A guided visit to the Crypt of the Colonia Güell is an excellent complement to the Sagrada Familia visit. This not finished church (yes, another Gaudi church that was never finished) shows us some early solutions that Gaudí was improving to use later at Sagrada Familia. The stone columns, the use of concrete, and the hyperbolic shapes are some examples.
But we will not only learn about Gaudí, but we’ll also get to know who was Eusebi Güell, Gaudi’s main Maecenas, and one of his many businesses, the textile factory and the town where all the workers lived. On a nice walking tour, we’ll discover the location of the former school, the doctor’s house, the theater…
We’ll use the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, about 20 minutes from plaça de España to the Colonia Güell. Once we arrive, we’ll walk for about 10 minutes to the Museum for an introduction to the history of the Colonia Güell. Afterward, we’ll visit the Crypt ( we take care of all the ticket reservations) and a walk around the town before returning to Barcelona.
You can combine the Colonia Güell visit with Montserrat (also using public transportation) with a winery at the Penedés region or during spring, summer, and fall with a visit to Sitges (we need a car for these two tours).
Carolina was our guide to Montserrat and under her exceptionally pleasant guidance, we walked to the top and took the funicular railway down. It was quite a nice hike up that apparently few undertake, preferring to take the rail up and walk down as an option. The solitude, vistas, and plant life were beautiful
Rich & Helene Osswald
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.
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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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