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Top Choice Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

La Pedrera

This undulating beast is another madcap Gaudí masterpiece, built in 1905–10 as a combined apartment and office block. Formally called Casa Milà, after the businessman who commissioned it, it is better known as La Pe…
Top Choice Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa Batlló

One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinatory best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies,…
Top Choice Architecture in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

This concert hall is a high point of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture, a symphony in tile, brick, sculpted stone and stained glass. Built by Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeo Català musical …
Top Choice Notable Building in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The aesthetically stunning City of Arts & Sciences occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s mostly the work of world-famous, locally born architect Santiago Calatrava. He's a con…
Top Choice Architecture in Comillas

Capricho de Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí left few reminders of his genius beyond Catalonia, but, of those that he did, the 1885 Gaudí Caprice is easily the most flamboyant. This brick building, one of Gaudí’s earliest works and originally a su…
Top Choice Notable Building in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife

This magnificent, soaring white wave of an auditorium was designed by the internationally renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and possesses a Sydney Opera House presence, as well as superb acoustics. Guide…
Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa Amatller

One of Puig i Cadafalch’s most striking bits of Modernista fantasy, Casa Amatller combines Gothic window frames with a stepped gable borrowed from Dutch urban architecture. But the busts and reliefs of dragons, knig…
Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Domènech i Montaner outdid himself as architect and philanthropist with the Modernista Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, redubbed in 2014 the 'Recinte Modernista'. It was long considered one of the city’s mos…
Architecture in La Ribera

Castell dels Tres Dragons

The Passeig de Picasso side of Parc de la Ciutadella is lined by several buildings constructed for, or just before, the Universal Exhibition of 1888. The medieval-looking caprice at the top end is the most engaging.…
Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Palau del Baró Quadras

Puig i Cadafalch designed Palau del Baró Quadras (built 1902–06) in an exuberant Gothic-inspired style. The main facade is its most intriguing, with a soaring, glassed-in gallery. Take a closer look at the gargoyles…