Our Barcelona adventure and other travel stories

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

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

Secret Tip 2: 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 “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).      Would you like to discover more of Gaudí? Check out the private tour of The Barcelona

Secret tip: The Crypt of Gaudí in Colonia Guëll

Only 25 minutes away by train from Barcelona you will encounter Colonia Guëll. The industrial magnate moved his major textile factory to their and had a village built for his workers. He engaged several renown architects among them Gaudí to build a residential area with a lot of amenities that were very progressive for that time such as a permanent doctor. When visiting the village you will come across magnificent modernism buildings: from residential houses

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