Gaudí is inextricably linked with Barcelona, but that doesn’t mean he never made his mark outside of Catalonia. One of the first buildings Gaudí ever designed was a summer house in Comillas, Cantabria. It’s the biggest attraction in the city these days.
It was 1882 when the young Gaudí was commissioned to design the house for a friend, the first marquis of Comillas. He wanted a summer residence adjacent to his palace and named it ‘El Capricho’ – which means ‘the whim’ in English. And that’s exactly how the outside of the Gaudí building looks like: like one big whimsical spur of the moment. The village of Comillas, near Santander in Northern Spain, has made a real tourist attraction out of El Capricho (5 euro entrance per person) and because of that the interior has lost a bit of its magic here and there. But if you’re an Art Nouveau fan, you’ll still be pleasantly surprised. The whole style, inside and out, is so typical Gaudí: colorful, eclectic, playful and very unusual. It took three years to finish the project and today, you can rent the different spaces for events.