Barcelona in a Day: La Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Old Town and Barcelona Cathedral

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7 hrs

Max 15

Why take this tour?

This Barcelona in a Day tour distills the essence of the city into an unforgettable seven hours of exploration. From the narrow streets of the Barrio Gotic and El Born to the airy splendor of the Sagrada Família and Gaudí's most famous houses, we cover more of the city than any other tour on the market and sprinkle the day with surprises - including spectacular views from the rooftop terrace of the Cathedral. The ideal experience for anyone who wants to see it all in a short period of time.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.The most comprehensive one-day tour of Barcelona, featuring more inside access than any similar tour, with city strolls of Passeig de Gracia and L’Eixample
  • Created with Sketch.See the majority of Gaudí’s most famous buildings in Barcelona, including skip-the-line access to La Pedrera House and a full tour of the Sagrada Família
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the historic heart of Barcelona, including the old Jewish Quarter, Gothic Quarter, beautiful public squares, El Born Neighborhood and the church of Santa María del Mar
  • Created with Sketch.Feast your eyes on lovely panoramas from the top of La Pedrera
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the old port of Barcelona
  • Created with Sketch.Experience spectacular views from the rooftop of Barcelona Cathedral, following a fascinating tour inside
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy the company of an expert local guide and a maximum of 14 other travelers

Take a day to see the best of Barcelona

Your Barcelona in a Day tour begins on the steps of the Sagrada Família. As you inspect the various facades of the Basilica, you'll learn why they look so different; and how Gaudí's death affected the project, which has now been going on for over 120 years.

Stepping inside with pre-reserved tickets, you'll take a full tour of the sanctuary and museum as you learn about the life of Antoni Gaudí, and get insights into how he used groundbreaking methods to design images that seemed to come from dreams.

Your Barcelona in a Day tour continues as you hop on a subway (getting a few tips about how to get around the city as you go) to arrive a...

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Your Barcelona in a Day tour begins on the steps of the Sagrada Família. As you inspect the various facades of the Basilica, you'll learn why they look so different; and how Gaudí's death affected the project, which has now been going on for over 120 years.

Stepping inside with pre-reserved tickets, you'll take a full tour of the sanctuary and museum as you learn about the life of Antoni Gaudí, and get insights into how he used groundbreaking methods to design images that seemed to come from dreams.

Your Barcelona in a Day tour continues as you hop on a subway (getting a few tips about how to get around the city as you go) to arrive at the Passeig de Gracia; ground zero for Art Nouveau architecture and Barcelona's own Madison Avenue. Your guide will show you famous houses like the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller, and the Casa Lleó Morera, and point out the unique architectural details to help you understand what makes each structure so special. As a highlight, you'll skip the line into Casa Milà, known locally as La Pedrera, or 'The Quarry', and enjoy a full tour, featuring period details and recreations of Gaudí's original furniture designs. You'll also step onto the roof, a stunning open-air art gallery in which every chimney has been turned into a mesmerizing sculpture.

Jumping back on the subway, you'll zip over to La Rambla to take a quick stroll down Barcelona's most famous pedestrian street, then take a leisurely break for lunch, in which your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for great places to eat at any price point.

Your Barcelona in a Day adventure reconvenes in the heart of the city; the Gothic Quarter for a stroll through history. Walking past Roman Walls that date back thousands of years, you’ll learn how Barcelona went from a provincial fishing village to the heart of an entire region unified by a very hairy king.

Next, you’ll explore the most interesting areas of the old city, including the Jewish Ghetto, Sant Felip Neri Square, the Plaça St Jaume, and more. Enjoy an expertly guided tour followed by magnificent views from the rooftop of Barcelona Cathedral where you have access to the terrace. You’ll see the city’s second most iconic church in the neighborhood of El Born and a shop selling trinkets you won’t find anywhere else in the world; the only hint we’ll give you is that they're an ode to Catalonians’ near obsession with the topic of digestion.

You cover a lot of ground on this Barcelona tour, but it culminates in an unforgettable experience of Catalonian history and culture that you can't get any other way.

PLEASE NOTE

There are sections of this tour that require a bit more walking and stair-climbing than usual. If you have any concerns or questions about your ability to maintain a modest pace with the group, please contact us ahead of time and we’ll be glad to advise you. Please note that in bad weather the rooftop at Barcelona Cathedral may close.

Casa Batlló will undergo restoration works until June 2019. You will have the unique opportunity to observe how the restoration team are working to reveal the original skin of Gaudi's Casa Batllo. The ongoing restoration works may cause some inconveniences.

  • Sites Visited
  • Sagrada Família
  • Casa Milà
  • Casa Batlló (outside)
  • Historic Center
  • La Rambla
  • El Born
  • Santa María del Mar
  • The Old Port
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets at Casa Milà
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Sagrada Família
  • Guided tour and rooftop access at Barcelona Cathedral
  • Expert local guide
A friendly guide will help you understand how the Sagráda Família was built
Taking in the original facade of the Sagrada Família
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I did the Barcelona in a Day tour, which took us to the Sagrada Familia and Cast Mila in the morning, and Silvia (the guide) was amazing! She had so many interesting bits of information to impart, and she kept the tour engaging and fun. In the afternoon we did a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter with Claudia, who was also a wonderful guide -- she clearly knew a lot about the history of Barcelona and it was fascinating to hear more about the city. All in all a great tour with great guides!

Both guides were very nice & knowledgeable!


FAQ

Does the Sagrada Familia have a dress code?
Yes. In the Cathedral, both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings (e.g., a scarf) with you and to put them on before entering to the holy areas.
I don't eat meat. Is there a vegetarian option during the jamón tasting?
Unfortunately there is no other option during the jamón tasting. Catalans have a deep love of ham and in their eyes, no veggie is quite equivalent.
Does this tour always visit the rooftop of the Casa Mila?
Occasionally the rooftop is closed due to heavy rains. But we usually visit rain or shine.
Can I bring a bag with me into the Sagrada Familia?
Yes, but you can only bring small bags and backpacks. They will be checked before you enter the church. If you are going to climb the towers you have to leave backpacks in security lockers located at the base of the towers and costing €1.00.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Some of the Gaudí residences are not completely wheelchair accessible. Because of this, we regret that we cannot offer this tour to people who use wheelchair or have mobility limitations.