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As you head west of Gràcia, climbing into the foothills of the Collserola, the neighbourhoods become more exclusive.


Although now filled with hospitals and universities, Pedralbes has a lingering whiff of royalty in its two star attractions, the Gothic Monastir de Pedralbes, founded by Queen Elisenda, and the Palau de Pedralbes, built by the Güell family as a home away from home for the kings of Spain. Near its delightful gardens, Barcelona's own 19th-century merchant prince, Eusebi Güell, had a rural estate out here, now known as the Pabellones Güell, adorned with some early imaginative work by Gaudí.

metro: Palau Reial


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Col·legi de les Teresianes

Gaudí for nuns

Joan Maragall

The Poet of Modernisme (and his house)

Pabellones de la Finca Güell

There be dragons here

Palau Reial de Pedralbes

Royal Palace and Pretty Park

Parc de Cervantes

Coming up roses

Torre Bellesguard

A best-kept Gaudí secret, now open to the public

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Jordi Hernandez