On the fancy Passeig de Gràcia there’s a block known as “Illa de la Discòrdia”, in English Block of Discord. In this area, the most exuberant modernist buildings compete with each other in beauty and oddness, among them Casa Amatller.
Casa Amatller was built by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch and is located next to another impressive building Casa Batlló, by Gaudí. It’s a must see building, with less queues than its neighbour and your kids will just love it…. because it smells of chocolate! 🙂
Antoni Amatller, the chocolate maker
Antoni Amatller, the former owner, was a chocolate maker, photographer and collector. He lived between 1851 and 1910. Casa Amatller still shows the original furniture and collections dating back to the early 20th century which makes this a unique visit.
Before or after the visit take your time to enjoy some chocolate. In the ground floor there’s a cafeteria and a shop where you can sample some of the varieties of chocolate still produced by the Amatller chocolate factories. The café’s speciality is hot chocolate recipes date back to the early 20th century. For summer months you can go for ice-cocoa instead.
The chocolate shop is tempting for kids and adults alike. Dark chocolate, sweet temptations, chocolate with dipped fruits, chocolate bars or chocolate boxes of all sorts. It´s chocolate heaven.
Visiting Amatller’s family house
The guided tour to the upper floor of Casa Amatller lasts for about one hour, so that even the most active kids can stay on track. If you think that may still be too much, the video guided tour can be taken in about 30 to 45 minutes.
Not sure if it´s ready yet, but the museum was working on a tablet app for kids, so that they would find information the visit more interesting. The glass stained windows, the chimney in the main living room and the sumptuous furniture will leave you speechless for most of the visit.
Note that you will be requested to wear protective cover over your shoes to keep the flooring. No high heels allowed. And, you can take pictures freely but with no flash or selfie stick.
Casa Amatller practical information
Opening times: Daily from 10:00 am to 17:30pm . Guided tour in English is at 11am. Otherwise you can visit Casa Amatller with video guided tour, also available in English. Starts every 30 minutes.
Price: Guided visit (1hour): 17€ (adult) // Video guided tour (45′): 14€ (adult)
Discounts: 15,30€ (reduced ticket for students and +65 at guided visit), 8,5€ (7-12 years old) // 12,60€ (reduced price for video tour), 7€ (7-12 years old video tour)
Free admission: <7 years old
How to get to Casa Amatller
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 41, Barcelona.
Being located at the heart of the city, Casa Amatller is difficult to miss. If you are coming from another area, take the metro line 2,3 and 4.