Gaudi's 'House of Bones'
As always, Mother Nature was his Muse, and the facade is a surreal blend of coral-coloured tiles and marine motifs with exo-skeleton window decoration and shark-jaw balconies – you’ll have to see it for yourself to understand what we’re on about! Once you do, you’ll also understand why the building earned itself the nickname ‘The House of Bones’.
If that wasn’t mind-boggling enough, the edifice is also topped with an element of fantasy – a ridge-back roof that represents the spine of the dragon killed by the Sant Jordi (the Catalan version of St. George, and Catalonia’s patron saint).
The interior, once lived in by the aristocratic Batllo family, is also a delight to behold even if you have to pay a fair whack for the privilege – about 25 euros at last count. See below for more details on hours, prices and how to book in advance.
Did you know? Mick Jagger supposedly wanted to buy the house when it went on sale after Franco died. Or so the urban myth goes!
The Casa Batllo is open 9am to 9pm everyday of the year, with last entry at 8pm. The visit takes about one hour and advanace reservations are essential if you want to avoid the queues and be sure of entering.
Casa Batllo Tickets & Tours
Entrance to the building costs €24.5 if you book in advance via Get Your Guide – just select your preferred entry time when you book and be sure to arrive 10 minutes or so beforehand. Otherwise tickets are €29 if you chance it at their ticket office.
Tickets include a self-guided audiotour which is available in ten different languages (Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian), and you’ll be able to access the building’s sensational entrance hall, mezzanine and rooftop, each decorated with scores of allegorical motifs in Gaudi’s inimitable style.
Another option would be to buy a combined Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia tour which includes expert tour guide, also available via Get Your Guide.