The Gaudí Route in Barcelona
A city trip to Barcelona would not be complete without visiting some of the iconic buildings of Antonio Gaudí. The modernist architect and artist was responsible for giving the city its prestige and playfulness since the 1900. His works are declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona. The artist was inspired by his true passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. His finest masterpiece is still incomplete, Sagrada Família, and is the most-visited monument in Spain.
- Route name: The Gaudí Route in Barcelona
- Suggest duration: 1-2 days
- Best by: metro and walking
- Highlights: Park Güell, Sagrada Familía, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló
Plan your Barcelona city trip in advance, as lines can get long with the crowd of tourists. Our advice is to book your tickets with Skip The Line, making your trip efficient and affordable.
The Gaudí Route in Barcelona
The first place to start this route is in the north of the city, at Park Güell, where you’ll slowly make your way Downtown. Park Güell is also a great place to start your day because it’s an essential aspect to understanding Gaudi’s approach with nature and architecture. The most famous elements in the park are the curving and mosaic tiled bench around the perimeter, as well as the gatehouses. Gaudí’s vivid imagination and his play with nature are clearly shown in this colorful park. This park and two other buildings created by Gaudí, Colònia Güell and Palau Güell, are named after Gaudí’s former patron Eusebi Güell.
Located next to Park Guell you can find Gaudí’s former house, now turned into a museum - Casa Museu Gaudí. Antonio lived in the house between 1906 and 1925 and now showcases a realistic setting of how Gaudí lived there, as well as exhibitions to give visitors an insight into the life of Gaudí.
From here, take the metro from station Park Güell to the next destination, the Bascilica of la Sagrada Familía. The church is Gaudí’s best-known work and one of the most recognizable icon of Barcelona. The modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2026 – although some locals dispute the church will never be finished. The young Gaudí took over the project from another architect who was originally appointed to make the project, and devoted himself completely to the project until his death in 1926. The basilica has three monumental facades, all representing an important moment in the life of Jesus Christ. The first façade, on Carrer Marina, shows his birth, the second on Carrer Sardenya displays his passion, death, and resurrection. The last façade on Carrer Mallorca depicts his present and future glory. The four towers of the church show the 12 Apostles on each side. Again, the Sagrada Familía is a perfect example of the mix of nature, architecture and religion in the work of Gaudí.
La Padrera/Casa Milà
Continue your route and take the metro to station Diagonal. The first monument you will encounter is Casa Milà, also named La Padrera. Gaudí designed the residential building for the wealthy businessman Pere Milà and his wife, and was even originally designed with an elevator dedicated to the owner’s cars. Nowadays, you can find an exhibition of Gaudi’s work in the attic, have a look on the roof terrace with the famous surrealistic chimney pots, and visit one of the beautiful night shows inside the building.
Just a few minutes away, you can find yet another iconic monument of Antonio Gaudí- Casa Batlló. This magical and fairytale building is located on a busy street and is what you can expect from Gaudí- the unexpected! The wealthy Batlló family asked Antonio to renovate their apartment, and with much success, the building is now one of the most recognized works of the architect and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage. The detailed façade and the dragon on the roof are nothing compared to the world of fascination waiting for you inside! Make sure to buy your tickets in advance, so you can skip the line!
Just a few streets away from Casa Batlló you can find one of Gaudí’s earliest works: Casa Calvet. Although some consider this building one of the most conservative buildings of the architect, the apartment does shows some modern elements on the façade and looks as if it come straight from a fairytale.
Gaudí Exhibition Center-Museu Diocesà
Although the museum was not designed by the maestro himself, the Gaudi Exhibition Center is a spot not to miss on this tour. In this museum, they’ll explain everything you need to know about Gaudi’s visions, the man behind the architectural marvels, and his revolutionary working methods. You’ll realize the brilliance of some of his techniques and models he used, for example, his design of the Sagrada Familía. It’s a fun and easy environment to learn more about architecture and the visions of Gaudí.
The last stop on this Gaudí route is one of the first buildings he made: Palau Güell. Commissioned by his main patron Güell, Gaudí was still unknown as he just started as a novice architect. Nevertheless, Güell put faith in Gaudí and trusted him to design his residential home. Gaudí understood the importance of his patron’s house, as it had to house exhibitions, concert, and public events, and nevertheless, created something extraordinary! Gaudí designed an unusual architectural residence, including a metaphor to his patron. The building was designed with grey marble on the first floor, which referred to the humble beginnings of the wealthy businessman. The top floor of the building was designed with expensive materials and creative elements such as ceramic tiles, stained glass and iconic symbols.
Plan your Barcelona city trip in advance, as lines can get, as lines can get long with the crowd of tourists. Our advice is to book your tickets with Skip The Line, making your trip efficient and affordable.
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