We will totally immerse ourselves in Catalonia's Modernist art, discovering the most famous and less well known works of the great exponents of this movement, from Antoni Gaudì to Lluís Domènech i Montaner. There will also be time for a delicious tapas lunch and some shopping on one of the city's most elegant streets.
What we will see
- Torre Bellesguard
- Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
- Sagrada Familia
- Passeig de Gracia: tapas lunch and free time
- Casa Amatller
What we will do
We will leave the port and cross Avenida Diagonal, heading directly towards the elegant northern quarters until we reach Torre Bellesguard, a Modernist house designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudì and built between 1900 and 1909.
Literally meaning "beautiful view", this house's name perfectly describes its strategic position, offering stunning views over the city of Barcelona.
A combination of Neo-Gothic art and Art Nouveau, the house is full of symbols of and allusions to the past. It is surrounded by wonderful gardens that make us lose our sense of time and fully appreciate the beauty of one of Gaudì's lesser known works.
We will continue on to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, an Art Nouveau complex that ceased to operate as a hospital in 2009 and, after restoration works, became a wonderful museum and cultural centre declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Designed by Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it consists of richly decorated pavilions (three of which are open to the public) immersed in a vast garden open to visitors and adorned with several statues and symbolic details that combine to enhance the splendour of the work.
After the guided tour of the hospital, we will travel along Avenida de Gaudí to reach and admire the outside of the most iconic construction in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia, the artistic gem designed by Gaudì, who oversaw its construction until his death in 1926. Since then, several architects have progressed the work in line with his original idea.
The tour will continue on to Passeig de Gracia, where we will savour a tapas lunch followed by some free time to explore this elegant avenue.
Then we will enjoy a guided tour of Casa Amatller, a house in the famous Manzana de la Discordia block, which is worth a visit for a better understanding of Catalan Modernism.
After the tour, which is an incredible end to this authentic journey through Catalonia's art and architecture from the early 20th century, we will return to the ship.