Top 4 Gaudi monuments in Barcelona guaranteed to blow your mind!

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without experiencing Gaudi’s fantastical architecture.
For the Gaudi uninitiated, Antoni Gaudi (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect famous for his original style inspired by nature and organic forms. 
Before beginning my Spanish sojourn, I had heard of Gaudi’s famous unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. This unique cathedral is indeed majestic and incredible (inside and out) – but just as jaw-dropping are Gaudi’s other creations: Park Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. We stayed within walking distance from Casa Mila and Casa Batllo (right on passeig de gracia), which meant it only took us between 2 and 15 minutes to get to these locations. Even if you are not as close by, they are all worth a visit!

Park Guell

During the long days of summer, Park Guell is open until 9:00 pm. I recommend visiting during the evening when it is cooler and you can enjoy the sunset over the city skyline. For me, the most striking aspect of the park were the colourful and intricate mosaics, from the iconic Salamander to the tiled walls and seats. 

Park Guell Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
Park Guell Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
Park Guell Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo is located on the elegant Passeig de Gracia. The façade of the house has organic, flowing lines and is topped with a roof which looks like a dragon’s back. In the centre there is an atrium which passes through all levels of the house, bringing light to the interior. This central light well is fully tiled in shades of blue, gradually deepening in hue as you ascend. 

Casa Batllo Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architectCasa Batllo Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
Casa Batllo Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect

La Pedrera

Also on the Passeig de Gracia is the Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera. I opted to do the La Pedrera by Night tour, which turned out to be an awesome experience. You get to visit the house after hours, so it is nice and private (no other visitors except for your tour group) and you get a spectacular light show at the end! 

La Pedrera Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architectLa Pedrera Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Pedrera Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Pedrera Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect

La Sagrada Familia

Be prepared to battle the throngs of tourists on your visit to La Sagrada Familia. If you have the time, do opt to see the inside of the cathedral and climb up one of the towers. The inside of the cathedral, with its light-filled, airy spaces and stark simplicity, was the highlight of this building for me. You can choose to climb up on the nativity façade or the passion façade – both will give you a lovely view of the city and allow you to get close to the unfinished towers on either side.

La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect
La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect

1.  I highly recommend you book tickets in advance – easily done online using the links I've compiled below – unless you fancy waiting in a queue!
2. Also, remember that if you are doing an audio tour of La Sagrada Familia, don’t gawk at the intricate exterior on arrival but line up to grab your audio guide first (even if you have pre-booked your entrance tickets, you will have to queue for these). Plenty of time for admiring the architectural beauty and Gaudi’s stunning vision after pocketing your guide!
xx Amanda


La Sagrada Familia Spain Antoni Gaudi Guadi Catalan architect


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