A guided tour for architecture lovers: modern and historic buildings, heritage, urban renewal and public sculpture.
This informed walking tour casts a critical eye over Barcelona's international reputation for building, landscape design and historic conservation. Cutting a cross section through the city, we'll take in brilliant examples of Catalan Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, 'Moderniste' (Gaudi, et al), Modern, and Contemporary designs. We'll also investige two special themes: the invention of the 'Gothic District', based on a ruthless re-modelling of the Medieval city centre; and the Barcelona Model of urban renewal that brought Barcelona back international aclaim during the decades either side of the 1992 Olympics.
Special work by Mies van der Rohe, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Herzon de Meuron or Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue could be added on request.
While our route will be determined by what YOU want to see, we can expect to take in the church of Santa Maria del Mar (1329-84), the Cathedral (C14, façade 1898), the Mercat del Born (Josep Fontserre, 1871, restored Rafael de Cáceres Zurita/Enric Sòria Badia, 2012), Palau de la Generalitat (Pere Blai, 1596), Palau de la Musica (Domenec I Muntaner, 1908), Palau Guell (Antoni Gaudi, 1888), Estacio de França (Pedro Muguruza, 1929), Santa Caterina market (Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue, 2005), MACBA Contemporary Art Museum (Richard Meier, 1988-95), CCCB Center for Contemporary Culture Catalunya (Piñon & Viaplana, 1990-94).
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 4 hours
Mostly walking, with occasionally using the excellent public busses or metro, or taxis if you want to see something a little further afield.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
No cash is needed for this tour
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
Covid19 considerations: Tours by locals advice and local controls are clear and sensible. So no handshakes for now, and I'll have a mask in enclosed spaces, like vehicles or museums. Any vehicle we use will be sanitized before each tour.