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Art & Design Experiences in Barcelona

A living museum of the vibrant, colourful excesses of Modernism - Barcelona boasts more Art Nouveau buildings than any other city in the world - this wonderful city is famed for its architecture, culture, shopping, tapas and above all for its style.

01 Sample Itineraries

Day 1


Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation.


Evening meal at your hotel and free time to explore

Day 2


View the Sagrada Familia from inside and out and the on to Parc Güell for sketching


Visit Casa Milà, followed by free time in the city for sightseeing


Evening meal at your hotel. Free time around Port Vell

Day 3


Visit to Museu Picasso to see some of Picasso's early works.


Free time in the Gothic Quarter


Evening return flight to UK

02 Tour Highlights

Antoni Gaudi Walking Tour

On this private tour you will discover several of Gaudi’s spectacular creations and learn about the life and works of this remarkable man. Sights you will see include Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.

Parc Güell & Casa Museu-Gaudí

Situated in north Barcelona, Parc Güell is a public park and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The ‘Monumental Zone’ within the park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings including a long bench in the form of a sea serpent, a multi-coloured mosaic salamander, columns that simulate palmtree trunks and rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground. At the top of the park, the terraced area provides a wonderful view of the city.

Within Parc Güell, the Casa-Museu Gaudí, built in 1904, was the residence of Antoni Gaudí from 1906 until late 1925. Now open to the public, it gives the visitor a more intimate glimpse of the Catalan architect. The house conserves both the memory of Gaudí and many examples of furniture and other objects that he designed. Crucial to forming an idea of how the great Catalan architect worked, these works also illustrate the craft production system in Catalonia during the Art Nouveau period. Other exhibits include works by artists that were closest to Gaudí, giving us a glimpse of his nearest circle of acquaintances.

Picasso Museum

The museum is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the museum's permanent collection.

Joan Miró Foundation

The Fundació Joan Miró on Montjuïc is an impressive Mediterranean-style building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, housing the most important public collection of works by Joan Miró. Miró’s artistic career is widely represented by the more than 14,000 exhibits on display. 217 paintings, 179 sculptures, a variety of prints and textiles and over 8,000 drawings provide an in-depth understanding of the creative process of the Catalan genius. In addition to the works by Joan Miró, the Foundation also has a small collection of contemporary art consisting of gifts and loans from leading artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) opened in 1995 and is housed in a building designed by the American architect Richard Meier. The museum brings together a major collection of works covering the production of art over the past 50 years. As well as showcasing different selections from its collections throughout the year, the museum also stages an extensive programme of temporary exhibitions and activities related to contemporary art and culture.

The Gaudí Experiència

Located next to Park Güell, the Gaudí Experiència is not only a new 4D space in Barcelona, but also the first exhibition space to offer interactive access to Antoni Gaudí’s life and work. Visitors are taken on an interactive journey through the life and work of this remarkable Catalan architect, from his birth in Reus in 1852 to his death in Barcelona at the age of 74. Large interactive boards in nine languages tell the story of his life, work and projects.

Sagrada Familia

The church of La Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 and in 1883 Gaudi was commissioned to carry on the work, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea and the building continues.

Further Afield: Girona, Figueres & Dali Museum

Take in Catalunya’s second most prominent city, Girona. The Moorish, Roman and Jewish influence in the city’s Old Quarter makes for a fascinating tour. Cobbled streets, churches and impressive fortifications are best explored on foot. The tour continues to Figueres, with admission to the Teatro-Museo Dalí, containing the largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí.

03 Accommodation

Alberg Pere Tarres

This is a purpose built youth hostel that accommodates for students in en-suite rooms with bunk beds. It has excellent facilities and is just a five-minute walk from Nou Camp.

Urbany Hostel

A modern youth hostel located close to the Sagrada Familia – this accommodation has excellent facilities for students and schools.

Equity Point Centric Hostel

This youth hostel is a traditional building in a central location. It is just a few minutes from Las Ramblas, so recommended for older student groups.

04 Further Information

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Barcelona.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Barcelona trips are available throughout the year, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits and Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Barcelona your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Barcelona ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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