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Gaudí’s Hidden Gems

When you think of Barcelona Antoni Gaudí is usually top of the list, along with his iconic buildings such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. But here are some of Gaudí’s lesser known works in Barcelona and Catalonia that are definitely worth a visit.

Bellesguard, BARCELONA

Not many people know about Bellesguard but those that do are treated to an extraordinary house with hidden secrets throughout. Located near Tibidabo in Barcelona and built between 1900 and 1909, it is unlike Gaudí’s other works as he used straight forms, something he is not known for in his other works.

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Bellesguard means ‘good view’ in Catalan which is reflected in the impressive view of the whole city from the roof terrace.

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What makes this building so special are the details. From the face of a dragon hidden on the roof…

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…to a small balcony on the staircase, where you can see who is at the door without them seeing you. So if it’s someone you want to avoid you can just pretend no one is home!

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How to get there

By public transport, take the Ferrocarrils (FGC) to Avenida Tibidabo and from here it is a 5-10 minute walk.

An informative audio guide of the gardens and house costs €9 for an adult. You are accompanied inside the house and I was lucky enough to be the only one visiting so I practically got a personal tour!

 

Gaudí’s Crypt, Colonia GÜELL

Gaudí’s Crypt is located outside of Barcelona on the way to Montserrat. Although not on as grand a scale as the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s Crypt is worth a visit to see the similarities between the two unfinished churches. Here you can visit the crypt and then the roof which would have been the floor of the church.

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How to get there

By public transport you can get the train from Plaza España to Colonia Güell and from the station it is a 15 minute walk to the information centre where you buy your tickets. Just follow the footsteps painted on the path (or try to follow them as best you can as some of them are a little worn!)

By car it takes 30 mins from Barcelona and 1hr 30 mins from Girona.

Tickets cost from €7 and you can also combine your visit with a trip to Montserrat.

 

Palau Güell, Barcelona

The palace is an extraordinary space and as with other works of Gaudí the roof terrace is one of its best features. Despite the area of the palace being only 500m2, the space feels a whole lot bigger due to Gaudí’s ingenious designs with high ceilings throughout. Don’t forget to look up when walking through this palace to admire the intricate ceilings!

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How to get there

The palace is located in El Raval, Barcelona, in a pretty unassuming location on one of the narrow streets past the Liceu theatre. The nearest metro station being Liceu (L3).

Tickets cost €12 which include an audio guide. You can also visit the palace for free at certain times of the year such as the first Sunday of every month and during the 48 hour Open House BCN event.

 

Bodegas Güell, El Garraf

Built in the late 19th century, Gaudí designed this unique winery, which is now a popular restaurant in the small beach town of Garraf. The top floor has an amazing terrace with sea views. I’d also recommend enjoying the beach whilst you’re there with its row of green beach huts.

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How to get there

By public transport you can take the train from Barcelona to Garraf (line R2) and then it’s a 5 minute walk to the Bodegas.

By car it takes 35 mins from Barcelona and 1hr 30 mins from Girona. There are parking spaces at the restaurant.

 

Casa Vicens, Barcelona

Located in the Grácia district in Barcelona on Calle de las Carolinas, Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Gaudí and was built between 1883 and 1888. The modernist building certainly stands out with bright green and white tiling full of Moorish and Oriental influences.

The building is currently being restored and is due to open as a museum soon (date unknown).

 

How to get there

Nearest metro station is Fontana (L3). You could also combine your visit with a visit to Parc Guell.

 

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