Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes

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Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes information

Barcelona , Spain
Address
Street Avinguda Diagonal 686
Getting there
metro Palau Reial
Opening hours
10am-8pm Apr-Oct, to 6pm Nov-Mar
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A few steps from busy Avinguda Diagonal lies this small enchanting green space. Sculptures, fountains, citrus trees, bamboo groves, fragrant eucalyptus, towering cypresses and bougainvillea-covered nooks lie scattered along the paths criss-crossing these peaceful gardens. Among the little-known treasures here are a vine-covered parabolic pergola and a gurgling fountain of Hercules, both designed by Antoni Gaudí.

At the north end of the park is the Palau Reial de Pedralbes, an early-20th-century building that belonged to the family of Eusebi Güell (Gaudí’s patron) until they handed it over to the city in 1926 to serve as a royal residence. Among its guests have been King Alfonso XIII, the president of Catalonia and General Franco. The palau (palace) is currently closed to the public; until 2014 it housed several museums, which have since moved to Poblenou, and now compose the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.