A tour of 10 Gaudí buildings in Barcelona

Shall we go on a tour of the Gaudí Buildings in Barcelona? Barcelona is a destination known all over the world for being synonymous with the name of this epic artist and architect. He dedicated his entire life to his work and his buildings are some of Spain’s most spectacular examples of architecture. Yes, we’re talking about Antoni Gaudí – the king of modernism in Barcelona, the Catalan genius.

A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without discovering the work of an artist ahead of his time. Gaudí defied the rigidity of formal architecture until he found his own colourful, imaginative style, through which he and Barcelona flourished.

Here we have put together a guide to some of the most well-known and not so well-known Gaudí buildings in Barcelona. Discover the essence of Gaudí through his most emblematic works.

Portal Finca Miralles (1901-1902)

The Miralles gate to a no longer existing housing estate is perhaps one of Gaudí’s lesser-known designs. Between the years 1901 and 1902, Gaudí constructed the entrance and the wall that today surrounds a quiet residential area. If you’d like to admire Gaudí’s work but avoid the crowds, this is for you.

Porta Finca Miralles - Gaudí Buildings
Porta Finca Miralles – Gaudí Buildings

Col·legi de les Teresianes (1888–1889)

Another one of Barcelona’s better-kept secrets, this Gaudí building was first built as a Teresian nunnery. Even though the building is today a school and cannot be visited, you can still pass by this Gaudí building – inspired by a neogothic castle and religious symbolism – to catch a glimpse of its stunning exterior.

Col.legi de les Teresianes - Gaudí Buildings
Col.legi de les Teresianes – Gaudí Buildings

Torre Bellesguard (1900–1909)

Steeped in history and legend, this Gaudí building was constructed upon the ruins of the palace where the ancient king  “Martin the Humane” resided. Also known as Casa Figueres, this manor house captures both gothic and modernist styles.

Torre Bellesguard - Gaudí Buildings
Torre Bellesguard – Gaudí Buildings

Parc Güell (1900–1909)

Many have heard of this monumental Gaudí building and park, however few know its story. Parc Güell was originally designed to be a city-garden for the bourgeoisie of Barcelona, home to green courtyards, exquisite chapels, beautiful homes and sprawling pavilions. Despite these plans of grandeur, given its distance from the city, Parc Güell became the public park we know it as today.

Parc Güell - Gaudí Buildings
Parc Güell – Gaudí Buildings

Casa Vicens (1883–1888)

Located in the neighbourhood of Gràcia and only recently opened to the public, Casa Vicens is the very first of the Gaudí buildings. Built as a summerhouse for the Vicens family, this exquisite work of modernist architecture is an example of a blossoming Gaudí who aimed at bringing nature and all its splendour to the inside of his structures.

Casa Vicens - Gaudí Bulidings
Casa Vicens – Gaudí Bulidings

Sagrada Família (1883–1926)

It may be unfinished but the Sagrada Família is, without a doubt, the most renowned of all the Gaudí buildings. Started in 1882, Gaudí dedicated over 40 years of his live to the basilica. This icon of Barcelona and Gaudí’s greatest masterpiece is simply a must-see!

La Sagrada Família - Gaudí Buildings
La Sagrada Família – Gaudí Buildings

Casa Milà (La Pedrera) (1902–1912)

Known as “La Pedrera” (The Stone Quarry) due to the stony appearance of its façade, the shape of this Gaudí building is reminiscent of the sea. Over the years it has served as a consulate, an event hall and a hotel for the city’s most illustrious guests.

Casa Milà- Gaudí Buildings in Barcelona
Casa Milà- Gaudí Buildings in Barcelona

Casa Batlló (1906–1910)

Built on top of an already existing building, Casa Batlló is Gaudí’s most colourful and imaginative work. This Gaudí building is inspired by nature and possibly even based on the legend of Saint George and the dragon. Why not visit for yourself to find out more!

