We started with a walking tour of Gaudi’s most famous works and our tour guide asked us: Genius or Madman? (Warning, you may want to make a cup of tea and get a biscuit, this is quite a photo heavy post, sorry!)
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. His architecture reflected his passions of architecture, nature and religion. (Wikipedia)
He created/modified some of the most amazing buildings, using nature as a basis for everything he designed. The Sagrada Familia was his masterpiece, and is still not finished nearly 100 years after his death, even though he spent the last 12 years of his life exclusively working on it.
Casa Batlló (1904–1906): My only regret of the holiday – running out of time to see the internal rooms of this house.
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (1906–1910):
Gaudi’s one and only public commission: two lamp posts in the Plaça Reial
La Sagrada Família: we took 5 hours to wander around. It’s really funny, we meant to spend a couple of hours max (including the tower tour) but it just sucked us in. Hint: book your entry tickets online in advance – the entry queues are phenomenal otherwise, and book your tower tour when enter the site.
The Passion Facade:
The Nativity Facade
Up the on the bridge between the Nativity Facade towers:
Park Güell: (great views over Barcelona, and fantastic to take a picnic to)
Sorry that was so Photo heavy – the buildings were just out of this world. I think he was both a genius and a madman – you have to be both to be great I think.
We also took a walking tour whilst there with Running Bean Tours, who show you around the city (but don’t include internal tours) who work on a no fee basis – you tip the guide how much you think they earned. They have a Gaudi tour, and an Old Town tour. It was great.