Barcelona Art Tour

Barcelona is known as the city of the great modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, and contemporary Spanish artists such as Joan Miro & Antoni Tapies, Even Pablo Picasso lived here for a time.  In nearby Figueres is the museum dedicated to the great Surrealist Salvador Dali

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School Art Trip to Barcelona

Barcelona is the city of Antoni Gaudi, the remarkable architect and designer responsible for creating Barcelona's most famous building, the great cathedral of Sagrada Familia. Throughout the city you can explore other Gaudi creations including the remarkable Parc Güell and the incredible Casa Batlló building.  But Barcelona is also more than just Gaudi and artists such as Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies and even Pablo Picasso made it their home.  An hour away in Figueres is the former home of the great Surrealist Salvador Dali where you can see a superb collection of his unique work. During your tour you will also enjoy Barcelona's other attractions including the lively pedestrian avenue of La Rambla and the golden sands of Barceloneta Beach.

Suggested Itinerary

The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.

Day 1

Flight to Barcelona, Sagrada Familia and Frank Gehry's Fish

Sagrada Familia: After check-in at your accommodation, you have a welcome tapas lunch in a traditional restaurant. You visit the world famous Sagrada Familia, the iconic Cathedral designed by renowned architect and designer Antoni Gaudi and which was commenced in 1882. The visit includes the ascent of one of the Cathedral’s tower by lift for a spectacular view across the city.

Frank Gehry’s Fish: In the evening you can visit the new port and marina area. This modern and trendy district was initially developed for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and now hosts numerous restaurants and night spots. Perhaps the most iconic structure here is the unique fish sculpture by Frank Gehry, made from inter-twining stainless-steel strips supported by a metal structure. The intense gold colour of the metal, when coupled with sunlight is intended to give the impression of fish scales.

Frank Gehry Fish

Day 2

Parc Güell, Picasso Museum and La Rambla

Parc Güell: This morning you visit the Parc Güell, another Gaudi creation which was built between 1900 and 1914 and which contains an eclectic fusion of housing and art. The Park is situated on the top of a hill in an elevated position with great views across the city.

Picasso Museum: After lunch you visit the Picasso Museum which houses a collection of over 4000 works by this most famous of Spanish artists. Established in 1963, the museum is located in a series of medieval palaces dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. The permanent collection includes some of the most important works from his early period before 1917.

La Rambla: In the afternoon you can visit La Rambla, the elegant pedestrian street where you can explore the central Boqueria market with its lively food stalls and small cafes.

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Day 3

Casa Batllo, Foundation Joan Miro, Montjuic Castle and Barcelona Beach

Casa Batllo: This morning you visit the Casa Batllo, another art nouveau Gaudi commission which was built in 1877 and widely regarded as one of his most impressive creations. The stunning façade has a fairy-tale quality with intricate patterns suggesting an almost religious iconography, interspersed with balconies full of curves and colours. The interior has a similar magical quality.

Foundation Joan Miro: After lunch you go to Montjuic Park where you can visit the Foundation Joan Miro which showcases contemporary art. You can then take the small gondola cable car which ascends to Montjuic Castle for a spectacular view across the city.

Barceloneta Beach: You return to Barcelona and can spend time on the golden sands of Barceloneta Beach before dinner this evening.

barceloneta beach

Day 4

Salvador Dali Museum, Flight Home

Salvador Dali Museum: This morning you travel by private coach to Figueres to visit the Salvador Dali Museum. Dali was one of the twentieth centuries principal exponents of surrealism and his melting clocks and burning giraffes are instantly recognisable. The town of Figueres was his birth-place and he is buried under the dome of the Dali Theatre at the museum.

Flight home: In the afternoon you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

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Excursions

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Sagrada Família

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Parc Güell

picasso self portrait

Picasso Museum

casa batllo

Casa Batlló

joan miro foundation

Joan Miró Foundation

antoni tapies foundation

Antoni Tàpies Foundation

salvador dali museum

Salvador Dali Museum

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La Rambla

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