Gaudí Route around Barcelona

Art and culture route
If Barcelona has its own distinctive character, it's down to the style in which architect Antoni Gaudí designed some of his most distinctive buildings. A global icon. Most of his masterpieces are in Barcelona's Eixample district, although you'll also find them in the upper part of the city and in Ciutat Vella.

The prime example of Catalan Art Nouveau, many of Antoni Gaudí's most representative buildings are in the centre of Barcelona's Eixample, especially on Passeig de Gràcia on what is known as the "illa de la Discòrdia" or "Block of Discord". On the corner with Carrer d'Aragó stands Casa Batlló, a metaphor for the legend of St. George and the dragon, while if you continue on up you come to Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, the Catalan for stone quarry, with its undulating forms on the corner with Carrer Provença. Near Plaça d'Urquinaona there is also Casa Calvet which although a simpler building is still chockfull of details to admire.

From here you can follow Gaudí's footsteps to his key work, the Sagrada Família, an unfinished architectural compendium which has become the symbol of Barcelona.

Alongside the acclaimed buildings in the Eixample district there are other fascinating pieces by the architect scattered around the city. One of them is Palau Güell (1886-1890) at Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, where the architect first put into practice some of his groundbreaking ideas and which are particularly evident in the spacious interior and the solutions devised to harness sunlight. Then if you head back towards the Rambla, you can marvel at the six-armed street lights in Plaça Reial which the City Council commissioned from the young architect in 1878.

Getting away from the centre, Casa Vicens stands at Carrer Carolinas, 18-24, in Vila de Gràcia. Built between 1883 and 1888, it was the architect's first major commission and constructed in a historicist style very different from his later designs. Further up the hill, Park Güell (1900) was planned as a residential garden city, but the project did not work out and today it is a public park which looks like something out of a fairy tale. Inside is the Casa-Museu Gaudí where the architect once lived.

Also intriguing is the Col·legi de les Teresianes convent school (1889-1894) at Carrer de Ganduxer, 95-105, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district which showcases Gaudí's interest in Gothic art and its structural solutions.

The gatehouses to the Güell Estate (1884) at Avinguda de Pedralbes, 7, were the beginning of the productive relationship between the architect and businessman Eusebi Güell. The commission consisted of constructing two buildings at the way in to the estate and the entrance gate where he designed a wrought-iron dragon.

The nearby Miralles Estate gate (1901-1902) at Passeig Manuel Girona, 55, is also well worth a visit before continuing your tour.

At the foot of Tibidabo at Carrer Bellesguard, 16-20, stands Casa Figueres, also known as Torre Bellesguard (1900), where Gaudí brought his vision to the Catalan neo-Gothic style.

  • Classification of the route: Architecture, Modernism, Cultural route
  • Means of transport: On foot
  • Level of difficulty: Beginners
  • Circuit distance: 16 km
  • Length of stay: 4 h a pie, sin paradas.
  • Uphill (m): 237
  • Downhill: 173
  • Visiting season: All year round
  • How to get there: Take the local C-31 road to Barcelona.
  • Route administrator: Turismo de Barcelona
  • Tourist offices: Oficinas de Turismo de Barcelona: Centro de Información de Barcelona Turismo, Palau Moja, Oficina de Turismo de Cataluña en Barcelona, Aeropuerto, Sants-Estación.
  • Province: Barcelona
  • Region: Barcelonès
  • Places of interest: Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Casa Calvet, Casa Museu Gaudí, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, colegio de les Teresianes, Park Güell y MUHBA, palacio Güell, pavellones de la finca Güell, torre de Bellesguard y farolas de la plaza Reial.
  • Signs: Los ítems del recorrido aparecen señalizados con una baldosa especial que señala los monumentos de la Ruta del Modernismo de la ciudad.
  • Advice: Wear suitable footwear
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Gaudí Route around Barcelona
  • Gaudí Route around Barcelona

  • Address:Boulevard de Catalunya, 17-S

  • 08002 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Gaudí Route around Barcelona
  • Gaudí Route around Barcelona

  • Address: Boulevard de Catalunya, 17-S

  • 08002 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Telephone:933 689 700

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