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Day 1 Barcelona Modernism tour
During this day we will be discovering the unique architecture of Barcelona by seeing the highlights of the Modernisme route. See the most breathtaking works of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and some also impressive works of his colleagues. Starting from Park Güell, a colourful place, planned by Gaudí with gardens, houses, squares and lodges, we continue with a walk down the most elegant avenue Passeig de Grácia, where you can visit one of Gaudí famous houses – Casa Milá and Casa Batlló, both wonderful piece of art. Next to Casa Batlló are another two houses built in modernism style – Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera, part of the block of the discord in Barcelona. Proceed to the last stop for the day – Palau de la Música Catalana, a building which impresses with its wealth of decoration, mosaics, paintings and sculpture. Free time.
Day 2 Sagrada Familia – Colonia Güell (20 km/30 min)
Continue with the highlights of Gaudí art and start the day with a guided visit of La Sagrada Familia, the most prestigious project of the architect, his unfinished masterpiece and the most famous sight in Barcelona. On walking distance of the basílica you will have the chance to admire the Hospital de Sant Pau, the largest modernist project in Barcelona by the architect Domenech i Montaner. Enjoy a traditional lunch.
In the afternoon get on the bus for a visit of Colonia Güell. This small worker’s village, close to Barcelona, is less popular but also very remarkable. Here we visit the famous crypt of Gaudí, an impressive church that was never finished by him. The architecture style of the crypt is very similar to the Sagrada Familia but in the same time is unique and singular. In the afternoon return to Barcelona.
Day 3 Barcelona – Sitges – Garraf (40km/1h) – Barcelona (40km/1h)
The route of the Catalan Modernism is taking us to our next destination.
Sitges is a small seaside town that became a favorite spot for artists in the late 19th century. It is surprising how many mansions and museums we can find here. A must visit is the Cau Ferrat museum which was the house and workshop of the famous Catalan painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol. This place has gathered his private collection of ceramics, paintings (including some from Picasso, El Greco and Ramon Casas), sculpture, forge, glass and archaeology. It is also here where one of the most important events during the Modernista period were happening thanks to Rusiñol. If we are lucky, we can also visit the imposing Palau Maricel (not open every day), which is one of the most emblematic buildings of Sitges. You will be curious to know more about the Noucentista architectural style and the unique decoration of the rooms of the palace built in the beginning of 20th century. Enjoy walking around the beautiful beaches of Sitges, go for a visit of the House of Bacardí (yes, the founder of most famous rum in the world was actually from Sitges) or just get lost in the old quarter with the whitewashed houses.
Not far from Sitges you will be surprised to visit a private winery which Antoni Gaudí created for the family of Güell. This impressive building looks like from a fairytale with its arches and asymmetrical rooftop. Surrounded by nature and admiring the work of Gaudí, you will have lunch in the restaurant located here.
In the afternoon, return to Barcelona or if you prefer, enjoy an overnight in Sitges.
You can extend your tour by adding one more day and visit the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueres and/or his house in Cadaqués. For more information, please, read more here.