staircase at Torre Bellesguard Barcelona

Torre Bellesguard, Barcelona

A highlight of my trip to Barcelona this weekend was a visit to one of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s lesser-known buildings, the Bellesguard house. Also known as Casa Figueres, this beautiful manor house is located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. Designed and constructed by Gaudi between 1900 and 1909 Bellesguard uses a rectilinear form rarely seen in his other work. The design for Bellesguard took inspiration from the medieval castle of Martin I, the last king of the Catalan dynasty and the House of Barcelona, which previously occupied the site. Gaudi’s interpretation of Martin I’s castle is a blend of Art Nouveau and Gothic styles and the architect also restored the ruins of a medieval palace that are now part of the estate’s grounds. In contrast to Casa Batlló or the Sagrada Familia, which are always overrun by tourists, I was able to enjoy Bellesguard almost completely on my own, which made for a wonderful morning in the Catalan sunshine.

Torre Bellesguard, Carrer de Bellesguard, 16, 08022 Barcelona