate around the maze. To make it easier, the attractions can be divided into three sub-areas: The BarriGòtic (east of La Rambla), El Raval (west of La Rambla), and La Ribera (west of VíaLaietana).


Barcelona's "new town," its extension beyond the old city walls, actually contains a glorious grid of 18th- and 19th-century buildings, including the most vibrant examples of the moderniste movement. It is roughly divided into two areas: Dreta (right-hand), which is the southeast part of L'Eixample, and Esquerra (left-hand), meaning the northeastern side. The dividing line between the two is the Passeig de Gràcia. The famous Quadrat d'Or (Golden Triangle),an area bordered by the streets Bruc, Aribau, Aragó, and the Diagonal, has been named the world's greatest living museum of turn-of-the-20th-century architecture. Most of the key buildings are within these hundred-odd city blocks, including Gaudí'sLa Pedrera and the ultimate moderniste calling card, the Manzana de la Discordia. Many of these still serve their original use: Luxury apartments for the city's 19th-century nouveau riche. Others are office buildings and shops (the Passeig de Gràcia, the neighborhood's main boulevard, is the city's foremost shopping precinct). In case you were wondering, the marine-colored, hexagonal tiles on the footpaths are reproductions of ones used by Gaudí for La Pedrera and the Casa Batlló.

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One Day Barcelona Highlights Tour
We will show you the very best of Barcelona in an English-guided day tour. At first, we will be going along Passeig de Gracia to see Antoni Gaudi's UNESCO World Heritage buildings of Casa Mila and Casa Battlo. Then we will visit in the Eixample district Gaudí's Highlights SagradaFamilia.

Afterwards we will take you to the Arch of Triumpf and along the harbour promenade to the old port and up to Montjuic. Alongside magnificient views you will explore the Olympic Facilities and finally enter PobleEspanyol.

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