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Palau Güell

Palau Güell

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.

Our Recommendations:

  • 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).

Other Tips:

  • Like a lot of attractions in Barcelona, you’ll often find lines to be shortest early in the day, and during the week.
  • We don’t usually recommend audioguides, but in this case, it helps. 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.
  • Check out our downloadable travel guide map for other recommendations nearby!


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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.

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