Casa Battló at Passeig de Gracia No. 43 by many is considered the most beautiful building that Antoni Gaudi has designed in Barcelona. It was originally built in 1877 but it only received its contemporary Modernista style in 1906.
Gaudi has been inspired by marine life for this building. The different tones remind of a colourful coral reef in a tropical ocean.
By day the ceramic tiles on Casa Battló’s facade glimmer in colours from golden orange to turquoise. At night the interior illumination gives it more a touch of pink. Great photos can be taken both at day and night, giving quite a distant impression of this magnificient piece of architecture.
The audio-guided tour of Casa Battló will lead you through the Battló’s family’s residence on the first floors to the loft and the roof terrace. It takes about an hour and the roof terrace in the end is an ecellent spot to take a rest after the impressions of the tour.
Many people combine a visit to Casa Battló with Casa Mila, which is just a five-minute-walk away.
Together with Casa Lleo-Morera and Casa Amatller Casa Batlló forms the so-called Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord). This block reflects the different styles of the three major modernista architects Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
In 2005 Casa Batlló has been included into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Works of Antoni Gaudi”.
Casa Battló – Facts
Admission: €25 including audio-guide in 8 languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Japanese)
Opening times: every day from 09.00 to 20.00 hrs
Summer Night Visits: during July and August, only Thursdays and Fridays, between 21.00 hrs to midnight (last entrance 23.00 hrs) for €25.00
How to get there?
Take any metro to Passeig de Gracia. Or use the Barcelona Turistic Bus, which stops here on the blue and the red route.