Torre Bellesguard is probably one of the lesser known Gaudí's masterpieces, the Casa Bellesguard is located at the foot of Collserola and has magnificent views of Barcelona city. This is why the house is called Bellesguard, which in Catalan means beautiful view. The Casa Bellesguard was designed by Gaudí between 1900 and 1909 in Sarrià Sant Gervasi neighbourhood.
The building's medieval past inspired Gaudí when he designed this innovative but neo-Gothic house. The house stands on the site of a castle built by King Martí the Humane, where he lived. King Martí had no descendant as his unique son died in the field, and when the king died left his wife alone with no one to rule, and this was the end to Catalan kings in the Catalano-Aragonesa crown.
For some time, the castle was abandoned and nobody lived there, a famous Catalan bandit called Serrallonga used to plan its robberies from the tower. Since Torre Bellesguard is in a privileged location with allowed him to see the coming and goings of the carriages in town and plan his assaults.
Serrallonga is very famous in the city as it is known to be the Catalan Robin Hood, that took money from the rich to give it to the poor.Gaudí kept the looks resembling a castle from the outside with its towers and battlements.
The house is a private property and there is the Guilera family living in the house but they only occupy two floors and leave the others open for public observation. The house is beautifully surrounded by gardens. Nearby, in Bellesguard street is located the viaduct designed by Gaudí as a containing wall, you can see it as well outside of the building. Guilera's family are famous doctors, its very first owner was famous for its oncology works at the time, they also had an obstetrician as well and the building was used as a clinic/hospital for some time.
Bellesguard tower has this earthy color so particular from it to preserve the medieval look of the building, but it has Gaudí style all over it, the blue and white shining color of the large sitting area is incredible and the colors are actually a reflection of the colors of the sky.
Gaudí included in the building different references and symbols as part of his personal touch and explains the story of the building through its decoration and details. There is an 8-star colorful glass that it is said to be the representation of fertility, related to the descendant issues King Martí had, and later on when the Guilera family bought the house they used it as a maternity hospital, funny enough.
At the rooftop there is a dragon, as a symbol of Sant Jordi's legend, and can only be seen entirely if you position yourself in a corner so you can observe the eyes, ears and its back.
There are two kinds of guided tours available in Torre Bellesguard, a self-guided audio tour and a full guided audio tour, those last guided tours are best to be booked in advance to make sure you have the tour and language of your choosing available. The tour takes around an hour and offers and insightful overview in to the history of the building and the construction process of this architectural beauty.
How To Get To Torre Bellesguard
There are two main transport options for getting to the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi of Barcelona where the Torre is. You can take the bus 58 from Plaça Catalunya to Avinguda Tibidabo and stop at Plaça Bonanova and from there you will need to walk around 15 minutes. You can also take the Touristic Bus on the blue route or the Barcelona city tour.
The metro is also an option, to get to Torre Bellesguard you will have to take Line 7 from Plaça Catalunya and stop in Avinguda Tibidabo and then form there walk to the tower.
How To Get Tickets for Torre Bellesguard
Purchase of tickets for either of the two Torre Bellesguard guided tours are not required prior to arrival, but if you plan your route in advance is always recommended to book them in advance if at all possible.
The self-audio tour is Free for Under 8’s, €7.20 for Under 18’s & OAPs, and €9 for adults.
The audio tour is available in English, Spanish, Catalan, Russian, German, Japanese, and French.
For the full guided tour is Free for Under 8’s, €12.80 for Under 18’s & OAPs, and €16 for adults.
The tour is available for English, Spanish, and Catalan speakers. Other languages are catered for, but only if requested at least a day in advance via their website.
Opening times: From Tuesday to Sunday 10h to 15h