A farm that turned into a palace
The Palau Reial of Pedralbes is a palace located in Diagonal Avenue which was ceded to the Spanish royal family. It was originally the Can Cuyàs farm, which was inside an enormous property of Güell family along with other houses, such as Can Feliu and Can Baldiró. It was the summer residence of the Güell’s. Throughout the years the farm kept being enlarged until it became the palace that it is today.
In 1924 Nicolau Rubió i Turdurí was put in charge of designing its gardens, in which one can admire the magnificent fountain by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. In the same year, once the restoration work was complete, King Alfonso the Twelfth moved into the palace. Today it is the residence of the royal family when they visit Barcelona.
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carrer de Jordi Girona, 12
Phone 932 041 196
Catalan cuisine and menus for groups at very affordable prices.
avinguda Diagonal, 643
Phone 934 021 671
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|Places of Interest
At the end of Exèrcit Avenue there is the big Quarter del Bruc (Heath Barracks) that was inaugurated in 1934 and since then they are military barracks. In this area you can enjoy walking in the many gardened parks or along Diagonal Avenue, but be careful with cyclists, runners and skaters who go at full speed!
THE GARDENS OF PALAU DE PEDRALBES
avinguda Diagonal, 686
They are public gardens created in 1924, when the Diagonal Avenue opened and the summer country house of the Guell’s family broke up into small parts. The Guells ceded a part of their property to the Royal family and they converted the old tennis court in a lake with water lilies surrounded by more than 50 tree species.
PABELLONES DE LA FINCA GÜELL
avinguda de Pedralbes, 7
Phone 933 177 652
Guided tours are organized to visit the inside, but the exceptional wrought iron door is probably the part that stands out the most. Antoni Gaudì designed it and it is inspired on the mythological dragon of the Hespérides gardens.
GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
The Union for the Mediterranean is an institution that groups 43 countries over the whole Mediterranean. They deal with subjects about collaboration and develop among the member countries. The institution’s office is closed to the public.
avinguda del Doctor Marañón, 11
Phone 933 330 352
An alternative to spend a funny time in the city. It has 14 automatic alleys, beyond billiards tables, amusement arcades and a restaurant open every day.
CENTRE CÍVIC CASAL DE SARRIÀ
carrer d’Eduardo Conde, 22
Phone 932 562 720
Poetry, concerts, conferences and workshops… there is a lot to choose in this centre, that is a bit isolated from the station. The building of 1909 is known as Villa Cecília.
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