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La Sagrada Família, Casa Milà & the Gothic Quarter

Price: $180.00
Ages 3 and under
This tour operates from March to October
La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and the Gothic Quarter
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La Sagrada Família, Casa Milà & the Gothic Quarter

From the narrow streets of the Barrio Gotico to the airy splendor of the Sagrada Familia, on this tour, you will cover more of the city than you could imagine. If you don't have much time but want to get an insider's view of the city, this is the perfect experience for you.

Your day begins on the steps of the Sagrada Família where you'll meet your expert tour guide. Before you go inside you'll be able to snap a few pictures with views of the church; then you'll take a stroll around to see the various facades and learn why they look so different. As you tour the inside, your guide will tell you about Gaudi's extraordinary life story and point out the elements and details that will give you a deeper insight into his genius mind.

After a full tour of the sanctuary, including a peek into Gaudi's crypt, you'll also step into the museum to learn precisely how Gaudí planned this puzzle-box of a building and why his methods were genuinely groundbreaking. Aside from the Sagrada Família, the houses that Gaudí designed in the late 20th century are his most beloved work in Barcelona.

For the next part of your tour, you'll hop on a subway to get across town. En route, your guide will give you plenty of tips on how to use public transportation in the city and how to get around.

Back above ground, you'll step out onto the Passeig de Gracia, which has the highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. Here you'll see The Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller, and the Casa Lleó Morera. These are three of the most unique buildings in the world, created for wealthy families who were all trying to outdo each other. Anyone can appreciate their almost alien beauty, but seeing them with a guide makes the experience more profound. As you study their facades your guide will point out the very Gaudí type details that you might miss and help you understand what makes each structure so unique.

All of this will help you put your next stop, the Casa Mila / La Pedrera, in perspective as you take a full tour of its stunning interior. Originally designed as an apartment building for the great and the good of Barcelona, the Casa Milá was ridiculed when it was first unveiled and given the nickname is still carries today: "The Stone Quarry" (La Pedrera). The facade may have been ahead of its time, but the interiors were always the toast of the town. As you move through the organic, undulating rooms (try to find a right angle) which still contain original furniture, you'll get a feel for what it was like living in a space designed by one of the greatest architects to ever live.

After you've had your fill of Gaudí, you'll break for lunch. Although food is not included, your guide will provide you with recommendations on where to eat at any price point and taste.

In the afternoon, you'll reconvene in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter for a stroll through the history of the City. You will pass Roman Walls that date back thousands of years; you'll learn how this city went from a rural fishing village to the heart of an entire region unified by a very hairy king. You'll also step inside the Barcelona Cathedral to enjoy a bit of gothic architecture before using a special access ticket to get up onto the roof for a lovely panorama. Back at street level, you'll explore some of the most beloved areas of the city center, like Gaudí's favorite square, the "cursed" Bridge at Carrer del Bisbe, and where public executions used to be carried out. You'll also learn about Barcelona's old Jewish community, the dark history of the Spanish Inquisition, and the Spanish Civil war as you visit spots like the Old Jewish Quarter, the Portal de Sant Lu, Sant Felip Neri Square, and the Plaça St Jaume.

As a special treat, you will pass local shops selling trinkets you won't find anywhere else in the world. From there, your stroll will take you into the city's favorite market, La Boquería. Here you'll explore the stalls overflowing with local meats, cheeses and other products and you'll learn what's in season during your visit, and why Catalonia is considered one of the most fertile regions in Spain.

The tour ends with a stroll down Barcelona's iconic pedestrian street, La Rambla, and a ham tasting at a jamón shop, where you'll learn that, next to soccer, meat curing is probably the most popular national activity of Spain. You'll also learn about the incredibly elaborate process, from feeding the pigs, to curing the meat that creates one of the most prized foods in the world. The best part, of course, is the tasting. If you've never tasted Iberian ham, this will be the highlight of your trip, and if you have, it's a chance to learn how to tell the merely good from the amazing. Don't forget to load up on restaurant recommendations and suggestions for other things to see and do.

Now that you've seen Barcelona in a day, the rest of the city is at your fingertips.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration
7 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Next to "Picasso" Bar, 422 Carrer de Mallorca, 08013 Barcelona. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Jamon Tasting
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter a place of religion.
Restrictions
This tour takes place in historical areas and, therefore, is not wheelchair accessible, nor for strollers or for guests hard of walking. There are no vegetarian options available to replace the Jamon tasting.
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