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The Casa Batlló is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona – and one of the most expensive as well. As I said about the Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell, and just about everything else created by Antoni Gaudi, the Casa Batllo is unique, otherworldly, ridiculously cool, and there is nothing else like it in the world.
Located very close to the city center, about halfway up the Passeig de Gracia, the Casa Batlló is easily accessible from most parts of the city. Getting to the Casa Batlló is as easy as walking along the Passeig de Gracia until you see the most amazing building ever.
*A quick tip – check out the Magic Nights at the Casa Batllo. For an unforgettable cultural experience and a truly magical night of live music at the Casa Batlló, the Magic Nights at the Casa Batlló is a unique and not too expensive opportunity. This is not for everyone. But, if you wanted to go see a flamenco show in Barcelona (which I really wouldn’t recommend, as flamenco is not a part of Catalan or Barcelona culture) check this out instead! (scroll down for more information).
Why the Casa Batlló
The Casa Batlló is probably the most dramatic example of Antoni Gaudi’s innovative, decorative architectural style. Not interested in architecture? You will be after seeing this stunning residence designed by the master of Catalan modernist Art Nouveau architecture.
From a staircase modeled after a whale’s spinal cord to a mushroom-fireplace sitting room, the Casa Batlló is a remarkable blend of decorative art nouveau design, inspiration from the natural sciences, rich symbolism and a playful use of natural light. One of the true masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi’s prolific career, the Casa Batlló is a Barcelona tourist attraction not to be missed – if you are willing to fork out the rather inflated entrance fee.
*This blog Post is part of our Things To Do In Barcelona series and is included in our blog category Barcelona Tips. Scroll down for important information – opening times, admission prices, lift schedule and how to get to the Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia in one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona. With its unique and otherworldly appearance, over 100 year history, and stunning modernist architecture, this awe-inspiring, futuristic basilica is well deserving of it place on our list of things to do in Barcelona.
Located just outside of the city center and just a few blocks from the stunning Hospital de Sant Pau, the Sagrada Familia is not exactly centrally located but is very easy to get to by Metro (subway, underground, U-bahn, whatever you want to call it). And once you are at the Sagrada Familia, it might be a good idea to walk up the Avenguda de Gaudi, get a bite to eat and check out the Hospital de Sant Pau.
*A quick tip – the area around the Sagrada Familia is very touristy. But, if you go up the Avinguda de Gaudi, the closer you get to the Hospital de Sant Pau (the farther away from the Sagrada Familia), the more local the area becomes. There are good local cafes with decent food at reasonable prices. Check out the Nostrum on ‘Carrer de los Catillejos’ just off the ‘Avenguda de Gaudi’. Its not a cafe (more healthy take-away style) but you can get a good meal for very cheap. Get the Nostrum Fan’s Club Card for 3€ and you can pick from meals for 1€, 2€ or 3€. There are Nostrums all over Barcelona and you can keep using the Fan’s Club Card to get good meals for cheap in Barcelona.
Why the Sagrada Familia
There is nothing else like it in the world. Imagine, the Notre Damn Cathredal in Paris and then add a little Egyptian Pyramid, some Hagia Sofia, a pinch of Taj Mahal, stir it all up in a big pot of catholic LSD and you might get something resembling the Sagrada Familia – or what the Sagrada Familia will be once it is completed.
In addition to its otherworldly beauty and outright trippy architecture, the Sagrada Familia has been under construction for over 100 years and will not be fully completed until at least 2026. By the time the Basilica is finished it will have been over 140 years since construction began. The Sagrada Familia is one of the only buildings in the world that is still under construction today and has been for over a hundred years. It truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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