Sagrada Família stop
In addition to visiting the quintessential symbol of Barcelona, from the Sagrada Família stop you can stroll through a district of pleasant avenues and see the world’s largest Modernista complex.
A quiet neighbourhood with two of Modernisme’s foremost works
The Sagrada Família stop on the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic is located in the square opposite Barcelona’s most-visited monument. From this point you can not only see Antoni Gaudí’s basilica, which has been under construction since 1883, but you can also stroll up the charming Avinguda de Gaudí to the imposing entrance to Hospital de Sant Pau, a singular complex of streets and thirteen Modernista pavilions designed as a garden city by Domènech i Montaner.
And on a pleasant stroll through the Sagrada Família district you can see the highly original Casa Planells, designed by Josep Maria Jujol, who collaborated with Gaudí on his main projects, and walk along Passeig de Sant Joan, a quite avenue and neighbourhood meeting point, where you can visit Palau Macaya by Puig i Cadafalch.
What to see
- Basílica de la Sagrada Família
The Sagrada Família is Barcelona’s indisputable icon and Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece. It is the city’s most visited monument. It is recognisable from afar thanks to its sky-scraping towers, while its two exterior facades impact visitors at its site.
- Palau Macaya
On Passeig de Sant Joan there is a Modernista palace decorated with white stucco and stone sculptures. It is Palau Macaya, also called Casa Macaya.
As one of the greatest exponents of Modernista architecture, Gaudí was responsible for many of the city’s most emblematic buildings.
- Casa Planells
With its singular facade, it is one of the few works undertaken by the architect Josep Maria Jujol, one of Gaudí’s collaborators, in Barcelona.
- La Monumental
Built in 1914, at the height of bullfighting’s popularity in Barcelona, this bullring was one of the most prestigious in Spain. And in 2011 it was the venue of Catalonia’s last bullfight.