Full Day Barcelona
Full Day Barcelona Avoid the masses on this full-day Barcelona excursion program focusing on the city in the morning, with more emphasis on the works of...
DescriptionFull Day Barcelona Avoid the masses on this full-day Barcelona excursion program focusing on the city in the morning, with more emphasis on the works of Antonio Gaudi in the afternoon. Your day starts with a guided walking tour of the historic El Born neighborhood. Take in this popular chic neighborhood with its mix of modern and timeless gothic architecture, lined with boutique stores, colorful tapas bars and trendy cafes. You will then drive to the Villa Olimpica, which was built as the athlete's residential complex during the Olympics in 1992. The area is now a major destination for locals and tourists alike, due to its numerous cafes, stores, and clubs. The Olympic Port is adjacent to Villa Olimpica. You will then drive along the coast to Montjuic Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the city and harbor. The expansive views of the city and sea from Mont Juic are breathtaking as you explore the area. Make your way up until you reach the Viewpoint of the Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya (MNAC), where you will take a short cable car ride for even more fabulous views. After your visit to the Montjuic Mountain, your coach will bring you back to the terminal located in the center of the city. You will have free time to have lunch on your own. Your guide is able to make recommendations of nearby cafes where you can sample the traditional tapas. After your lunch break, you will set out from your city center location on a city orientation tour focusing on one of Barcelona's most famous residents, Antonio Gaudi. Setting out from your city center starting point on this Barcelona Catalan Art Nouveau tour, you will see the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece. The church, built by donations and private funds, was started in 1882 and is projected to be finished around 2025. After a brief description from your guide, you will have a brief amount of free time for photos of the exterior. An interior visit is not included, as wait times to enter can be extreme. You will then visit Parc Guell, a large garden park in which Gaudi strove to achieve the perfect integration of architectural elements in nature. Sitting on a hillside, the construction takes in the geography in a series of steps and plazas. UNESCO has declared Parc Guell an artistic monument and a human heritage site. Although there is no time to see the entire park, the most important sites are seen. Finally, you will see two of his most emblematic works: Casa Mila, also known as "La Pedrera", and Casa Batllo, as you drive along the fashionable Passeig de Gracia. The tour ends near the Casa Batllo at Paseo de Gracia. Please Note: The tour is offered in English and Spanish every day. From January 20 to about March 12 (dates may vary), the Montjuic cable car is under maintenance and will be substituted with the Port cable car. Your tour departs from the Estacio del Nord area, which is near the Arc de Triomf.
An approximately 10 to 15 minute taxi (not included, approximately 8 to 12 EUR each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Preparation AdviceAs you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sun glasses and sun screen are recommended.