Barcelona no sooner had its first democratically elected port-war city council in 1979 when it took its Modernista heritage in hand, protecting and restoring its marvels. In 1997 the city set up the Ruta de Modernisme— a suggested tour that takes in 116 Modernista highlights. Most are buildings; some may be lamp posts. While some of these are far afield, the main walk in the Eixample (marked by little red plaques) can be done in a day, including time for visits.
Modernisme Centres sell the €12 guidebook and map pack, which entitle the bearer to up to 50% discount on admissions to Modernista sites. An accompanying adult is eligible for the same discounts for €5, as is one children under 18. For another €6 you can all get a carrier bag and a copy of 'Let's Go Out', which lists 105 Modernista bars, shops, restaurants and hotels participating in the Barcelona Guapos per sempre ('Barcelona Forever Beautiful') scheme.
Images by: Ferran Legaz