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Ruta de Modernisme

Follow the little red plaques

Symbol of the Ruta de Modernisme

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.

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Modernisme Centres:

Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà, Av. Drassanes 6, 21st Floor. Open Mon-Fri 9am-2pm

Güell Pavilions, 7 Avinguda de Pedralbes: Open Sat-Sun 10am-2pm.

+34 93 317 76 52

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Ferran Legaz