Eusebi Güell is best remembered as Gaudi’s benefactor and the owner of many modernista buildings and sites as the Park Güell, the Güell Palace (check out our Pedralbes tour) or the Güell wine cellar.
Güell wanted to create a place for his employees to live and work that was protected and isolated from the social conflicts going on in Barcelona at the time. To do so he ordered the construction of a new factory and housing for all his workers just outside of Barcelona.
The Spanish Touch offers you the possibility of taking a guided tour in which you can:
- Walk through the industrial colony and see where the workers lived, as well as various administrative buildings, the school, the teather, doctor’s office and even where the Güells themselves lived.
- Visit the Crypt, an unfinished work of Antoni Gaudi and part of the colony’s church. Gaudi himself talked of the crypt as a model for his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.
- Visit the old textile factory. Nowadays you can only visit the outside of the building as the interior has been converted into a business center.
- And if you come on Saturday, you can enjoy the ‘Mercat de Pagès’ (farmer’s market), where local farmers sell their products directly .