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Casa Batlló

Yet another Gaudí treasure, Casa Batlló is a masterpiece of colour and light.

TravelCurious Tip

Keep an eye out for the labels on all the doors, written in Gaudí’s specially designed Modernist script.

House of Bones

Casa Batlló was commissioned by Josep Batlló i Casanovas, a wealthy textile industrialist who greatly admired Gaudí’s vision in Park Güell. Unlike Casa Milà, it is a redesign of a preexisting building rather than an original construction; but like all of Gaudí’s work, Casa Batlló is stunningly innovative in its design and displays the dreamlike quality that makes him stand out as the foremost artist of Catalan Modernism.

Never happy to settle for a conventional look, Gaudí had the building’s original external walls reworked to give an undulating façade. This frontage was then decorated with sparkling polychrome glass, as well as Gaudí’s trademark Catalan ceramic mosaic tiles. The magic reaches right up to the iridescent roof, which resembles the scaled back of a dragon and changes hue in the light depending on the angle it is viewed from. Even the cast-iron balcony railings are fantastical, resembling a gallery of dramatic masks. The vivid design and play of light and colour combine to give the building an overall impression of brightness and joy - although the local name for the building is Casa dels Ossos (House of Bones), in reference to its skeletal, organic qualities.

Light entertainment

The building’s interior has something of a submarine feel, and is a stunning display of Gaudí’s mastery of natural light. The house contains an incredible variety of stained glass throughout, modulating the building’s colours according to the viewer’s position. A huge skylight sits atop a central well; the well is decorated in Byzantine cut tiles that are darker blue towards the top and lighter towards the bottom, creating the illusion of even distribution of light, and its windows also progressively shrink as you climb higher.

In 2002, as part of the celebration of the International Year of Gaudí, the newly renovated house was opened to the public. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage site soon after in 2005. Visitors to Casa Batlló today can still admire its gorgeous and surprisingly ergonomic design, with new details to discover in almost every room. It is a marvel of form and function, and another jewel in the crown of the Catalan capital.

Nearby Attractions

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Casa Milà
This magnificent house with its undulating façade was Gaudí's last civil project.
Plaça de Catalunya
The historic central point of Barcelona.
Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s oldest and most atmospheric district.
Tapas
Fast food - the Spanish way.
La Boqueria
This thriving market is bursting with Catalan culture and fantastic food.
La Rambla
A bustling tree-line promenade through the heart of Barcelona.

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Follow a trail of Gaudí’s treasures through the beautiful streets of Barcelona.  From magnificent gardens, gloomy crypts to towering Cathedral spires. Enjoy a day out that is fun for the whole family. 

  • Explore La Sagrada Familia - Gaudí's incomplete Cathedral masterpiece.
  • Discover the treasures of Parc Güell - a stunning hill-top park overlooking the City.
  • Take an outside view of the magical Casa Batlló and Casa Milá apartment buildings.
  • Safely navigate the city, avoiding traffic and busy crowds. 
  • Our team will match the perfect guide to entertain and inspire all ages.
Keep even the most easily distracted engaged! Hear enthralling stories and fun facts about Gaudí, Spanish culture and the city itself. Drawing from our network of first class guides, we will find the perfect match for you and your family.  Hear tales of Barcelona’s twelve abandoned, haunted metro stations and how La Sagrada Familia has taken longer to build than the great Egyptian pyramids! Retrace Gaudí’s life and adolescence in Barcelona, and learn about his unique, enchanting architectural style. Where else will you see buildings coated in dragons scales?

On this excursion you will avoid the rush and busyness of a group tour, and enjoy a more intimate, flexible experience. Your personal guide will help you easily navigate the city, and will arrange private transportation between the sights if you require. This ensures you have the smoothest, most enjoyable day possible. A firm highlight of your trip no doubt! 

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
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On this tour, you will get a sense of Gaudí’s innovative and eccentric mind as you walk into the various edifices designed by Gaudí. You will be transformed into another world as you enter the eccentrically designed spaces. 

  • Explore La Sagrada Familia. Icon of Barcelona and UNESCO marvel.
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  • Conclude at the recently opened Casa Vicens Gaudí
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Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
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From Gaudí to bullfighting arenas, this tour paints an exquisite picture of everything one associates with a vacation in Spain. On your tour, you will:

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  • Experience the serenity of the cloisters.
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