Here in Barcelona, we have many examples of the close friendship and business relationship between Antoní Gaudí and Eusebi Güell, architect and patron. On this 3-hour private tour, we give you the chance to combine a visit to two of the projects they carried out together. The Park Güell and Palau Güell are two very different projects that can show the amazing evolution that Gaudí’s architecture experienced.
It is one of the first big projects that Gaudí was commissioned to do, and the only one located in the Old City. This building was the Güells’ family home and an important meeting point of the city’s bourgeoisie. The entrance façade is decorated with very interesting ironwork, a big bird sitting on the top of what looks like a helmet. Inside, there are many different areas to visit. First, we’ll go downstairs to see the stables, then to the first floor with the dining room and living room. The central hall is crowned with a dome. We’ll then go up past the other floors that housed the bedrooms to get to the roof terrace, where we’ll discover Gaudí’s curious relationship with chimneys.
In the 1900s, Gaudí and Güell began work on what would be their biggest project together, Park Güell, a planned community built in the city’s hills. Nowadays, it is a public park that belongs to the city of Barcelona. Entry to most of the park is free, but you’ll need a ticket, which we book in advance for you, to visit the central area.
We can enjoy some amazing views of the city and park from the stone roads that Gaudí designed, then we will visit the central square with its curious bench, take a picture with the lizard and find some gingerbread-looking houses
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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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