So you have visited the Sagrada Familia, you’ve done La Pedrera, checked out Casa Batllo and Palau Guell. You’re a Barcelona veteran, nearly! 🙂 But there is some more Gaudi-work to be admired. Take the train L7 to Tibidabo and visit a not so well-known place, Bellesguard.
This was formerly the location of a medieval castle, which was home to the last Catalan King, Martin the Humane. From 1900 until 1909, Gaudi built this house, restoring the ruins of the medieval palace. If you know Gaudi’s work, you will notice that in this building he was using straight lines, which is not at all his style. Gaudi always used curved lines, referring to nature, which does not have any straight lines either. But in this building, he rebuilt a fortress and that is why he needed to give the building a stricter line. However, the windows, benches and other details carry his typical style.
Why visit Bellesguard?
Maybe you are one of those persons who have done it all already, or you are a Gaudi-fan. Bellesguard cannot be compared to its more famous “brothers and sisters”, the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. It is a quiet, nearly hidden jewel in the upper part of the city. It took me a while to find the way! Even the people living in the area were not able to tell me the way (if I only had a mobile phone with internet connection).
The visit itself took me only one hour. You get audioguides and you can visit the garden area and the upper part of the house. The owners of the building are still living there, so you cannot access the lower plants. An employee is there accompanying visitors at every hour.
As the name implies – Bellesguard means beautiful views – you will have an amazing view over Barcelona from the rooftop.
There is no need really to buy tickets online, but you can do so. The place is not (yet) as crowded as the other Gaudi monuments.
Opening hours (as per January 2015):
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Closed on Mondays and Holidays
It is not wheelchair-accessible for two reasons: the entrance is cobblestone, the area around the building uneven and not accessible for a wheelchair. Second, in the building itself you have to take quite a few stairs to get up to the top. Therefore also not recommended for persons having walking difficulties (using walking aids).
c/Bellesguard, 16-20. I took the FGC (trains) from Plaza Catalunya to Av. Tibidabo (which is also the bottom of the Tranvia Blau). When you get off the train station, follow Passeig de Sant Gervasi towards your left, then take the first right (Carrer del Cister). Walk that steep road up until you get to “Carrer dels Quatre Camins”. Turn left and follow until you reach carrer Bellesguard. Then turn right and continue along that street until Bellesguard.