Private Gaudí & Modernisme in the Gothic Quarter – Walking Tour
We will show you the best examples of Modernisme in the old quarters of the city, the finest example of which is the Palau de la Musica Catalana declared World Heritage by Unesco and built in 1908 by the architect Domènech i Montaner.
- Duration: 3 hours.
- Meeting point: Choose the hour and pick you up at your hotel or wherever suits you.
- Guide: friendly, knowledgeable and authorized guide in the language of your preference
- Transport: This is a walking tour, no transport is needed.
- Price includes: Licensed guide and entrace fees to Palau de la Música and Palau Güell
- Itinerary: Palau de la Música> Four Cats > Plaça Reial > Palau Güell > Hotel Fonda Spain
- This tour is not available on Mondays because Palau Güell is closed.
What to expect
Discover the best modernista sites in the old city.
Palau de la Música Catalana guided tour: Home of the Catalan choir, l’Orfeó Català, this world famous concert hall is known for its excellent acoustics and exuberant Modernisme style. Designed and built by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner from 1905 to 1908, the Palau was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. After a short video, we will visit the major rooms of the building.
The Four Cats: Meeting point of the Catalan avant-garde artists at the beginning of the 20th Century, this bar-restaurant-cafe was frequented by Pablo Picasso, who drew the menu. It was opened on 12 June, 1897 and housed on the ground floor of Casa Martí, a neogothic building designed by the modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch. Puppet shows, Chinese shadow plays, poetry readings, concerts and, above all, painting and sculpture exhibitions were held here.
Plaça Reial (Royal Square) Lamp posts: Inspired by neoclassic French urban architecture, at the end of the 19th Century, Gaudí; made 2 plans for the project: one with the central fountain surrounded by 4 lamp posts and the other with only 2. The second plan was chosen and you can see today the Fountain of the Three Graces and the 2 lamp posts designed by Gaudí.
Palau Güell guided tour: Antoni Gaudí designed and built this palace for Eusebi Güell on Carrer Nou de la Rambla from 1885 to 1889. The outstanding features of this building are the façade in white stone and using parabolic arches as the entrance for the first time, the sinuous forged iron bars over the windows and the 18 chimneys that crown the building.
Fonda España: the tour will finish in front of this Hotel which has a Modernista dining room originally designed and decorated by Domènech i Montaner, a rich environment of historical value in which the older features enhance and inspire the new.