10 must-see works by Gaudí in Barcelona

Gaudi, Porte Miralles, Barcelone

Antoni Gaudi’s works in Barcelona are not limited to the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. Focus on 10 works by the Catalan architect to see in Barcelona.

We’re all familiar with the famous works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, with the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell to name but a few of Barcelona’s most visited monuments. But what about his other creations? We’ve unearthed 10 of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona that are well worth a visit. From his earliest creations reflecting his early architectural style to his most popular works.

1. Casa Vicens

Gaudi, Casa Vicens, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Aidan McMichael

Gaudi’s first major work of architecture, Casa Vicens was built between 1883 and 1888 for a wealthy family owning a ceramics factory. Its distinctive decoration and facades feature both Oriental and Baroque influences. It has only been possible to visit Casa Vicens since the end of 2017.

2. Casa Mila or Pedrerà

Gaudi, Casa Mila, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar

Casa Mila, also known as Casa Pedrerà, is Gaudi’s most famous house. From the building’s terrace, you can enjoy lovely views of Barcelona and the famous Sagrada Familia.

3. Parc Güell

Gaudi, Parc Guell, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Michela Simoncini

A Unesco World Heritage site, Parc Güell was originally a garden-city project that was to include a chapel and 60 houses, but failed to come to fruition due to soaring construction costs in the early 20th century. Today, this park is the city’s most visited, with its famous undulating benches of ceramic trencadis. Also on the site is the Gaudi house-museum, where the architect lived for 20 years.

4. Casa Batllò

Gaudi Casa Batllo, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Hakan Sert

Considered one of the architect’s most original works, Casa Batlló is the result of the restoration of an old building dating back to 1877. The decoration and marine style of both the exterior and interior of the building, and its façade of stone, wrought iron, glass trencadis and ceramics, make this house unique.

5. Palau Güell

Gaudi Palau Guell, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Takahiro Hayashi

The main residence of the Güell family, this palace has a much darker façade than Gaudi’s other projects, and represents the beginnings of the architect’s distinctive style. The interior features a splendid cupola, woodwork, wrought-iron work and a play of columns. The terrace features colorful fireplaces.

6. Casa Calvet

Gaudi, Casa Calvet, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Cary Bass-Deschenes

Built for a textile merchant, this is one of Gaudi’s most conventional works, although it does feature some of the architect’s typical decorative elements. Today, Casa Calvet houses a restaurant bearing the same name.

7. Miralles door

Gaudi, Porte Miralles, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Marcos Cruz

The Miralles Gate in the Sarrià district was built in 1901 as a gateway to Finca Miralles, a property that has now disappeared. The gate itself has been preserved in its entirety, and although it’s one of Gaudi’s lesser-known works, it’s still well worth a visit, with its zigzagging, undulating forms.

8. Colonia Güell church and crypt

Gaudi, Eglise et crypte de la Colonia Guell

Photo credit: Flickr – Julien

This site, built in 1914, is located 12 kilometers from Barcelona. The interior of the crypt is made up of 5 aisles and columns with different shapes, which are also found on the exterior. It is said that the church on this site was the architect’s training ground for the Sagrada Familia.

9. Sagrada Familia basilica

Gaudi, Sagrada Familia, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Sabin Iacob

La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s greatest work, to which he devoted the rest of his life. Although construction is still underway, with completion scheduled for 2022, the church’s architecture makes it one of the most beautiful in the world. The towers offer a beautiful panoramic view of Barcelona, and inside you’ll find a museum on the history of the building, as well as the crypt where Gaudi’s tomb is located.

10. La Casa Bellesguard

Gaudi, Casa Bellesguard, Barcelone

Photo credit: Flickr – Víctor Gómez

Casa Bellesguard, also known as Casa Figueras or Torre Bellesguard, is a little-known building designed by Gaudi between 1900 and 1909. More inspired by the Catalan Gothic style, although with the colorful touches typical of Gaudi, it stands at the foot of Collserola hill.