Barcelona: Gaudí Highlights Tour by E-Bike
- Small group
- Duration: 3.5 hours
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We saw Sagrada Familia from the outside on our first visit to Barcelona, so we wan to go inside of this monumental church as well as other famous Gaudi buildings and this tour did not disappoint. Our guide for the Sagrada Familia tour was well versed in its history and spoke clearly and kept our fairly large group together and on schedule (not an easy task). Our second guide for the tour of Park Guill and other Gaudi Buildings was also was very well versed in the subject and spoke excellent English, but because that part of the tour was given in both English and Spanish, it was a bit more confusing at times to understand. After touring Park Guill, the last part of the tour involves walking on the outside of two of Gaudi's downtown buildings. While that is interesting, if you don't take the extra tour of the inside of at least one of the buildings (we did), the time and energy spent to see the outside may not be worth the effort. Be advised, there is a LOT of walking on this tour!
Whether or not you like Gaudi's work, it is always interesting. Our guide was knowledgeable, communicated well, and was able to point out much that even a Gaudi afficionado might miss. The tour does not include entry into any Gaudi building, but does include surveys of the exteriors, and that is good enough (the guide did describe key points of interiors, including noting that he was perhaps the first architect to design an apartment building with its own parking garage-- c. 1910). One deficiency is that while we were required to go to the tour office to join the tour, when it was over the bus dropped us off at an entirely different location, and we had to find our way back to our hotel. We had a good street map, and the drop-off point was probably less than a mile away from the original location, but we were not "warned" of this until it happened. The tour also ran an hour longer than scheduled, good for getting lots of detail, but it would have been nice to know in advance.
Easy to book online. Friendly, well informed and helpful staff. Great bikes, easy to use, felt safe through entire journey. Guide (Maria) was an absolute delight, exuded passion for Catalan history and the city, took interest in us as people and safety conscious the entire time What a fabulous way to introduce people to Barcelona and it's delights, we covered key sights and the 2.5 hours passed in a blink. Be prepared for a longer tour if you ask loads of questions. Given time to browse a number of the sights although no local bars which was possibly wiser! Would highly recommend. One of our best experiences. Would even consider taking it again when we return in future. Thank you!
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.
a comfortable bus with a reliable driver were the basics for a perfect trip. Our guide was very very competent and friendly, she told us absolutely enough about evry interesting fact, but she was not overloading us with information. I appreciated it also a lot. that we had free time to decide ourselves what to do, time to emjoy the great place and to stroll around. This trip was just perfect!