If you want to go beyond the mainstream and the classic Gaudí routes, we bring you our proposal to go deeper into the work of Puig i Cadafalch.

Who does not know the Ruta del Modernisme in Barcelona? Thanks to it, we can discover the great jewels of Catalan Art Nouveau in Barcelona in an orderly and comfortable way. If you want to go beyond the mainstream and the classic Gaudí routes, we bring you our proposal to go deeper into the work of Puig i Cadafalch.

Our route proposal starts at Casa Macaya, in the heart of Avinguda Diagonal. This house is nowadays a cultural centre and has free access to some of its rooms, so it can be visited comfortably in a walk. If you want to go further, Cases Singulars organizes visits (in Catalan) every Monday in July and August in the morning and afternoon in this space. Nearby is the Casa Terradas or Casa de les Punxes, one of its most impressive and well-known works, which can be visited every day between 10 am and 7 pm (with the last access at 6 pm). Its museum has various types of visits for all tastes and interesting offers for the resident public. In addition, on the ground floor we can find the bar restaurant Matalaranya, a great option for breakfast. After breakfast, a few steps away lies the Palace of the Baron of Quadras, currently an institute. This building can be visited through Cases Singulars on Wednesday mornings. Returning to Diagonal, we find Can Serra, current headquarters of the Diputació de Barcelona and a little further on the Casa Pere Company, now converted into a Museum and Centre for Sports Studies.

Once the works of the Diagonal have been toured, when going down Passeig de Gràcia is when we come across the also very well-known Casa Amatller, which can be visited every day from 11 am to 6 pm. Once in Plaça Catalunya, we can discover the forgotten Casa Pich i Pon, which has hosted various companies and associations throughout its history. Descending from it through Avinguda de Portal de l’Àngel, we find Casa Martí and Casa Carreras: one in front of the other. These two houses have hosted (and one of them still hosts) the famous bar 4 Gats. If you want to eat at it, we recommend booking in advance. Less than 5 minutes walking, in Via Laietana, we can glimpse the main facade of the little-known Casa Guarro.

To finish the route, we must go to Plaça Espanya and enjoy it, as it is also the work of Puig i Cadafalch. In one of its margins we can admire the old Casaramona Factory and the Palaces of Alfonoso XIII and Victoria Eugenia, both part of the Axis of the 1929 Universal Exhibition (as well as the square).

Extra: If you still want to discover Puig i Cadafalch, we recommend that you go and discover his most unknown works from the upper part of the city, such as Casa Sastre i Marquès, Rosa Alemany, Muley-Afid or Casa Muntades. None of these latter houses can be visited, but you can admire their façades.


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