I have traveled to Barcelona for business and pleasure about a half dozen times, but this was my first (Mar 2022) since the pandemic. I yearned to revisit many of my favorite places, however, business constraints left me little time – about 4 hours.
Working with David Chacón of Guiding Barcelona, we designed a private tour, which included the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, Olympic Ring on Montjuïc Hill, and Sagrada Familia. During the planning stages, David was always accessible and accommodating.
Our guide was Francesc Garcia, who began by explaining the early history of Barcelona. This was followed by a walk through the Gothic Quarter ending at the incomparable Picasso Museum. Few artists have evolved as much in approach, subject matter, and style as Picasso, and Francesc expertly navigated us to the finest examples of Picassso's Blue, Rose, and African periods, Cubism, and Neoclassicism.
Atop Montjuïc Hill, we made several brief stops to enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona.
Outside the Sagrada Familia, Francesc began by explaining the origins of the temple with its first architect, Don Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, who soon abandoned the project. A year later, Antonio Gaudi assumed the role and the rest is history. Francesc recommended the best spots for photographs. Within the Sagrada Familia, he focused on the many important architectural symbols of faith.
Fast track entrances and Francesc's familiarity with staff allowed us to enter the Picasso Museum and SF without undue delay, despite long lines. Moreover, his detailed knowledge and anecdotes made for a truly exceptional afternoon. Transportation was in a Mercedes S class. In summary, I highly recommend both David Chacón of Guiding Barcelona and Francesc Garcia for those seeking an unforgettable bespoke tour experience