Our Barcelona adventure and other travel stories

Secret Barcelona: Gaudí – Torre de Bellesguard

Wow, we found another astonishing building of Gaudí – off the beaten path in Barcelona´s neighbourhood of Sant Gervasi. Between 1900-1909 the famous Catalan architect was commissioned to build this manor house Bellesgueard meaning “Beautiful View”. He was inspired by the medieval castle, Casa Figueras, from the early 15th century that belonged to Martin, King of Aragon (Count of Barcelona). The architectural style of the building is called Catalan Modernism – an art and literature

Casa Milà – Gaudí´s last civil building in Barcelona

Casa Milà was the last building the famous Catalan architect, Gaudí, accepted as a commission before focussing completely on his lifetime work, the church of Sagrada Familia. Inspired by a Catalan mountain Gaudí created a building that was unprecedented during its time. Its sheer size, the organic, but rather plain façade when comparing to Casa Batlló´s opulent façade made it so different to all what Barcelona had seen until then. Its reception by locals and

Catalan Modernism – a romantic art movement

Modernism – or in Catalan Modernisme – is an art and literature movement that was primarily connected to Catalonia and Barcelona in the period from approximately 1880-1915. In the context of the rapid development and urban changes during the industrial revolution the Catalan elite – politicians, bourgeoisie and rich entrepreneurial families – intensified their efforts to create an own national identity. At the same time Barcelona underwent a massive city extension – with its master

Medieval Catalonia – Girona

End of last August we spent three days in the Girona region about 100 km to the North of Barcelona as we heard so many times that it is really worth visiting. And definitely it was! Here is why: Girona being the biggest city in the North with approximately 100,000 inhabitants has a beautiful historic city center. The city has a long lasting history being founded in the year 79 BC by the Romans and

Gaudí´s Casa Batlló – a modernista gem

One of Gaudí´s master pieces is certainly Casa Batlló – a residential building at the magnificent boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia, in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Bought in 1900 by industrialist, Josep Batlló, Gaudí was contracted to refurbish the building in 1904. Batlló wanted a building that reflected his wealth and social status at that time. Gaudí convinced him to refurbish the building instead of demolishing it and constructing a new one. Gaudí chose a

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