Barcelona, the Marvellous Modernism Route


Barcelona, the Marvellous Modernism Route

Barcelona is a wonderful destination to enjoy great food (starting from tapas), have fun and experience amazing nightlife. However, it is also a ‘mecca’ for art lovers and if you happen to be wild about architecture, Barcelona is definitely the place.


The Art Nouveau heritage (known in Spain as Modernisme) is one of the most interesting peculiarities of  the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

There’s more than Gaudì to the wonderful Catalan Modernism

Antoni Gaudìs Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlò and Parc Güell are the most famous architectural works of Catalan Modernism. But there’s more than Gaudì’s stunning architectural wonders along the Ruta del Modernisme (the Modernism Route).


Along the walk, you will discover the impressive buildings, palaces and residential houses of Gaudì, Doménech i MontanerPuig i Cadafalch, admire the colors and the curvy decorations and feel amazed by the stunning interiors.


Strolling on La Rambla, you’ll encounter lovely Art Nouveau hotels, theatres, shops and cafés: Cafè de l’Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, El Mercat de la Boquerìa and many others.

Lots of the best Modernism architectural marvels can be seen along the Passeig de Gràcia and the adjacent streets: Gaudi’s colourful Casa Batllò and the Casa Milà, known as La Pedrera, the awesome Palau del Baró de Quadres and Casa Amatllèr by the architect  Josep Puig i Cadafalch, not to speak about number of ‘minor’ palaces of great beauty.


The Modernism Route is so  rich that you are likely having to do some ‘cherry picking’.

Besides the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell a wonderful little jewel that should not be missed is the Palau de la Mùsica Catalàna. Book a visit, or even better go to some concert in this amazing architectural work. You’ll feel bewildered!




More reading: 5 Must-Do in Barcelona

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  • Devour Barcelona Food Tours
    Posted at 12:14h, 22 August Reply

    These are such gorgeous pictures Simon! I personally adore Casa Amatllèr, can’t stop staring at it each time we pass by!

  • miruna
    Posted at 21:18h, 28 November Reply

    I perfectly agree, Barcelona is my favorite city, it has it all and it is unique. You won’t believe that until you’ll see it.
    I wish you all to have great travels!

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 02:07h, 18 September Reply

    I am not a huge art fan but Gaudi is amazing to see all over Barcelona!

  • Catalunya Experience
    Posted at 09:39h, 07 September Reply

    Lovely posts! If you love Barcelona + Catalunya come and share your experiences.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 20:45h, 07 September Reply

      I definitely LOVE Barcelona! Such a vibrant city! 🙂

  • Monica
    Posted at 13:03h, 02 September Reply

    I’ve been dying to make it out to Barcelona for sooo long. These pictures are driving me insane! I want to go so bad!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:30h, 04 September Reply

      You would fall in love with Barcelona, Monica. So much to do and see…

  • Lori
    Posted at 10:39h, 28 August Reply

    A friend of mine recently come back from a vacation in Spain and yes, among the first things she told me was how impressive this town looks. She of course showed me many pictures and told me stories on Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell (I even received from her a post card from there!) 🙂

    Lovely post and very good synthesis on the topic – congrats!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:34h, 04 September Reply

      Hi Lori, thank you for your lovely comment. Barcelona is such a rich place and there’s so much to write and tell…

  • Mark
    Posted at 15:13h, 21 August Reply

    you have some great photographs
    I wonder if it is a friendly place to travel to?

  • Melvin
    Posted at 10:55h, 18 August Reply

    I really have to get to Barcelona!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 13:23h, 20 August Reply

      Oh yes, you have Melvin! Barcelona is such a wonderful city and I’m sure you’d fall in love with it!

  • Juno
    Posted at 11:06h, 17 August Reply

    haha Love it!! Love the umbrellas and fans!! 😀 Whan an idea!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 09:08h, 18 August Reply

      It’s nice, isn’t it? And I know how much you like umbrellas… 🙂

  • Dina
    Posted at 18:57h, 16 August Reply

    Love Barcelona and Gaudi’s works. I agree there are much more than just Gaudi’s work, but gaudi’s are sooo unique, so different with anything that I’ve seen before. Totally captivating!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:06h, 17 August Reply

      I totally agree, Dina. Gaudì’s architectural works are unique and inspiring. And usually on the bucket list of Barcelona visitors. I just wished to highlight a few less known although awesome architectural works.

  • Gray
    Posted at 18:04h, 16 August Reply

    Barcelona is very high up on my travel list. Thanks for the ideas!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:07h, 17 August Reply

      oh, Gray, you’ll love Barcelona! It’s such a lively city…

  • Sonya
    Posted at 00:44h, 15 August Reply

    Love this post! Barcelona is a wildly interesting city with captivating architecture. Thanks for your constant inspiration! 🙂

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:12h, 17 August Reply

      You’re too good, Sonya! 🙂
      Indeed Barcelona is one of the loveliest European cities. I’ve been there several times and still feel the same pleasure.

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