want to follow the antoni gaudi trail?...

antoni gaudi

let's visit some of those amazing antoni gaudi buildings in barcelona,
such as la sagrada familia, casa battl , la pedrera, and parc g ell ...



Did you think the word "gaudy" originated from the colourful works of renowned Catalonian architect Gaud ?

Well ... it seems you'd be wrong, because - apparently - the word "gaudy" was on the scene long before the fantastic Gaud !

One thing's for sure ... you'll miss much if you visit Barcelona without getting to know his unusual works ...

Born in the Catalonian town of Reus in 1852, (he died in 1926), Antonio Gaud 's works are an intrinsic part of Barcelona - his Sagrada Familia is the city's number one tourist attraction.

Although catergorized under Art Nouveau, his style is unique and very much his own.

So let's follow a virtual trail of this famous Spanish architect and look at his works in Barcelona ...



antoni gaudi buildings in barcelona



antoni gaudi                         Start your Gaud Trail
                        at Barcelona's Pla a Reial
                        (or, for those of you who
                        prefer plain Castillian Spanish
                        rather than Catalan -
                        the Plaza Real!), which is
                        nice and central, being
                        just off Las Ramblas.

                        A pretty square in its own
                        right, you'll also enjoy seeing
                        some of Gaud 's picturesque
                        lamp-posts ...

                        Next on your agenda will
                        be his Casa Battl ...





casa battl



antoni gaudi

From the Pla a Reial, make your way to number 43,
Passeig de Gracia
- which is where Casa Battl is located.

This block of apartments was renovated by Gaudi between 1904 and 1906.

The lower level is all undulating stone structure, alleviated by beautiful, stained-glass windows.

The upper part boasts colourful ceramic and glass mosaics, all topped off by a brightly tiled roof.

Inside, the first floor was also decorated by Antoni Gaudi - a fine example of his best interior design work.

By the way, you can save 20% on the entrance with the Barcelona Card!


And now, stroll further down the street - to 92, Passeig de Gracia - and you'll arrive at La Pedrera ...





la pedrera


antoni gaudi's la pedrera taken from the top of a barcelona hop-on hop-off tourist bus


La Pedrera - or Casa Mil as it's sometimes known - was built by Antoni Gaudi between 1906 and 1910 for the Mil Family.

This block, with its unusual, wavy fa ade, roof-top sculputres and chimneys, plus modern interior marine decoration, is now owned by the Caixa Catalunya Bank, being used chiefly for art exhibitions and concerts.

I took this photo whilst aboard a hop-on hop-off tourist bus. At least it hasn't got the top of someone's head in it - which is not the case of many of the snaps I took whilst on the bus!


It's time to continue on to Barcelona's number one tourist attraction!...
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia ...



sagrada familia



antoni gaudi

Turn right off the Passeig de Gracia, walk down the Avinguda Diagonal and, after about 10 minutes, you'll see La Sagrada Familia looming on your left!

This impressive basilica is Barcelona's number one attraction! ... and it isn't even finished yet!

Started in 1883, Antoni Gaudi unfortunately failed to complete it before his death in 1926.

It's still under construction and, when eventually completed, should boast 18 spires - 12 representing the Apostles ... 4 the Evangelists ... the Virgin Mary ... and Jesus Christ.

Save 12% on the entrance with the Barcelona Card!


You'll now need to catch the metro from La Sagrada Familia
to Lesseps in order to visit Parc Gu ll ...





parc gu ll



antoni gaudi's parc gu  ll in barcelona spain


Once at Lesseps, a 20-minute walk awaits you before arriving at Barcelona's fabulous Parc G ell. Those of you feeling a little warn out may prefer to catch a taxi!

This amazing park by Antoni Gaudi was originally commissioned by Eusebi Gu ll and intended for the Barcelona aristocracy.

Hansel-and-Gretal-style houses ... dragons ... wonderful stone shapes embedded with colourful mosaics are just a few of the joys to behold!

What's more, the entrance is FREE!


Have you enjoyed your virtual Antoni Gaudi tour? Well here are some real Gaudi tours! ...



touring barcelona's antoni gaudi highlights ...


antoni gaudi

Walking Tour of Modernist Barcelona
Visit Barcelona's Golden Square and admire Art Nouveau buildings by Gaudi, Domencach I Mutaner, Puig I Cadafalch ...
more details ...

antoni gaudiGaudi and Picasso Highlights
Visit Gaudi and Picasso's Barcelona, including Casa Battlo, Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum ...
more details ...

antoni gaudiPrivate Half-Day Gaudi Walking Tour
Enjoy a private, half-day walking tour discovering Gaudi's creations, including a detailed tour of La Pedrera ...
more details ...

antoni gaudiPrivate Half-Day Gaudi Car Tour
Enjoy a private, half-day car tour visiting Gaudi's masterpieces, including a detailed tour of La Pedrera ...
more details ...

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Learn how to find and book a hotel in central Barcelona ...
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Some suggestions for budget hotels and hostels ...
more details ...

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Your guide to holiday apartment rental ...
more details ...


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All about the most popular sights to see in Barcelona ...
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Superb choice of Barcelona tours ...
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In-depth information on Barcelona Airport ...
more details ...



antoni gaudi - money-saving ideas


And, finally, if you're interested in articles or memorabilia related to Gaudi, it's a good idea to check out to see if there are any tempting bargains on eBay before buying elsewhere ...



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