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Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

1. Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

In English, Eixample means "city expansion." The neighborhood, whose leveled corner façades you've likely strolled past, was established in 1854 when the city walls were torn down and the empty expanse between the overfilled old city and the little town of Gracia could finally be built upon. Eixample proper, today known also as the Golden Square, is the area where the industrialists, aristocrats, and Catalans (the so-called Indianos) who had come into money in South America constructed city palaces with the star architects of their time. And what an opportunity: for 200 years the upper echelons had been cooped up with the poorest classes in the old city. Autonomy and codetermination were refused by the central government in Madrid, and the people suffered under these policies. The local officials could do little, unless they had money in the bank, and they weren't stingy when it came to architecture. They splurged on beautiful buildings and used these to put their wealth on display, employing illustrious architects like Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course Gaudí, to construct these masterpieces. It was a moment of modernism. Like the German Art Nouveau, the Viennese Secession, or the English Modern Style, Catalan Modernism began in 1885 not as a new architectural style but a cultural movement encompassing literature and visual art. For example, the Palau de la Musica conceptualized by Domènech i Montaner paid homage to Catalan folk songs not just in reference to music but by building an allegory out of stone. On this city tour of Barcelona, walk along the street of the Golden Square and discover buildings by the most interesting and important Catalan architects of Modernism. You may never emerge from the wonderment inspired by the incredible decoration in this district. The following highlights await: - 1714 and beyond: the repercussions of the war of secession - The enslaved city - The wall is torn down - To a better future: Ildefons Cerda's utopia of the perfect city or why Eixample will tell another story - Like the phoenix from the ashes: the Catalan Renaissance - Barcelona cleans up: the Barcelona World's Fair - Barons of industry, the bourgeoisie, and festival in Raval - Gaudí's hour - A dragon's den with relics - or Karneval with confetti - Dali and the Chupa-Chups empire - Gaudí and New York - Passeig de Gracia: trencadís or shards bring luck -Three stars at the block of discord - The most famous quarry in the world - So many rooms but no place for the piano - The week of tragedy: Madonna must go - War of stars on the ceiling - Gaudí's trick with string - Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's lost plans And much more.

Barcelona: Architectural Wonders Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Barcelona: Architectural Wonders Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover at your own pace the architectural wonders of Barcelona, built at the time of the illustrious Gaudi at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. A festival of shapes and colors awaits you! The only thing you need to explore for 1h30? Your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Go to the heart of Barcelona's historic center for this 1.5 hours audio-guided walking tour, just a stone's throw from the Roman walls that are still clearly visible, and straddling two medieval neighborhoods. Learn about the history of Catalan modernism, driven by the city's new middle class, freshly enriched by the industrial revolution and eager for culture and art! Then go in front of a monument of Catalan modernism, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Palau de la Música Catalana. Admire the craftsmanship of this building and take the opportunity to meet Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia! Continue your journey to Plaça de Catalunya, the border between the old and the modern city of Barcelona. From here, the city is transformed: the streets become very wide and airy, and intersect at right angles. You will discover splendid buildings, ordered by this new bourgeoisie of the 19th century. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Admire an impressive variety of architectural styles. There is something for everyone! Discover the Manzana de la Discrodia (apple of discord), this island of 3 buildings made by the greatest architects of the moment: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the author of the Catalan Music Palace, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and the famous Gaudi, the architect of the Sagrada Familia! These sumptuous buildings will allow you to apprehend the wealth accumulated by this emerging bourgeoisie of the time. The Casa Batllo, signed Antoni Gaudi, will make you dive into a fascinating aquatic world where fish, scales, bronchia are an integral part of the decor. After discovering other architectural marvels, you will finish your visit at the Casa Milà, the last residential building that Gaudí will realize before dedicating himself fully to the Sagrada Familia!

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What people are saying about Illa de la Discòrdia

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4.7 / 5

based on 155 reviews

A must when you are in Bacelona

An entertaining, interesting tour in which you can learn a lot about fun, country and people. The guide is there with body and soul, open to any question, brings his enthusiasm and knowledge across well, humorously and sympathetically: even if it takes longer. He gives you good tips for your further stay in Barcelona and the surrounding area. We can only recommend it.

Very pleasant, relaxed tour with a very nice and funny tour guide - a big "thank you" to Julia. Exploring Barcelona by bike is exciting and the information about history and architecture is very interesting.

This leisurely tour will give you a good overview of the city's location and order, its historical growth and landmarks. A great overview as a start for further inquiries.

There is no better way to see Barcelona than by bike. Guide show us beautiful places and told the history of the city in an interesting way. 10/10

This tour was great! So informative and a great way to get around Barcelona and see the sights. Our guide, Agatha, was fantastic!