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Hospital de Sant Pau

Hospital de Sant Pau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Sant Pau Recinte Modernista Entry Ticket

1. Barcelona: Sant Pau Recinte Modernista Entry Ticket

Discover a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture with an entrance ticket to the world’s largest Art Nouveau site at the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. Built between 1905 and 1930 from a design by the Modernista architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Sant Pau Recinte complex was initially intended as a garden city to nurse the sick. It was used as a public hospital for a century, and has now been refurbished to its former splendor. By the late 19th century, the old Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona's El Raval neighborhood needed to be relocated as it had become too small. The result was an ambitious project inspired by breakthroughs in health and hygiene. The institution has always been associated with charitable work, welfare, and the latest advances in healthcare. Marvel at the Modernista motifs of the renovated pavilions, and discover how the former hospital complex has become a knowledge campus for international organizations, such as the European Forest Institute, Casa Àsia, the Global University Network for Innovation, and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture, and Mobility. Delve into history of one of Barcelona’s most dazzling buildings. Stroll among the pavilions, set in gardens and connected by underground passage ways that showcase sculptures, stained glass and mosaics.

Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Each route has an approximate duration of 2 hours. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori. • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardins de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • Mnac (Museo Nacional de Catalunya) • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona & Sagrada Familia Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. Barcelona & Sagrada Familia Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

During this exciting half-day tour, visit some of the most beautiful places in Barcelona. You will also get to explore La Sagrada Familia where you will skip the line in order to save precious time.  After pick-up at your accommodation in Barcelona, journey by private transport to experience the different faces of Barcelona. During the tour, your expert guide will share fascinating stories about the city’s unique architecture, culture, and history. This half-day tour will let you discover the real essence of Barcelona. Enjoy the world-famous landmarks, the hidden secrets, and the fantastic sights of Barcelona together with an enthusiastic guide in a small friendly group. Begin your tour in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central square. The plaza connects to the avenue Passeig de Grácia, which features some of the best examples of Catalan architecture. Take a moment to admire the striking façades of private Modernist buildings, among them Gaudí´s famous La Pedrera. Follow in the footsteps of Gaudí as you explore l’Eixample next. After visiting the majestic Hospital de Sant Pau, continue to Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.  See the different parts of the building and the many examples of religious symbolism hidden in its unique façades. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style: the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, walls, and the organic architecture of the basilica. This tour also includes a relaxed walking tour through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter. Your guide will take you through its quaint little back streets to find the hidden imprints left by the Romans and medieval times in this world-famous neighborhood.  After visiting the seafront, head to Montjuïc Mountain and stop at the Mirador de l'Alcalde, a beautiful terrace with wonderful views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline offering fantastic photo opportunities.

