Antoni Gaudí, the son of a coppersmith, was born in Reus in 1852. He studied Architecture in Barcelona, the city that has the biggest number of his works. Over the course of his career, Gaudí developed a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style which established him on the innovative leader of the Catalan Art Nouveau movement, known as “Modernisme”. Although considered a Modernist architect, Gaudí is a style on his own. He died in Barcelona in 1926.
In this itinerary we can start visiting the Casa Milà, also known as “La Pedrera” (Stone Quarry House) , a magnificent block of apartments built by Gaudí between 1906 and 1910. In this house there are open to the public one of the apartments, the roof terrace and the so called “Gaudí's space” with an interesting exhibition of models and drawings of this unique architects’ buildings.
Afterwards we can continue in the Parc Güell, a dream come true of an entrepreneurial businessman, Eusebi Güell, and of a revolutionary architect who, based on the English model of city-gardens proposed the transformation of a large estate in the north of Barcelona into a residential area. Due to its unsuccessful results only part of the project was built, the part that we can visit. With the years it was turned into a public park. Beautiful paths integrated in the landscape, an outstanding long bench covered with the famous mosaic technique used by Gaudí, the “trencadís” (broken tiles), staircases, fences… a magic place.
And last by not less, we can visit the most famous work of Gaudí, the Sagrada Família Church, the building to which he dedicated 43 years of his life, summary of all his knowledge. It was started in 1882, and has been under construction since then following the project planned by the master. We will have the chance to see the interior works and the part of the Church already finished.
*Parc Güell , the Pedrera – Casa Milà House and the Sagrada Familia Basilica have entrance costs
*Also possible to visit Casa Batlló instead of Casa Milà *We can change the Casa Mila interior visit for a nice walk on Passeig de Gràcia street with an overview of buildings from other architects who worked and the same period as Gaudí, with their own personal style.
* In this tour I recommend a chauffeured car or taxis to go from one monument to the other