Gaudi-designed palace with lavish interior
One of his lesser known famous works, Gaudi’s Palau Guell often goes unnoticed by tourists despite its central location on Nou de La Rambla, just off Las Ramblas itself.
Whereas the grey Venetian style facade doesn’t grab the eye in quite the same way as La Pedrera or Casa Batllo for example, fans of architecture will be impressed by the building’s austere beauty and the intricate ironwork on the parabolic gates.
As you might expect from a palace built for the illustrious businessman Eusebi Guell, the interior is full of lavish delights, which, after a long restoration project, is open to the public and makes for interesting viewing. Guests may also now access the palace’s rooftop with Señor Gaudi’s trademark chimneys, decorated with bits of broken tiles and pottery using his favoured trencadis technique.
The Palau may be less of a crowd puller than the architect’s more ostentatious works, but that hasn’t stopped it being listed amongst his seven buildings that share the UNESCO stamp of approval.
Far from being the only building in Barcelona which Eusebi commissioned from Antoni, the two worked on many other projects including the unique Park Guell.
Did you know? The roof of Palau Guell featured in the 1975 thriller The Passenger starring Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider.
April to October: 10am to 8pm (last entry 7pm)
November to March: 10am to 5:30pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
Closed on Mondays, 25th and 26th December, 1st January and third week of January (for maintenance).
Palau Guell Tickets
Tickets can be bought via the palace’s own booking system.