Barcelona Renaissance: a free tour of Modernism and Gaudí

Duration: 2h and 30min
Guru: Luca
Quality Verified Registered on August 25, 2021

This is a one-man band. No script, pure knowledge and passion. Every single tour is run by me, every day. Every single feedback is only about me and nobody else. At the meeting point you’ll find the guy here in the profile pic, not an umbrella!!! I am a passionate historian and an expert world traveller. Born in Italy, after completing a BA in History, I have travelled extensively around the world and lived in London, Dubai, Berlin and São Paulo. Barcelona has had a special place in my heart since spending 6 months on an Erasmus project. So what are you waiting for, don't hesitate and let me show you the great Enchantress. Barcelona! and with all our sins, ours! ours! 
Barcelona ours! the great enchantress! - Joan Maragall Menjar ben I cagar fort /I no tingues por de la mort – Eat well shit strongly and you will have not fear of death -Catalan Proverb

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX century is an extremely significant period for the city of Barcelona. An unparalleled economic growth, feed by huge profits made in the Spanish colonies of America, is changing the “Condal” city landscape.
An early industrial revolution places Barcelona at the helm of Spanish economy. A new “romantic” cultural movement called Renaixença inspired by the Catalan traditions, history and language, produces a huge artistic output that would have its pivotal expression in the work of three genial architects: Louís Domènec i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí.

The tour will be divided in two parts: in the first hour, we will be visiting the Passeig the Gracia, the most luxurious and sophisticated street in the catalan Capital. We will learn about life in the city at the turn of the last century and will unravel all the secrets of the most amazing houses of the so called block of the discord.
Then, after a short metro ride, we will marvel at one of the most amazing work of art ever produced, the majestic and breathtaking “basilica de la Sagrada Familia”.
This outstanding (but still unfinished) masterpiece is a bible in stone, a song of eternal prise sculptured in the rock.
Groundbreaking in its design and rich of hidden symbolism, it offers to million visitors every year a unique spiritual and emotional experience.

This Modernism tour is essential to better appreciate those artistic works and also to have a better understanding of what is Barcelona and Catalonia today.

NB: In order to reach the Sagrada Familia, we will be taking a quick Metro journey. Make sure you have a ticket or let us know whether you need one at the start of the tour.


  • Plaça Catalunya
  • The Eixample
  • The panots of Barcelona. The street tiles.
  • Modernism and Renaixença
  • Passeig de Gracia
  • Casa Antoni Rocamona
  • Las Farolas bancos del Paseo de Gracia
  • The legend of the bat
  • El National
  • Boutique Rolex, former Bar Torino
  • Casa Maladriga
  • La Manzana della Discordia
  • Casa Lele Moreira
  • Casa Amatller
  • Casa Battlò
  • Casa Millà “La Pedrera”
  • Casa Ramon Casas
  • La Sagrada Familia

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Catalunya, 4, 08002 Barcelona,...
    Pl. de Catalunya, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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    At the Sculpture The Goddess (La deesa) Pl. de Catalunya, 4, 08002 Barcelona. Across the street from Primark.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Eamonn 13 Apr 2022

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2022
Even though the Tour was to BE cancelled Luca decided to do the Tour For the two of US. Well Done Luca. Great Guy - a pleasure to meet you
Tracey 26 Mar 2022

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Travelled alone - Mar 2022
Extremely informative & enjoyable afternoon with clear communication beforehand. Luca was a fantastic guide who was very passionate & knowledgeable.
Weiwei 22 Mar 2022

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Travelled alone - Mar 2022
Luca created an excellent tour with the famous modernistic sites but also lesser known places that we could never have found or known about ourselves. That is where the value of a local guide comes in. Luca is very knowledgable and speaks very clearly despite the street noises. Everything sounds more lively and funnier when he presents them, which made the tour a lot of fun and memorable. Luca takes a real interest in his guests and makes sure we are safe and comfortable throughout. The group is much smaller than the usual walking tours so it feels much more intimate and personal. Highly recommend!
Susanne 01 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Die Tour war super professionell und unterhaltsam. Es hat wirklich Spaß gemacht, Barcelona durch diese Tour besser kennenzulernen. Ich kann Luca wirklich nur weiter empfehlen.
Thibaut 01 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Very fun ride across the modern city. Really nice and interesting stories shared buy Lucas. Very recommended.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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