For me, Barcelona evoked thoughts of balmy weather, a beautiful beach and lovely old Gothic buildings. Before our trip to Barcelona, I delved into a few guidebooks and was introduced to the architect Antoni Gaudi. Our visit to Barcelona was an extended one. We were going to be there for three weeks which gave us many opportunities to take our time and explore sites at our leisure. Two Gaudi designed homes in the Eixample district are Casa Batlio and La Pedrera. Casa Batlio was a single family dwelling. La Pedrera was built for a single family with plans for them to live on the lower levels and rent out the upper apartments. Gaudi designed to let light flow through his buildings with a central core open from the ground to the roof. Rooms were designed around this core to take advantage of the light. Gaudi sometimes designed furniture for his houses. And he believed that everything should be beautiful as well as functional. The rooftops of his buildings showcase this idea. Furnaces and chimneys are covered with colored tiles and pieces of bottles. There are archways that showcase important views. Both Casa Batlio and La Pedrera have timed entry tickets. Be sure to buy yours ahead of time to ensure you are not disappointed when you arrive.
Culture and experiences
Great self guided tour with audio guides in many languages