Don’t let your inevitable new fascination with Barcelona’s Modernism architecture stop at La Sagrada Familia: Just a short walk away and you can explore another architectural masterpiece, Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. The complex of buildings served as a hospital until 2009, and is now home to a knowledge center consisting of various institutions, and loads of curious corners for outside visitors to discover.
The open-to-the-public space is an underrated wonderland of art nouveau architecture, which features colorful mosaic detailing, fanciful facades, and stroll-worthy gardens. Explore the property and its relatively crowd-free pavilions on a self-guided tour, or opt for one of the guided visits, which take place at least once a day in various languages. Meanwhile, if you like what you see, you won’t want to miss out on other Modernism buildings around town such as La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, and Casa Amatller - among many more.
Guided visits occur at least once a day in a variety of languages. English tours take place at noon and 1 p.m.; consult the website for the times of other languages. If you’re keen to explore more of the city’s architectural history, consider joining a Barcelona Modernism guided tour.