Guided visit of Gaudí's Capricho in Comillas, Cantabria
The Villa Quijano, popularly known as El Capricho, is one of the most important works of European modernism and is located in the Cantabrian town of Comillas. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1883 and 1885 under the direction of Cristóbal Cascante, the architect's assistant, and commissioned by the indiano Máximo Díaz de Quijano. It is one of Gaudí's first works and one of only three designed outside Catalonia. It belongs to Gaudí's Orientalist phase, a period in which the architect produced a series of works with a markedly Oriental taste, inspired by the art of the Near and Far East (India, Persia, Japan), as well as by Hispanic Islamic art, mainly Mudejar and Nasrid. Gaudí made extensive use of ceramic tile decoration, as well as mitral arches, exposed-brick brackets and temple or dome-shaped finials. The building fell into disrepair after the Civil War, a state in which it remained despite its declaration as an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1969. In 1988 it was restored and converted into a restaurant. Finally, in 2009, the building was converted into a museum and remains open for visits by the public.
What we are going to do?
With your entrance ticket with guided tour you will enjoy a wonderful tour led by an expert guide. The guided tour shows the exterior and part of the interior. The other parts of the building can be visited at your leisure at the end of the activity. It has 3 floors and a large garden where visitors can relax and enjoy the surroundings. On the main floor you will find an exhibition that will take you into completely unknown territory: What was Gaudí like as a student, what brought him to Comillas, and what is the relationship between nature and Gaudí's El Capricho? Here you will find an extensive exhibition of photographs, drawings and illustrations related to the life and work of the architect. Gaudí was a total creator and as well as leaving us beautiful buildings he left us some jewels in the form of furniture. In the attics you will find some samples of this furniture and what is better, you will be able to try them and discover how Gaudí thought about every detail. Finally, inside the building you will find an audiovisual room that will allow you to delve into the history and architecture of the building. A journey through the main passages in the history of this house and a complete analysis of the architectural details.
Entrance to the building
Free time to visit the house
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.