Barcelona City Guide

Barcelona Vacation offers the opportunity to discover Barcelona escorted by a licensed tourist guide. An experienced and certified professional born in Catalonia, who knows the architecture, history, as well as the traditions of the city.

We organize guided tours: walking tours, tours in limousine, on helicopter or in a car, as well as vehicles with handicap access. Join us in a Barcelona private tour and you'll never forget it!

We can also organize a visit to other regions in Catalonia. Let us take you to places like Dali's museum in Figueres, the Monastery of Montserrat or the picturesque coastal town of Sitges.

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Gaudí and Modernism

Situated to one side of the Plaça de la Sagrada Família, between the streets Marina, Provença, Sardenya and Mallorca, stands the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, which was initially a neo-Gothic project designed by the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar. Gaudí was commissioned to continue the work in 1891, and replaced the existing project with a much more ambitious one which resulted in the enormous present-day structure. Sagrada Familia aspires to be a symbolic construction. It has three monumental façades: the east front, dedicated to the Birth of Christ; the west front, dedicated to the Passion and Death; and the south front, the façade of the Glorification, the largest of all. The four towers of each of the three façades jointly symbolise the twelve apostles. A dome-shaped tower which crowns the apse is the symbol of the Mother of God, and the four large towers dedicated to the evangelists encircle the central spire, which symbolises the Saviour.

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Passeig de Gràcia

In this boulevard, between the streets Consell de Cent and Aragó on the south-western side, stands the famous street block popularly known as l'illa de la discòrdia , due to the contrast in the architecture of its buildings, all from the first decade of the 20th century. The building at the seaward end of the block is the Lleó Morera mansion, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in modernist floral style. There follow two buildings of a modernised Louis XV type, by Enric Sagnier, and the neo-Gothic Amatller mansion, with ornamentation of polychrome tiles, by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, followed by the Batlló house, with a mosaic façade and a tiled roof, by Antoni Gaudí. A little further up the street, on the right-hand side on the corner with Carrer Provença, there is the Milá mansion, 'La Pedrera', designed by Gaudí shortly after the termination of the Batlló house. The originality of La Pedrera is not limited to the sculptural forms of its façade, but also extends to the interior of the building.

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Park Güell

The Park Güell is situated on the Carmel hill, which, along with that of La Creueta and the Muntanya Pelada, separates the district of Gràcia from that of Horta. The financier Eusebi Güell decided to construct a garden city on the old estate of Can Montaner, and commissioned the project to Gaudí. Only two houses came to be built within the enclosure of the Park, which was conserved as such and which is now a municipal garden. The whole of the urban development part was realised between the years 1900 and 1914.

Full day tour (9 1/2 hours)
Barcelona map tour (2 hours sea tour)
Half day cycling tour (4-4 1/2 hours)
Afternoon artistic city tour (3 1/2 hours)
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