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What is the Modernisme Route

The Barcelona Modernisme Route is an itinerary that takes you through the Barcelona of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, the architects who, together with others, made Barcelona the world capital of Modernisme. This Route enables you to get to know thoroughly impressive palatial residences, amazing houses, the temple that has become a symbol of the city and a huge hospital, but it also includes humbler and more everyday buildings and items such as chemists’, shops, lampposts and benches - 120 works in all which show that Art Nouveau put down strong roots in Barcelona and today Modernisme is still an art that is alive and part of life in the city.

To do the itinerary you will have to buy a copy of the Modernisme Route guidebook –the most comprehensive one on the Modernisme in Barcelona- which you can find in all the best bookshops and all the Modernisme Centres. The guidebook includes discounts of up to 50% on the admission charge to all the Modernista monuments in the city as well as for local routes in another thirteen municipalities in Catalonia. At any of the City Council’s Modernisme Centres you will also be able to buy the full Route pack, which, in addition to the guidebook, includes:

A book of discount vouchers
A Barcelona Modernisme Route map showing all 120 works
Let’s go out, a guide to Modernista bars and restaurants
A map of Barcelona showing the bars and restaurants in the Let’s go out listings magazine

In addition, you can follow the route with the aid of signs on the ground that are part of the very urban landscape of the city. These are small red paving stones set into the pavement that mark out the main sections of the Route’s and go past the Modernista works on the rest of the itinerary.

The Modernisme Route was organised by the Municipal Institute for Urban Landscape and Quality of Life, with the support of the Route’s Honorary Council, as part of a campaign run by Barcelona City Council under the title of Barcelona, posa’t guapa (Barcelona, Make Yourself Pretty) to improve the urban landscape.

All profits from the sale of the Modernisme Route guidebook go towards protecting the city’s Modernista heritage.

The Guidebook
As the name suggests, this is the book that will accompany you on your way round the Route, which includes 120 different items, regarded as the most important in Barcelona.
To make discovering Barcelona’s Modernista heritage easier for you, the guidebook is structured round a single recommended itinerary with sections branching off it to take in all of the works. The whole route, including visits to all the monuments open to the public, could take between four days and a week to complete.

As an introduction to Modernisme in Barcelona, or for those who only have a few hours to spare, the Modernismee Route recommends the Barcelona Walking Tours organised by Barcelona Tourist Board that start from the Information Office in Plaça de Catalunya.

For those of you who only have one day, the guidebook suggests the One Day Route which leaves out all the branches off the main route. It can be completed in a day and also gives you time to visit one of the monuments open to the public. To take advantage of the natural light, during the winter we recommend completing the whole route first and then going back to visit the inside of the monument of your choice.

For those of you who prefer to get to know Barcelona’s Modernista masterpieces without following a pre-set route, here is a list of the thirty most recommended monuments:

Hidroelèctrica (Hydroelectric building)
Castell dels Tres Dragons
Palau Güell (Güell Palace)
Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)
Casa Calvet (Calvet House)
MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalonia)
CaixaForum, Fàbrica Casaramona (Casaramona Factory)
Casa Lleó Morera (Lleó Morera House)
Casa Amatller (Amatller House)
Casa Batlló (Batlló House)
Editorial Montaner i Simón, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Montaner i Simón Editor’s – Antoni Tàpies Foundation)
Conservatori Municipal de Música (Municipal Conservatory of Music)
Casa Thomas (Thomas House)
Palau Montaner (Montaner Palace)
Casa Milà, la Pedrera (Milà House)
Casa Fuster (Fuster House)
Palau del Baró de Quadras (Baró de Quadras Palace)
Casa Comalat (Comalat House)
Casa Terrades, Casa de les Punxes (Terrades House, House of the Spires)
Casa Macaya (Macaya House)
Casa Planells (Planells House)
Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory Temple of Sagrada Família)
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Hospital of the holy cross and of Saint Paul)
Park Güell
Casa Vicens (Vicens House)
Pavellons Güell (Güell Pavilions)
Col·legi de les Teresianes (Teresian Nuns’ School)
Torre Bellesguard
CosmoCaixa, Museu de la Ciència (Science Museum)
Observatori Fabra (Fabra Observatory)

The “Guapos per sempre” (Pretty Forever) chapter gives you a selection of shops and other establishments recognised for their beautiful decoration and also for the quality of their products and service.

And to complement the beauty of Barcelona’s architecture and get to know Catalan Modernisme in its true dimensions, the chapter “Més enllà de Barcelona” (Beyond Barcelona) invites you to visit other towns in Catalonia and discover their Modernista treasures.

Simply buying the guidebook entitles you to the Modernisme Route discounts. Just produce your guidebook at any of our Modernisme Centres and we will give you the book of discount vouchers so that you can visit the main Modernista buildings in the city and the local routes in thirteen other municipalities across Catalonia at a reduced rate. The discounts are valid for a year from the date you collect them to give you time to visit all the monuments open to the public without any hurry.

Please note
Opening times for the different buildings and museums may vary according to the season. It is a good idea to confirm times before starting the route.

Further information at:
Modernisme Centre
Güell Pavilions

Av. de Pedralbes, 7-15
08034 Barcelona

D/e: cultura-impuqv@bcn.cat
Tel.: (+34) 933 177 652



Guidebook : €12.00

Discount voucher book : 

     -With the Guidebook: Free

     -With the Guidebook, for each accompanying

      adult: €5.00

     -With the Guidebook, for each adult

      accompanying an under-18 : Free

Map : Free

Route Pack Guidebook, voucher book, map, Let’s Go Out (a guide to Modernista bars and restaurants), Let’s Go Out mapn and a carrier bag :

      -Standard price €18.00

      -Pensioners, unemployed and under-18s €14.40

      -With the Walking Tours discount €14.40 Route Pack if you already have the Guidebook Let’s Go Out, Let’s Go Out map and a carrier bag €7.00

Let’s Go Out: €7.00

Let’s Go Out map (with the Let’s Go Out guide) : Free

For further information, or if you would like to buy a copy of the Modernisme Route Guidebook, you can visit or contact one of our centres: 


   Modernisme Centre Güell Pavilions

   Av. de Pedralbes, 7

   08034 Barcelona

   From Monday to Sunday to 10a.m. to 4p.m.

   Closed: 1/1, 6/1, 25/12 and 26/12.

   2018: CLOSED for rehabilitation works. 

   Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà

   Av. Drassanes, 6, 21st Floor

   Only labor days from Monday to Friday

   from 9am to 2pm

   Afternoons call before tel. 933 177 652

D/e: cultura-impuqv@bcn.cat

Tel.: +34 933 177 652

   You can also purchase our publications online




Discounts will only be applicable in the case of adults accompanying under-18s subject to presentation of the passport. Pensioners, unemployed and unaccompanied under-18s must also provide proof of their situation to be entitled to discounts. The Guidebook can be purchased at bookshops and at the three Modernisme Centres. The Route Pack is available only at the Modernisme Centres.