Take a tour of two homes designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. These modernist buildings are sandwiched between the shops on Passage de Gracia, one of Barcelona's biggest shopping streets (The Fifth Avenue of Barcelona, if you will).
Casa Batlló, the first stop on the tour, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In other words, the Casa Batlló is not just a building, but a legendary icon of art that showcases the unmatched and breathtaking style for which Gaudí is known.
When walking through Casa Batlló, it's clear to see just how deeply Gaudí was influenced by the natural world. The home incorporates colors and shapes found in marine life, for example, the colors of the façade are found in natural coral. Light, colors, and shapes interact with materials like wood, glass and stone inside the building. The façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones, but the "skulls" are in fact balconies and the "bones" are supporting pillars.
Casa Batlló was commissioned by Señor Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, who wanted Gaudí to design this home. When the building was finished, Batlló was so impressed that he recommended Gaudí to his friend, Pere Milà. As you may have guessed, Milà and Gaudí partnered to create the next stop on the tour: Casa Milà La Pedrera.
Casa Milà La Pedrera is said to be the reflection of Gaudí's imagination. During the guided tour of this building, you will visit the two courtyards and ee where the Milà family live. You also visit the three floors—the rooftop, attic and an apartment—as well as a temporary exhibition. At the end of the tour you can remain in the building for as long as you want.