Accessibility Casa Vicens
Barcelona is the city of Gaudí. The famous architect of Catalonia has most of his work in this beautiful city. In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about the first masterpiece created by Antoni Gaudí: Casa Vicens. In this Accessibility of Casa Vicens blog we give you information about the accessibility, how you get there, and how to get skip-the-line tickets.
Casa Vicens might not be on the top of your mind when you plan your visit to Barcelona. Most of the tourists visit the Sagrada Familia , the most prominent construction created by Gaudí. However, he has designed many more beautiful buildings in Barcelona. Casa Vicens is listed on the Unesco World Heritage list, along with five other architectural structures designed by him.
“Everything has a beginning. People have beginnings, as well. Casa Vicens isn’t a place. It is the beginning: Gaudí’s first house”. – Gaudí Vicens
About Casa Vicens
Built-in 1883, the building served as a summer house for the Vicens family. Casa Vicens is the first residence Antoni Gaudí designed. And has everything that a summer house needs. From several bedrooms to a dining room, a smoking room, a garden, and a rooftop.
The summer house was Gaudí’s first masterpiece in Barcelona. He built it at the age of 31, and it shows the seeds of all his later architectural work. However, the style of this particular place is very different. At Casa Vicens, you do not see mosaic and wavy lines like you see in his other works. Everything is sleek and consists entirely of loose colored tiles. Moreover, Casa Vicens was Gaudí’s first house with access to the rooftop.
Nowadays, Casa Vicens is a museum for visitors to Barcelona.
Accessibility of Casa Vicens
You can recognize the entrance of the house by a gate made of steel.
The main entrance is not accessible for wheelchair users because this has steps. However, around the entrance, you find staff who help you get in the building via a step-free doorway. Besides the ground floor to the ticket office, Casa Vicens is 100% wheelchair accessible. Once inside, you find a brand new broadened elevator, that stops on every level, including the rooftop.
All the floors are flat and smooth. There are no steps from one room to the other. And all the rooms are connected, without corridors.
In the basement, you find a giftshop-bookstore, and you can have a break in the café on the main floor. After you have soaked up the beauty of Casa Vicens, there are a lot of other buildings designed by Gaudí to explore.
There is a wheelchair accessible bathroom, that you can find in the basement. It is a spacious room with changing facilities. See pictures for more details.
How to get there
There are many different ways to get to Casa Vicens in the Gràcia district. You have the option to take an accessible taxi, which you have to book in advance. Or you can go by public transport like the bus and the metro.
Public transport in Barcelona is easy and fast to use. Click here to read more about the metro and the metro stations in our blog about the accessibility of the subway in Barcelona.
When you choose to use the metro, you have to take a subway to station ‘Fontana’ (L3, the green line). Metro station ‘Fontana’ is also accessible for wheelchairs. From here it is only 250 meters strolling to Casa Vicens.
When you choose to use the bus to Casa Vicens, you can take one of these bus lines: 22, 27, 32, 87, 114, N4, V17. All busses in Barcelona are wheelchair accessible.
The address of the house is Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012 Barcelona.
Skip-the-line Ticket information
You can visit Casa Vicens all year round with different opening hours in high and low season. Check the website for exact visiting hours.
People with disabilities receive a discounted rate of €14 instead of €16. Wheelchair users can bring one companion into the house for free.
We advise you to book your tickets online and in advance. Booking your tickets online is very easy, and you avoid the long waiting lines.
To prevent crowds at the entrance, you have to choose an arrival time in the bookings process. However, you can enjoy the beauty and the details of the house at your own pace. And take all the time you need.
Keep in mind that if you buy your tickets at the entrance, the ticket office closes one hour before the museum does.