On Thursday 14th, the organization has planned some guided tours around the city of Barcelona. Each one of these tours is available for groups of 20-25 people, so people interested in any of them must contact the local organizers during Monday and Tuesday at the corresponding desk (inscriptions will be attended in order of arrival).
Professional english-speaking guides will accompany us in each one of these tours. The meeting point for each one of these tours will be the conference building, and the schedule will be announced during the conference.
The participants will only have to pay for the tickets of touristic places (these tickets have to be paid when booking the tour), and they must take care of paying for their own transport expenses (subway and bus tickets) during the tour. Each one of the tours is expected to last around two hours and a half.
Update! Meeting points:
All tours will start from the conference building (Philosophy Faculty, ground floor).
- Tour 1 (Barri Gòtic): we will meet at 15:30h.
- Tour 2 (Montjuïc): we will meet at 14:45h.
- Tour 3 (Passeig de Gràcia i Parc Güell): we will meet at 15:10h.
- Tour 4 (Sagrada Família): we will meet at 15:30h.
The four different options are:
- Barri Gòtic
The Barcelona Barri Gòtic area is the name for the Gothic Quarter, and is the area in which the old town of Barcelona is situated. Barri Gòtic is situated on the right hand side of the La Rambla as we look towards Plaça Catalunya. For those of you who are new to Barcelona, La Rambla is the famous 1.2 Km pedestrianized walkway that is considered to be the very centre of Barcelona.
The tour will start at Plaça Catalunya (very close to the conference building) and will include the following: Walk around streets of the Gothic Quartier, Barcelona's Cathedral (the ticket is 2'5 euro), Plaça del Rei (King's Square), Santa Maria del Mar, Plaça Sant Jaume (where Catalan Government and City Hall are located), and La Rambla with the famous market of the city (La Boqueria).
In the south of Barcelona there is a hill with pavilions built in 1929 for the international exhibition. Some of them, like Mies van der Rohe one, are really interesting. In Montjuïc there are also Olympic facilities. We will also visit MNAC National Museum (the ticket is 6 euro), which houses the most important romanesque paintings in the world.
- Sagrada Família
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is the most charismatic symbol of Barcelona. The project started in 1882 and it is still under construction. Current prediction, rather optimistic, states that the Sagrada Família will be completed by 2040.
Architect Francesc de Paula Villar was initially assigned to the project, however he was quickly replaced by a young architect called Antoni Gaudí, who took over the project at the early age of 31. Gaudí completely changed the design from the initial neo-gothic style.
Gaudí died tragically in 1926 when he was ran over by a tram, leaving the project uncompleted. His body was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Família. The ticket is 10'5 euro.
- Passeig de Gràcia and Parc Güell
Next to Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia is the most elegant
avenue of Barcelona, not only because of the prestigious boutiques, but also because of the façades of the buildings, designed by the most famous architects of Barcelona's history: Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech i Muntaner, etc.
Then we will take the bus to Parc Güell. The Parc Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí as per request of the Count of Güell, who dreamed about an aristocratic city-garden with single-family residences. It was built from 1900 to 1914. The project did not succeed and the park became property of the Barcelona city council, who transformed it in a public park in 1923.