11 Aug 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 Gaudì‘s 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 Montaner, Puig 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!
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