This palace 9 was originally part of the old “Finca Güell” and was created by enlarging and transforming a large farmhouse that stood on the site, Can Cuiàs, which the Güell family used as a summer residence until it was given by the family to the monarchy. The palace consists of a main four-storey building with a chapel in the rear, and two three-storey wings that open out in a curve from the central façade. The inside hosts a diverse mixture of styles of decoration and furnishings from Louis XIV to contemporary. The modernist architect Antoni Gaudí was partly responsible for the design of the gardens. He included two fountains and a pergola in his plans. The Font d’Hèrcules was restored to its former glory in 1983. The gardens are also home to three illuminated fountains, the work of Carles Buïgas, the creator of the Magic Fountain at Montjuïc and several sculptures. The palace currently hosts the Museo de Artes Decorativas (Decorative Arts Museum) and the Museo de Cerámica (Ceramics Museum).
Ceramics Museum. Palau Reial de Pedralbes
Address: Av. Diagonal, 686.
Metro: L3 Palau Reial.
Bus: 7, 33, 63, 67, 68, 74, 75, 78, and 113.
City Tour Bus: North Route (red route)
Barcelona Bus Turístic: Palau Reial.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00 to 18:00. Mondays closed. Also closed on: 1st January, 1st May, 24th June, 25th and 26th December.
Prices: Permanent Exhibition + Temporary Exhibition: General 5 €. Groups 3 €.