Q: My cruise ship docks on 09 May. I am taking a taxi to the Las Ramblas. I want to visit Casa Batlló and need to know if it is in walking distance from the Columbus statue. I'm in good walking condition and have passed the building before, but have never been inside, especially the roof top. Any information would be appreciated.
A: The walking distance from the Columbus Monument, at the foot of Las Ramblas, to the Casa Batlló is about 2.5 Km. Depending on your walking speed it could take anything between 40 minutes to 1 hour at a leisurely walking pace and no stop off. If you are in good condition and it is daylight then it is quite a nice walk along La Rambla. At the top of La Rambla walk across Catalunya square to Passeig de Gràcia and continue walking up until you come to Casa Batlló at No. 43 Passeig de Gràcia.
If you desire a shorter walk you can always take the Metro from Drassanes - which is close to the Columbus monument on La Rambla. There are a number of metro stops along the way and you can therefore determine how long you want to make your walk. The stops are in order from your starting point to Casa Batlló:
Passeig de Gràcia.
If you take the correct exit at Passeig de Gràcia , Casa Batlló is just outside the metro however Passeig de Gràcia station is large and confusing and I have to admit that even I get a little disorientated finding the right exit for Gaudí's Casa Batlló. It may be better to get off at Catalunya and walk 15 minutes to Casa Batlló if you only want a short walk.
Here are some links with more information about the walk you would have. I have arranged them in order from the Port Vell - near the Columbus monument all the way to Casa Batlló. Each of these links will take you to a photo gallery of the area.
Casa Batlló tickets with audio guide. Avoid the queues by reserving your tickets online.
You can buy your "skip the queue" admission tickets to Casa Batlló in advance of your trip by following the link below. Your tickets also include an audio guide that explains the stories behind each room in Casa Batlló (audio guide is available in 10 languages, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese). Each point along the audio guide is labelled with a number that corresponds to a track on the audio guide. The audio guide is excellent if you are interested in learning more about Gaudi's thought processes behind the design of this iconic masterpiece.