Casa Batlló - Gaudí Buildings
Casa Batlló – Gaudí Buildings

Casa Calvet (1888-1890)

Perhaps one of the subtler of the Gaudí buildings, Casa Calvet was originally built as an apartment block for Pere Mártir Calvet. The textile manufacturer commissioned Gaudí to design a space where he could live, with a ground floor dedicated to his commerce.

Casa Calvet - Gaudí Buildings
Casa Calvet – Gaudí Buildings

Palau Güell (1886–1888)

This opulent mansion built for the Gaudí’s friend Eusebi Güell is located in the heart of the district of Raval. It was opened to the public in 2011 and was the first of Gaudí’s most significant works.

Palau Güell - Gaudí Buildings
Palau Güell – Gaudí Buildings

Barcelona would not be the destination it is today if it weren’t for this ground-breaking modernist architect and his pioneering buildings. The above Gaudí’s buildings have become icons of Barcelona, which one is your favourite?

9 Things To Do in Ciutat Vella – Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella — ‘old town’ in Catalan — is overflowing with rich cultural and historical heritage. 

The streets of the Ciutat Vella tell the story of the city’s origins right up to the present day: from ancient monuments and historic buildings, to bars and restaurants, alternative boutiques, and sun-drenched squares buzzing with tourists and locals alike.

With so much on offer, it’s no wonder this area is one of the city’s most popular tourist hotspots.

The Ciutat Vella of Barcelona, once surrounded by medieval city walls, covers four of Barcelona’s main neighbourhoods — El Raval, El Barri Gòtic, El Born and La Barceloneta. With such a sprawling area to explore, it’s difficult to know where to start. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together a list of the top nine things to do in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella.

1. La Rambla

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the city’s most emblematic street: La Rambla. 

Take a stroll down this lively promenade, which joins the iconic Plaça Catalunya with the Columbus Monument, and discover historical monuments, flower stalls, live statues, outdoor restaurants, and much more.

La Rambla - Things to do in Gothic quarter - Things to do in Ciutat Vella
La Rambla – Things to do in Ciutat Vella

2. El Mercat de la Boqueria 

Located on La Rambla, this is a world-famous food market brimming with historic tradition. With Catalan modernist-style architecture, la Boqueria is the link between Barcelona’s past and present.

Take in the colours and aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats and spices, or grab a seat at one of the stalls and order tapas of seafood or cured Iberian meats.

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3.Gran Teatre del Liceu

Keep walking on La Rambla and you’ll stumble across another of Barcelona’s iconic cultural symbols, El Liceu.

Since its opening in 1847, this opera house has heard the greatest tenors and sopranos of the times. It can be enjoyed from the outside, on a guided tour, or by reserving tickets for the next show. Check out what’s currently on here.

Gran Teatre del Liceu - Things to do in Gothic Quarter - Things to do in Ciutat Vella

4. Plaça Reial

Just a few metres from La Rambla, you’ll find Plaça Reial. Seek shade below its towering palm trees and take in the stunning central fountain. Don’t leave without snapping a photo of the square’s exquisite lampposts, which are some of Gaudí’s earliest works.

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5. Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

If you’re curious about the origins of Barcelona, visit the Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA) and take a journey through time. Wander the Roman streets of Barcino and discover medieval ruins, most of which are located below Plaça del Rei.

Roman ruins in barcelona - plaça del rei

6. Cathedral of Barcelona

With its unique Catalan gothic style, the cathedral of Barcelona is not to be passed by. Let yourself be amazed by its numerous gargoyles and towering spires found right in the heart of the city’s Gothic Quarter. 

Cathedral of Barcelona - Things to do in Gothic Quarter - Things to do in Barcelona

7. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

Escape the crowds and seek peace and tranquillity in the quaint and romantic square of Sant Felip Neri. Yet what is unique about this square is its tragic history. The damage to the church’s walls after a bombing during the Spanish Civil War is still visible to this day.

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8. Palau de la Música Catalana

The Catalan Concert Hall can be described as no other than the city’s jewel of modernism. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this exquisite form of modernist architecture will not disappoint. 

