On this page you will find links to guided tours of Barcelona with a strong emphasis on the art and architecture in the region. Some of the tours are devoted entirely to art and/or architecture, others combine them with other sights.
Though not entirely devoted to art, this is an excellent tour, combining the excellent but hard-to-get-to Montserrat mountain with the essential art and architecture of Barcelona. Your morning begins with a trip to the "serrated mountain", Montserrat, and the basilica found there, before heading back to Barcelona, where you see Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, as well as the architect's less famous works like Morera, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. You also visit the Picasso museum. It's amazing they can get it all in. Rushed, but ideal if you're pressed for time.
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Short (and therefore quite cheap) whistle-stop tour of Barcelona's best art and architecture, including 30 minutes at La Sagrada Familia, 30 minutes at Park Guell (both by Antoni Gaudi) and 50 minutes at the Picasso museum.
You can also combine this tour with look around 'classic' Barcelona, taking in the most famous Barcelona sights in addition to the artistic side of the city. Classic and Artistic Barcelona Combined Tour.
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The description exaggerates things slightly (a lot of what you see on this tour has nothing to do with Gaudi), but you do get to see Parc Guell & La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's two most famous works.
You also get to see Plaza España, the National Palace and Las Ramblas, Barcelona port and the Olympic village.
Walking tour of Barcelona which takes in the following works:
- Cases Pons I Pascual
- Cases Antoni Rocamora
- Casa Pia Batllo, Casa Heribert Pons, Casa Jaume Moysi, Casa Sebastia Pratsjusa, Casa Climent Arola
- Casa Fargas, Casa Dolors Calm, Colmado Quilez, Editorial Montaner I Simon - Fundacio Antoni Tapies
- Casa Angel Batllo, Casa Enric Batllo
- Casa Pere Mila I Camps "La Pedrera"
- Casa Baro de Quadras, Casa Comalat
- Casa Terrades o "Casa de les Punxes"
- Palau Ramon Montaner
- Casa Thomas 11. Casa Jaume Form, Cases Castillo, Villanueva, Casa Pau Uribarri o Casa Santurce, Colmado Murria
- Mansan de la Discordia: Casa Lleo Morera, Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo
Visit the medieval city of Girona, followed by a trip to Salvador Dali's birthplace, Figueras (Figueres). In Figueres you will visit the impressive Dali museum - the building is as surreal as the man's paintings.
Visit the Colonia Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi's lesser known works, deep in a pine forest (a place difficult to reach by public transport). But first, check out the spiky mountain top of Montserrat, one of the most impressive sights close to Barcelona. Finish off with a tour of Parc Guell in Barcelona.
These are three of Barcelona and Catalonia's most impressive sights, all at a fair price. Visiting Parc Guell is an added bonus that you could easily visit on your own without paying for a guide, but with the other two sights in the mix too, this tour is definitely worth taking.