Want to visit the famous Casa Vicens in Barcelona? It was the first building that Antoni Gaudi designed, and it is considered to be one of the first Art Nouveau buildings as well.
Today the house has been transformed into a museum and visitors can brush up on the history of modern architecture and learn more about one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous works in Barcelona.
Ticket Info & Opening Hours
|Casa Vicens Guided Tour||€20|
|Casa Vicens Visit||€16|
Embrace the winter and discover Gaudi’s first house! The experience includes an aperitif from Hofmann in our café or in the garden.
From December 17th to March 19th:
- Monday: 10am – 3pm (last access 1.40pm)
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last access 5.40pm)
Casa Vicens Guided Tour
- Monday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Casa Vicens Visit
Enjoy an in-depth visit, taking as much time as you need to look at each and every detail of the house, now immaculately restored.
From October 1st to March 31st
- Monday: 10am – 3pm (last access 13:40pm)
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last access 5:40pm)
From April 1st to September 30th
- Monday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm (last access 6:40pm)
History & more information
Designed between 1883 and 1885 as a summer home for stockbroker Manel Vicens I Montaner, Casa Vicens is built in Art Noveau style and is one of eight buildings designed by the Catalan architect, better known as Antoni Gaudi.
The house was built using traditional Catalan construction techniques and mixes neoclassical, gothic, and Moorish designs seamlessly. Gaudi’s signature touches include painted tiles, a beautiful roof terrace, and the incorporation of multiple materials including iron, wood, and stone.
In the 1920s the house was rehabilitated and restored by architects Jose Antonio Martinez Lapena, David Garcia, and Elias Torres and served as a private residence for one family (as opposed to three separate apartments).
Today the house has been transformed into a museum dedicated to Gaudi and visitors can step inside and admire the iconic architecture and familiar shapes and designs of one of the world’s most renowned architects.
There are 15 rooms to explore in total, each of which have been maintained to the highest standard and feature 32 paintings by the Spanish painter Francesc Torrescassana i Salleres.
Points of Interest
The Ground Floor
You will enter the building on the ground floor and start by exploring an area designed for noble people. The dining room is a particularly special room and boasts impressive artwork on all four walls.
The First Floor
Originally the private floor of the Vicens Family the first floor of the building is home to three bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom, and a spectacular terrace area.
The Second Floor
On the second floor, you’ll find exhibits dedicated entirely to the history of Casa Vicens. Infographics, models, and videos take the visitor through the construction of the building and renovation over the years.
The Roof Terrace
While not one of Gaudi’s most impressive roofs, the terrace at Casa Vicens still offers impressive views over the city and shouldn’t be forgone.
How to get to Casa Vicens
Casa Vicens is located in the neighborhood of Gràcia on Carrer de les Carolines in the heart of Barcelona. Getting here is easy both on foot or by public transport. The below services all stop within a short walk of the house:
- Metro: Fontana (L3) – 250 m, Lesseps (L3) – 280 m
- FGC: Gràcia (L6, L7, S5, S55, S1, S2) – 500 m
- FGC: Pl. Molina (L7) – 500 m
- FGC: Sant Gervasi (S5, S55, L6) – 450 m
- Bus: lines 22, 24, 27, 87, 114, H6, V17, D40, N4
- Barcelona Bus Turistic: Blue line, Park Güell stop
- Barcelona City Tour: Green/East route, Park Güell stop
If you’re planning on arriving by car, there are a number of public car parks in the area. The closest is BSM Torrent de l’Olla.
Make the most of your time in Barcelona by visiting other historical landmarks and places of interest across the city. The below museums, parks, and attractions are all just a short walk or transit ride away from Casa Vicens:
- La Sagrada Familia
- Park Guell
- Casa Mila
- Casa Batllo
- Gothic Quarter
- La Rambla
- Mercado de la Boqueria
- Picasso Museum
Best time to visit
The museum has varied opening times depending on the season and the tour you opt for (guided and self-guided options are available) but in general, the best time to visit is early morning and late afternoon.
If you’ve pre-booked a time slot you should aim to arrive at least 10-minutes before your dedicated time. Once your tour has ended, you are free to spend as much time exploring the building as you like.
Facts about Casa Vicens
- It is considered one of the first buildings of Art Nouveau and was the first house designed by Gaudí.
- Casa Vicens was built between 1883 and 1885 in the peaceful district of Gracia in Barcelona.
- The house was bought by the Andorran bank MoraBanc in 2014 which undertook enormous restoration work to transform the place into a museum.
- The museum opened to the public in 2017 and has attracted thousands of visitors since then.
- The Casa Vicens garden is under the protection of Saint Rita, whose Mass continues to be celebrated here, every year on May 22nd.
- One of the most characteristic symbols of Casa Vicens is the “clavelline” azulejos, a flower that Gaudí simply found in the garden of this house.
- The building was Gaudi’s eighth and last structure to receive a UNESCO World Heritage title.
- For the Casa Vicens project, Gaudí turned to Moorish and Mudejar influences –two styles deeply rooted in medieval Spanish culture– and incorporates them on the main façade by means of the combination of four very different materials: stone used as a base for the walls, tilework as a chromatic element, wood for the window shutters and wrought ironwork for the manufacture of the property’s many fences and railings.
- Although Gaudí completed its design in 1880, building work did not start until 1883 and was not completed until the year 1888 due to the economic difficulties of Mr. Vicens.
- The building has no hallways! Gaudí used hexagonal distributors between the rooms that made it possible to build a home without hallways while still making it easy to pass from room to room. He also managed to create a very interesting visual interplay between the different parts of the house.
FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)
Is Casa Vicens wheelchair accessible?
The building and routes have been adapted with different resources to facilitate and improve visitors’ experience at Casa Vicens. This is an accessible tour for people with reduced mobility.
What facilities are available?
Facilities at Casa Vicens include pram storage, changing rooms, toilets, rest areas, a cloakroom, lockers, Wi-Fi, and an information center.
When was Casa Vicens built?
It was built between the years of 1883 and 1885, as a summer house for the Vicens family.
Can I bring food and drink?
Visitors are allowed to bring their own food and drink, however, we ask you don’t actually consume it on the premises. If you’re feeling peckish, make use of the onsite cafe.
Does the museum have temporary or permanent exhibits?
The museum features a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits that are changed throughout the year.
Can I bring my luggage with me?
There is luggage storage on site for those who are arriving with large luggage or for those who’d prefer not to carry their day bag around with them.
Do you have more questions before visiting Casa Vicens in Barcelona? Leave a comment below!