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Casa Vicens

Stand on the street to admire the color and brickwork of Gaudí’s first building.

Casa Vicens is a private home and the first building designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Hordes of tourists flock to the house to photograph and admire its façade. It’s not possible to go inside. The house sits in a quiet narrow street in Gracia, north of Barcelona’s city center. The floor space measured just 40 feet (12 meters) by 53 feet (16 meters) when it was first built in the late 1800s. 

The house broke with many traditional conventions of architecture at the time. It was over-the-top in decoration, but simple in structural design. Gaudí was fresh out of college when he designed the building, but many of his trademarks are evident. There are references to nature in the design and strong contrasts between color and texture. For this building, Gaudí combined oriental influences with those from Hispanic and Arabic cultures.

The façade is largely made from brick, with green and white glazed tiles and flower motifs. The gate is decorated with palm tree motifs. 

Gaudí believed nothing was secondary in architecture and not a single detail has been spared. All elements down to the blinds and air vents have been lavishly decorated. Admire the intricate ironwork on the balcony and the vibrant colors in the tiling.

Visit the house during the day to take in the detail. The private owners don’t mind tourists standing outside taking photographs. Just don’t attempt to jump the fence. Photographs of the inside of the house are in many books about the architect. Buy a book from a gift shop at any one of Gaudí’s other buildings around town, including Sagrada Familia or Casa Batlló. 

The house is a two-minute walk from the metro station Fontana, and not far from Parc Güell. Take a bus down Avinguda del Príncep d’Astúries.

Popular Activities at Casa Vicens

Get the most out of your time at Casa Vicens. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

Your next thrilling adventure is right here! You may want to try out a Barcelona: Casa Vicens Guided Tour with optional Park Güell or a Casa Vicens Admission Tickets: Gaudi's First Masterwork.

Examine our Barcelona things to do page to find even more activities while you're in the area.


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HG City Suites Barcelona $106
HG City Suites Barcelona

HG City Suites Barcelona

Via Augusta 89-91, Barcelona
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Vicens and Passeig de Gracia. Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Placa Molina Station and Gracia Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Blue Barcelona $74
    Blue Barcelona

    Blue Barcelona

    Via Augusta, 65 1-1, Barcelona
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Llibertat Market, Centre Artesa Tradicionarius, and Casa Vicens. Plom Gallery and Placa de la Vila de Gracia are also within 10 minutes. Gracia Station is only a 2-minute walk and Fontana Station is 4 minutes.

      Hotel Sagrada Familia $91
      Hotel Sagrada Familia

      Hotel Sagrada Familia

      Carrer de Corsega 541, Barcelona, Barcelona
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Eixample, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau. Casa Mila and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sagrada Familia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 8 minutes.

        Wilson Boutique Hotel $102
        Wilson Boutique Hotel

        Wilson Boutique Hotel

        Avinguda Diagonal 568, Barcelona, Barcelona
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Mila, and Hospital Clinic. Casa Batllo and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mi (2 km). Provenca Station is 10 minutes by foot and Gracia Station is 10 minutes.

          Aparthotel Silver $105
          Aparthotel Silver

          Aparthotel Silver

          Calle Bretón de los Herreros, 26, Barcelona, Barcelona
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Gracia, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Vicens, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo. Park Guell and Sagrada Familia are also within 2 mi (3 km). Fontana Station is only a 2-minute walk and Gracia Station is 4 minutes.

            Hotel Via Augusta $96
            Hotel Via Augusta

            Hotel Via Augusta

            Via Augusta 63, Barcelona, Barcelona
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Vicens, Passeig de Gracia, and Rambla de Catalunya. Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gracia Station is only a 2-minute walk and Fontana Station is 5 minutes.

              Condado $84
              Condado

              Condado

              Aribau 201, Barcelona, Barcelona
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Mila, and Passeig de Gracia. Casa Batllo and Hospital Clinic are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gracia Station is 8 minutes by foot and Sant Gervasi Station is 9 minutes.

                Gran de Gràcia Apartments $156
                Gran de Gràcia Apartments

                Gran de Gràcia Apartments

                Gran de Gracia, 205, Barcelona
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Vicens and Passeig de Gracia. Park Guell and Casa Mila are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fontana Station and Lesseps Station are within a 5-minute walk.