I know, those are some fighting words in the title! But I really think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable way to spend the day at the hospital than going to see the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona. It’s a modernist jewel that recently re-opened for public viewing.
It was briefly free a couple of months ago to celebrate the re-opening, and since then they’ve started charging admission. But architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s masterpiece only costs €8 to enter, making it one of the most budget-friendly ways to get a taste of Catalan modernisme. Compare that to the Sagrada Familia at nearly €15 and Domènech i Montaner’s more famous Palau de la Música Catalana at €18. And you get more bang for your buck too – the Hospital de Sant Pau is the biggest Art Nouveau complex in the world.
And if you’re really stuck on a budget, come check out my video where I take you around the beautiful hospital grounds. Enjoy!
Oh, and in related bloggy news, have you seen eTramping’s lovely new post about the best temples in the world? You may just spot another very famous Barcelona modernist work in the piece. 😀
How to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau:
- Address: Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89
- Closest Metro stop: Sant Pau/Dos de Maig on the blue line.
- Cost: Regular tickets are €8 for a self-guided visit and €14 for a guided visit.
- Can I get discounts? There are discounts available for under 29s and over 65, with some touristic activities like the Bus Turístic. It’s free for under 16s, the unemployed, and people with the Tarjeta Rosa Gratuïta.
- Opening hours: November to March: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. April to October: Monday – Saturday – 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
- Days it’s closed: January 1, January 6, December 25, December 26
- Official website: http://www.santpaubarcelona.org/en
- Other nearby attractions: the Sagrada Familia is right down the street