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Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Whimsy in Comillas

El Capricho is one of the lesser-known modernist treasures designed by Antonio Gaudí. It is considered one of the works that helped to launch his career. Gaudí is well known the world around, but many don’t know how prolific the architect’s work actually is, or about the great number of architects that followed his daring and imaginative style. Capricho means “whim” and whimsy is a great descriptor for Gaudí’s modernist experimentation, a mixture of neo-Gothic and Arabesque styles, with tree shapes, sunflower ceramics, and a nod to music, with depictions of animals playing instruments throughout. The building is available for meetings, weddings, and of course individual and group visits. If you’re curious about Gaudi, this is great for a first taste within your greater visit to the sweet township of Comillas.