Located in the foothills of Mount Tibidabo, this building dating from the Gothic period of architecture, which was a private family residence, is, perhaps, a forgotten gem of Catalan modernism
Torre Bellesguard is probably the least known of all of the buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí, and is also the most exclusive and difficult to visit. The reason for that is simple: unlike other buildings that belong to the city, Torre Bellesguard is private property – the Guilera family has lived there since 1944 – and that makes all day visits very difficult to schedule. But if you plan in advance it is possible to spend some time inside the house, exploring the roof terrace and the tower and admiring the façade.
Torre Bellesguard is well worth visiting because it’s a house with a lot of history. Its real name is Casa Figueras, though everybody calls it Torre Bellesguard –meaning beautiful view– because in the 15th century it was a small castle from which you could see both the Mediterranean and the whole of the Barcelona plain, making it an excellent lookout spot. Later on, Gaudí designed a new building over the ruins of the old castle in the shape of a fortress, crowned by a pointed tower. The visit here is a much more relaxed and less crowded experience than the Sagrada Família or the Pedrera. It’s a hidden treasure in the Sant Gervasi neighbourhood.
It’s recommendable to book in advance, since places are limited to 18 per visit. You can book your visit on the Torre Bellesguard website.
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