As I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderful city, together with the irBarcelona project which I started a few years ago, I have had the chance to discover and/or visit each and every work of Gaudí in Barcelona. This was one of the reasons that bought me to gather together the different monuments and works of Antoni Gaudí that are located in the city of Barcelona into a single article.
A total of 7 buildings or works of Antoni Gaudí are declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, all of them located in the province of Barcelona.
Gaudí’s Crypt of the Colonia Güell
Sagrada Familia (Nativity and Crypt Façade)
Although certainly many of his works are well-known by all of you, you might not have visited some of them yet. With this article I hope to awaken your curiosity to encourage you to visit at least one of his most important monuments, as well as discovering some of his lesser-known works and which, fortunately, we can still enjoy today, so many years later.
Park Güell (1900-1914) was designed as a residential development in the middle of the mountains. After only building two of the houses that were scheduled, the project came to a standstill and was neglected for many years. Today the park is one of the most famous and visited works of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Access to the park is free but it is not free if you want to visit its monumental zone (the famous Salamander, the Hall of 100 columns, the Nature Square, the Guard House and the Portico of the Washerwoman). For those of you who live in Barcelona or spend long stays in the city we recommend you register on Gaudir+BCN, which allows you to, among other things, visit Park Güell’s monumental zone for free.
From 28th October to 16th February: From 8:30 to 18:15.
From 17th February to 24th March: From 8:30 to 19:00.
From 25th March to 29th April: From 8:30 to 20:30.
From 30th April to 26th August: From 8:30 to 21:00.
From 27th August to 27th October: From 8:30 to 20:30.
€ Monumental Zone: From €6 to €8.50.
€ Rest of the park: Free access.
The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia (1882-2026), a true symbol for the city of Barcelona, is Gaudí’s most ambitious work which the architect dedicated the most years, effort and, most certainly, devotion. Started in 1882, it was not until a year after when Antoni Gaudí took the reins of building this monumental church, which he worked on until his death (1926). Since then many architects have been in charge of making his sketches and plans a reality.
De noviembre a febrero: From 9:00 to 18:00.
March and October: From 9:00 to 19:00.
From April to September: From 9:00 to 20:00.
1st and 6th January and 25th and 26th December: From 9:00 to 14:00.
€ Entry price: From €15 to €32.
Located inside Park Güell, the Gaudí House-Museum (1903-1925) is one of the two things of the park’s failed development that they managed to build. Antoni Gaudí himself lived in it for almost 20 years, from 1906 to 1925, just one year before his death. All those wanting to visit the House-Museum will find all kinds of information on Antoni Gaudí and a collection of furniture and several objects designed by the architect.
From October to March: From 10:00 to 18:00.
From April to September: From 9:00 to 20:00.
€ Entry price: From €4.50 to €5.50.
Casa Batlló (1904-1906), one of the symbols of modernism that can be visited in the famous bone of contention, Passeig de Gràcia. It surprises passers-by due to its striking shapes which received a lot of criticism in its time. Casa Batlló is not an original construction by Gaudí but it is a complete refurbishment of a pre-existing building done by the architect. The use of new technologies by the family who owns the building, with the use of Augmented Reality headsets, means an added attraction to the visit of this magnificent work by Antoni Gaudí.
From Monday to Sunday: From 9:00 to 21:00.
€ Tickets price: From €22 to €35.
Casa Milá – La Pedrera
From his naturalist period, La Pedrera (1906-1910), officially called Casa Milà, is one of the most important and famous works of Gaudí’s career. Made on behalf of Pere Milà i Camps and Roser Segimon i Artells, its design, just as had occurred a few years before with Casa Batlló, caused great controversy, causing him to stop its construction due to not complying with the City Council’s planning standards. It is now one of the most visited works, where you can visit its floors and go up to the roof terrace where its round chimneys and ventilation towers dazzle in the sun and from where you can see some amazing views of Passeig de Gràcia.
From Monday to Sunday: From 9:00 to 18:30 and from 19:00 to 21:00 (Evening visit).
Closed: 25th December.
€ Entry price: from €12 to €29.
The first major work which Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to build was the construction of this tower at Villa de Gràcia, then an independent town from Barcelona. The building known as Casa Vicens (1883-1888) is a true declaration of intent by Antoni Gaudí in regards to his work. From its façade the straight lines, often in the architect’s first works, catch your attention. The stone used for its construction can also be seen, although it is camouflaged by a colourful ceramic decoration in white, green, yellow and brick.
From Monday to Sunday: From 10:00 to 20:00.
From Monday to Sunday: From 10:00 to 20:00.
€ Entry price: From €12 to €16.
Even though Torre Bellesguard (1900-1909) is one of the less well-known works of Gaudí, since it opened its doors to the public in 2013 more and more people have heard of it and have been able to visit it. Admiring its façade, that mixes the neogothic style with certain touches of the architect’s most characteristic modernism, a different Gaudí is discovered. This is due to his desire to pay tribute to its historical location, where the castle of the King Martin of Aragon (1356 – 1410) was formerly located and where part of its wall is still preserved today.
From Tuesday to Sunday: From 10:00 to 15:00.
Closed: Mondays (except public holidays), 1st and 6th Januar and 25th and 26th December.
€ Entry price: From €7.20 to €16.
