The Bourgeois modernism
Antoni Gaudí was the most known architect of Catalan Modernism, although he wasn’t the only one. However, his work has served for placing Barcelona on the map of the most visited cities in the world.
During our tour we will learn the reasons why Modernism triumphed in the Barcelona of the late 19th Century: Economic and social reasons that favoured the urban and demographic growth of the city and how the “Industrial Revolution” changed the appearance of the city.
We will walk along a part of the Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main axes of the “Eixample”. some of the houses of the bourgeoisie of the moment are found here, stopping in the so-called “Illa de la discòrdia”, in order to know more of the most famous modernist houses of the city: Lleó Morera, Ametller and Batlló. We will then continue on to Casa Milà, better known as the “Pedrera”, from where we will continue our route through a transportation that will allow us to arrive to the Park Güell, our main stop in this visit.
Declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, the project of Antoni Gaudí consisted of building a city garden where the bourgeoisie of Barcelona could all live together and far from the city centre. His great sponsor, Eusebi Güell, bought a part of the mountain in order to develop it, but the project wasn’t well accepted and it was converted into one of the most extraordinary gardens in Barcelona. A walking tour in its interior let us imagine what life in this garden city would have been like.
- Licensed tourist guide authorized by Generalitat de Catalunya during all this tour.
- The approximate duration of this tour is 3 hours.
- The order of the visit will be conditioned by the visitor capacity available in the Park Güell at the moment of making the reservation. Everything possible will be done for the order to be that described in the visit, to better understand the reasons that favoured the construction.
- Transport: The route is pedestrian both in the Passeig de Gràcia and in the Park Güell. However, a means of transport is necessary to move from one place to another. It can be a means of public transport (bus, taxi) or private (tour coach or private car). Consult us according to your preference so that we can organize this point.
- Entrances included: Since 2013, to visit the monumental area of the Park Güell it is necessary to pay an entrance fee and to reserve hours in order to gain access due to the massive influx of visitors. We will make the reservation, according to the timetable foreseen for the tour.
- Optional visits: If you are interested in adding any of the buildings in the Passeig de Gràcia to this tour, please do not hesitate to consult us. It will be necessary to adjust the duration of the tour, but some of them (Casa Batlló, Casa Milà-Pedrera or Casa Ametller) can be visited inside.
- Combinable with: Discovering Barcelona , Sagrada Familia and Eixample