Attractions

Top Choice Church in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

La Sagrada Família

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction.…
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 Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

La Pedrera

This madcap Gaudí masterpiece was 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 Pedrera (the Quarry) becaus…
Gallery in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is both a pioneering Modernista building (completed in 1885) and the major collection of leading 20th-century Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. Tàpies died in February 2012, aged 88; known for…
Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa Amatller

One of Puig i Cadafalch’s most striking flights 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, k…
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, renamed the 'Recinte Modernista' in 2014. It was long considered one of the city’s most…
Museum in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Museu Egipci

Hotel magnate Jordi Clos has spent much of his life collecting ancient Egyptian artefacts, brought together in this private museum. It’s divided into different thematic areas (the pharaoh, religion, funerary practic…
Gallery in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Sala Fundación MAPFRE

Formerly the Fundación Francisco Godia, this stunning, carefully restored Modernista residence was taken over in late 2015 by the charitable cultural arm of Spanish insurance giants MAPFRE as a space for art and pho…
Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa de les Punxes

Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Terrades, completed in 1905, is better known as the Casa de les Punxes (House of Spikes) because of its pointed turrets. Resembling a medieval castle, the former apartment block is the only f…
Palace in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Palau Macaya

Palau Macaya is one of Barcelona's great Catalan Modernisme gems, but one of its least well known. It was designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who also designed Casa Amatller and Casa de les Punxes. The fac…