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5 Best Gaudi Attractions in Barcelona, Spain

Looking for the best things to do in Barcelona, Spain? We’re featuring the best Gaudi attractions in Barcelona.

If you go to Barcelona, one thing’s for certain is you’ll learn about Antoni Gaudi.

Several of the best things to do in Barcelona are made by Antoni Gaudi.

His unique and personal architectural works are among the best in this world.

Gaudí is nicknamed “God’s architect” because he has referred to God as his client and that all his work were designed and built for the glory of God.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua on Casa Mila rooftop terrace

Did you know? One of the turning points in Gaudi’s architectural career is meeting Eusebi Güell, who has a strong taste for the arts.

Güell commissioned a lot of Gaudi’s popular works including the obvious Park Güell and Palau Güell.

A trip to Barcelona is not complete without checking out Gaudi’s works.

In this Barcelona travel guide, we cover the most popular Gaudi buildings, all of which are UNESCO world heritage sites and are some of the best attractions & things to do in Barcelona!

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I’ve also included links to discounted or skip-the-line tickets for each Gaudi building attraction so you can save time and money during your trip!

And while you’re in the city, be sure to try the best churros at Churreria Manuel San Roman!

Here are the best Gaudi attractions in Barcelona!

Sagrada Familia

Home to history, culture and tradition, Spain is a country filled with monuments, artifacts and breath-taking cathedrals.

One of those Spanish jewels, La Sagrada Familia, is an architectural marvel.

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain

As known to the world, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece is one of the most famous monuments and the No. 1 attraction in Barcelona.

This colossal 170-meter tall Roman Catholic church is designed with elements of design through the ages and still under construction since 1882!

Full view of La Sagrada Familia with The Passion Facade

Though the monument is dominantly designed in the Nouveau and Gothic art style, its construction was halted during the Spanish Civil War and thereafter, it has adapted many features of emerging styles.

Detailed sculptured on Sagrada Familia exterior

The façade is designed with fine details and is rich in symbolism, with luxurious naves, grand windows and breath-taking arches.

The ceiling at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

I’m in awe by the intricate details of the architecture at Basilica of the Holy Family.

The Nativity Facade at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
Close-up of La Sagrada Familia's Passion Facade in Barcelona, Spain

The beautiful Basílica de la Sagrada Familia is acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has become the universal symbol of Barcelona, Spain.

The intricate carvings on the walls deeply remind me of India’s Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The baldachin high altar at the Sagrada Família in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia will be the tallest religious building in all of Europe when it completes construction.

Did you know? La Sagrada Familia is home to the tomb of Antoni Gaudi who died a few days after being hit by a tram on June 7, 1926.

Stained Glass Windows at Sagrada Familia

Be sure to also check out Sagrada Familia at night.

A sight to behold, this Gaudi building towers the city in the beauty of night.

Sagrada Familia construction at night on the streets of Barcelona, Spain

So out of all the Gaudi attractions in Barcelona, if there’s only one building you can visit, it’s Sagrada Familia.

Travelling Foodie Tip: Pre-book your tickets online you can skip the long lines to buy tickets, which runs out fast.

Check discounts on skip-the-line tickets to Sagrada Familia on GetYourGuide / Viator

Full side-view of La Sagrada Familia construction at night

Website / Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera / Casa Milà

Casa Milà, more commonly known as La Pedrera, is one of the architectural marvels designed by Antoni Gaudi for Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon in 1906 as a family home in the boundary of Barcelona and the old town of Gràcia.

Roser Segimón and Pere Mila's Home, La Pedrera / Casa Mila, the stone quarry built by Antoni Gaudi

Did you know? Casa Mila is popularly known as “La Pedrera”, which literally means “stone quarry, because its exterior resembles an open quarry, reflecting the abstract stone structure of the building.

The curtain wall facade of La Pedrera / Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain

One of the most famous buildings in Catalan Modernisme period, Casa Milà was considered a breakthrough work of Gaudi and one of the most imaginative houses in the history of architecture.

Close-up of Ventilation tower at Casa Mila, Gaudi Building for Roser Segimón and Pere Milà

It was one of Antoni Gaudi’s last sites before dedicating himself completely to Sagrada Familia.

Sunset view at the Casa Mila on curved roof top terrace

Gaudi was intrigued by curves and refused to use straight lines, giving La Pedrera the curvature it possesses.

The combination of the two building apartments flowing around a mutual courtyard has now become one of the best Gaudi attractions in Barcelona.

Curved Courtyard at Antoni Gaudi's La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain
Looking up from the ground level at Casa Mila

The limestone façade is self-supporting and features a stunning wavy rooftop with an extravagant view of the entire city.

The rooftop terrace at Casa Mila hosts 28 dancing chimneys to tie the structure together into a precious masterpiece.

Curved roof-terrace at La Pedrera in Barcelona
Ventilation towers at Pere Milà's La Pedrera in Barcelona

La Pedrera is open for visiting with audio-guides to provide complete information of the work of art and its contribution to history, featuring authentic rooms with beautiful grand windows.

Chimneys and Ventilation tower at Casa Mila in sunset

‘Guadi’s space’ gives insight on the architect’s techniques and explanations behind his theories.

