It’s hard to miss Gaudi’s work in Barcelona whether you know what you are looking for or not. The amazing buildings and art draw tourists from around the globe. Some of these attractions you will have heard of and perhaps some not. Take a look at the highlights below you must visit when exploring Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Park Guell
One of Gaudi’s best-completed works in Barcelona is the beautiful Park Guell. Hop on the number 24 bus, which is the easiest way to reach Carmel Hill where you’ll find the park.
A favourite design is the ornately tiled colourful dragon statue at the fountain found at the entrance. As you go through the park you will see twisted rock pillars that look like they are growing out of the ground and at one with the landscape. Walking to the very top of the park you will find the famous tiled terrace with spectacular views across Barcelona. Sit on the mosaic seats and take in the scenery.
You can also visit the museum which is located in a house where Gaudi used to live. Here you can see pieces of furniture created by Gaudi himself and learn more about his life and works.
Some parts of the park are free to enter but you will need to buy tickets to see the whole thing. You can also take a guided tour if you want to learn more about the Park and Gaudi creations here. If you only visit one of Gaudi’s exquisite works in the city, then this should be it!
Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Casa Balto
This beautiful colourful house looks to some like it is designed to look like skulls and bones. The marvellous attention to detail here inside and outside the building is phenomenal.
The building has a marine theme, Gaudi taking his inspiration for the colours of the facade from the naturally occurring colours of coral. Inside ascend the ornate private staircase and find yourself on the main floor which is the former residence of the Balto family. Continue your tour through the expertly lit floors until you finally reach the roof terrace. Your audio guided tour will take about an hour from start to finish.
Find Casa Balto on Passeig de Gràcia which is easy to get to by metro, bus or the hop on hop off sightseeing bus. Entrance fees are currently €23.50 and an audio guide is included in this price. You might just want to marvel at the design from the outside for free, this is the best part after all.
Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Sagrada Familia
Probably the most famous Gaudi works in Barcelona and yet it is still not completed. You will have heard of and maybe seen pictures of this magnificent Cathedral which is a current work in progress. If you visit after 2018 you might find a completed Cathedral, but we will just have to wait and see.
As you can imagine it gets very busy as tourists flock to visit. You should book ahead to avoid the queues especially if you want to go up into the towers. Once you get inside you will be in awe of the colours and designs. Everywhere you look a see new and exciting pieces of art inside this massive space.
Work started on the building in 1882 with Gaudi himself overseeing the project until his death in 1926. You can see today the differences in materials and construction methods used throughout its lifetime. It is said that Gaudi’s plans are being followed closely however, there is some controversy about whether that is really the case.
Whatever you think about the ongoing construction you have to admit the Sagrada Familia is spectacular. It must be on your list when visiting Barcelona. You’ll easily find the Cathedral in Barcelona, take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop or the hop on hop off bus stops right outside.
If you decide not to book ahead entrance costs are Main entrance: €15.00 or Main entrance + towers: €29.00. You may pay more if you want to skip the line, however, it might be worth it rather than standing in the hot sun for a couple of hours.
Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: La Pedrera
Originally known as Casa Mila, the building now has the nickname La Pedrera or the stone quarry. When you look at the building you can see why, with its sweeping stone facade. You’ll find more than just a building here now, it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera and organises activities and exhibitions for the public.
When you visit La Pedrera you will have access to a wealth of knowledge and information about Gaudi’s works in Barcelona. Start in La Pedrera apartment, through to the courtyard, exhibition room then on to the roof terrace. From the attic terrace, you’ll have a great view over this amazing work and it will give you a greater understanding of the artists’ vision.
This attraction is very close to Casa Balto on Passeig de Gràcia so it’s a good idea to see both on the same day. Entrance fees include your audio guide and start from €29.00 for adults and €11.00 for children. Children under 7 years old go free. Again you can skip the line and attend special events at an extra cost.
What else should you know?
Much like many European cities such as Rome and Paris, a lot of the things to see are within walking distance or a few metro stops. So it can be easy to get around and see all you want to see. Remember to check opening times for all the attractions you want to visit before you go to prevent any disappointment.
There are even more of Gaudi’s works to visit here. However, I have mentioned the top sights you should not miss on your break in Barcelona. Other works include Casa Vicens, Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella and Casa Calvet which are worth a visit if you have more time. Have you visited Gaudi’s works in Barcelona? What was your favourite sight to see?