I had visitors last week… I love having visitors, but there does come that inevitable moment when they want to go see Sagrada Familia and you start wondering if you can just send them off on their own. Gaudí’s mad masterpiece of a church is, of course, one of the enduring symbols of Barcelona and definitely worth a visit, but for the long-term resident it becomes a bit of a chore. So, to liven this visit up I cut the time at Sagrada Familia as short as possible and then steered my visitors towards the other modernist masterwork in the area: the Hospital de Sant Pau.
Gaudí is Catalonia’s most famous architect, but there are many others worthy of note, particularly Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who built not only the hospital, but the beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana as well. The Hospital Sant Pau is under construction at the moment, but it is still possible to enter the grounds and marvel at the courtyard full for fanciful brick and mosaic buildings.
My visitors and I contented ourselves with wandering around the courtyard, but it’s also possible to take guided tours, during which participants can access a part of the tunnel network designed by Domènech i Montaner to connect the pavillions, and learn more about the future stages in the timeline of these historic and beautiful buildings. You may even find you don’t have time for Sagrada Familia!
for guided tour information, see here