Just below the Palau Nacional, the fountain and sculpture-filled Jardins Maragall (named after the great Catalan poet) are the beautiful formal gardens of the Palauet Albéniz (1928), named after the influential Catalan composer Isaac Albéniz (1860-1906).
This modest royal palace (open only occasionally, by written request well in advance, and on special days) is the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain in Barcelona; it's also used for municipal banquets. Lucky guests are greeted by a dome painted by Dalí, his biggest and one of his few works in Barcelona.
Hours Sat, Sun and public holidays 10am-3pm
Avinguda de l'Estadi
metro: Espanya, then bus No. 150 or 55
Images by: Maik-T. Šebenik, Jordiferrer, Creative Commons License