A Closer Look at Gaudí
On this specially crafted half-day excursion, admire some of the most popular works of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
DurationApproximately 4½ hours
“Creation continues unceasingly through the media of man. But man does not create, he discovers.”
– Antoni Gaudí
Begin your excursion with a brief drive to the Sagrada Familia. Construction of the Sagrada Familia, or Church of the Holy Family, began in 1882 and remained incomplete at Gaudí’s death in 1926. Work continues on the structure, but without any sure idea of what Gaudí intended. Join your guide for a walk inside the church as Gaudí’s creative, although controversial, genius is discussed.
Park Güell was designed by Gaudí and was intended as a hillside garden suburb of Barcelona. Enjoy an approximately 45-minute exploration of the park’s pavilions, grand stairway, winding paths and plaza.
Before returning to the pier, pass through the Passeig de Gracia, the widest avenue in town lined with a selection of modernist homes designed by Gaudí like the Casa Milà, better known as “La Pedrera House” and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Farther along, pass through the “block of dissension,” so called for the area’s various architectural styles, for a glimpse of Casa Batlló.
All too soon, it will be time to leave the surreal world of Antoni Gaudí and return to your Crystal ship.
As this excursion involves approximately two hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. All guests who visit the Sagrada Familia must dress conservatively; ladies must cover their knees and shoulders, while gentlemen must wear pants. As the Sagrada Familia is a work in progress, it is not uncommon to see workers operating cranes and setting up scaffolding. Local regulations require motor coaches to remain in designated holding areas, therefore guests will be required to walk approximately 15 minutes to reach the Sagrada Familia. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.