From la Boqueria to Casa Calvet - 16 minutes walk
• Exiting la Boqueria walk left to the end of la Rambla
• Walk around Placa Catalunya (first continue straight then turn right and walk until the crossroad)
• Turn left and continue on Passeig d e Gracia for about seventy meters
• Turn right and continue on Carrer the Casp
• After walking about 400 m you will find Casa Calvet
This house is one of the most conventional buildings designed by Gaudí - the symmetry and orderly design this house displays was uncommon to the architect. However it still is 100% Gaudí and compared to the other buildings surrounding it still catches the eye. The masterfully crafted iron balconies and the ornate statues on the building definitely tell the viewer that this is not just another house.
In 1899 the buiding was raised to be the house and workshop of a textile merchant and Gaudí made him rejoice by incorporating different references to his life, family and career in the decoration of the building such as one of the three statues which depicts the merchant's father or the letter "C", his initial above the main door. Even though Gaudí was somewhat restricted to release his full potential due to the elegant nature of the district and the lack of space the building still won the prize for best building of the year in 1900.
Details about visiting the site:
• The building houses a restaurant so no touring in the conventional sense
• Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., closed on Sundays
• Lunch menu for 34 Euros
Why worth visiting:
• Unique building by Gaudí
• Historical buildings around
• L'Eixample district famous for its architecture
Even though you cannot enter the house itself (let alone the restaurant part) you are still guaranteed to have a great experience seeing all the masterful architecture not only at Casa Calvet itself but also on the way there.