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Architecture tours

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Architecture tours

1. Best of Ancient & Medieval Architecture. This 4-hour in-depth walking journey covers Barcelona’s ancient sitessuch as the Roman walls and the Historical Museum that contains 2,000-year-old excavations—and the incredible medieval sites of Cathedral of Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia, Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, the Royal Chapel of Santa Àgata and Saló del Tinell as well as its Drassanes, and the Royal Shipyard. This tour is a must for all History and Architecture lovers!

2. Best of Art Nouveau / Modernist Architecture. For visitors who want to go deeper into the unique world of late 19th and early 20th century architecture, this 4-hour tour will take you to Art Nouveau (modernista) sites and the most relevant works in Barcelona. Visit the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau; and the Palau de la Música Catalana by Domènec i Montaner, contemporary of Gaudí; the Casaramona factory (today Caixaforum museum); and Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch. This tour requires a vehicle or public transportation.

3. Best of Contemporary Architecture. Designed for architects and Art History or Architecture students, this tour explores the latest contemporary buildings and urban developments in Barcelona and their impact on the city. The tour focuses primarily on the Poblenou and 22@Barcelona neighborhoods. Works visited may include Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar/ Glories, Herzog & de Meuron’s Forum Building, Frank Gehry’s Barcelona Fish sculpture, EMBT’s Santa Caterina Market by Benedetta Tagliabue, Norman Foster’s Torre de Collserola, Richard Meier’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Santiago Calatrava’s Montjuic Tower.

Please note that this tour will be tailored to your interests. It takes place mainly outdoors and requires the use of a car or minivan.

MUHBA Museums that houses the Roman excavations closes on Mondays. The Cathedral of Barcelona closes during religious services.

The tours take place rain or shine. The weather in Barcelona is very pleasant and sunny most of the time, never extremely hot or cold. However, we do get occasional rain, mostly March to May and October to November. Check the weather forecast before the tour and be prepared to enjoy your time in Barcelona, rain or shine.

These tours have been specifically designed for architecture-loving adults. For outtings specifically designed for children and families, please take a look at the Best for Kids tour.

Although most sites are accessible please let us know to plan it according to your needs.

Yes. Please let us know if you would like to attend a ceremony when booking so we can properly schedule and adapt the tour to your needs.

The monasteries ask female visitors to cover their shoulders inside of the church and not wear shorts or miniskirts. If you are visiting Barcelona in the summer time, just make sure to bring a scarf to cover your shoulders in the church, and avoid wearing shorts that day.

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