During the works on the Torre Bellesguard and in order to preserve the medieval remains of the towers of the Castle of King Martin of Aragon, Antoni Gaudí decided to divert the old road that went through the area. By doing so, he found that the new layout of the road had to go by a river, whose stream is now non-existent, so he decided to build a viaduct, now known as Bellesguard Viaduct (1908). Even though they are some differences, there is a large similarity with the viaducts that he would later build in Park Güell.
Located outdoors, it can be accessed throughout the year at any time.
€ Entry price: free.
The first considerably important commission that Eusebi Güell ordered of Antoni Gaudí was the remodelling of his Pedralbes estate known as the Güell Estate. For this he made some alterations and improvements to his garden and built two pavilions (1884-1887): the stables and the guard house. On its façade you can see some techniques that he would perfect and use in his most famous works, such as the trencadís technique. Gaudí’s extensive use of symbolism also stands out, a resource linked to all of his works, and that is also seen in the estate’s entrance gate, where the presence of a mythological dragon chained to the gate draws your attention.
Every day 10am to 4pm.
Closed: 1st and 6th Januar and 25th and 26th December.
€ Ticket prices: To be determined.
Gaudí was commissioned to build Palau Güell (1886-1890), the Güell family residence, by Eusebi Güell after the excellent work done by the architect in his Pedralbes estate. Because of this, Gaudí had a lot more freedom and started to reveal himself for what he truly was, a genius. During the visit you can see all the floors in the building. The old stable, located in the basement, stands out as well as the noble floor where the Güell family lived, and the fascinating terrace with its 20 colourful and striking chimneys that easily identify this work to Gaudí.
From April to September: From 10:00 to 20:00.
From October to March: From 10:00 to 17:30.
Closed: 25th and 26th December and every Monday that is not a public holiday.
€ Ticket prices: From €5 to €12.
Gaudí received the award for the best artistic building by Barcelona City Council for Casa Calvet (1898-1900). Built at the request of the industrialist Pere Màrtir Calvet, today it is still a private property, so it is not possible to visit inside. Despite this, you can see part of the architect’s work if you go into the Brescó chocolate shop or eat at the Calvet Restaurant, both located on the street, on the building’s ground floor.
Visits: The building cannot be visited. You can only enter the chocolate shop and restaurant on the ground floor.
The Teresian College (1887-1889) that is currently still used for the same purpose for which it was designed was a project that Gaudí inherited when it had already begun. For this work, the architect had to comply with guidelines from the Order of the Teresians, which were no more than being limited to the agreed budget and self-impose a certain simplicity in the forms and design of the building’s structure. For this he used affordable material, such as brick, but took certain decorative licenses in order to leave his mark.
Visits: as it is a school its access is somewhat limited.
Today a large part of the Portal Miralles and original gate (1901) of curved forms is preserved, which Antoni Gaudí designed for the Hermenegild Miralles i Anglès estate. Even though it is made in stone, the use of the trencadís technique with white ceramics can be seen on the top. The use of forged iron also catches your attention on the small side door, something that Antoni Gaudí used in almost all his works. After being restored, which was done in 2000, a statue of the Catalan architect was installed, called ‘A Antoni Gaudí’, a work by the sculptor Joaquim Camps.
Visits: Located outside, next to the access to the Miralles Estate, both the door and the gate are freely accessible and visible from the street.
Plaça Reial and Pla de Palau lanterns
Before becoming the famous architect he was, Antoni Gaudí created minor works. A clear example of this is the commission by the City Council of some gas lanterns that were located in Plaça Reial (in english, Royal Square) and Pla de Palau. Luckily for us, these lanterns are still in the same place and in working condition, so they are accessible to everyone who passes by one of these two squares in Barcelona. The monumental lanterns of Plaça Reial, with 6 arms, the city’s emblem and crowned by a winged helmet of the God Mercury, were opened on the day of La Mercè in 1879. In the other square, the 2 lanterns of Pla de Palau by Gaudí only have 3 arms and were installed a few years later, specifically in 1890.
Pla de Palau.
€ Visit: located outdoors, they can be seen for free and at any time.
Monumental waterfall at the Ciutadella Park
When he was still an architect student he started to stand out from the other students, and Antoni Gaudí collaborated in the development of the Ciutadella Park done by Josep Fontserè, a work that ultimately had a great importance in launching his architect career. Specifically, the hydraulic project of the monumental waterfall and some of its decorative details, such as the two medallions with two lizards drawn in relief.
Every day: from 10am until just before dark.
€ Entry price: free.
If you want to get a more in-depth and detailed look at how Gaudí was inspired and how he designed his works, then The Gaudí Exhibition Center, the interpretation centre about Antoni Gaudí and his works, is the place to go. Located in the Pia Almoina building, next to Barcelona Cathedral, its visit is the perfect complement for all fans of Gaudí’s art.
From March to October: every day from 10:00 to 20:00.
From November to February: every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
€ Entry price: From €7.50 to €15.
Map of the works of Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona
Despite not being in the city of Barcelona, three works by Gaudí are in the province of Barcelona. These are the Crypt of Colonia Güell, in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, the Bodegas Güell in Garraf and the Mataró Worker’s Cooperative, in Mataró and baptised as Nau Gaudí after the reformation done a few years ago and that is currently the headquarters for the Bassat Contemporary Art Collection of Catalonia.
Unfortunately, not all of Gaudí’s works in Barcelona have stood the test of time. Here we give you a list of some of his works that, for different reasons, have disappeared.
Decoration of Bar Torino (1902)