Palau de la Música - Things to do in Gothic Quarter

9. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Enter the creative world of Barcelona’s Museum of Modern Art and discover an array of thought-provoking exhibitions by both local and international artists or simply marvel at this outstanding contemporary structure. What’s more, entry is free every Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - Thing to do in Gothic Quarter - Things to do in Barcelona

Delve a little deeper into the history of this beautiful city and discover Barcelona’s most fascinating side. With so much to choose from, Barcelona certainly has a little something to offer everyone. 

8 things to do in El Born – The trendiest neighbourhood in Barcelona 

Which are the best things to do in El Born? El Born is known to be one of the trendiest neighbourhoods of Barcelona. In the old town, there’s plenty to explore as you wander through the narrow cobbled streets, lined with historical buildings and fashionable boutiques. Pop into an art gallery or relax in the park, with our list of the eight best things to do in El Born you won’t miss out on anything.

Things to do in El Born

1. Santa Maria del Mar

One of the most breathtaking buildings in El Born is Santa Maria del Mar. A cathedral built between 1329 and 1383, the Catalan Gothic style is truly a beautiful sight to behold. For those interested in the history, there’s even a fictional series detailing the building of the cathedral and the lives of the people at the time. 

things to do in el born - Santa Maria del Mar Barcelona
Things to do in el Born

2. Parc de la Ciutadella

One of the favourite parks for locals to hang out in, Parc de la Ciutadella has much to offer. On a sunny day there are plenty of grassy spots to set up camp and have a picnic or just relax in the sun. As well as that, the park houses the city zoo, the Palau del Parlament de Catalunya, a small lake on which you can go rowing, museums, and a large and beautiful fountain designed by Josep Fontserè. However, it’s important to be careful when hanging out there as many pickpockets operate in the area. Check out our top tips on how to avoid being pickpocketed here.

things to do in el Born - Parc de la Ciutadella

3. Arc de Triomf

Just above Parc de la Ciutadella you will find Barcelona’s very own Arc de Triomf. Built by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in 1888, the Arc de Triomf was originally made as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. Along with being a stunning piece of architecture, the Arc the Triomf is also a great place to take a picture underneath for a memorable shot from your Barcelona trip.

Arc de Triomf - things to see in Barcelona

4. Picasso Museum

No trip to Barcelona is complete without taking in some art by one of the many famous artists who have called Barcelona their home, with one of the most renowned being Pablo Picasso. Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, the museum has the world’s most extensive collections of the famous 20th century Spanish artist’s works, along with various temporary exhibitions throughout the year. 

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5. Born Cultural Centre

Walk up Passatge Mercantil and you can’t help but notice the looming building of Mercat del Born, built in 1873 and showing off the Modernisme catalan style. The inside is just as intriguing as the beautiful outside, as it houses the Born Cultural Centre. Underneath the building an archaeological site was found, revealing the ruins of streets and houses in Barcelona from the 1700’s. Stop by here to view them and learn more about the history of the wonderful city of Barcelona.

Born cultural centre - things to do in El born

6. Fossar de les Moreres

Whilst you are visiting Santa Maria del Mar, make sure to also check out Fossar de les Moreres, which lies adjacent to it. The Fossar de les Moreres is a memorial square dedicated to those defenders of the city who dies during the Siege of Barcelona at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714. The memorial features a torch with a flame that never goes out, as a touching tribute to those who have fallen. 

Fossar de les Moreres - Things to see in El born

7. Museu de la Xocolata

For those with a sweet tooth, there’s nowhere better to visit than the Museu de la Xocolata in el Born. Here you can find out all about the history and the chocolate making process, as well as seeing various well-known sites from around the city, created in chocolate form: a feast for the eyes and the tummy!

El born - Museu de la xocolata

8. Casa Llotja de Mar

As the name suggests, you will find Casa Llotja de Mar located towards the sea front. Built during the 14th century, the beautiful architecture is another representative of the Catalan Gothic style. Having many different purposes over the years, the building began life as the seat for the Consolat de Mar, now serving purpose as the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Barcelona.

