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Barcelona Sightseeing Bike Tour
"Book this sightseeing bicycle tour and be ready to discover the city center of this internationally known city. Meet your local guide and discover the unique architecture of Barcelona from a different perspective. The route you will follow will be around Sagrada Familia (optionaly) and make your way to several parks and beach areas like the Barceloneta Olympic Port and Ciutadella Park. Be prepared to get to know about the fascinating history of the city and receive their expert advice on what to do and see during the rest of your stay. This tour is suitable for all ages and you will mostly get""Enjoy your Barcelona stay with this 3.5-hour bike tour and discover the most known spots in Barcelona. Cycle through the city center as you sink in all the stories and details that your local guide explains to you.title=Barcelona+Sightseeing+Bike+Tour+Highlights&1=Family+friendly&2=Pickup+from+a+centrally+located+meeting+point&3=Free+drinks+included
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Barcelona Bike Tour Including Tapas Lunch
"Meet your guide in central Barcelona and ride your bike to discover the unique architecture of Barcelona from a different perspective.Make the most of this experience and learn historical and cultural tips from your guide as you move around the city. Las Ramblas the Cathedral and Ciutadella Park.Your included tapas lunch will take place once you have returned your bike at the start point. Your guide will take you to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a tapas menu that consists of four different tapas an""Book this 3-hour sightseeing bicycle tour with tapas lunch included and be ready to discover the centre of Barcelona.Get to know the fascinating history of the city and receive the expert advice from your guides on what to do and see during the rest otitle=Barcelona+Bike+Tour+Including+Tapas+Lunch+Highlights&1=Instant+Confirmation&2=Great+overview+and+orientation+of+the+city&3=Perfect+for+all+ages+and+skill+level&4=Perfect+introduction+for+first-time+visitors""
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Full-Day Private Wine Tour and Montserrat Mountain Experience
"Escape the big city and enjoy in this fascinating private tour during 8 hours where you will visit one of these wineries: Freixenet Artcava Pares Balta Codorniu Llopart or similar depends on the availability and you will finish the tour in the unique Montserrat mountain where you will see breathtaking views. Depends on the time and availability of the wineries the tour can start in Montserrat or in the winery. In the winery an expert guide will expla
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Antonio Gaudí

One of the major attractions of Barcelona is the architecture of Antonio Gaudí (mind that the stress lies on the last syllable of Gaudí).

Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926) was an architect that was born in Reus, close to Barcelona. His most important works can all be found in Barcelona and consist of Parque Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Palau Güell and his still unfinished masterpiece "La Sagrada Familia".

Important characteristics of his work are organic natural forms, ceramic tiles, mosaics, cast iron, parabolic arches and strangely shaped chimneys. Next to these things Gaudí was also good at inventing very creative solutions for improving comfort in his buildings, such as ventilation and blinds to keep the sun out.

Gaudí died in a hospital, almost unknown after his was hit by a streetcar in 1926.

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JanPeter74
Oct 13, 2004

See the Beautiful & Arty Buildings

We saw this magnificent building from the top deck of the tourist bus while the traffic lights were on red. It looked to me to have come straight out of a Fairy Tale book. The stunning architectural detail just gleamed in the sunshine. Another masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi whom Barcelona's architecture owes so much to such a talented artist.

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scottishvisitor
Sep 11, 2006

Street lamps

The impression of gaudi is seen all throughout the city of barcelona. For example, while walking down the roads, stop by a street lamp, it might be one of those masterpieces from this genius. As soon as he graduated from his college, one of his first assignments were designing street lamps.

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Rupanworld
Oct 14, 2008

Gaudi Street Lamps

Observant visitors will notice that Gaudi also contributed a variety of unique street lamps to the city of Barcelona. These works by their design are among his earliest, commissioned soon after he graduated from architectural school. The street lamps in the Plaza Real, for example, built from 1878-1879, are actually part of the formal porticoed square off the Ramblas. The lamp posts, topped with winged wrought-iron helmets, flank the avenue, contrasting with the geometric pattern of the plaza.

