Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí left his mark on Barcelona with unrivaled passion and imagination, as you'll see on this tour to three of his most renowned masterpieces.
Your first stop, will be an outside visit of La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family). It has become an icon of the city, its spindle-shaped towers dominating the skyline. Started in 1882, it remains unfinished and quite controversial, as construction continues sporadically. Gaudí worked on the project himself for more than 40 years and his genius is apparent throughout (outside visit). Sagrada Familia has being a consecrated Temple, since October 2010.
Continuing to Parc Güell, you will witness the architect's more playful side, especially in a bench in the form of a sea serpent, bizarre bird nests built into the terrace walls, and a mosaic roof supported by Doric columns. Gaudí once lived in the pink fairytale house at the park's entrance, which contains some of his drawings and furniture he designed. Afterwards, you will have an exterior visit of the colorful Casa Batlló, a whimsical building known for its elaborate decoration and undulating forms derived from nature. Once the home of the Batlló family, it showcases Gaudí at the height of his powers, a tour de force described as an "architectural smile."
Please note: The visit to Sagrada Familia is an exterior visit only. Due to new parking restrictions for coaches, please be advised that there will be a 15-minute walk from the parking area to the Sagrada Familia and vice-versa (30-min in total).