With these sites in mind, your exploration of one of the most beautiful and historical districts of Barcelona will allow you to discover the city’s hidden secrets. 

Movies and series set in Barcelona you must watch

The beautiful backdrop and varied history of Barcelona make it the perfect setting and location for movies and tv series. From serious historical based dramas, to romantic love stories and even comedies, check out our favourite movies and tv series set in Barcelona to get a taste of the beautiful and vibrant city.

Movies set in Barcelona

L’auberge espagnole

Barcelona is an ever-popular place for students doing their Erasmus, or year abroad studies, and L’auberge espagnole perfectly encapsulates that. Based on a French student who finds himself in a house of eclectic international students whilst doing his year abroad in the often-diverse city of Barcelona, this film really highlights the hedonistic side of the city that can be enjoyed. Capturing the Barcelona from a certain period of time, this French-Spanish film is not one to be missed, especially for those who studied in Barcelona themselves as a trip down memory lane.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Perhaps the most famous film set in Barcelona, featuring stars Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona follows the journey of two Americans visiting Barcelona for the first time, where they meet and fall for some fiery Spanish characters. As much a love story about people, this film is a love story about Barcelona, showing off the very best of the city.

Todo Sobre mi Madre

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, one of Spain’s most famous directors, Todo Sobre mi Madre, literally translates as All About My Mother. This Academy Award winning film is able to explore deep and complex issues, such as AIDS, existentialism and transsexuality, through its cinematic prowess, and its setting in Barcelona is perhaps an ode to the city’s often progressive and liberal nature.

Salvador (Puig Antich)

A true story, based on the above named, gives the spectator an insight into the history of Barcelona, during the time of the Franco regime. This is the sad tale of a man who fought for the independence of Catalunya, through anarchist movements and depicts the time he spent on death row as a result. Salvador Puig Antich is still a symbol of independence and a household name in Catalunya, as one of Franco’s last victims. 

Pa Negre

Another sad film depicting life in Catalunya in the times of Franco, Pa Negre, meaning black bread, is the story of a young boy who lives in the Catalan country-side in the harsh post-war times. An emotional tale, that explores the intricacies of human nature, as well as the history of Catalunya and Spain, this is a must watch for those for those interested in politics and history. 

Cheetah Girls 2

For anyone who was into Disney as a child this movie might ring a bell. A talented teen quartet, led up by Raven-Symoné, move to Barcelona to follow their dreams of pop superstardom. A light film featuring musical numbers and suitable for children, Cheetah Girls 2 highlights some of Barcelona’s most famous sites as they explore all the city has to offer. In fact, as the cast and crew were looking for some luxurious accommodation to stay in during filming, they chose to stay in some of bizFlats finest apartments, as the best base to relax and have access to the city. 

TV Series set in Barcelona

La Catedral del Mar

For those interested in history, La Catedral del Mar (Cathedral of the Sea) takes the viewer back to medieval Barcelona, and is the tale of the construction of Santa Maria del Mar, which still stands. Set in Barcelona, the series follows the life of Arnau Estanyol, the son of a fugitive serf and one of the cathedral’s stone workers.

Where to watch: Netflix (outside Spain), Antena 3

Cites

A light comedy-drama, Cites (an adaptation of the UK series Dates) shows what contemporary life in the city of Barcelona is like for young adults, searching for love and companionship.  Following the experiences of 24 different strangers who met on the internet and then meet face-to-face, Cites cleverly intertwines the lives of these strangers to create a compelling drama focusing on the ups and downs of human relationships and the struggle of looking for love in the modern age.The characters visit a great selection of venues such as parks, restaurants and bars which any visitor can find in the city.

Where to watch: TV3, Amazon Prime Video

Merlí

A good one if you want to practice your Catalan (although don’t worry, it is also possible to find it with subtitles), Merlí has seen international success, with the possibility to even find it on Netflix. Set in a high-school in Barcelona, each episode is themed after a famous philosopher or school of thought, with the series bringing philosophy to the public in an interesting and accessible way.

