Martín the Elder, the last king of the House of Barcelona, took up residence at the foot of Tibidabo in 1409, following the counsel of a member of his court, Bernat Metge. In the same place, 500 years later, Antoni Gaudí put the finishing touches on Torre Bellesguard, a work commissioned by a friend and Renaissance man, Jaume Figueras. In late 2013, this one-time private home opened its doors to the public for the first time, as the Guilera family, owner of the modernist building, decided to share a part of their treasure once they rediscovered its relevance.
Torre Bellesguard gives a sense of a free Gaudí who was inspired by medieval castles and who used Gothic Revival resources to design a work based on straight lines, broken by reliefs of slate skin and small balconies decorated with stained glass on the façade. The architect built in some of his signature religious symbols and allusions to Catalanism, one of the elements that the research group created for the opening studied.
You can get to know the space at your own pace with an audio guide, or join in one of the guided tours of the attic area that also allows access to the roof where, in addition to the tower crowned by the Gaudí cross (and an eye-catching face of a dragon), you can take in stunning views of the city.
|Venue name:||Torre Bellesguard|
Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Sun 10am-3pm (last entry at 2.30pm). Guided tours in English Tue-Sun 11am. Closed Jan 1 & 6, Dec 25 & 26.|
|Transport:||Avinguda Tibidabo (FGC)|
|Price:||Audio-guided tour: €9; reduced €7.20; under-8s free. Full guided tour: €16; reduced €12.80; under-8s free.|