​​​​​​​​A cultural route is probably one of the best ways to get to know the most interesting corners of Barcelona. And what better cultural route than one that takes you to see the buildings of the most famous Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. Now Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation takes you to the center of Barcelona with its comfortable and fast trains so you can enjoy this beautiful city. Here you can see our proposals to discover some works of Gaudí off the beaten path.

Finca Güell: the beginning of the cultural route of Gaudí

Dragon designed by Gaudí and made of iron on the gates of the Güell residence.

We begin the cultural route of Gaudí in Barcelona with the Finca Güell. The reason for this is that the iron dragon guarding the Finca Güell gate is the first commission that Gaudí received from Eusebi Güell back in 1887. This first commission was the beginning of a fruitful patronage relationship between Gaudí and Güell, which we can see in the numerous buildings and places that carry this name, such as the famous Güell park, the Güell pavilions, the Güell wineries or the Chapel of the Güell Colony. The Finca Güell can be visited during the weekends, although the dragon is visible from the street at any time. 

The Royal Palace of Pedralbes

This palace ha​s a medieval origin, but was renovated by the Güell family and became a building worthy of housing the residence of the Spanish Crown in the early twentieth century. The Royal Palace of Pedralbes is surrounded by huge and impressive gardens that can be visited by tourists. And it is in these gardens that we find one of the first commissions of Gaudí, and the next stop in our Gaudí cultural route, the Hercules fountain. It is a composition in which you can see the bust of Hercules, the shield of Catalonia and a wrought iron dragon that spits the fountain water. 

Vicens House

Detail of the Vicens House façade

The Vicens House is another very unknown and underrated building designed by Gaudí. This building was one of the first commissions of the young Gaudí, in 1883, and it was to be the summer residence of the businessman Manel Vicens. At first sight this building does not have the curved lines that we associate with Gaudí, but it does present all the subtle features of this architect's style. You can see Gaudí in mosaics, oriental influence, iron filigrees, and inspiration from flowers and nature. It is also said that in the garden of the Vicens House Gaudí was able to build a fountain in ​which the water sprung in such a way that you could always see the rainbow. 


Bellesguard Tower. This building is one of the hidden treasures of Gaudí, since until recently it was not open to visitors. But now tourists can enjoy the Gaudian architecture, with its colorful windows, ceramic mosaic benches or brick borders. The Bellesguard Tower is often called "the modernist castle" because it was actually built on top of the foundations of a medieval castle. Gaudí was heavily inspired by the straight lines and the imposing forms of the castles while designing this tower. 

Port​al Miralles​

One of the two Miralles

The Portal Miralles is all that remains of the disappeared Finca Miralles. This is the door that Gaudí designed for Hermenegild Miralles in 1901 to give access to his estate. It is worth visiting this sample of the legacy of Antoni Gaudí in this cultural route off the beaten track. In the quiet Paseo de Manuel Girona there are not as many tourists as in front of the Sagrada Familia, so you can enjoy the Gaudian forms and style in all its splendor and without stress. Here you can also see a statue of Antoni Gaudí by the sculptor Joaquim Camps. 

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  • Jeanette Huettner 19/09/2021 16:33:31
    Planning a trip to Barcelona and train to Paris. Would like information on train from Barcelona to Paris.
  • Renfe-SNCF en Coopération 20/09/2021 09:49:22
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  • The Jetset Boyz 09/10/2021 06:31:42
    We've visited Antoni Gaudi’s fabulous La Sagrada Familia three times over the years and and each time we've been in total awe! The detail in this cathedral is mind blowing... from a distance, it looks very Gothic in nature but then you get closer and every single element leaves your jaw hanging. From the lighting, the tree-like columns, the sculpture... It's safe to say we have witnessed a work of art in the making! They're aiming to finish construction by June 2026 - this will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Ironically, the most visited building in Barcelona had been building without a legal permit from the municipality. Only recently permission has been given to Sagrada Família, in April 2019, after 134 years of construction working.

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