Casa de les Punxes gives Barcelona yet another Catalan modernist gem.
While it’s less recognized than super powers Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, it’s an fascinating interpretation nonetheless by one of the greatest Catalan architects in history: the master Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
The house has only recently opened its doors to tourists, rendering it one of the most beloved attractions in the city.
Here you’ll find information on how to arrive, opening hours, visit prices, and much more.
Casa de les Punxes – An Extravagant Palace
If at some point you’ve gone along the massive boulevard Avinguda Diagonal you’ve seen the dramatic conical spikes that define La Casa de les Punxes (‘House of Spikes’).
But what exactly is this strange Disney-like palace?
It all begins in 1905.
The Eixample district was only just laying its foundations as the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods and industrialist Bartomeu Terradas Brutau wanted a home for his three sisters.
And a status symbol.
This meant not skimping out on the construction, so why not enlist one of the most important local architects of the era to give ti all of his creative effort?
Cue Mr. Puig i Cadafalch.
The building’s original name was Casa Terradas. It is only recently that he house was called Casa de les Punxes for the defining architectural elements of the palace: its 6 pointed towers that look like needles piercing the sky.
Rgardless of having the appearance of just one building it’s is actually subdivided in three buildings: one for each daughter. The decorations of each facade hide little references to each of the three daughters, but I’ll leave that detective work up to you!
I visited the palace and had the opportunity to visit the main ‘punxa’ which is normally closed to the public – and here you’ll get an amazing view of the city.
You’ll find a sneak preview of this and the rest of your visit on my Facebook page.
Casa de les Punxes Tickets
Visit with Audioguide
Here you’ll get completely immersed in the noble floor and live the legend of Sant Jordi first hand, discovering its influence on modernism.
The visit ends on the rooftop where you have a lovely exhibition on the life and works of Puig i Cadafalch.
The audio guide is in English (as well as Portuguese, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Catalan, Spanish, French, and Italian) and is included in the price.
Prices: Adults: €12.50, Kids (5-17), Students, 65+, Disabled: €10.00, Kids under 7: free
Exclusive Visit with Guided Tour, Cava, and Apertif
Here you really get to take in Casa de les Punxes with all your senses, plus learn much more about the history of every corner of the palace. The tour is run by an informative guide and is available in English, Spanish, and Catalan.
The visit ends on the rooftop with a glass of a local sparkling white wine called cava and a few appetizers from the restaurant Matalaranya.
The exclusive Casa de les Punxes guided tour in English runs Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
Prices: €23.00 (no reduced entrance, click ‘purchase’ to see options).
FYI: there’s no need to print out tickets as you can simply download them to your smartphone and show them at the entrance.
No pets (aside from guide dogs) are admitted in the house.
For disabled visitors there are elevators for easy access.
Casa de les Punxes Hours
The house is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. On the 18th of March the house closes at 7:00 pm with the last visit at 6:00 pm.
The last entrance is at 7:00 pm.
It’s closed on Christmas Day.
How to Get to Casa de les Punxes
The address is Avinguda Diagonal 420.
The house is found in the middle of the ‘golden modernist triangle’ that is home to some of the most emblematic buildings of the city. It’s about a 10 minute walk from either Sagrada Familia or Casa Batlló.
To get there you can take the metro to Verdaguer (yellow line L4 or blue line L5) or get off at Diagonal (green line L3 and blue line L5).
You can also get to Casa de les Punxes using the ‘Pg. de Gracia-La Pedrera’ hop on hop off bus stop.
Buses 6, 20, 33, 34, 39, 45, 47, H8 and N5 also reach the house.
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Happy travels 🙂