Free Walking Tour
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A Free Tour through Gaudí's eccentric life and a discovery of his most magical buildings around Barcelona. Marvel at his work ending at his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.
- What happened to Gaudí's plans for Sagrada Familia?
- What do Gaudí, Star Wars and lollipops have in common?
- Was he a genius or a madman?
Find out the answers and more on our Free Gaudí Tour. A great way to introduce yourself to the genius of the architect while admiring the "modernisme" buidings of the Eixample.
We combine walking and two short metro trips around Barcelona to give you an insight to the genius of his architecture.
- Summer (from April 1st to September 30th):
- 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Every day (rain or shine)
- Winter (from October 1st to March 31st):
- 11:00 AM (also at 3pm in March). Every day (rain or shine)
(*) Tours not running 24th, 25th, 26th of December and 1st of January.
- Plaça Reial (by the water fountain)
- Liceu (L3)
- See map
Other Free Tours start at the same meeting point. If you want the quality of a Runner Bean tour be sure it is a Runner Bean guide. Please read the box How do I know I am on the right tour?
2.5 hours approx. (not rushed, but leisurely paced).
Ends at: Sagrada Familia. If you want to visit the church after the morning tour, we recommend buying the tickets for 2pm (or 3pm if you prefer to have lunch in between).
Reservations are not strictly necessary but, in order to maintain the quality, numbers are limited in all our tours. If you have not booked, we recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time to ensure you get a space on the tour of your choice.
Because some of the attractions are quite far apart, two short metro trips will be involved (fare not included). If you can, please bring a metro pass. A T-10 pass (€9.95) gives you 10 trips and can be shared while a single ticket costs €2.15.
It does not include a visit to the interior of the buildings.
If you are a group of more than 8 people you need to book a private tour. Contact us for more information and prices.
This tour is only available in English.
Places We visit
These are some of the places we visit during the tour (click on the images to enlarge):
It has been a traditional meeting place in Barcelona since it was built in the XIX century. But this is not the only reason why our tour starts here. A young Gaudí has left some illuminating work in the square. It's also the meeting point for the Old City Free Walking Tour.
Gaudí's masterpiece. A raw sculpture carved and moulded into Passeig de Gràcia. Offensive at the time, abandoned to its destiny and recovered to its grandeur, Casa Milà was a very troubled commission that included not only fights and court cases but also a few subtle acts of vengeance by its creator.
It has been called "a fairytale in stone" and "the house of yawns". Today, nobody doubts that Casa Batlló is the architect's most magical building. From knights in shining armour to traditional festivals, all is included in Gaudí's imagination.
The unfinished temple, Gaudí's obsession and the symbol of a city. The Sagrada Famila is like a storybook that is missing many pages. Find out about the temple's past, present and future and hear about the architect's tragic end. Our tour finishes here with the hope that someday you'll see Gaudí's dream realised.
The first project for Gaudí's patron and his first masterpiece. Situated in the midst of the old city, Palau Güell shines out amongst the surrounding buildings. Find out about Gaudí's beginnings as an architect and his unusual approach to the design of the house.
Tour available only on dates marked in green