Wrought-iron grilles on Casa Mila facade

Check discounted skip-the-line tickets to Casa Mila on GetYourGuide / Viator

Website / Address: Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

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Park Güell

Treasured at northern Barcelona, Park Guell is the work of Antoni Gaudi and Spanish entrepreneur Eusebi Guell’s imagination.

It is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site and was commenced as a housing project for the elite in 1900.

Two casa del guardia at Park Guell in Barcelona

Perhaps the most popular Gaudi building commissioned by Eusebi Güell, Park Güell was built as a private estate for families, including both Gaudi and Güell.

Did you know? The name Park Güell came about because Güell, with urbanization in mind, wanted to recreate the British residential parks.

Park Guell sign on Porter's Lodge, one of Gaudi Attractions in Barcelona

After Güell died in 1918, Park Güell opened as a municipal park in 1926 after his heirs sold the park to City Council.

Fountain at entrance esplanade of Park Guell

The park combines symbolic design elements with natural elements such as hills and trees for the perfect blend of art and nature, creating a cherished recreational space for the masses.

Park Guell roofs with the traditional Catalan clay tiles

Not being a typical museum, Park Guell features aspects representing both designers Gaudi and Guell with walls, columns, shapes, colors and designs that flow away into an imaginative paradise.

Park Guell Entrance, Public Park on Carmen Hill, Barcelona, Spain

A monumental staircase with sculptures, towers, halls, slanting columns, mosaics and a thousand other colorful details and elements designed with great intricacy, make Park Guell one of the best Gaudi attractions in Barcelona.

Mosaic Serpent Head Fountain at Park Guell with pigeons

Check discounted skip-the-line tickets to Park Guell on GetYourGuide / Viator

Website / Address: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Palau Güell

Acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palau Guell is a medieval-styled palace designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi for the businessman Eusebi Guell.

Entrance door and painting at Palau Guell in Barcelona

This extravagant structure is one of Gaudi’s earlier works and first masterpieces, making it one of the best Gaudi attractions in Barcelona.

Ceiling of visitors’ room and ladies' powder room at Palau Guell in Barcelona

Before Güell moved his residence to Park Güell, he was living in Güell Palace as an extension of Güell’s family home.

The rear facade of Palau Güell with bay windows and folding shutters

The building, planned like a typical palace, embodies a great example of Art Nouveau with grand and luxurious fundamentals while still proving to be the brain-child of Gaudi’s unique imagination.

The Central Hall Ceiling at Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

The dark interiors with an old-world charm offer artistic flair blending with design elements such as stained-glass windows, wrought iron gates and grills, mezzanine floors and glass components.

The Central Hall Windows and Walls at Eusebi Güell's Palau Guell in Barcelona

Amidst colorful chimneys, extravagant staircases, luxurious windows, central halls and chapels, the authenticity of Guell’s life is captured perfectly.

The Central Hall walls and windows at Palau Guell in Barcelona

Attention to detail is not compromised even in the tiniest of spaces in the palace.

From as small as peepholes to as magnificent as dining halls, the entire palace is laden with striking precision to make it a Barcelona attraction not to be missed.

The Dining Room with original dining table at Palau Guell

There are also nature influences in the architecture with the 20 rooftop chimneys.

Palau Guell Chimneys and Spires on Rooftop
Ventilator chimneys at Palau Guell in Barcelona

Check discounted skip-the-line tickets to Palau Guell on GetYourGuide / Viator

Website / Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

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Casa Batlló

Located at the heart of Barcelona, Casa Batlló is home to Josep Batlló who hired Gaudi to renovate the building in 1904 after being originally constructed by one of Gaudi’s architecture professor, Emilio Sala Cortés, in 1877.

Front Facade of Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Casa Batllo is the perfect representation of the Batllo family with curvy oak-wood doors, stained windows, wavy ceiling and luxurious chandeliers.

Curved Ceilings at Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo

Referred by locals as ‘Casa Dels Ossos’ meaning house of bones, the structure has a skeletal feel with bone-like columns and a wave-like construction.

Chimney Stacks at Josep Batlló's Casa Battlo
Orbed Scepter on oak staircase at Casa Batllo in Barcelona

The flowing curves, abstract elements, attention to fine details and originality in each and every element of the building adds to the list of characteristics Gaudi’s architecture embodies.

Wooden dragon staircase at Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudi

Symbolisms of marine life were the biggest inspiration in this house, evoking nature elements to bring a perception of water all around.

Interior Windows of The Noble Floor at Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

The entire colorful facade gives a perception of water ripples with the wavy shape of the external walls, which is covered with mosaic from pieces of coloured glass pieces and ceramic discs.

Exterior Facade of Casa Batllo at night time
Chimney stacks on the roof of Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

Check discounted skip-the-line tickets to Casa Batllo on GetYourGuide / Viator

Website / Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

MAP: Best Gaudi Attractions in Barcelona

Here’s a map of all best Gaudi buildings in Barcelona covered in this travel guide.

Hope this travel guide gave you an idea on the best Gaudi attractions, which are among the best things to do in Barcelona. Which one was your favourite?

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