Barcelona & Park Güell: Private Half-Day Tour with Pickup

4. Barcelona & Park Güell: Private Half-Day Tour with Pickup

Get to know Barcelona up close and surround yourself with vivid greens and vibrant color at Park Güell. Enjoy the chance to save time and skip the entrance line at the park. Choose your pick-up point at your convenience and begin your tour with private transportation to some of the most scenic spots in town. Specialized guides will delve into the depths of Barcelona's architectonic legacy, culture and people, while you sit back and enjoy the ride. The tour starts in the center of town at Plaça Catalunya, home to some of the most distinctive Catalan architecture: Passeig de Gracia. Take in the striking facades of the private modernist buildings in the area. Antoni Gaudí's La Pedrera is certain to stick out. In the part of town aptly described as the "apple of discord," discover many impressive examples of modernist houses like Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Ametller. Venture toward the historic Gràcia district until you reach the world-famous Park Güell. Located on a hill with spectacular views of Barcelona. Park Güell showcases Gaudí's signature style in combination with natural forms. Meander through the uniquely beautiful corners of the park with a professional guide providing interesting facts and stories to understand the work of Gaudí. Follow the footsteps of the famous architect and continue to the Eixample. This district was projected by Ildefons Cerdà as an extension of the old town, to control the growth of the city. Drive toward the modernist gems: Hospital de Sant Pau and Gaudí’s masterpiece, ​​La Sagrada Familia. No photographs you've ever seen of this basilica will compare to your first experience in front of Gaudí's temple. Discover the symbolism in the architecture through your knowledgeable guide. Continue an architectural tour toward the Mediterranean sea, passing by the Plaza Monumental de Barcelona. Make a pit stop at the contemporary Agbar Tower, the newest reference point for the Barcelona skyline. Once you reach Bogatell beach, cross the waterfront through Port Vell (Old Port), Gothic Drassanes and Columbus Monument, near the iconic La Rambla, and end up at the brand new World Trade Center. Climb the Montjuic Mountain. Find the Mirador de l'Alcalde, a terrace that offers spectacular views over the Barcelona skyline. On the same mountain, find facilities from the 1992 Olympics: the remodeled Olympic Stadium, originally built in 1929 and Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki. Get a taste of old-school urban planning and architecture designed for the International Exhibition of 1929, as Plaça Espanya references St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. See the the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc and the National Palace. Head to the center of the Old Town. Finish the day in the quaint corners of the Gothic Quarter with a relaxing walking tour, with echoes of the Roman and medieval city's past all around you. Stop at the Cathedral Avenue to admire the magnificent temple’s Gothic façade and practically travel back in time to the origins of Barcelona at Plaça Sant Jaume, the seat of today's City Hall.

Barcelona: Gaudí's Masterpieces City Exploration Game

5. Barcelona: Gaudí's Masterpieces City Exploration Game

Explore the art and modernist architecture that makes Barcelona one of the most beautiful cities in the world. See the church of the Sagrada Família and other incredible masterpieces. Play this exploration game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Untangle the past and learn about Antoni Gaudí's secrets. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in about 1.5 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Barcelona: Half Day Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle

6. Barcelona: Half Day Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Barcelona's beautiful sights while cruising on a sidecar motorcycle driven by private guide. Visit the essential landmarks, including the Columbus Monument, Ciutadella Park, Plaza España, Palau Nacional, Montjuic Hill & viewpoints, Olympic Stadium, Old Port and Barcelona Beach. Explore the historic streets of the medieval district of El Born and also see the Arc de Triomf, Passeig de Gracia and the La Rambla promenade.See Barcelona's UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá, and Casa Battló, with the opportunity to stop off and take pictures. On the extended tour, see Barcelona's many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Sant Pau Hospital, Park Güell, and Casa Vicens. Enjoy a beautiful ride through the charming neighborhood of Garcia. As you ride along, your guide will share information about the landmarks and Mediterranean culture. Ask questions via wireless communication devices in your helmets.

Barcelona: Gaudi Architecture and Modernism Tour

7. Barcelona: Gaudi Architecture and Modernism Tour

Your experience begins with a 1-hour walking tour. The first place you will visit will be the Sagrada Familia, where your guide will explain all the historical and interesting details of this main icon of Barcelona. From there, stroll onward to the most important modernist hospital in the world, the historic Sant Pau hospital, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you’ve finished the walking tour, you will then jump on your Vespa to start a 4-hour scooter route, discovering the most incredible places in the city as well as its architecture. You’ll visit important places such as Park Guell, Casa Batllo, and la Pedrera, riding through other points in Barcelona such as Las Ramblas and Montjuic.

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What people are saying about Hospital de Sant Pau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,316 reviews

Both routes were very enjoyable and interesting thanks to the excellent audio guide available in multiple languages. It also allowed me to better locate the different areas of the city than on a map. I really appreciated being able to get off the bus and visit a place and then take the next bus to continue the journey. Great

Joe was extremely knowledgeable. He provided a fun and safe ride. The tour was customized and extensive. This was a great way to pull everything together at the end of the trip to Barcelona. I highly suggest this activity!

It was an amazing tour, you can see a lot important places. The guide dear Joan is the most friendly and sincere guide we have ever seen. Do not hesitate to attend the tour, it worths. Thank you Joan.

The audio guide is a must as it helped us with the details and history of the architect and buildings.

As informative and comprehensive as one wants to experience.