Any suggestions for a good walking tour (or van) to see the various Gaudi architectural wonders in Barcelona.
We enjoyed the recommended Runner Bean Gaudi free small group walking tour. It's a 2.5 hour tour. During the tour you take the metro twice to cover the long distances (fare not included). Meeting place Plaça Reial. The end point is Sagrada Famililia. Perfect if you plan to visit the Sagrada on your own. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about Gaudi's work. We also took their Gothic Quarter free walking tour on another day. Equally great! They do offer private tours as well. runner bean tours.
I recommend also seeing the Palau de la Musica Catalana (I liked the English-language tour) and the Sant Pau modernista site (I used the audio guide). Both were designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It would be best to buy the PdlMC ticket in advance. As of last summer you could still walk right up to the Sant Pau site and buy a ticket for immediate entry.
Tickets to the most popular Gaudi sites are very expensive. Do not assume that tours will take you inside those buildings unless the tour descriptions state that very explicitly.
We have signed up for the Runner Bean Gothic Quarter tour and might do this one as well. Thanks for the advise. My question is what would you "tip" for this tour for a family of four?
Don't just look at the Gaudi sights, amazing as they are, or even the Domènech i Montaner sights mentioned by acraven above (also great). There are all kinds of modernista structures in Barcelona, many of which can only be admired from the outside. For instance, don't miss seeing the Casa Comalat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Modernista_buildings_in_Barcelona#/media/File:Salvador.Valeri.i.Pupurull.Casa_Comalat.Back.Barcelona.JPG
If you click the X on the upper right of that photo, you'll get a Wikipedia list of modernista structures in Barcelona - you'll see there's lots of them!
My usual tip for a 2-hour walking tour is 10 to 15 euros. That would be per person. I use paid tours when they are available (and the Barcelona tourist office has a Modernism Tour as well as an excellent Barri Gotic tour), and they are usually in the 15- to 20-euro range, so a "free" tour doesn't save much money. And the free tours normally take all comers, whereas the tours you pay for typically have capacity limits. I much prefer the smaller groups I've had on the Barcelona Turism tours to the larger groups I observed in the same parts of the city.
If you want to go inside any of the Gaudi sites, you'll need to buy tickets (usually timed tickets) ahead of time. Othewise, you'll probably be standing in very long lines, and you may well end up with tickets for hours later, or the site might be sold out until the next day.
I would agree with the amount acraven mentioned. Enjoy the tours!
A different way to see Gaudi sites, not a walking tour, but had fun seeing them in a GO CAR on their Gaudi route. I had already been in Parc Guell and the two main buildings, so this took us around the city and in areas I had not seen on previous trips.