Where to watch: TV3 (seasons 1-3), Netflix (seasons 1 and 2)

So next time you’re looking for something to watch, why not try out one of these great movies or tv series. It might even help you get inspiration for your next trip to the wonderful city of Barcelona. 

Discover the new Mercat de Sant Antoni

After almost a decade of work and 80 million euros worth of investment, the Mercat de Sant Antoni has finally reopened its doors, much to the excitement of locals. The renovated market, an iconic building within Barcelona, is almost its own small city. It totals an area of 55,388 square metres, which are distributed over five floors, four of which are underground.

This architectural wonder, originally built between 1879 and 1882 by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, is entering a new stage of its life under renovators from the architectural firm of Ravetllat Ribas, who have readapted it with a new modern twist. Below we will discuss the exciting developments you can look forward to on your visit to the newest market in Barcelona.

MERCAT DE SANT ANTONI

Mercat de Sant Antoni

Fewer stalls, but larger

The new market will have a total of 235 different establishments, which is slightly less than previously, however, allowing more space in total with widened corridors and store spaces. In the very heart of the market you will now find 52 fresh produce stalls, which will include the likes of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats amongst other things. Another 105 non-food market stalls will also be located in the interior, in the outer section, while the Sunday book market will be located fully outdoors.

You can also look forward to long visiting hours with the fresh produce market open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm, the non-food market on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8am to 8.30pm, and the Sunday book market – as indicated –open on Sundays.

Retractable canopies for Sunday

The famous Sunday market will be a permanent home for booksellers, selling books, postcards, stamps and trinkets alike. Running along the outer perimeters of the market, you will be able to find 78 stalls under their new modern retractable canopies, installed in the revamp to replace the old awnings.

New Tenants

Perhaps two of the most exciting features to come from the renovation are the new supermarket and gym that are now installed in the market’s basement floors.

The supermarket chain Lidl has announced its plans to make this new branch of their store the most emblematic in Barcelona. Located on the first underground floor of the market, the new store is spacious coming in at an area of 1300 square metres. The store is also doing its part to be eco-friendly, installing a 5-metre high plant wall at the entrance in a bid to help balance its CO2 footprint. As well as this, they have cleverly installed kinetic flooring, meaning customers help to generate electricity for the store simply by walking around it. The other new tenant, finished around autumn 2018, is a branch of the low cost gym Duet Fit.

The supermarket and gym are a first for this kind of market place, which will be a welcome addition for the neighbourhood.

An outdoor museum

The Mercat de Sant Antoni has always been historically important in Barcelona, having been built on the remnants of the fortress of Sant Antoni, part of the defensive system of the ancient medieval city. Aiming to retain the ancient historical importance of the market, the renovators have left parts of it as an open-air museum. Not only will the medieval wall from the ancient city of Barcelona be on view, but during the renovations parts of the fortress were able to be recovered in surprisingly good condition and will also be on display.

Additionally, you will be able to see the remains of the legendary Roman road Via Augusta, with plans to make it into a new museum space as part of the Museu d’Història de Barcelona.

MERCAT DE SANT ANTONI 2021

For the neighbourhood

One of the main goals when renovating the Mercat de Sant Antoni has been to make sure the space is something that contributes to the neighbourhood. Whilst retaining the beautiful architecture and characteristics of the old market, the new market is a space where the local community can meet to drink, chat, eat and much more.

So, what are you waiting for? Go down and visit the new Mercat de Sant Antoni and experience all it has to offer!

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Trencadís  – What is it and where can I find it in Barcelona?

Trencadís may not be a word that you’re not familiar with, but if you’ve visited Barcelona before, you will certainly have seen it around you in the streets, in buildings, in parks, in souvenir shops… These mosaics are an explosion of colour, each little piece uniquely different in shape, pattern and colour scheme, yet when pieced together they come and form one cohesive and magnificent artwork. Not to mention, Trencadís is absolutely captivating when glittering under the Barcelona sun, as the light bounces off the tiles and brings the vibrant colours to life. It is no wonder that this technique has become synonymous with Mediterranean culture and design.

