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Casa Batlló – Gaudí’s Works Tour

Casa Batlló is considered one of the most representative works of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, the famous Catalan architect.

It stands at number 43 of “Paseo de Gracia” and was built as an order carried out by Josep Batlló in 1904. Batlló wanted to remodel a building to make it his new home.

However, Gaudí’s idea was much more ambitious: he was able to convince Batlló to keep the original structure (built in 1875), and only remodel the facade and the interiors. This is because the building was the work of Emili Sala i Cortés, who had been Gaudí’s teacher when he studied at the “Superior Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona”.

A bit of history about Casa Batlló

As we have already commented, the building was built by Sala in 1875. At that time, the architect had already built several buildings in Barcelona, such as the Casa Elizalde, the Duques de Bergara Hotel, the Pantheon of the Fargas Family, among others.

Batlló bought the building In 1903, Batlló had gained a considerable fortune thanks to the textile business, and bought the building for 510,000 pesetas.

His idea was to tearthe building down and build a new one, but at Gaudí’s insistence, he finally agreed to have reformed. The main floor would be used for Batlló  with his wife and 5 children. The remaining floors would be be rented. However, as their children got married they occupied the different floors.

When Gaudí received the order from Batlló, he was already a renowned architect; he was working on several projects at the same time, such as in the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia or on the restoration of the Cathedral of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca.

With a few simple plans and drawings Gaudí realised that  it would be difficult  to carry out a project of such magnitude. To help, he would start using gypsum mock-ups adapting them to the desired shape. This way of working, although it will facilitate its conception of what the project was going to be like, it would complicate administrative procedures. Due to this and as a curiosity, the work license was not granted until 1912;, 6 years after the reform was over.

Casa Batlló Divisions

Casa Batlló is divided into three parts. However, all of them are so well integrated that it is very difficult to know when one begins and ends.

Upper part

Experts say that the upper part looks like the back of a dragon. The reason for this is the use of ceramic pieces in the shape of scales, in addition to the great variety of colors that were used. In addition, the tower is a needle, which is associated with the spear of St. George ending in the dragon.

Central part

The central part is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. On it we find a succession of fragments of crystals and ceramics. This part was designed by Gaudí in collaboration with Josep María Jujol. In addition, to complement such beauty, on the facade we can find balconies and railings of cast iron and marble.

Lower part

Finally, the lower part (the main floor), is formed by a large gallery with 5 windows. The entire structure is supported through 8 columns.

As a curiosity, this structure reminds us of an open mouth, which initially caused this house to be known as the “House of the Yawns”.

Your visit to Casa Batlló

If you still do not know Barcelona, Casa Batlló is one of those essential places that you absolutely have to visit. Each corner is a work of art, transporting our senses to a magical world.

In the visit we will be able to see the Noble Floor (the floor in which the members of the Batlló family lived), the Roof, the Chimneys (with the representation of Sant Jordi defeating the dragon), the Attic (where the laundry rooms are which were the storage rooms originally), and the Garden of Lights (the neighbor’s staircase).

Casa Batlló is open every day of the year (365 days), from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The duration of the visit is approximately one hour.

The price for adults is € 24.50, for children between 7-18 years it is € 21.50 and for children under 7 years it is free. There are also special prices for residents, students (with a student card) and for seniors.

Gaudí Segway Tour

Discover the wonders of our greatest Catalan architect, through our Gaudí Segway Tour.

On our Segways, you will get to know in an easy, comfortable and fun way, some of the creations of the greatest representative of Modernism in Europe, such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and how Gaudi dedicated his whole life to modernist architecture in Barcelona.

As good hosts, we will guide you through Barcelona touring his works, and we will show you how Gaudí revolutionized public opinion with his architecture.

With this Tour to Catalan Modernism you will know the true essence of Antoni Gaudí and Barcelona!

Discover our Gaudí’s Works Segway Tour
Schedules: 10:00-12:30-14:30-17:00

Price: € 59
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Entrance fees to the monuments are not included.
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TripAdvisor Reviews

  • 5 star ratingGreat fun Me and my wife did a 3 hour tour and it was fantastic. The staff was super friendly. Absolutely the best way to see the city Our guid pri was very friendly and knowledgeable about the city's history. Great fun Recommended 🙂

    Alon S Avatar Alon S
    12/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingGiovanni Is Awesome What an amazing tour. Giovanni provided an entertaining and educational tour of the many accomplishments of Antoni Gaudí an amazing architect who has designed and built some incredible pieces of art you can live in. Thats all I can say for 2.5 hours he took us on a wonderful amazing Segway tour through out an beautiful city. Thanks and tips can not express the gratitude we feel after this day.... » Read More

    Michael S Avatar Michael S
    10/05/2018
  • 5 star ratingPremière expérience en segway : AU TOP !

    Si vous n'avez jamais fait de segway, pas de panique !

    C'est vraiment très intuitif et assez simple d'utilisation.

    La sympathie de notre guide Julio était un gros plus pour cette visite de 2h

    A faire !

    axelhsp Avatar axelhsp
    27/09/2017
  • 5 star ratingDid the Segway Tour with Katrine for 1.5 hrs , was amazing and using this thing is just awesome and soooo much fun , really great experience to see parts of Barcelona that way , next time the longer tour for sure

    dacronbasha Avatar dacronbasha
    13/02/2018
  • 5 star ratingIf you’re looking for a good place to go on a segway tour in Barcelona, this is most definitely the place to be. Freddy and his team will provide you a relaxed atmosphere were you get the attention and service you want.

    kspskolt Avatar kspskolt
    22/01/2018
  • 5 star ratingThanks to karine this trip was an amazing experience. The tour was longer than expected and with numerous stops to explain what we were seeing.

    No B Avatar No B
    25/01/2018
  • 5 star rating2h de visite de Barcelone Super expérience grâce à Karine, notre guide. Par chance, ce fut une visite "privatisée" car nous étions seuls pour ce tour ! Je conseille de réserver pour 10h (2h). Après un rapide training, le segway est facile à prendre en main. Parcours bien pensé. Beaucoup d'informations et anecdotes intéressantes sur Barcelone. Longer la plage est très sympa ! En prime, une surprise pour l'anniv de mon homme. Merci encore Karine... » Read More

    ingridetgwen Avatar ingridetgwen
    19/03/2018
  • 5 star ratingIncroyable et magnifique expérience!!!! Quelle magnifique cadeau pour mes 30 ans qu'une balade en Segway dans Barcelone!!!!

    Encore 1000 mercis à Karine, souriante et pétillante, qui nous a fait découvrir une belle ville et qui aime nous faire partager ses connaissances!

    Je recommande fortement et encore merci pour l'accueil de toute l'équipe.

    chojnackisophie Avatar chojnackisophie
    26/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingIt was great experience. Excellent day. Guide was so helpful. Definitely recommend this place. We will return next time we are in Barcelona.

    irena b Avatar irena b
    13/03/2018
  • 5 star ratingEspectacular Muy buen tour, hice el de Gaudi con Karine de guia

    Realmente vale la pena, si pueden no dejen de hacerlo.

    Es la forma mas rapida de recorrer las calles de Barcelona.

    Lo volveria a hacer y lo recomiendo.

    pabloushuaia Avatar pabloushuaia
    07/05/2018