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.

We stayed a long time — just so much to take in.  On leaving, we said our farewells to Gaudi, who is seated on display in the garden.

May 2010

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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9 Responses to Serendipity

  1. Thanks for viewing my blog and liking my latest post. Great pictures! I have not yet been to Spain and it was a nice little glimpse into someone so associated with Spain in a place one would not expect.

  2. rae101049 says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Your photos are wonderful. Makes me want to travel again.

    • The feeling is mutual – I liked the color and composition of your photos. Even short trips, like our 1.5 hour drive to Frederick for some antique shopping, are great trips. thanks for stopping by.

  3. londonraghu says:

    How interesting. Saw most of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona. Can’t say I like the style, but it does tend to stay in the mind.

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    First-time visitor! Wonderful pictures. The last one made me laugh as we’ve been taking pics of my wife with bronze statues. Nonetheless, I’ve only had a short time in Spain, thus want to return. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jessica says:

    That’s such an unusual building, even for Gaudi! I had no idea it existed – thanks for letting me know.

  6. mfnaughton says:

    Would love to visit

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