Whether you’ve heard of Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudi or not, you’ll instantly recognize a Gaudi building in Barcelona. His unique and unusual architecture can be found all over the city, and it’s unlike anything I have ever seen. Gaudi belonged to the Art Nouveau movement, and developed a distinctive style that has been praised by architects all over the world. His buildings tend to have unique shapes and forms, and many are covered in colourful tiles and mosaics. Seven of his works have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
If you only have a few days in Barcelona, perhaps stay in one of these Barcelona apartments to rent, hit the beach, eat some tapas and visit these top 3 Gaudi highlights.
The most famous of all is the Sagrada Familia, an impressive Roman Catholic church which remains unfinished. The Sagrada Familia is very impressive and really did take me aback when I first emerged from the underground metro station. As I gazed up at this Church towering above me, I was in awe of its elaborate façades and the sheer magnitude of it. The building work on this extraordinary Gothic church began in 1882, and Gaudi oversaw much of the construction until his death in 1926. It has been in construction for over 100 years, and is like no other church in the world.
Casa Batlló is a peculiar Art Nouveau house on Passeig de Gracia, with a structure that looks like it was made out of skeletons and bones- hence why the building has earned the nicknmame “house of bones”. The house was built by Antoni Gaudi for wealthy textile industrialist Josep Maria Jujol in the early 1900s, and the exterior is covered in broken blue tiles, intended to reflect a calm sea. Stand outside for a few minutes to admire the elaborate façade, then take a tour of the inside to see the Noble Floor, the Loft and the Roof Terrace.
Park Güell is a magical garden that looks like it’s come straight out of a fairytale. The park was commissioned by Eusebi Güell and designed by Gaudi, featuring quirky buildings, unique stone structures and lots more vibrant tiling. The park is built on a steep incline, and the terrace offers fantastic views over the city. You can also take a look around the Gaudi museum, which is housed in a small building where Gaudi lived between 1906 and 1926.