Whether you are passionate about architecture or not, I recommend that you visit Casa Batllo if you’re going to Barcelona. This impressive building designed by architect Antonio Gaudi is simply magnificent, inside and out. Its architecture and decoration will transport you to a dreamlike world, populated by legendary creatures. Here is my guide to visit casa Batlló and not miss anything of this emblematic building of Barcelona.
History of Casa Batllo
Working in the textile industry, Josep Batlló i Casanovas bought in 1900 the building located at 43 Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. The street was then mainly lined with houses and mansions. He turned to Antonio Gaudí to do the work. The architect completely redesigned the distribution of rooms and created a new facade for the building.
In the same years, many architects worked in this area, trying to make their architectural creation stand out. This earned the district the name “Illa de la Discòrdia”, due to its concentration of modernist buildings, all built in very different styles. Among the remarkable houses that you can admire right next to Casa Batllo are:
- Casa Amatller created by Josep Puig i Cadafalch for chocolate maker Antoni Amatller. It is directly next to Casa Batllo.
- Casa Lleó Morera created by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This Art Nouveau building is located at 35 Passeig de Gràcia
- Casa Mulleras, a neoclassical building by architect Enric Sagnier.
- Casa Josefina Bonet which was built in 1915 by Marcel-li Coquillat, at the crossroads between modernist and noucentist architecture.
Casa Batllo was sold by the Batlló family in the 1950s. It is now owned by the Bernat family who have carried out its restoration and opened it to visits in 1995. In addition to the classic visits, theatrical and cultural events are regularly held at Casa Batlló. The building was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2005.
Visit Casa Batllo
The tour begins upon arrival in front of the particularly impressive facade. Inspired by the sea, it is marked by wavy lines that contrast with the neighboring buildings.
The use of ceramics allowed Gaudi to create plays of light and color. This reminded many of Claude Monet’s Les Nymphéas thanks to the reflections which evoke the surface of a lake reflecting natural light.
Another theory about the building claims that it symbolizes the dragon struck down by Saint George. Indeed, the magnificent roof reproduces the scales of a fantastic animal and the turret symbolizes the lance of Saint George. The bone-shaped balconies could also represent the skulls of victims of the creature. Whatever symbolism you see there, you will never get tired of looking at this facade which is full of details highlighted by the Trencadis, the mosaic used by Gaudi.
Inside, you’ll find the same wavy lines as outside. You will go upstairs to discover the woodwork, stained glass windows and an impressive wavy roof, all inspired by nature but also by the aquatic universe. The upper floor offers a very beautiful view of Passeig de Gracia.
Then, you’ll arrive in the patio where you’ll discover a blue ceramic decor and a magnificent vintage wooden elevator installed by Gaudí. He designed the windows to be smaller on the upper floors than those on the lower levels, to guarantee a uniform level of light throughout the house.
The rear terrace is also worth a visit. It is covered with mosaic and surrounded by an undulating wall. The ceramic and wrought iron planters are also very impressive. From there, you can admire the back facade of the house.
The visit continues in the attic, which stands out for its 60 white arches. You’ll then arrive on the roof terrace where you will discover a forest of chimneys grouped by 4 and covered with glass and mosaic. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a great view of Passeig de Gracia.
Buy your tickets for Casa Batlló
Don’t hesitate to buy a Casa Batlló online ticket so you don’t have to wait for too long to enter:
Here are the prices for a classic visit to Casa Batllo:
- Adult: 25 €
- Juniors 7 to 18 years old: 22 €
- Children under 7: free
- Seniors (over 65): € 22
Casa Batlló is open every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can enter it until 8 p.m. since the visit lasts about 1 h.
How to get to Casa Batlló?
By metro, you can access Casa Batllo by lines 2, 3 and 4, leaving at the Passeig de Gràcia stop. You can also get there by bus via lines 7, 22 and 24, H10 and V15.