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Trencadís – Park Güell

What is Trencadís?

Trencadís is a Catalan term that literally means “chopped” and is the name for this artistic method that was popularised in 20th century Catalan modernism by artists like Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, Trencadís is a mosaic-like effect, achieved by cementing together random shards and pieces of broken chinaware, piece by piece like a jigsaw. Sometimes other materials are used, like glass, buttons or shells. In French, this technique is known as “pique assiette”, which translates to “plate thief”, perhaps referring to the use of recycled or “scrounged” materials – in other words, materials that ceramic factories often discarded.

What is the origin of the Trencadís?

Well, legend has it that Gaudí was visiting the ceramics workshop of Lluis Bru, and when he saw how tediously slow he was putting the pieces together, the impatient Gaudí simply grabbed a tile, shattered it into a hundred pieces on the ground, and stuck them on by the fistful, exclaiming “We must do it like this or we’ll never finish!”. Whether or not the story is true, it is true that the Catalan architect certainly used the innovative craft extensively and transformed it into one of his most signature techniques, which he applied in many of his architectural creations in Barcelona.

Where can I find Trencadís in Barcelona?

One of the most famous examples of Trencadís is brought to life, in the form of the world-famous mosaic, affectionately known as “El Drac” that majestically lazes on the steps in Park Güell. Also, the pavilion seating area in Park Güell, where you can get a panoramic view of Barcelona, is adorned in multi-coloured mosaic tiles, and is a popular photography point for visitors of Barcelona. Throughout the park you’ll find the distinctive artform of Trencadís-covered spheres, columns, and buildings too. The colors that predominate in the work are blue, green and yellow, which for Gaudí symbolized Faith, Hope and Charity.

Trencadís - Drac Parc Güell
Trencadís – El Drac

One of Gaudí’s other Trencadís masterpieces is Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia, which when illuminated during the nighttime almost comes alive with magic, glowing and shimmering in the dark. Even the stone benches that line the luxurious shops on Passeig de Gràcia are covered in the signature mosaic tiles.

In Sant Pau, mosaics were used everywhere to introduce floral motives into the hospital, and can be found in murals, on the ceilings, floors and walls. On the floor of Parròquia de Sant Pacià, a geometric design of marble mosaic lies on the floor, created by a young Gaudí.

With Trencadís found on many different architectural creations in Barcelona, just keep your eyes peeled while wandering around, and you’re sure to stumble upon another mosaic-covered beauty. Did you find any that we missed out? Let us know!

Street art in Barcelona - Jardí de les tres xemeneies

Street Art In Barcelona – Where to find the best Street Art spots in Barcelona

Are you willing to find Street Art in Barcelona ? Barcelona is certainly famous for its contemporary arts, especially modern street art. It is prolific throughout the city whether it’s illegal graffiti or commissioned pieces by some of the city’s famous artists like El Pez, who now tours the world painting large murals in every continent.

It’s not just spray-paint art though.  Today’s street art uses anything and everything to display a message or communicate a feeling.  The most common forms of Barcelona’s Street Art are just as likely to be mosaics or stencils and some even use recycled materials collected from the street’s refuse.

It changes every night too!  The best place to view some of the best and more historic street art pieces on your Barcelona trip are actually on shop shutters.  But they are normally only visible at night after the shops shut, or on a Sunday.  Below we have suggested some areas in the city where you will see major pieces of Barcelona’s Street Art work… maybe even in action!

Recommended spots to find street Art in Barcelona

Street Art in Barcelona: El Raval

If you take a trek through this district, Barcelona’s Street Art is everywhere.  A good place to start is the MACBA – the Barcelona Contemporary Museum of Modern Art – but no need to go inside, just scout around the surrounding area to see really fantastic pieces of work!  There are also a lot of older pieces as you move deeper into the Raval district.

