The Pedralbes Gardens had a very different use and appearance in their origins. The property was acquired in 1862 and became part of the Güell colony. From the old farmhouse located on the ground, a palace was built formed by a central body of four floors, two side wings of three floors that open in a curve and a neogothic chapel in the back, all with signature from Joan Martorell.
Years later the reconstruction was entrusted to Antoni Gaudí, as well as the construction of the wall, the gatehouse’s pavilions and the partial design of the gardens. In the year 1919 underwent the last remodeling to convert it into the Royal Palace that we know today, and became the residence of the royal family in its visits to the city.
It has now recovered contact with the inhabitants of Barcelona. The gardens are open to be enjoyed and the palace can be visited for free on Sunday afternoons, the rest of the week the general entrance costs 5e. It’s worth to see the inside of the building since it still preserves the original furniture like nothing changed.
In summer takes palce the SoundEAT. From 17.00 to 2.00 am the gardens are filled with trucks with street food for all palates: Thai, Mexican, Indian, hamburgers… and complemented with live music, from indie to electro. Also organized is the Barcelona Music Festival with concerts by groups and singers of various genres, including in previous years: Patti Smith, Yann Tiersen, Palo Syrup, Sting, Air, Paolo Conte and Birdy.
Royal Palace visiting hours:
- From Tuesday to Sunday: from 10am to 6pm.
- Closed on Monday
- Other closing days: 1st January, 1st May, 24th June and 25th – 26th December.
There are three public transports that you can take to get there:
- The subway: L3 Palau Reial
- The bus: Lines 7, 92, 192, H12
- And the tram: T5, T6 – La Farinera