sights / Architecture

Bellesguard information

Barcelona , Spain
Carrer de Bellesguard 16
+34 93 250 40 93
Getting there
Train: FGC Avinguda Tibidabo
More information
admission €9
Opening hours
10am-3pm Tue-Sun
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This Gaudí masterpiece was recently rescued from obscurity, and opened to the public in 2013. Built between 1900 and 1909, this private residence (still owned by the original Guilera family) has a castle-like appearance with crenellated walls of stone and brick, narrow stained-glass windows, elaborate ironwork and a soaring turret mounted by a Gaudían cross. It's a fascinating work, which combines both Gothic and Modernista elements.

Guided tours in English (€16 per person) happen on weekends at 11am. At other times, you can visit the interior of the building and the grounds with an audioguide that gives historical background. The downside: it's a long walk to a train station, though many buses pass near (including bus 22 and bus 58 from Plaça de Catalunya). Be sure to call before making the trek out – Bellesguard sometimes closes for private events.