Street art in Barcelona - Raval

Street Art in Barcelona: Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies

Easy to find, just head to the where you see the 3 big chimneys breaking the skyline on Avinguda del Paral-lel .  Art creation is actually encouraged here, so you are allowed to paint, so you should be able to see and talk with some of the artists as they paint.  Head further down Paral.lel where it meets Plaça de les Drassanes, you will find another public park space called Jardí Walter Benjamin.  Artists can paint legally here as well and there are always new and interesting murals on display.

Street art in Barcelona - Jardí de les tres xemeneies

Street Art in Barcleona: The Gothic & Born Quarters

Start at Carrer Ataulf (with Carrer Templars) and then head into Carrer Milans.  By just walking along these two streets alone, you could potentially take hours to see all the art within them.  There are also some old treasures by legendary Barcelona Street Artists El Pez, Kram & Bombzone.  The Born is nearby.  Just cross Via Laietana and head down to Carrer de l’Argenteria.  The art is not only on the street, visit some of the local galleries that exhibit and sell work by Barcelona’s street artists.

Stret art in Barcelona  - el born

Street Art Walking Tour

There is even a world famous Barcelona Street art walking tour – the Barcelona Street Style Tour.  It has reviews by virtually every newspaper culture section on the planet.  We highly recommend it!  Also it’s free, but if you feel the tour gave good value, you can always donate when it ends.  You would expect to pay about €8-10 for any informative and enjoyable walking tour.  They even have an additional bicycle tour that takes you to Poble Nou, where some of the city’s largest murals are.

Barcelona’s Street Art brings many visitors and artists to the city every year.  To make your stay more enjoyable, why not see our selection of holiday rental apartments in the areas mentioned above to be right in the middle of all the action.

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Today Casa Vicens open its doors to the public

Visits to Casa Vicens are back with half price tickets! Discover everything about Casa Vicens, the first Gaudí house:

Casa Vicens, the first home designed by Gaudí

The building is the first home designed by the great Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.  The house was finished in 1885 and has always been a family home or summer house.  It was commissioned for a local merchant Manel Vicens i Montaner.  After he passed away, his widow sold it to the Jover family in 1899 and they resided in it, handing it down the family through the years.

In 2014 Casa Vicens was bought by MoraBanc & Amura Capital investing €4 million to bring the building back to its former glory.  The restoration process began in 2015 and fully conserves all the original features and rooms. The figure for the actual purchase of the building is undisclosed.

Casa vicens

Discover Casa Vicens

The new museum will pay homage to the famed architect and visitors will also learn more about Gaudí’s background; his life before designing Casa Vicens, his intellectual influences and his inspiration both during and after his studies.
The ceramic glaze brickwork on the exterior is influenced by Arabic and Medieval styles, also incorporating Gaudí’s personal decorative and symbolic themes. These were only discovered after removing a layer of white paint used to cover some of the original decoration and papiermache artwork.

The house retains a gallery, dining room and a smoking room which adjoin the gardens and newly installed side entrance all on the ground floor. The main façade features the reconstruction of the original fountain with its circular base for collecting the water, a main body and metal structure. As a result of various works over the years, the whole piece had disappeared, so the reconstruction of the fountain is based on photographs.

Casa vicens - interior

The first floor of Casa Vicens is home to a permanent collection of Gaudí’s papers where visitors can discover several original pieces of his thoughts on architecture.  Anyone who knows Gaudí’s work will be aware that he rarely wrote about his opinions on architecture and design, so these are special treats for enthusiasts indeed.

There is also a live audiovisual projection about the architect, and depending on what time of year, there will be temporary exhibtions and other activities dedicated to different parts of Gaudí’s life and work.  Apart from Gaudí’s social, cultural and artistic context, visitors will be able to find out more about his projects prior to building this house – such as school projects, his city projects, religious projects and his first building and furniture designs.

Casa Vicens - things to do in barcelona

Casa Vicens is a Unesco World Heritage Site, named among other works he designed such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Palau Güell, Palau de la Música and Hospital de Sant Pau.  It is located in the western part Gràcia and it is expected that approximately 150,000 people will visit the museum every year.

Here you can find all the information to get the tickets and prepear your visit: https://casavicens.org/

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