Follow the trail of Gaudí in the streets of Barcelona.
You’ll be able to view Barcelona’s most amazing historical and architectonical landmarks. Barcelona eBike Tour Gaudí is focused on the work of Antoni Gaudí and the rest of the great architects and urban planners who influenced or were influenced by him.
Catalan modernism is the main architectural style from Catalonia and has Antoni Gaudí as its top representative. Icons of Barcelona like La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera or the Casa Batlló can´t be missed and knowing its main characteristics will help you to appreciate the variety of all the urban landscapes of the city.
The Gaudí Ebike Tour begins at Arc de Triomf, a monument designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the main entrance to the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The style is Neomudéjar, a trend that emerged in 19th century Europe, which sought to imitate and recreate the ancient Islamic art, as a result of the fascination for the exotic art of the East countries.
The tour continues in the Parc de la Ciutadella, an enormous park that hosts El Castell dels Tres Dragons. This is the popular name that receives this modernist palace built in 1887 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. Passing through the Born district we find Els 4 Gats, an old modernist café and the Palau de la Música Catalana, a music auditorium that still hosts concerts of choral, orchestral and instrumental music.
The Gaudí eBike Tour jumps to the Passeig de Gràcia where we find some of the most known Gaudí works and the jewels in the crown of the Catalan modernism: Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló and especially Casa Milà. The latter was Antoni Gaudí´s project for the Milà family and it was built in 1906. It is one of the essential designs of the Catalan genius and one of the most imaginative works in the history of architecture.
This area with the most famous set of modernist buildings in Barcelona is known by the locals as “La Manzana de la Discordia” (the bone of contention). The name comes from the existing rivalry between the architects of modernism and, in fact, their owners for having the most beautiful building of the cited block of houses. In addition, there is the parallelism offered by the fact that in the Greek legend the symbol is an apple and in Spanish the word “manzana” also means a block of houses.
Along the Diagonal Avenue we find La Casa de les Punxes, a castle-shaped building crowned by six pointed towers, and the Casa Comalat, a modernist palace built by Salvador Valeri Pupurull. Entering the Gràcia neighborhood we find the Casa Fuster, another great work of Catalan modernism that nowadays is a hotel. The Tour takes you through the Gràcia neighborhood to the Mercat de la Llibertat, Pascual Tintorer’s project for the old town of Gràcia that still maintains its modernist style.
A little further up we find Casa Vicens, Gaudí´s first major project after getting his architect degree in 1878. We also find in the Gràcia neighborhood the Palau Macaya, a 1901 work by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
The penultimate stop of the tour is one of the most visited monuments in the whole world: La Sagrada Familia. This expiatory temple is a monumental church based on the project of the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula Del Villar. In 1883 Gaudí was entrusted to finish the job, a task he did not leave until his death in 1926. Since then, several architects have continued the work following Gaudí´s original idea.
The Gaudí Ebike Tour ends in the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a modernist compound born in 1401 with the merger of six different hospitals. An ambitious rehabilitation process has recovered the heritage and artistic value of this Modernist campus, designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. From there we go back to the starting point.
You will witness Antoni Gaudí’s spectacular contribution to turning Barcelona into a world-level reference. You will discover his style, his influences and all the different phases of his artistic work, understanding where it comes from. In the tour you will train your eye to recognize the catalan modernism style wherever you go.
You will ride through the luxurious Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample and you will cross the bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia, to reach the modernist Hospital de Sant Pau. All the different neighborhoods of Barcelona have works of Gaudí and Catalan modernism monuments that sometimes are hidden. With the Gaudí Ebike Tour you won´t miss any of them.
We will tell you about the conversion of a military fortress into an urban park with modernist buildings at the end of the 19th century. The visit to the different parks of the city will help you to understand the Catalan modernist style and its close relationship with nature, reflected in most of Antoni Gaudí’s works.