You’ll quickly realize after arriving in Barcelona, that the ‘new city’ is very different from the windy back alleyways, narrow streets, midevil courtyards and cobblestone roads that make up the ciutat vella. Everything above Plaza Catalunya, better known as the Eixample, was built between the 1850’s to 1930’s and is largely comprised of Gaudi’s work along with some of his contemporaries. Here’s some of the known and lesser known buildings to check out if you’re looking for Modernist architecture in Barcelona.
1: Sagrada Familia – Perhaps Gaudi’s most famous work and still in the works, this fantastical church is set to be finished in 2026. (although no one’s holding their breath).
2: Parc Guell – Home to Gaudi’s House, this park sports the longest bench in the world and has a panoramic view of most of the city.
3: Palau De La Musica – Gorgeous concert hall in the Born neighborhood, designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner between 1905-1908. Even if you don’t feel like catching a show, it’s worth a visit inside, as it’s truly exquisite.
4: Colonia Guell - Off the beaten path and just outside of the city, the Colonia Guell is home to Gaudi’s Crypt. Originally he was commissioned to build a church, however that never came to fruition and he ended up designing what is known today as the Crypt. The rest of the colony, although not Gaudi’s work, is still worth seeing if you have a few hours or half a day.
5: Casa Batllo – You can’t miss it. Right on Paseo de Gracia this Gaudi masterpiece was designed for aristocrat Josep Batlló. It’s easy to spot because it looks like it was created from skulls and bones and there never fails to be someone standing on the street staring up in awe, at all hours of the day or night!