We were reading old guidebooks and websites about Cantabria and Asturias in Northern Spain where we’d be taking a hiking vacation. All our energy was channeled into planning the day hikes. But what to do on a rainy day or if we just needed a break from hiking? As we read on, a moment of serendipity came to us, and its name was El Capricho.
What a lucky find! A guidebook Beth had found mentioned El Capricho, a house designed by Gaudi in the 1880’s. Antoni Gaudi is very high on our list of artists whose work we would love to see. Most of Gaudi’s works are in Barcelona, but the guidebook said that this one house, El Capricho, was located in the area where we planned to stay. Seeing a work by Gaudi was most definitely worth a drive to the town of Comillas!
Comillas is a small seaside town. As we approached the town, we expected to see signage for this architectural gem. Nothing. Where was it? We asked a pedestrian. No idea. We managed to find the town center and then a small sign – and El Capricho appeared before us.
This home is over 120 years old and yet feels contemporary. The façade is beautifully detailed and fanciful, using brick, ironwork, and ceramic tiles. The interior is light and airy. We saw stained glass, circular stairs, tiled fireplace, and so many other pleasing details at every turn.