Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Highlights Bike Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 3 hours
Antoni Gaudí saw nature as his muse and used its patterns and shapes to create architectural masterpieces. Casa Batlló is one example that reflects his ingenious imagination, and it should top your list when visiting Barcelona.
In 1904, the Batlló family asked Gaudí to turn their building into an unrivaled showpiece and allowed him free rein to bring his whims of creativity to life. He clearly succeeded.
Gaudí's technqiue, with the use of stone, glass, color, and abstract shapes on Casa Batlló's undulating facade and in its interior, illustrates his brilliance of Catalan Modernism.
It's where the Batlló family lived, and it exudes sheer elegance. The mushroom-shaped alcove, with benches to sit by a fire, is an example of Gaudí's gifted mind at work.
The use of warm tones and wood creates a harmonious flow throughout. The building's shaft, lined with cool shades of exquisite, blue tiles, fills Casa Batlló with natural light.
Eccentric chimneys rise behind what appears to be the contour of a dragon's back, which crowns the roof. The sequence of colored tiles enhances the effect of a scaly surface.
Admission always includes a great audio guide. When you purchase a ticket online, you'll also receive a video guide, which allows you to see what some of the rooms would have virtually looked like when furnished. This feature costs extra at the ticket window. When booking online, you can also add on the "fast pass" to avoid a long wait in line.
Casa Batlló is open 365 days a year, from 9:00AM - 9:00PM (last entry is at 8:00PM). Allow yourself 1 - 2 hours to appreciate this amazing building.
Located at Passeig de Gràcia 43 in Barcelona's Eixample district. Metro station: Passeig de Gràcia (Line 3)
She was fabulous. We walked around the Jewish quarter and stopped at various locations. At that time she showed visuals and explained the history of the Jewish people as well as the history of Spain. She connected the various information in a concise manner. She pointed out many things that we just overlooked. The palace walls were made from Jewish headstones. Most were not visible to the eye but there were a few stones in Hebrew. We saw where the inquisition was held. We passed the office of the rulers who administered the inquisition.
The skip-the-line tickets are nice although the timing that we visited Casa Batllo and La Sagrada Familia on a Sunday also seemed less busy. There were 15 of us and it was a good group size and with the earphones, it was easy to hear the narration and jokes by Javier. However I thought Javier could have done a better job ensuring that all 15 of us were together before moving off to different spots to explain the attractions. The transportation was comfortable and prompt by David.
The guide was absolutely wonderful. Genuinely concerned about our well being and if we got everything she said. Spoke perfectly English which even my mom understood (we're Dutch). She deserves a salary raise whatever her salary is! Only thing is that the time in Parc Guëll could have been a bit longer as far as I'm concerned. Would have like to stroll around a bit more. But all in all a really great tour with a very knowledgeable, sweet Nd sympathetic guide.
This is a complete tour of Gaudí’s work in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia. Park Güell and Casa Battlo. We went from one location to the other in a bus. Park Guell is just so charming and definitely a must visit in Barcelona. It’s also a bonus to walk the street of Passeig de Gracia and see Casa Milà on our way to Casa Battlo.
Our guide Alma was super knowledgeable and all around wonderful. Great expansive tour that lets you get more context around Gaudi’s masterpieces - including Sagrada Família tower climb. Really well orchestrated and executed tour from beginning to end. Would recommend.