SPAIN / CATALONIA
A walk to Gaudi’s secret treasures: hidden Gaudi tour
Barcelona is the only city in the world where you can visit 9 UNESCO Heritage sites, among them Gaudi’s buildings stand out.
The famous architect contributed in an exceptional and creative way to the development of architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries becoming the main and most outstanding Modernista architect in Spain.
He shaped the city of Barcelona with amazing housing blocks, religious buildings and gardens where he showed all his creativity and innovative vision. He made up a unique, personal and unprecedented architectural language.
His name is attached to Barcelona and the cultural splendour of Catalonia like no other architect in the world. Both have become inseparable and the zenith of this relationship will be the conclusion of the Sagrada Familia in 2026, his incomplete lifetime obsession.
However, we want you to approach to the less known works of the genius in which his main works are cemented.
WE WILL FIRST INVITE YOU TO VISIT CASA VICENS IN GRACIA NEIGHBORHOOD
Gracia is far enough to stay away from the touristic hustle and bustle and near enough to be part of the Barcelona’s exciting city centre. In the last years has become the cool part of Barcelona an many young people live and work in the colourful houses of the area.
You will pass by many quaint squares where kids play after school and small taverns where locals enjoy a “menu del día” lunch.
Casa Vicens was Gaudi’s first important project. He conceived this family home as a whole, where building and decoration are integrated in such a way that one cannot be understood without the other.
The colourful façade blends stone, green and white tiles and intricated iron grilles and banisters. It is a breath of fresh air in a block full of sober houses.
You will find many elements that are seen in his later works, the perfect starting point of this hidden Gaudi tour.
COLONIA GÜELL WAS CONCEIVED BY GAUDI’S MAIN PATRON EUSEBI GUËLL
Only 30 min away you will find yourself in the Colonia Güell a vestige of the industrial and modernist era. The Colonia is an important piece of historic and artistic heritage where the 19th century atmosphere is alive between its streets and buildings.
The wealthy Güell family made their fortune in Cuba when the island was still a Spanish colony. Ever since, their name has been part of the high society in Catalonia shaping the culture and industry of Barcelona.
Eusebi Güell became Gaudi’s main patron and he commissioned him some of his most important works like the park named after him.
At the dawn of the 20th century the industrial colonies where conceived to gain industrial productivity by lodging the workers near the factories and providing basic infrastructures (a school, a church…) for the daily life.
Many of them turned into urban centres with their own socioeconomic organization, somehow controlled by the company.
While in Europe many of these colonies still remain, they are normally functional and dull assemblies of concrete buildings. In hands of a genius like Gaudi the Colonia Güell granted its place in the history of the industrial revolution.
The most unique building in the Colonia is without any doubt the Crypt. In this project Gaudi had complete freedom so he brought together for the first time all of his architectural innovations.
Profoundly Catholic, for him it was an attempt to create a “monumental model of the Sagrada Familia”. Even if it also remained unfinished it is a great catalogue of Gaudi’s innovations in the use of leaning pillars and catenary arches.
Its visit in this hidden Gaudi tour will help you understand his further works.
Before you call it a day, we would suggest some interesting activities for the evening. As this will be a Gaudi themed journey, we suggest ending your evening in the rooftop of one of his most emblematic buildings: Mila House.
Every night it takes place a light and music show under the solemn sight of the helmet shaped chimneys. A perfect way to end your hidden Gaudi tour!
However, Barcelona has an exciting vibe when the sun goes down, we will show you how locals enjoy the evenings!