Private Half Day Barcelona Highlights
After meeting your professionally trained tour guide, you will set off to see the highlights of Barcelona, a very captivating city. Your first stop will be a visit to Montjuic Hill, the highest part of the city, where the sports facilities for the 1992 Olympic Games are located in what is referred to as the Olympic Ring. A photo stop will be made at Mirador de l'Alcalde for a view of the harbor and city.
You will pass the Columbus Monument, built in his honor in 1888, which is located at the beginning of the famed Las Rambles. You will also see the civil Gothic architecture of the buildings of the Medieval shipyards. They now house the Maritime Museum.
You will pass the Arc de Triomf as you make your way to one of Barcelona's most famous avenues, the Passeig de Gracia. Considered the most expensive avenue in Spain, it is home to businesses, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Here you will see two famous Gaudi facades, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, as well as buildings by Montaner, Sagnier, and Urpi's famous ornate benches and streetlights.
Your last stop will be at the Sagrada Familia, or the Temple of the Holy Family. Your tour includes skip-the-line access to this massive, privately-funded Catholic church that has been under construction since 1882, and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. Every part of the design is rich with Christian symbolism, as Gaudi saw the church as the last great sanctuary of Christendom. The 18 towers represent (in ascending order of height) Jesus Christ (the highest and topped with a cross), the twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, and the Virgin Mary. The tallest point, at a height of 570 feet, will be just lower than Montjuic, as Gaudi believed that his work should not surpass that of God. The Church will have three grand facades: the Nativity facade to the East, the Glory facade to the South, and the Passion facade to the West. After your visit, you will return to the pier.
Please Note: Tickets to enter la Sagrada Familia must be pre-purchased by the guide at the time the tour is booked and are non-refundable if tour is cancelled.