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May 30, 2007
 
 
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As much Gaudi as possible!

Don't miss La Pedrera, Casa Battlo, Palau Guell, Parc Guell and of course Sagrada Familia. You can get a pass that gives you discounts if you go to a bunch of these attractions. It can be purchased next door to the Casa Battlo at Casa Amatller. Both are located on Passeig de Gracia.

In the summer La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila) has drinks and Jazz on it's unique rooftop!

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kazander
Apr 29, 2004

Maps of Gaudi Sites

In order to get a perspective of locations of the Gaudi sites, it is helpful to have maps to plan a route. These may help some in your venture. Local maps show the general direction, but not the detail sometimes of the locations on a street-

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BruceDunning
Dec 05, 2011

WORKS BY GAUDI

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was one of the leading architects of Catalan Modernisme. His works were a 'nationalistic searching for a romantical medieval past'. He created a lot of beautiful buildings. Recommendable to see are:
- His masterpiece: La Sagrada Familia
- Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
- Casa Battlo
- Parc Güell

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Helga67
Sep 05, 2002

The Gaudi Heritage Buildings...

Visit La Sagrada Familia and all Gaudi's buildings! La Pedrera, Parc Guell, Casa Milá, Casa Batló, etc. This is a picture of Palacio GÜELL.
A style so wonderful that no one was or is able to reproduce...

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Sep 03, 2002

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Modernist Barcelona: Gaudi's Fanal

Here is the famous Gaudi's Fanal (lamp). I don't like it very much but we can always say that Gaudi was still too young (1858) ;-). It is very (too much) elaborated, it has 6 lights and it ends with the God Hermes' helmet and other of his attributes (God Hermes was the patron of shopkeepers). There are two Gaudi's fanals in this square.

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Elisabcn
Aug 01, 2007

I loved every thing in this...

I loved every thing in this city designed by Gaudi, Must are the Sagrada Familia the most amazing and intricate building I have ever seen, It alone was worth the trip. His Casa Mila is also nice especially the surreal roof(see top picture).

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larsy
Sep 14, 2005

Gaudi Architecture

Gaudi architecture is what I primarily went to Barcelona for. And I bet you any tourist has seen at least one of his buildings, which are dotted all around the city.

Some Great Gaudi Buildings:

- Sagrada Familia Cathedral;
- Casa Mila;

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aliante1981
Feb 22, 2005

Antonio Gaudi creations.

I recommend taking the train which will make all of Gaudi's works accessible with ease. I even found little known,but mentioned in a number of Barcelona guide books, creations like this dragon gate handle off the side of Finca Guell Pavillions. There is a fountain spout in Pedralbes and a couple of masonry gates in ruins in the university, also in Pedralbes.

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Jun 18, 2003

Things to Do Near Barcelona

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Parc de la Ciutadella

This building, located in the middle of the park near the boating lake, is the Catalan parliament. Also in the park are a few museums and the Barcelona zoo - once home to Barcelona's unofficial...
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Museu Picasso - Picasso Museum

This collection of works by Picasso is housed in 5 medieval houses all joined seemlessly together after many years of renovations. Although not born in Barcelona, Picasso spent some years in the city...
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Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - Catalan History Museum

This museum opened during 1943 and one of its major attractions is to take a walk underground and view the streets of the Roman and medieval city. We were on a tour and did not have time to enter the...
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Museu de la Xocolata - Chocolate Museum

This is a museum about chocolate. I love chocolate and found the visit interesting. The exhibition starts with cacao and how it was used in America. And then how it came to Europe and later with the...
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Barcelona Walking Tours Gotic

This Great tour, organized by Turisme de Barcelona, offers you the possibility to walk by the Gothic Quarter, with an experimented guide that will explain you the history of all the hidden corners of...
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Santa Caterina Market - Mercat de Santa Caterina

In Bari Gotic neat the Santa Caterina church is the food market Mercat de Santa Caterina. Much smaller the Boqueria, it still has those wonderful smells and lots of vendors selling all sorts of...
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