Gaudí's Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Casa Batlló; Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Gaudí's Casa Batlló (1904-1906, Passeig de Gracia 43) must be one of Barcelona's most photographed Modernista monuments.

"Why do people say Barcelona is so lovely?" my daughter Isabel asked me one day when she was just a kid, and we walked down a particularly ugly street, of which Barcelona — like any other city in the world — has its fair share.

Because it has buildings like the Casa Batlló, which I'm privileged to walk past every day on the way to work…

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Barcelona this morning, from the back of a motorbike

The sun is just coming up… That's the Casa Batlló (left) and the Casa Amatller (right) next to it (by Gaudí and Puig i Cadafalch, respectively). They are two of the buildings on the Manzana de la Discòrdia, which we went to on the social program this week.

A bike or motorbike is a great way to see Barcelona. You can obtain discounts on bike hire with your IH Barcelona student card.

The tourist bus is an excellent alternative for getting to know the city.