This guided tour will take you to discover the first house built by Antoni Gaudí, a work that anticipates modernism in Catalonia and the fantastic Park Güell, both declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Was built as a summer house between 1883 and 1885; it was designed by the 31-year-old Gaudí for Manel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895), a broker-dealer. It is Gaudí’s first building in Barcelona where he was able to display his enormous talent.
In Casa Vicens, Gaudí recreated the figurative worlds that were fashionable at the time, but in a highly personal way. The house is built following Catalan construction traditions, which the architect interpreted in unexpected ways, while he also incorporated his own decorative and symbolic elements. As a whole, it heralds and displays the creative freedom that would become the hallmark of his entire life’s work.
In addition to being one of the starting points of Gaudí’s career, the architect created an innovative, original work in Casa Vicens which is different from anything that had been built in Catalonia before it. Casa Vicens thus became one of the first examples of the aesthetic renewal of art and architecture that was taking place all around Europe in the late 19th century.
It is the eighth building in Barcelona listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last to be opened to the public.
After the tour the guide will accompany you to the coach that will take you to the meeting point of the next tour.
Don't miss the Park Güell: it will surprise you! You will not find any park like this one in the world!
Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to build this architectural wonder by Count Güell, who wanted him to plan an elegant residential area. Today it is a public park and it belongs to the city heritage. It has been declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and is just another wonder that awaits you on your visit to Barcelona.
During the visit we will enter Park Güell through the big staircase dominated by the dragon, decorated with mosaic of ceramic tiles, the Catalan style known as “trencadís”. This dragon is one of the most characteristic images of Barcelona. Originally written Park Güell (using the English spelling), the park is arranged around a large central square bordered by a snaky bench covered by the “trencadís” mosaic style. Below the square, the roof is supported by 86 Doric columns shaped like trees, with paths between them, and viaducts on sloping columns: Gaudí's work, like no other, unites nature and architecture.
The tour is bilingual available in English and Spanish.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Till 31 October : 8:30am to 10:00am
From 23 March to 31 October : 10:15am to 11:30am
Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona
Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
Please be aware that is a walking tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
This tour is bilingual available in English and Spanish.