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Modern Barcelona was born with the Eixample, a district stretching from the Plaça d’Espanya almost as far as the river Besòs. Its continuous grid layout connected the old town (the present-day district of Ciutat Vella) with the other towns and villages on the Barcelona plain (Gràcia, Sants, Sant Martí de Provençals, Sant Andreu, Sarrià, etc.), which later became Barcelona neighbourhoods. The Eixample is the result of one of the most splendid periods in the city’s history: a time when it was establishing its position as the economic powerhouse of Catalonia and Spain in the mid-19th century. This economic growth was reflected in the expansion of the city when the Madrid government lifted the ban it had imposed since 1714 on building outside the city walls, following the victory of the Bourbon dynasty in the War of the Spanish Succession (Barcelona had supported the House of Hapsburg).

The Eixample project was the brainchild of the engineer and town planner Ildefons Cerdà, who designed an egalitarian city with uniform neighbourhoods and evenly distributed public services. Its grid-like layout and blocks with chamfered corners have made it an iconic symbol of Barcelona and the subject of study around the world as a paradigm of the birth of modern rational urban planning. The Plan was approved in 1860, but it wasn’t implemented until several decades later, tying in with the greatest creative expression of the “modernista” architectural style, which permeates the entire district and makes the Eixample a peerless ensemble in Europe.

During this period, under the reign of the church of the Sagrada Família, Barcelona’s thriving bourgeoisie vied with each other in terms of aesthetic refinement and hired the services of the foremost architects of the time, including GaudíDomènech i Montanerand Puig i Cadafalch, to build their homes in “modernista” buildings – La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller – with their interiors and façades lavishly decorated with a wide variety of materials: wood, stone, ceramic, leaded glass and wrought iron.

Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll around the neighbourhood and admire the legacy of the finest Catalan architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You’ll explore iconic streets like Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya, which are home to the top fashion boutiques selling leading local and international brands, countless restaurants serving Catalan haute-cuisine and an endless array of cafés and bars, which have made the area the favourite shopping place for many locals and visitors to the city.

 

Discover the Eixample with our Gaudí’s Works Segway Tour
Schedules: 10:00-12:30-14:30-17:00

Price: € 59
Contact us for personalized schedules.
Entrance fees to the monuments are not included.
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TripAdvisor Reviews

  • 5 star ratingFun & Saw a Ton We had a great time with Karene and a great time on the Segways! We saw so much more than we could ever see in our own, several little known, but spectacular spots and so the must see highlights. Everyone on the bike yours we...

    Brian M Avatar Brian M
    10/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat fun Great tour and excellent Guide! we had so much fun and Mum and Dad really enjoyed trying out the segways

    deadrock17 Avatar deadrock17
    12/06/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat experience - highly recommended My wife and I really enjoyed our 2 hour "Classic" Segway tour of Barcelona which we took on our first evening as an intro to the City. If you have never been on Segway before, I would recommend Sun & Segway as their instructions were good and they have an open pedestrian area just round the corner from their premises where you can practice safety before venturing out.

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    Gumms Avatar Gumms
    19/08/2018
  • 5 star ratingGiovanni Is Awesome What an amazing tour. Giovanni provided an entertaining and educational tour of the many accomplishments of Antoni Gaudí an amazing architect who has designed and built some incredible pieces of art you can live in. Thats all I can say for 2.5 hours he took us on a wonderful amazing Segway tour through out an beautiful city. Thanks and tips can not express the gratitude we feel after this day.... » Read More

    Michael S Avatar Michael S
    10/05/2018
  • 5 star ratingBarcelona Segway Tour This segway tour was an amazing way to see the city whilst having fun on a segway -- the tour guide was great

    A TripAdvisor Member Avatar A TripAdvisor Member
    26/06/2018
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    Jenny W Avatar Jenny W
    14/08/2018
  • 5 star ratingSuch a fun way to see Barcelona! My friend and I were a little bit aprehensive at first... considering we’re both quite accident prone! However it was one if the highlights of our stay and we didn’t fall off once! Thanks to Adrian our guide and instructor, we practiced in a little quiet place, and it’s so easy to pick up! We were provided with safety helmets and water and off we went around Barcelona, learning it’s... » Read More

    Taz173 Avatar Taz173
    13/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingFantastic fun on Segway! We enjoyed a 3 hour Segway tour with the wonderful Oscar from Sun & Segway. We were on our Honeymoon and myself and my husband were the only ones on this tour - Oscar was friendly, very funny and professional. He showed us how to use the Segway and was great as our guide, taking us to some brilliant places and pointing out the sights. We loved it and can... » Read More

    littlepipit Avatar littlepipit
    31/10/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat way to see Barcelona We chose the 120 min trip which was perfect for our group who were aged from 24 - 60

    years of age. Freddy was an amusing and attentive guide and we all had a really good time. One of the highlights of our Barcelona Trip.

    Rima T Avatar Rima T
    23/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingJamie’s Review Good fun and very much enjoyed it. Although it hammered it down the tour guide still had a smile on her face and made it fun. Defo worth doing if you like this sort of thing!

    Quest63681027197 Avatar Quest63681027197
    28/11/2018