What It Is:
Designed by Barcelona’s beloved architect Antoni Gaudí, this lavish home was custom-designed from top to bottom for Eiuseppe Güell, a member of Barcelona’s elite. It’s a great example of the architectural style of Modernista, and of Gaudí’s early work.
Where It’s Located:
Carrer Nou de la Rambla in the El Raval neighborhood. | Google Map
Why We Love It:
Most people who spend a few days in Barcelona will find their way to Gaudí’s masterpiece-in-progress, La Sagrada Familia. Palau Güell is a chance to see the architect’s mad scientist brain at work. Whether or not you’re a fan of Gaudí, his mark on the city of Barcelona is undeniable. And for those with a taste for mind-bending architecture, seeing some of this other projects will give you a sense of his peculiar style of genius.
- If you plan to go, try to go on a sunny day. The lovely rooftop terrace is definitely worth seeing, and is closed on rainy days for safety.
- If you’re on the fence about going, but happen to be there on the first Sunday of the month, you’re in luck. It’s free (including the helpful audioguide).
- If you’re a Gaudí fan, this is widely considered as his most authentic work, as it was started and completed under his supervision (not the case with all of his work).
- Like a lot of attractions in Barcelona, you’ll often find lines to be shortest early in the day, and during the week.
- If you tend to go without audioguides, this might be the time to change your policy. There’s a lot of good detail in it, and you’ll get a lot more out of your time there.
- Set aside an hour or so to take in this curious work of genius, or 90 minutes if you like to meander and take in the rooftop terrace view.
- Finally, there’s a free day on the first Sunday of every month. It’s a popular offer, so get in line early!
For More Barcelona Travel Recommendations…
Check out our Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide, which includes a constantly-updated list of our best recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Barcelona. Plus, we’ve also shared a bunch of our best Barcelona-specific travel tips, so that you can navigate the city like a local.
Also, feel free to download our Gimme Some Barcelona Google Map, which includes all of the recommendations listed in our travel guide.