What to expectWhen we think about the Catalan modernist movement, we think of voluptuous architecture and the other-worldly designs of Antoni Gaudí. We'll have in mind La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, two organic pieces of architecture perfectly in tune with the Catalan modernist vision of Barcelona's favourite architect. In the Gràcia neighbourhood on Carrer de les Carolines, there's an altogether different, more unusual building that combines elements of two other, totally contrasting, architectural styles: it's an alluring red building combining elements of Art-Nouveau and Neo-Mudéjar. This striking vision is Casa Vicens, built in brick between 1883 and 1888 and Gaudí's first architectural creation. This masterpiece of a mansion is marked out by its colour, by the glazing on the facade and by the mixing of styles, typical of Gaudí. Here he merged the emerging modernism with Moorish influences. Inside a museum awaits, along with a lush Mediterranean garden, an extensive roof terrace, a library and a shop. Casa Vicens is without a doubt a must-see attraction on your Barcelona citybreak.
Admission prices to Casa Vicens
Full price: 16 €
Reduced price *: 14 €
Children under 11 years: Free
* +65 years old, students up to 25 years old, PMR
Good to know
- The tickets will be sent to you at the latest in the 48 hours following your reservation and always 24 hours before the day and the reserved schedule.
- No need to print because they have barcodes. Go directly to the turnstiles and scan your e-tickets from your mobile phone. If you prefer to print them, do not panic, it is also possible.
Casa Vicens in a few words
It was in 1878 that Manuel Vicens, a businessman who made his fortune in ceramics, commissioned a certain Antoni Gaudí to design a summer residence that would be like a personal palace: Casa Vicens. Gaudí was inspired by his client's success in ceramics and used tiles extensively in a unique facade design. Gaudí somehow managed to blend the oriental themes of what's known as Neo-Mudejar with the Barcelona style of the moment, Catalan modernism, a foretaste of the mixing and matching of influences that continued throughout his life. When walking in the Gràcia neighbourhood today, there's no doubt you'll be struck by this audacious piece of architecture, now on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Casa Vicens is now a cultural space and museum, with both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as a bookstore, cafe and shop. Walk into Casa Vicens and a fantasy world opens out before you. There's mosaic paving, ivy on the walls, stalactites growing down from the ceiling, palm leaves on the gates of the Mediterranean garden. There's a surprise at every turn, an awakening of all the senses that you need to experience to understand. The only way to do so is to book your ticket now for Casa Vicens. Lose yourself in the young Gaudí's entrancing world on both floors and then take a stroll on the rooftop terrace with its far-reaching view over downtown Barcelona. Casa Vicens is accessible to people with reduced mobility.