Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, both have a very close relationship with Barcelona.
The two great artists have museums in our city because it was their will to open them here. The Picasso Museum opened in 1963 and is located in a very charming neighborhood known as El Born, on five medieval buildings, all built-in stone. And a few years later, in 1975, the turn of the Fundació Miró was located in Montjuïc Hill, one of our green areas in town.
We all have very clear images of the most famous paintings of these two geniuses. It is crucial to know that an essential part of the museums’ collections reflects the young periods of these painters to discover the important evolution of their work.
Barcelona had different art Schools during this period and a significant artistic life around the city. So it was easy to study and learn from older painters and, most especially, to get to know other artists that had been living in Paris, the place to be of every artist/painter of the first quarter of the 20th century. Of course, Picasso and Miró knew and admired each other and had many common friends here in Barcelona and Paris. Today we have many art galleries around the city, most of them on Consell de Cent street, you might be surprised by all the lithographies and other works from them and many other famous painters that you can buy in Barcelona.
Everything was so easy. We met our guide, Begonia, across the street, which was a perfect spot for a group photo before we bypassed the long lines and entered the temple. Begonia spoke English perfectly, was extremely knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. She not only knew all the history and facts about Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia, but she grew up in Barcelona so she was able to give us anecdotes and stories of the temple as well as the Spanish culture. We had several teenagers in our group and she kept them fully engaged throughout the tour. Although I had already visited the Sagrada Familia, I learned so much more being on a private tour, especially with Begonia as our guide.
Maxx W., L.A.-California
I can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Carolina and Skip the Line. We were unsure about using a tour guide because we had never used one before, so we waited until we arrived in Barcelona to set something up. They responded immediately and were flexible concerning meeting times. We made an easy payment through PayPal and we were all set up. We met up with Carolina two blocks from where we were staying and she immediately engaged our 6 and 9-year-old kids. We went on to a tour that was incredibly informative from a historical perspective, but also in current events. And, it was great to get the perspective on current events from a local. Carolina was honest AND even-handed. The tour ended with “Certificates of Achievement” in understanding Barcelona for my kids. Skip the Line and Carolina were a highlight of our trip and I highly recommend them.
Best way to start our Trip !!!!
We signed up for the Highlights tour on our first full day in Barcelona and it was the perfect way to start our trip. Carolina was a great and patient guide and she really helped us get our bearings. We saw a few different areas of the city, learned a lot about each neighborhood, and ended up with a great tour of La Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend scheduling a tour with Skip the Line – they were professional, on time, organized and really fun to hang out with!
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