Literally on top of Barcelona, in a quiet and residential Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, stands one of Gaudí’s best hidden marvels – Torre Bellesguard (the Bellesguard Tower). Bellesguard in Catalan means “beautiful view”, referring to astonishing panorama of the city, stretching from the stone-clad roof.
The manor house was built between 1900 and 1909, and Gaudí’s genius is evident – striking arched windows, bold colors, infinite mosaics, very Gaudí – alike wrought-iron balconies, and exceptional usage of form and space. The master was inspired by the medieval castle which once occupied the same site, and the house does indeed present a unique blend of Art Nouveau and Gothic styles.
Ever since 1944 the Bellesguard Tower was owned by the Guilera family; recognizing the uniqueness of Bellesguard’s architecture the family allowed general public to wander around the building, and enjoy the tranquility of surrounding gardens. However, it was not until 2013, when the house doors were opened and visitors received the opportunity to appreciate interior decorations as well.
Guided tours are now available in three languages (English, Spanish, Catalan) throughout the year. During the summer, live concerts are held in the patio; and refreshing drinks are served. There is also a gift shop, with accessories, books and souvenirs featuring Gaudí’s emblematic designs.
Buses 58, 22, 75, 60, 196 ,123
FGC: Av. Tibidabo