If you haven’t already paid Barcelona a visit, we recommend that you do. In addition to the city’s lively atmosphere, beautiful beachside scenery and glorious weather, it is home to some of the world’s most intricate architecture.
Antoni Gaudi, who was a visionary architect during Barcelona’s Modernista period early last century, graced the city with his extraordinary and beautiful buildings. Gaudi is still admired by architects on an international scale as being one of the most unique and innovative designers of his time. His work is very distinctive in style and has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona’s skyline. Using nature as the primary stimulus for his creativity, he produced radically different buildings with curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and varied shapes. His combination of distinguished designs and vibrant colours provides a truly breath-taking visual experience for both tourists and locals alike.
Passeig de Gràcia 43, 08007, Barcelona
Nearest Metro Stop: L3 Passeig de Gràcia
Visit one of the most unique buildings in Barcelona and witness Gaudi’s artistic genius first hand. This drab 19th century apartment building was transformed into something incredible at the hands of Gaudi’s creative mind when the Batlló family commissioned him to renovate it. Adding new balconies, polychrome ceilings and a fascinating gallery, Gaudi turned this building into something truly special.
Two extra floors were added; he redesigned rooms and unified the courtyard and staircase to increase natural light and ventilation. Why not visit during the summer months when you can attend a Magic Nights summer concert in the Casa Batlló courtyard terrace?
Casa Mila – La Pedrera
Address: Carrer de Provença, 261, 08008, Barcelona
Nearest Metro Stop: L3 Passeig de Gràcia & L5 Diagonal
Casa Mila, or as it is more commonly known La Pedrera, was built between 1906 and 1912 by Gaudi. As one of the most unusual buildings in the world it represents some of the architect’s finest work.
The controversial design triggered quite a bit of outrage during construction as many neighbours believed its strange look would lower property values on Passeig de Gràcia – Barcelona’s most fashionable street. Today, it is one of the most appreciated buildings in Spain.
Visitors can step inside Casa Mila to admire Gaudi’s impressive work. Take the time during your city break to sip a delicious cappuccino at Café de La Pedrera on the mezzanine floor whilst looking up at the spectacular ceiling, or take a tour of the attic and roof terrace. The roof terrace appears exactly as it did in 1912 featuring six staircases and seven uniquely styled chimneys. Music lovers can sit up here to appreciate a jazz concert and incredible views of the city during the summer months.
La Sagrada Familia – the unfinished church
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013, Barcelona
Nearest Metro Stop: L2 & L5 Sagrada Familia
This world-famous, unfinished church is a Barcelona landmark and the city’s most visited tourist attraction. A trip to this breathtakingly beautiful structure should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. Construction began in 1882 and it continues today. Many say the expected finish date is 2026, an incredible 100 years since Gaudi passed away. Jordi Fauli is currently leading the project and he is part of the ninth generation of architects to take on the role. We can’t wait to see this magnificent church when it is finally finished!
Carrer d’Olot, 7, 08024, Barcelona
Nearest Metro Stop: L3 Vallcarca
Park Güell is a wonderfully designed public park, originally developed by Gaudi as a residential estate. Built for his wealthy patron Eusebi Güell, it was transformed into an incredible fairy tale like park when the original concept failed. The magic of Gaudi can be captured from the minute you enter the park. Take a walk by the multi-coloured lizard that rests on a fountain and visit the house where Gaudi lived for many years. The park is truly exquisite and represents only a small proportion of Gaudi’s fascinating creations.
Other works by Gaudi can be found across the capital – although we’ve only mentioned a selection, there are many more that are worth visiting. Why not take the Gaudi Tour and appreciate some of his other works whilst enjoying fast track entry into the top attractions?
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