Spain Architectural Tour

Europe is full of stunning cityscapes, but nowhere else does it quite like Spain. The Spaniards have always been passionate, creative people, and these qualities are reflected in everything they do. This is the country that brought forth famous architects like Gaudi and Calatrava, after all. If you want to learn a little about Spanish architecture and the country’s history in the process, hire a local guide to take you on a Spain architectural tour.

Barcelona is the most obvious city to start with when it comes to exploring some of the most unique architectural design in Europe. Start out in the Golden Square (Quadrat d’Or) in the Eixample District, a popular area of town that showcases Barcelona’s modernist artistic movement at the turn of the 19th century. During this time, every building was considered a piece of global art. You’ll find buildings here constructed by modernist architects like Puig I Cadafalch, Domenech I Muntaner, Antonio Gaudi, and Enric Sagnier. Your guide may even take you into secret areas of the city to explore modernist buildings and shops that few other people know about.

Visiting Barcelona’s most visited monument, the famous Sagrada Familia, is a must-do. Created by Antoni Gaudi (who is also responsible for creating the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera), Sagrada Familia is one of the most stunning churches in the world. It’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, despite technically being unfinished. In fact, it hardly looks like any other church you’ve seen – it’s more like something out of a Dr. Suess book. You can also opt for a more in-depth tour of Sagrada Familia, which explains how Gaudi combined Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms in his construction. You can also descend into the crypts to see Gaudi’s tomb, or visit the church’s museum.

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For more stunning Spanish architecture, try a Spain architectural tour in Seville. You can start in the square Virgen de Ios Reyes before moving on to Plaza de Espana, the Tobacco Factory, Torre del Oro, and The River. Your guide will give you all the fascinating background history of these monuments. You can also visit Barrio Santa Cruz, the Jewish Quarter, City Hall, and the Bullfight Arena to learn more about architecture in the Middle Ages.

Seville’s architecture is unique because all around you’ll find a constant contrast of old versus new. From the 8th to the 13th centuries, Seville was under Moorish rule. This is when the famous Alcazar was built, followed by the Seville Cathedral in the 13th century. But when it comes to modernity, there’s no better testament to art than the Metropol Parasol created in 2011. It’s a wooden structure shaped like a giant mushroom, and it was created by German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann. You can walk the full length of the artwork, taking in the Seville views all around.

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