Anyone with a love for Barcelona will know about the influential architect, Antoni Gaudi, and if you have never heard of him, you should read on. Born in 1852, he has had a massive effect on Barcelona’s reputation, with much of his work scattered across the Spanish city for you to follow.
By booking yourself into one of the Barcelona hotels in the heart of the city, you will be within easy access of the main Gaudi pieces, and with the help of this Gaudi trail, you will be able to see his art nouveau masterpieces for yourself.
Start at the Placa Reial, just off Las Ramblas – a major street in the heart of the city centre. Some of his first works included designing the lampposts and lanterns that can be found in this prolific square, which you could gaze at whilst enjoying a coffee or a beautifully flavoured ice cream.
Next on the list is Casa Batllo on the Passeig de Gracia, redesigned in 1904 by Gaudi, which is colloquially known as the House of Bones, because of its almost skeletal appearance. Much of the façade is decorated in mosaic tiles, without a straight line in sight. You can pay 20€ to see the interior too, if you’re feeling flush.
From here, head over to the Casa Mila, a few blocks walk away in the Eixample district. Also known as La Pedrera, it consists of various twists of concrete and a pretty impressive collection of rooftop sculptures and chimneys that you can see close up by paying the 17€ entrance fee.
Of course, a Gaudi tour wouldn’t be complete without Barcelona’s most famed landmark, the Sagrada Familia. Despite starting the project in 1883, it’s still not finished, with continued work expected to finish in 2026, the centennial anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Take the time to really admire the various facades – you can see the distinct works of the various architects and designers who have worked on the minor basilica over the years, adding to the rich history and immense beauty of this iconic piece.
Once you’re done here, hop onto the Metro and head for Parc Guell to absorb the various pieces of beauty within. Gaudi’s work is a major draw for visitors to Barcelona – see for yourself on your next city break.