Suggested itinerary for the highlights tour of Barcelona.
Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s most elegant boulevard where some of the most famous designer shops, boutiques and tailors are located-Chanel, Loewe, Armani, to name just a few.
It is also the avenue where you can see two of Antoni Gaudi’s most impressive completed buildings, La Casa Batlló and the Casa Milà, which is considered to be Gaudi’s most important completed work.
Gaudi has contributed more unusual and visionary architecture to this city than any other architect in the long history of Spain’s second city. Born in 1852 in a small, provincial town he did in fact qualify as an architect, although on graduation day his professor said: “I do not know if we have passed a genius or a mad man.” During his lifetime he was often criticised, ridiculed and certainly not appreciated by more than a handful of close friends and associates: nowadays his work is visited and admired by architects and tourists alike.
The Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera)
If you wish to visit the interior of the Casa Milà, which is highly-recommended, you will not have to line up to enjoy what is in effect three distinct visits in just one building.
1. You will see the Espai Gaudí museum, which has recently been revamped and contains many fascinating objects.
2. The Apartment, (El Pis) that shows you how a wealthy family lived at the beginning of the 20th century in Spain
3. Finally enjoy a spectacular view of the city and the Sagrada Família church from the undulating roof top.