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From our office we will walk to one of the most popular streets in Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia. We are located in the area of Barcelona known as Eixample, which means enlargement. That is the name of the urban project made by the Catalan architect Idelfons Cerdà to enlarge the extension of the city outside the ancient city walls and in consequence get better healthy conditions. Passeig the Gracia Street is one of the most important avenues in Barcelona, where apart from prestigious brands shops we can find modernists buildings. At the beginning of the XIX century Passeig the Gracia became the main residential area for the bourgeoisie, who were main commitments of some important modernist architects such as: Gauí, Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech i Montaner or Sagnier. During the tour we will visit two great examples of domestic architecture from Antoni Gaudí. The explanations will be always put in context with the history of Barcelona and in parallel to other works from important modernist architects.
CASA BATLLÓ: Gaudí projected the refurbishment of a previous existing building of the architect Emilio Sala Cortés. The building was bought by the business man Josep Batlló, who owned several textile factories in Barcelona. At the time Gaudí was an important architect working in several projects at the same time: The Expiatory Temple of la Sagrada Familia, Torre Bellesguard, Park Güell and the restoration of the Santa Maria Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca. Batlló was so impressive with the Gaudi’s work that he recommended the architect to his friend, Pere Milá. Later we will be able to visit Casa Milà, commonly known as la Pedera. Casa Batlló it’s a great example of how Gaudí got his inspiration from nature using organic shapes that had been previously studied by him.
CASA MILÀ “LA PEDRERA”: The building is located in Passeig de Gracia street chamfer with Provença Street, in the middle of the Eixample. During the industrial growing when the
bourgeoisie became the privilege statement, Gaudí was asked to build a house for the Milà family. Pere Milà i Camps was a rich business man who inherited the fortune made by his father from the textile industry. The Milà Project consisted in a flats building where the first floor would be the residence of the Milà family while the other floors would be divided into several apartments for renting. The construction was delayed several times because the building was supposed to be more high and wide than the dimensions fixed by the municipal government. During the guided tour you will visit the two courtyards, the three last floors (rooftop, attic and one apartment) and the temporal exhibition (the availability of this part is subject to the exhibition calendar). At the end of the visit you will be able to remain in the building as long as you wish.
At this point, you will have three hours of free time for lunch and go by yourself to our office in the 311 Sardenya street, where you will have to check-in again. From la Pedrera you can reach our office walking though the Provença Street. The way will take you 30 minutes. Also you can take the L5 blue line of the metro from Diagonal to Sagrada Familia.
SAGRADA FAMILIA: The Basilica and Expiatory Temple of la Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited buildings in the world. Considered the Gaudi’s masterpiece, despite the construction of the church stared on the 1882 is still unfinished. We will visit its astonishing interior rich in symbolism, and with our guide you will discover how Gaudí got most of his inspiration from nature, considered by the architect the God’s masterpiece. As a result the building is a perfect fusion between architecture and spiritually. In addition, you will be able to visit the museum, where there is an exhibition of drawings, plaster models and pictures about the history and development of this basilica from its early beginnings us to the present day. The museum will also give valuable information about Gaudí’s life and career. At the end of the tour we will take the bus to Park Güell.
PARK GÜELL: Located at the upper part of Barcelona with incredible views of the city, we find Park Güell, one of the most emblematic works of the architect Antoni Gaudí. The Park has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in the 1984. The original project was meant to be an urbanization, ordered by the catalan entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, it was finally inaugurated as a public park in 1926. In this work Gaudí displayed all his creative talent with a naturalistic and organic style with the aim to achieve a perfect integration of architecture and nature. We will admire how the architect handles one of his favorite techniques, the “trencadís”, omnipresent in all his creations. Be ready to discover all the secrets hidden in this park through the explanations of our guides!
* Sagrada Família is a unique work for its high and decorated towers and its geometrical shape, a loved masterpiece by its visitors.
* In Park Güell nature breaths and design lives, a special place to go for a walk and look at the creative essence of this genius.
* Radio guide system.
* Guided walking tour in Passeig de Gracia.
* Casa Batlló entrance fee.
* Casa Milà “La Pedrera” entrance fee.
* Sagrada Familia entrance fee.
* Park Güell emtrance fee.
* Transportation between Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.
* Food and drinks, unless specified.
* Hotel pickup and drop-off.Please Note* This tour starts at 08:30 AM / Check-in time: 08:15 AM.
* The second part of the tour starts at 03:00 PM / Check-in time: 02:45 PM
* This tour is guaranteed in English and Spanish.
* Due to limited capacity of the elevators in Sagrada Familia, there can be a waiting time between the basilica and museum guided tour and elevator access.
* Towers will be visit without guide.
* Access to the towers is subjected to weather conditions or other force majeure reasons.
* Please note you might have to take the stairs down.
* Children under age 6, unaccompanied children from 6 to 17, people with reduced mobility, those who suffer from vertigo or cardiovascular diseases are not allowed to go up to the towers.
* As Sagrada Familia is a Catholic church, visitors must dress appropriately, following these restrictions: For safety, no hats are allowed inside the nave or the museum except for religious, health or belief-related reasons, visitors may not enter barefoot, no see-through clothing Tops must cover the shoulders, no plunging necklines or exposed backs or bellies Shorts and skirts must come down to at least mid-thigh, Flip Flops will not be accepted.
* Please be aware this is a walking tour, please be ready and we recommend wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
* For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
* The second part of the tour starts in Julià Travel Offie, C/Sardenya - 311 (Barcelona) at 03:00PM
* Print your voucher and give it to your guide. E-voucher accepted.
* Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
* Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 93 459 39 33 / 0034 93 317 64 54 / firstname.lastname@example.org
* Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 48 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show