Rational urban planning and architectural extravagance


After the demolition of the medieval city walls in the middle of the 19th century, the Eixample master plan, designed by engineer and visionary Ildefons Cerdà and conceived as an extension of the existing city, laid the foundations for Barcelona to become a modern metropolis. The Passeig de Gràcia constituted the central axis of the new city that evolved into the most important residential area for the rising upper bourgeoisie towards the turn of the century. Bourgeois patronage and striving for self-expression enabled a generation of extraordinary architects - with Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the lead - to let their imagination run free, allowing Modernism, the Catalan Art Nouveau movement, to flourish in Barcelona.



Passatge Permanyer | Inner block private passage. Jeroni Granell i Barrera. 1864

Jardins de la Torre de les Aigues | Inner block courtyard. 1987 | Historic water tower. Josep Oriol Mestres. 1870

Mercat de la Concepció | Market hall. Antoni Rovira i Trias. 1888 | Albert de Pineda i Álvarez. 1998

Basílica de la Puríssima Concepció | Church, cloister and belfry. Josep Boixareu. 1869-79

Casa Terrades - "Casa de les Punxes" | Residential building. Josep Puig i Cadafalch. 1905

Palau del Baró de Cuadras | Residential building. Josep Puig i Cadafalch. 1906

Casa Milà - "La Pedrera" | Residential building. Antoni Gaudí. 1910

Mansana de la Discòrdia | Group of residential buildings. Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí. 1898-1906


Inside visit only when booked as half-day tour:

Casa Batlló | Residential building. Antoni Gaudí. 1906



Duration: Half-day Tour 3.5 - 4.0 hours | Mini Tour 2.0 - 2.5 hours

Meeting point: Passatge Permanyer

Transport: By foot

Services: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations

Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Dutch

Group size: Max 25 participants