A Modernist Fantasy - Half Day (3 Hours)
3 hours of tour time + time for tapas with your guide
*Prices do NOT include entrance to monuments
Come into close contact with Barcelona’s most unique and spectacular attraction: its “Moderniste” architecture.
Only in fairy tales and children’s books can you find such a fantastic fusion of colors, shapes, styles, and textures. Though it might seem like these architects were on hallucinogens, there’s actually a method to their madness, precision and symbolism underlying the elaborate decoration, and explanations behind the wild colors and mixed materials. Beware: the most emblematic modernist buildings aren’t always the ones that leave the most lasting impressions! Though the most famous ones are all “must-sees” – no matter how touristy – you should definitely check out the lesser-known ones as well. Gaudí is just the beginning! We’ll teach you how to look at a modernist building and make an educated guess as to whom the architect was.
Let us know how on- or off- the “beaten track” you’d like your Modernist Fantasy experience to be. Then, kick back and let us do the work… and enjoy your own, private magical mystery tour. You won’t need LSD to enjoy this trip; you’ll do it the natural way, which is fitting since the Modernists themselves were inspired by nature. Depending on your route, you might travel and dine in the most natural of ways for any Catalán: by metro, and with a mid-day ‘menú del día’ (two homemade dishes, beverage or wine, bread, and dessert or coffee, all for one low price). We often make a stop at the locals’ favorite ‘gelatería’, where you – like we who live here – will take a number and wait your turn to taste the “dulce de leche”, “after eight,” or grapefruit sorbet.
The concentration of Modernist architecture in and around Barcelona is so great, that there is enough to keep you busy for at least a few full days. Though walking tours are popular, by using a car and driver, or choosing the full-day option, you’ll ensure seeing as much as possible, including some of the buildings which are harder to get to, or perhaps even outside of the city.
There are various ways to enjoy this experience – let us know which works best for you:
Getting around: On foot.* Bicycle. Car & driver.
Duration: Half-day. Full-day
*With us, there’s always a chance that your walking tours will include rides on the ‘metro’ or other forms of public transport. If so, this is included in the tour price.
We highly recommend you read our General Touring Guidelines before booking. We want you know exactly what to expect. Please feel free to propose your own personal twist on any existing route or guideline!
General Touring Guidelines:
• All tours are private and tailor-made to suit the needs of each individual client.
• All tours are in English, with other languages available upon request.
• Unless otherwise specified, tours include monument exteriors only. If you wish to tour
the interiors of any museums, monuments, or attractions with your guide as part
of your private tour, please specify during planning process, as this will determine
the guide we put you with and must be arranged in advance.
• Tours can be done either on foot & using public transport, by bicycle,
or in a private vehicle.
• Since sampling the local foods and drinks is one of the most important parts of city
discovery, we try our best in every tour to wander “off the beaten track” for traditional
snacks and/or meals in local joints along the way. Stop for a Spanish coffee or a sip of
wine; try a deliciously fresh, homemade ‘horchata’ or endulge in an order of ‘churros
con chocolate’. Or, enjoy a selection of typical ‘tapas’ at one of our favorite,