Illa de la Discòrdia

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Barcelona Experience 3-Hour Tour

1. Barcelona Experience 3-Hour Tour

A cool three hours exploring Barcelona city center, and the Montjuic Olympic park. Your tour starts by the Arc de Triomf and then heads to the city center via the Sagrada Familia and the ever busy Passeig de Gracia. After driving down Las Ramblas (looking like a rock star) the tour makes it way through El Raval and Poble Sec before climbing slowly onto the open roads of Montjuic. Here you can see Poble Espanyol, MNAC, the Olympic Stadium, the Miro Foundation and Montjuic Castle. Coming down from Montjuic, follow the coastline until Port Olympic, where you make the final turn back towards GoCar HQ.

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Gaudi & Modernisme Tour

2. Gaudi & Modernisme Tour

Discover Barcelona through the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and his Modernisme contemporaries on a 3-hour walking tour of the incredible buildings and monuments that pay testament to his distinctive genius and the spirit of a generation. The 19th-century Catalan renaissance saw the cultural rebirth of a nation that reached its peak with the Modernisme movement. Gaudí and his colleagues took the spirit of the times and mixed modern techniques with traditional craftsmanship to enrich Barcelona. Ever since, millions have enjoyed the city’s architectural heritage and this walking tour explores the L’Eixample district, where the best examples can be easily discovered on foot, eventually leading to the unfinished masterpiece of Sagrada Familía. Here, you will learn about this essential bridge between the historic highlights of Catalan culture; the medieval merchant city and the 19th-century industrial metropolis. It combines tremendous views over the city Gaudí loved, with fascinating insights into his creative mind. The tour is much more than a series of photo opportunities. You will dig deep into the roots of the movement, and look at the social unrest and political issues of the era. The result is an unforgettable portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities and a tribute to some of its most talented designers.

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Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

3. Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

In English, Eixample means "city expansion." The neighborhood, whose leveled corner façades you've likely strolled past, was established in 1854 when the city walls were torn down and the empty expanse between the overfilled old city and the little town of Gracia could finally be built upon. Eixample proper, today known also as the Golden Square, is the area where the industrialists, aristocrats, and Catalans (the so-called Indianos) who had come into money in South America constructed city palaces with the star architects of their time. And what an opportunity: for 200 years the upper echelons had been cooped up with the poorest classes in the old city. Autonomy and codetermination were refused by the central government in Madrid, and the people suffered under these policies. The local officials could do little, unless they had money in the bank, and they weren't stingy when it came to architecture. They splurged on beautiful buildings and used these to put their wealth on display, employing illustrious architects like Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course Gaudí, to construct these masterpieces. It was a moment of modernism. Like the German Art Nouveau, the Viennese Secession, or the English Modern Style, Catalan Modernism began in 1885 not as a new architectural style but a cultural movement encompassing literature and visual art. For example, the Palau de la Musica conceptualized by Domènech i Montaner paid homage to Catalan folk songs not just in reference to music but by building an allegory out of stone. On this city tour of Barcelona, walk along the street of the Golden Square and discover buildings by the most interesting and important Catalan architects of Modernism. You may never emerge from the wonderment inspired by the incredible decoration in this district. The following highlights await: - 1714 and beyond: the repercussions of the war of secession - The enslaved city - The wall is torn down - To a better future: Ildefons Cerda's utopia of the perfect city or why Eixample will tell another story - Like the phoenix from the ashes: the Catalan Renaissance - Barcelona cleans up: the Barcelona World's Fair - Barons of industry, the bourgeoisie, and festival in Raval - Gaudí's hour - A dragon's den with relics - or Karneval with confetti - Dali and the Chupa-Chups empire - Gaudí and New York - Passeig de Gracia: trencadís or shards bring luck -Three stars at the block of discord - The most famous quarry in the world - So many rooms but no place for the piano - The week of tragedy: Madonna must go - War of stars on the ceiling - Gaudí's trick with string - Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's lost plans And much more.

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Barcelona: Gaudí Highlights Tour by E-Bike

4. Barcelona: Gaudí Highlights Tour by E-Bike

Explore the Gaudi architecture of Barcelona on an electric bike that makes light work of the distances between each site. The 3.5-hour tour starts from in front of Barcelona’s medieval cathedral, where you will learn how to ride an electric bike and how to navigate the city. Your first stop will be Ciutadella Park, admire the ornamental waterfall, Gaudi’s first major project when he was still a student. Continue to the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous building and a spectacular, unfinished, cathedral with distinct spires and façades. When you have finished exploring, your group will return to the Old City via Paseo de Gracia, where you expert guide will make sure you pause to take in the history and stunning exteriors of the Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, at the centre of the Famous La Manzana de la Discordia, a collection of buildings that are some of the world's best representations of the Modernist architectural period, with mosaic façades, ornamental balconies and bizarre chimneys.

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What people are saying about Illa de la Discòrdia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 122 reviews

Good your, great value!

I was a little wary to be in such a large group (17) and to have a guide with no formal architectural training but Erik knocked it out of the park. He kept the group together and was very well informed. He was personable which also made the tour more fun. Even having been to most of the stops on the tour before, I learned something new about each. Check in was a little less impressive. Getting there fifteen minutes early, as requested, meant many of us were left waiting for the stragglers for twenty minutes.

Patrick was excellent!

The tour was excellent. Patrick did a great job at keeping my interest & enthusiasm. A couple things to note is the walk is fast paced although there are opportunities for those to catch up. Also there is a metro ride which requires money spent on tickets during the walk.

There is no better way to see Barcelona than by bike. Guide show us beautiful places and told the history of the city in an interesting way. 10/10

It was an amazing experience, my tour guide, Patrick was very informative and direct. He made the experience enjoyable and lasting.

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It was a great experience ! I would love to come back with my famíly