Perhaps the best reason for you to visit Barcelona is to see Antoni Gaudi’s famous architectural creations. In particular, are properties added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Collectively known as the Works of Antoni Gaudí, it represents some of the greatest architectural achievements of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Seven UNESCO Works of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain
Paseo de Gràcia, 43
08007 Barcelona, Spain
+ 34 932 16 03 06
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am to 5:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It won’t take long for you to understand why Casa Batlló is called House of Bones. After all, much of its façade does appear to be made of skulls and bones. What’s more, the interior with stained glass and colorful ceramics, is equally as striking. Aside from Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló is likely Gaudí’s most recognizable work in Barcelona.
Paseo de Gràcia, 92
08008 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 14 25 76
Hours: Monday-Sunday and Holidays: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Night Visit: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Like its counterpart Casa Batlló, this enormous modernist building has a nickname. In this case, it’s La Pedrera or the stone quarry in English. However, the nickname was due to the criticism it received during construction. In spite of the notoriety, Casa Milà is among Gaudí’s most visited attractions. Built for wealthy politician Pere Milà, it was the last private residence designed by Gaudí.
Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26
08012 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 711 064
Hours Through March 31, 2022: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
With its colorful Moorish and Asian themes, you might find Casa Vicens grandiose. Even so, it’s noteworthy as Gaudí’s first major project. In fact, it was the first modernist home he designed in Barcelona. A guided tour of Casa Vicens features both temporary and permanent exhibitions. A premium visit is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
Church of Colònia Güel (Gaudí Crypt)
Carrer de Claudi Güell
08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló
+34 936 305 807
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Church of Colònia Güel is best known for housing one of Antoni Gaudí’s famed hidden treasures. To clarify, it’s the UNESCO-listed crypt that draws visitors to this pastoral community outside Barcelona. Indeed, Gaudí Crypt with its stunning interior design will be a highlight of your trip. Although the church and crypt is about 20km from Barcelona, it’s easily accessible by rail.
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Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
+934 725 775
Hours through March 31: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In El Ravel neighborhood, you’ll find one of Gaudí’s earliest examples of the modernisme architectural style. Designed for his longtime friend Eusebio Güell, it was among the finest homes of its day. Indeed, its main floor was so lavish it could be fit for a Spanish royal. If you go, take time to make it to the rooftop, for distinctive examples of his distinctive ceramic tiles.
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08024 Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 409 1831
Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Just north of the Gràcia district, you’ll find Park Güell. A 42-acre greenspace, it was originally built as an upscale housing project. In fact, Gaudí himself lived here the last twenty years of his life. Near the entrance to the UNESCO park, you can see the famous ceramic-tiled salamander on the staircase. Additionally, stop by the top of the Laundry Room Portico, for its impressive city views.
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Carrer de Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 08 04 14
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Of all the Gaudí’s works, his most celebrated is Sagrada Família. Construction began in 1882 but it’s still under construction even today. Moreover, this minor basilica was far from being completed at the time of Antoni Gaudí’s accidental death. The famed architect’s imprint can be viewed throughout his UNESCO masterpiece. But his artistic talents are never more evident than inside the breathtaking nave.
El Capricho de Gaudí
Barrio de Sobrellano,
39520 Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
+34 942 72 03 65
Hours Through February: Monday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Of Gaudí’s many architectural marvels, El Capricho is among the furthest away. In fact, it would take you a full day just to get there by car. But if it’s part of your itinerary, you can also visit the famous Cave of Altamira. If that’s not enough, Guggenheim Bilbao is also in the region. El Capricho de Gaudí features a fusion of Asian and Moorish influences. It’s not on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the other hand, it’s one of Antoni Gaudí’s most important works outside of Barcelona.
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