Gaudi’s Barcelona

Whenever you tell someone you’re going to Barcelona, or that you’ve been, the first thing that usually jets out of their mouths is “oh, I love Gaudi!”

Few people dislike the famous artist’s work.

In my opinion, what makes Gaudi so special is the same thing that makes Picasso special, his work is so unique that you can see an unfamiliar piece of art and say “that is Gaudi”. There may be more intricately designed churches and buildings in Europe and there may be other wonderfully pieced together works of architecture, but none resemble “a Gaudi”.  If you haven’t seen any of Gaudi’s work in person, get a plane ticket and book yourself any hotel Barcelona has to offer and you’re sure to be pleased with this must-see, one of a kind destination.

Sagrada Familia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, SpainSagrada Familia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain

I think too that it may have a lot to do with the fact that people get a bit of a rise out of being able to look at something and say “that is a…”. The same way that people can’t help but jump out and tell you they’ve been somewhere when they see it on television, a poster, or a friend’s photos. People find an attachment in things that they’ve experienced, and once you’ve experienced Gaudi’s Flintstone-like work you’ll always be attached to it. You’ll never see another Gaudi piece and not be able to pridefully tell people around you that it’s a “Gaudi”.

Guell Park, Barcelona, Gaudi, Spain

Sill, for all it’s worth, I’m sure there has to be more than the association theory to the love of Gaudi’s work. There is no denying that the unique extra-terrestrial qualities of Gaudi’s architecture are beautiful. But part of it must also be linked to the fact that you could visit a hundred different churches in Europe and not see but a few with more than a couple major differences. In a continent packed with Roman Catholic churches, in Barcelona, you get Gaudi.

Guell Park, Barcelona, Gaudi, Spain

At the end of a trip around Europe, you might catch yourself looking at photos wondering which destination a certain photo is from. However, with Barcelona, when there is a Gaudi building involved, you’ll have no doubt as to which destination you’re looking at.

Thanks to Gaudi, there is no other destination in Europe with more iconic architecture.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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    • Annette – Some of my favourite stuff in the world. I love Gaudi and his work.

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  1. Gaudi’s work is so beautiful! I traveled to Spain but didn’t get the chance to go to Barcelona and see it in person. I’ll definitely have to go back.

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    • Lauren – I’ve heard a couple people say that Gaudi was inspired by Sintra, Portugal and I can see the resemblance. If you get the chance you should check it out, it’s pretty impressive as well!

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  2. Heading to Barcelona in 1 week and have had several people suggest which of Gaudi’s works, houses, museums we “must” see! Thinking my 11 year old will enjoy his style but am limited in number of places I will likely visit. Top 2 or 3?

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    • Hgal – Sagrada de Familia and Parque Guiell should do the trick! :D

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  3. What I think is that they should open the work of other architects to the public so more people can recognize more ‘Catalan Modernist’ buildings (and architects) rather than just identify Gaudi… but anyway, I do love his work and I suggest to also get a little bit off the path and visit the Palau Güell and Colonia Güell, awesome places as well! :)

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  4. Hgal: There is a free walking tour you can take to hit 4 of the sights and it finishes at the church so that you can go inside. The Equity Point hostels will have more information on where to meet. The tours run twice a day, everyday.

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  5. Yeah! I just booked my flights to Barcelona for September ;)
    Your photos make me want to leave immediately! Thx for sharing.

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