Private Living in a Gaudí House: from La Pedrera to Palau Güell
Can you imagine living one of the Gaudí houses?
The best place is at la Pedrera: you will travel back to the early 20th century and see what an apartment used to look like back then. Walk down Passeig de Gracia just as if you were one of the well-to-do Barcelonans of the time, along some of the most popular modernista buildings like Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera. Finally, you will see Palau Güell, this extraordinary palace was one of his first grand projects.
- Duration: 4 hours approx. PLEASE NOTE WE DON’T HAVE THIS TOUR ON MONDAYS.
- Meeting point: Choose the time and we will meet you at your hotel or near la Pedrera.
- Guide: Friendly and knowledgeable guide expert in Gaudí’s works
- Transport: This is a walking tour. Depending on how much you like to walk you might prefer to take the metro from Passeig de Gracia to the Gothic Quarter
- Price includes: Guide and entrance fees to La Pedrera and Palau Güell
- Itinerary: Pick-up at your hotel > La Pedrera guided visit > Passeig de Gràcia > Façades of Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller, Casa Lleó Morera > Plaça Reial with Gaudí’s lampposts > Palau Güell guided visit
Why do our customers book this tour?
- Ever dreamed of living in a magical place? Gaudí brought it to reality in any house he touched
- Walk along and discover 2 of Gaudí’s extraordinary houses: La Pedrera and Palau Güell
- Professional and friendly guide expert in Gaudí
- Entrance fees to la Pedrera and Palau Güell
What's not included
- Transport. This is a walking tour. You can take a cab at some point if you wish, although it is not included in the price.
- This tour is not available on Monday, as the Palau Güell will be closed.
- This is a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes.
- It is also a private tour, so we will adapt to your pace and you can also take a cab.
What to expect
Imagine living in one of the houses designed by Gaudí. You will start with a la Pedrera, where you will travel back in the early 20th century and see what an apartment used to look like back then. You will walk down Passeig de Gracia and see the myriad of luxury houses where anything imagined was then reproduced: Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, but also Casa Ametller and Casa Lleó Morera. You will end at the Palau Güell – one of the first buildings designed by Gaudí and where his main patron lived, Eusebi Güell.
La Pedrera – Casa Milà (the Quarry)
This residential building was built by Gaudí for the Milà family and finished in 1911. Its sculptured form has made it a reference piece and it has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. At the time, people were not really convinced with the peculiar building and thought it looked like a quarry and, since then, this is what everyone has called it: La Pedrera.
In the attic there is an exhibition called Espai Gaudí which has models and technical explanations of his buildings.
The rooftop is just extraordinary – the chimney stacks look like soldiers and it is all wavy with stairs up and down – in total harmony with the wavy façade!
An apartment has been restored and fully furnished in its original style. An example of how the well-to-do lived at the beginning of the 20th century.
Passeig de Gràcia
In the early 20th century, all along Passeig de Gràcia lived the wealthy Barcelonans. Still now you can feel the luxury with all the design shops along with major banks and stock exchange. But what is really worthy is what has been kept from the Gaudí period: the modernista lamppost and Gaudí’s tiles for the pavement, as well as a myriad of grand buildings like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, but also buildings from other great modernista architects like Casa Ametller and Casa Lleó Morera.
In this modernista building, the simplicity of the façades both front and back contrasts with the magnificence of the exquisitely decorated interior. You will be surprised by the luxury of detail that reflect the taste and originality of the architect.
The interior revolves around a spectacular central salon crowned by a parabolic dome which projects above the roof terrace in a cone and is perforated with small circles, which, in the light of day, make it look like a planetarium.
It is one of Gaudí’s first greatest projects, where you will see some prototypes of details that he later used in other buildings. For instance, the terrace with its conical chimneys and vents, like fir trees, are probably the prototypes of the later warrior chimneys on the roof of the Pedrera. He also used the trencadís, or broken ceramic mosaic, for the first time. Decoration he would later use on all kinds of surfaces and which was widely used during the Modernista period.