ARCHITECTURE TOUR 1/2 DAY

SUMMARY

  • Tour length: 4 Hours

  • Max. number of Participants: 9

  • Tour Type: Transport Based*

  • Tour Price: Please ask for an updated fee

  • Tour Exclusions: Transportation and entrance fees are not included

*Transport Type: using taxi cabs, inexpensive and abundant in town. The subway can also be a good option in part of the itinerary.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Discover the contemporary architecture in Barcelona. With Mies van der Rohe’s pavilion in Montjuïc, the high rise complex in Gran Via, the Glòries Tower by Jean Nouvel, the W Hotel built by Ricard Bofill and the newly developed Diagonal Mar area.

Montjuïc

The German or Barcelona Pavilion, built by Mies van der Rohe on the Montjuïc foothill in 1929 for the second World Exhibit in town, is one of the clearest icons of the modern 20th century European architecture and its reconstruction in 1986 is a must see for anyone interested in the field.

The main concept of this flat, small building is the simplicity of a luxurious space created by several playful perpendicular planes in three dimensions, which interior is dotted with a sculpture by Georg Kolbe inside an open air little water pond and the furniture chairs designed by the architect himself, named Barcelona chair. The outdoors pond is framed by a travertine floor and wall.

Not far from it there’s the former bullring Les Arenes, in disuse for long and reconverted in 2011 by Richard Rogers into a uniquely shaped popular shopping mall. The old brick structure crowned with a dome is combining architectural historical respect with technological innovation.

The same architect had already built in 2006 the Hesperia Tower Hotel, a 30 store structure known for its panoramic lifts and flying saucer-like restaurant on top, standing just a couple of miles further south on the very same avenue and second longest in town: the Gran Via de les Costs Catalanes.

Gran Via

Japanese architect Toyo Ito built the reddish, impressive Porta Fira Towers in 2006. With a hight of 113 m. and 28 floors it is an outstanding, ultra modern looking structure next to the international trade fair premisses. The tower hotel, with a very organic shape, adds to the aluminum and glass panels of the inner core a second skin which is made out of independent red aluminum tubes hooked by hinges.

David Chipperfield is responsible for the nearby located Ciutat de la Justícia (City of Justice), an architectural project finished in 2009 and meant to host the judicial activities for the whole Barcelona area. The courthouse complex encompasses a series of 8 separate but still interrelated blocks with a public centre or plaza.

Glòries Square

Previously named AGBAR tower and built by Jean Nouvel in 2005, the steeple Glòries Tower is an impressive structure with a core of concrete covered with a colourful glass façade and over 4,500 windows. With 34 floors above ground, the inner space is very diaphanous, without interior pillars. Once lit at night, thousands of LEDs show an evolving display through all nuances of purple and blue, being a true icon of the city’s skyline.

Next door, architects Martorell, Bohigas & Mackay built the abstract looking building Disseny Hub Barcelona, housing the Museu del Disseny which opened in 2014. Divided into two parts, the underground structure is totally concealed while the upper half shows a cantilever shaped façade covered with metal plates and glass that ensure environmental quality, energy sufficiency and sustainability.

Diagonal Mar

The blue triangular Forum building, by Herzog & Demeuron, the slender 24 floor Torre Telefònica white high rise, by Enric Massip-Bosch, and the sharply edged hotel Princess, by Òscar Tusquets, are the three neighbours of the coastal starting spot and main landmarks of the longest avenue in town: the Diagonal.

On the way back to the city center you see a couple of interesting buildings, such as the Media-ICT building (Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic), by Enric Ruiz-Geli, the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona, by Manel Brullet, located on the seafront and rather spectacular, with an avant-garde wooden façade and fitting perfectly into the environment. Or the 20 stores building of Gas Natural headquarters, by Miralles & Tagliabue, plus another new landmark on the sea front, the W Hotel built by Ricard Bofill in 2010.

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REFERRALS / REVIEWS

We really enjoyed the tour of Barcelona. We saw so many wonderful sites in such a short time, thanks to your ability to reschedule events due to our flight delay. Thought you would enjoy having this picture with the Levy boys – Jack, Jude and James. Should we return to the area, or have friends that visit, you’ll be the first person we recommend to show them around the city!

Diana, JULY 2016

Ton-David Jover was the perfect guide for our first time visit to Barcelona. His extensive knowledge and experience are impressive, but it was his passion for sharing his love of his home and his heritage that made our tours with him unforgettable and our joint time together both informative and fun. Ton-David brought Gaudi to life as he walked us through Casa Batlló and Park Güell. It provided the perfect background for us to fully appreciate the incredible Sagrada Familia. Throughout our walking tour of the Old City, Ton-David gave us unique insights into both Catalan and Jewish history, bringing its people and buildings to life. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum immensely, as we learned about the artist’s early years and works. Our train trip to Girona was beautiful, and learning about the city through Ton-David’s words enabled us to understand what once was and is no longer. And of course, the food and cava! Ton-David shared our culinary interests and his recommendations were outstanding!

Shari L. (NY, USA) JULY 2016

We had numerous guides during our Spain and Portugal vacation, but Ton-David was definitely the best. He was knowledgeable, personable, interesting and took great care of us. We have already recommended him to friends and will use him again when we return to Barcelona

Cindy P, 02 MAY 2015

A five-star service

Renato M, 27 DEC 2014

Excellent guide – abundant information – gave us plenty of insights and loads to think about after. Would highly recommend.

Christine B, 05 JUL 2013

Ton-David was a very knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating tour guide. He had a great wry sense of humour. He took us to four Gaudí sites in 5 hours

Theresa C, 30 JUN 2013

Our tour with Ton -David was a lifelong dream come true. In a few short hours , he made sure I saw and learned everything I ever wanted to know to satisfy my passion for the life & work of Antoni Gaudi. Even after my pre trip exhaustive research, this charming & energetic man had much to teach and show us. I HIGHLY recommend Ton- David for your special adventure; you will be totally satisfied

Dorothy W, 17 SEP 2012

Amazing!!! We learned so much from Ton David. He went above and beyond by teaching us so much about Gaudi and his designs. He made the day so interesting and fun. We also now understand and appreciate the Catalan part of Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Ton David is a wonderful guide who we would highly recommend

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Wonderful experience visiting the Old City! Loved not waiting in lines for museum access.Ton David was enthusiastic and so very knowledgable. He is an excellent guide. We loved visiting the market. What interesting foods are sold! The tour pace was quick and we were thrilled as we got to see so much on this 4 hour tour

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Very good tour. So glad that we decided to visit the Jewish area of past. Ton David is so knowledgeable and made the Jewish history of Barcelona come to life. He is an excellent guide!

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Ton-David was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to be with. Enjoyed he guidance through the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter, and everything Gaudí

Jacob K, 18 MAY 2012

Ton-David combined the Old City Walking Tour and the Jewish Barcelona Tour for us based on his understanding of our group’s interests. He took the time to answer in detail my questions prior to booking the trip and met us promptly at our hotel on the specified date. He was a true pleasure to be with and was eager to show us around a city he feels passionate about. He is extremely articulate. We learned many interesting details. Great guide

Gail W, 12 JUL 2011

Ton-David was a fabulous tour guide. He showed us all the sights of Barcelona in a fun and interesting way. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, as well as European history in general. We truly enjoyed our day with Ton-David and would highly recommend him to anyone going to Barcelona

Jennifer C, 01 MAY 2011

Excellent job –fluent in English– very knowledgeable and made the tour very, very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone

James A, 04 MAY 2010

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