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Modernism in Catalonia

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"There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners" Antoni Gaudi

Uncover the history of the Modernist movement, from the events that inspired it and the upper echelons of society that funded it, to the artists that would play a pivotal role in this era.

Follow in the footsteps of the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism, Antoni Gaudi as you tour his unfinished masterpiece and explore the Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Whilst in Catalonia, discover the life story and works of Santiago Rusiñol, who influenced Pablo Picasso and became a key figure of Catalan Modernism.

Including...

  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches at local restaurants, 1 dinner at your hotel and 2 dinners in local restaurants
  • Glass of wine with all included lunches and dinners
  • Specialist lecturer
  • Saga Tour Manager
  • Local guides
  • All excursions and visits listed
  • Flamenco show
  • Porterage at your hotel
Your specialist lecturer

Dr Jeremy Roe

Jeremy received his PhD on the reception of Velázquez’s Seville oeuvre from the University of Leeds. He went on to teach and undertake post-doctoral research at the University of Nottingham and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he continues to participate in a range of research projects on early modern Iberian art and visual culture.

He is also a qualified translator, specialising in the translation of historical sources and academic publications. To date he has published a range of books, articles and translations including a monograph on Antoni Gaudí, an English translation of excerpts of ‘The Art of Painting’ - the treatise written by Francisco Pacheco, Velázquez's first teacher and more recently, co-edited ‘Representing Women’s Political Identity in the Early Modern Iberian World’ (Routledge, 2020).

Lectures
  • Catalan Art: from the Romanesque and the Gothic to Gaudi and modernism
  • Santiago Rusiñol: painter and collector
  • Reus and Vilanova i la Geltrú: Catalan art and architecture beyond Barcelona
  • Gaudi and his contemporaries

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Day 1 UK to Barcelona

Barcelona cityscape

After arriving in Barcelona there will be a short transfer to the 4-star H10 Art Gallery Hotel.

There will be an orientation walk followed by a welcome drink and dinner. D


Day 2 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Begin your first full day with a talk on Catalan art, before a guided visit at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, where the extensive Modernist section provides an in-depth look at its origins and social, historical and artistic context. 

Lunch will be at Oleum Restaurant, within the museum itself. In the afternoon you will visit the Joan Miró Foundation to view the life works of an artist from the Surrealist and Dada school. B, L


Day 3 Maricel Palace and Codorniu vineyards

Maricel Palace

The following day attend your second morning talk, before visiting the Museu Cau Ferrat, located on the pleasant coastal resort of Sitges, to the South of Barcelona. Here you’ll learn more about one of the key figures of Modernism – the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol. 

After, you’ll visit Maricel Palace, which is home to a collection of more than 3,000 pieces, among them the Vila de Sitges Collection, which features works by Sitges artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

A late lunch will be served at Mirador de Les Caves, where you can admire splendid views over the Penedes vineyards before an afternoon wine tour of the Codorniu vineyards and its impressive ‘modernista’ design wine cellar. B, L


Day 4 Walking tour of Reus

Reus

The next day begins early for a walking tour of Reus – birthplace of Antoni Gaudi. You’ll visit Casa Navas, which was built in 1908 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and is regarded as one of world’s finest examples of a Modernist house. 

Following lunch at local restaurant, El Canceller in Vilanova i la Geltru, you will have a guided visit of the Museu Romantic Can Papiol, which has been preserved as an example of a Catalan residence from late 19th century ‘high society’. B, L


Day 5 Guell Palace and Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The final three days of your tour focus heavily on the life and work of Antoni Gaudi. You’ll travel to the Guell Palace, where a guided tour will show how Gaudi created one of his first commissions. 

In the afternoon you’ll continue to Gaudi’s crowning achievement – the Church of the Sagrada Familia – which remains unfinished almost a hundred years after his death but stands as a dominating icon of Barcelona’s cityscape. Gaudi continues to be regarded as a creative genius in the history of architecture. His unique style, inspired by nature, attained both technical perfection and aesthetic value, and the Sagrada Famillia epitomises his structural innovations and use of various styles – from Doric to Baroque via Gothic. 

Your tour continues to the Hospital de Santa Creu i San Pau, another key work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. There will also be a talk on Gaudi and his contemporaries. B, D


Day 6 Montserrat

Montserrat Monastery

The following day you’ll travel to the mountain range that inspired some of Gaudi’s creations, Montserrat. 

En route, you’ll stop at the UNESCO-listed Guell Crypt and Church of Colonia Guell – one of seven properties Gaudi built near Barcelona. Constructed from 1908 to 1915, and built partially underground, the crypt is the only segment of the church that was fully completed, and was designed so that it would feel part of the surrounding natural landscape. 

You’ll continue to the Montserrat Monastery which has an impressive location set amid sheer cliffs. The abbey remains a key part of Catalonia’s sense of national identity and is home to the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, the Patron Saint of Catalonia. An included lunch is provided at a local restaurant this afternoon. B, L


Day 7 Casa Mila and Casa Batlló

Casa Batllo

On your final day, you will have a fascinating talk on the Gaudí houses followed by visits to the modernist buildings, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.

After free time for lunch in the city’s Gothic quarter, and time to relax, embark on a late afternoon tour of Barcelona’s cathedral. 

This evening, there will be a farewell dinner in a local restaurant close to the old port and waterfront – a fitting conclusion to your tour. B, D


Day 8 Barcelona to UK

Return home this morning, flying from Barcelona to the UK. B


This 4-star hotel is centrally located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, with the restaurants and bars of the Rambla de Catalunya and the Passeig de Gracia within easy reach.

The lobby contains original works from renowned artists such as Joan Miró and Miquel Barceló along with each floor paying homage to a different contemporary artist. The hotel has two terraces, the Inspire Terrace with a plunge pool and the L’Olivera Terrace with a hundred-year-old olive tree and access to the Modern Art Restaurant and Pop Art bar. All 77 bedrooms have complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Modernism in Catalonia

Spain