Sarrià/Pedralbes

Neighbourhoods on the edge

Sarrià

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

Pedralbes

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

Sarrià

The last independent township to be annexed to Barcelona is slightly schizophrenic; the new part is full of smart homes with gardens and doormen, but old Sarrià hasn’t changed much at all. The main street, Carrer Major de Sarrià, connects a number of small squares with a lazy, village atmosphere. A church has stood on Plaça Sarrià for more than a millennium, although the present Sant Vicenç dates only from the early part of the 20th century.

Just off the square is a lively, red-brick Modernista market (1911) with pretty green shutters on the adjacent houses. Farther up, Plaça Sant Vicenç is surrounded by a higgledy-piggledy collection of narrow, arcaded houses, all painted different colours, with a statue of the saint in the centre; near here is Gaudí's Col.legi de les Teresianes.

Getting there: FGC Sarrià.

To the east of Sarrià, another Gaudí building, the fantastical Gothic Torre Bellesguard recently opened to the public: a must see for fans.

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