Experience the truly magical architecture of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet during a professionally guided Gaudí Tour. As perhaps the most well-known architect in continental Europe, Gaudí attained a very high seat in the pantheon of world architects. Known best for his unmistakable Sagrada Familía, Gaudí also created at least 9 other masterpieces that sit within the city of Barcelona. Among the most popular are the Casa Vicens, Casa Milà, Parc Güell, and Casa Batlló. Many tourists make it their personal mission to visit every Gaudí site in Barcelona. And, many have failed due to time-constraints and other logistical difficulties. So, make your Gaudí Tour a success by pre-booking your tickets to his most popular creations or go all-out and take a professionally guided tour. These are the best two things to do for a Gaudí Tour of Barcelona!
Timing is everything. If you want to see the inside of the most popular Gaudí attractions, like the Sagrada Familía, you will need to book at least 2 days in advance. They sell out!
Location, location, location. It might not surprise you that the 10 main Gaudí attractions are not conveniently located next to each other. Consider taking a Gaudí Tour to save time and frustration.
Extra pair of eyes. Gaudí’s work often showcases intricate architectural details. Bring a pair of binoculars if you want to inspect some of the artistic flourishes found a little higher up!
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Best time to visit
Situated squarely on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona enjoys mild weather throughout most of the year. If you are particularly sensitive to heat and humidity, you may wish to avoid July and August. Most locals agree that Barcelona’s best weather for a Gaudí daytrip occurs in the months of May, June, September, and October. It very rarely snows during the winter. You’ll find rather sunny days and cool, crisp evenings from November to March. Like most Mediterranean locales, spontaneous rainstorms can occur without notice throughout the year. Bring an umbrella just in case!
Gaudí’s works are spread pretty evenly throughout Barcelona, making a self-guided Gaudí tour a difficult and time-consuming task. You might find that a professional Gaudí Tour will save you a small chunk of change on transportation as well as a great deal of time. Several different vendors offer Gaudí tours in Barcelona and most of the meeting points are conveniently located near train and metro stops in the most popular tourist areas. Barcelona’s metro runs rather efficiently and you should have no difficulty reaching the meeting point for whichever Gaudí Tour you wish to take.
Money saving tips
Short on cash? Don’t worry! One Gaudí attraction that remains cost free is the Parc Güell! And, although the Monumental Zone inside Parc Güell does charge and admission fee, you can visit it for free at certain times of the day. Free entry usually occurs just before opening hours and in the evenings. Do a little research based on the season and save yourself some dough!
Did you know?
Quick Trivia – Display your expertise by rattling off these Gaudí fun facts.
Because of his great faith, which is readily apparent in his work, Gaudí became known as “God’s Architect”.
At least 7 of Gaudí’s creations eventually became UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not bad.
When the director of Barcelona Architecture School handed Gaudí his degree, he told Gaudí that “we have given this academic title either to a fool or a genius. Time will show.”
Gaudí died on his way to confession at Sant Felip Neri church. He was struck by a tram and did not receive immediate medical aid because of his sloppy appearance and lack of I.D.