Gaudí has become the star of the modernist period in Barcelona, he outshined anyone else. But who where his contemporaries? How else evolved modernism in town? Where there other renowned architects in Barcelona in those times?
If you are ready to explore the other side of modernism in Barcelona, it will be a pleasure for me to unveil its secrets for you. Feel free to choose one of the three main themes I suggest, or ask me to create your custom tour with a selection of your favorites.
- Domènech i Muntaner. A pioneer of the local Art Nouveau, he was a teacher of Gaudí hen he was still a university student. His works are full of poetry and nature, but they also express his political commitment with Catalonia. Transportation will be needed to reach some of his works. NOTE: To visit the famous Palau de la Música Catalana, classified World Heritage by the UNESCO, tickets must be booked in advance and you will be joining other visitors during the visit.
- Puig i Cadafalch. The youngest of the three, his love for the Middle Ages is a remarkable characteristic of his architecture. At the same time, it is a way to honor Catalonia by paying a tribute to its glorious past. Transportation will be needed to reach some of his works.
- Eixample District / Passeig de Gràcia: modernism and more. The Expansion District (Eixample) was a blooming area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Following Ildefons Cerdà’s city plan, a brand new city was build where Modernism and other styles coexisted in a vibrant way. Appart from some work of Domènech i Muntaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course, Antoni Gaudí, we’ll also get familiar with other architects of their time. This is a 100% walking tour around the city center.
Tour duration: Each of the three suggested itineraries can be done in one morning (upto 4h).
Extended versions of this tour: An excellent way to make this tour last a little bit longer is visiting the delightful Museum of Modernism (1h aprox.)
Tour is available Mon-Sun. Some sites might be closed on Monday or in the afternoon, but they can all be seen at least from outside.