After greeting your guide outside of Palau Guell, head inside the dazzling structure designed by influential Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. Inside the UNESCO-listed building, you’ll be astounded by the elaborate decoration, colorful chimneys and seemingly interminable ceilings.
From Palau Guell, wander into the labyrinthine Gothic Quarter to the Picasso Museum, spread over five 13th-century buildings. See paintings from the artist’s formative years alongside masterpieces such as ‘Las Meninas’ as you take a guided tour of the museum.
Revitalize with tapas in a traditional bar — learning about Catalan culinary culture as you eat — and then proceed to the modern area of the city, Eixample Avenue. Here, you’ll saunter down the opulent Paseig de Gracia, replete with fashionable boutiques, and admire the exterior of Gaudi’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlò.
Conclude your tour with the Gothic spectacle of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s famously unfinished cathedral, and sail past long lines — which often exceed two hours — for a guided tour. Then, bid your guide a fond farewell in a central Barcelona location and continue exploring independently.