Gaudi Gardens & Modernisme Hospital de Sant Pau

Two wonders of design are featured today—the gardens at Park Güell, created by none other than Antoni Gaudí, and the Art Nouveau masterpiece of Hospital de Sant Pau. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and with a light hike in the park and a visit to the breathtaking hospital property, you will see why.

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    12 & above
  • Duration
    Approximately 5 hours

New for 2019
From the pier, travel to the UNESCO-listed Park Güell. This is where famed architect Antoni Gaudí turned his eye to landscape design, creating a strange and enchanting place that showcases his passion for natural forms. Here, the artificial seems more natural than the natural, a marvelous and thought-provoking study in Gaudí’s groundbreaking vision.

Take a short walk through the park’s public area and then make the light hike up to Barcelona’s best-kept secret: the viewpoint at Turó de la Rovira. Tucked away in a not-so-easy-to-access location, this spot invites in-the-know locals and intrepid visitors to gaze upon a full, 360-degree view, encompassing the coast as far as north as Mataró and as far south as Castelldefels.

Once at the top, have your camera ready to capture the vistas. Above the weeds and dusty hillside, you will find the old concrete platforms that were once part of a Spanish Civil War-era anti-aircraft battery. The area was later a shanty town, abandoned in the 1990s and left deserted to this day.

Walk downhill to meet your vehicle for the transfer to the next Barcelona design masterpiece, Hospital Sant Pau, a modernisme tour de force by Catalan architect Domènech i Montaner. Built between 1901 and 1930 on the site of a medieval hospital, this stunning property hosts pavilions, underground tunnels and glorious gardens behind an imposing main building. The hospital’s fanciful Art Nouveau design is grounded in Gothic vernacular, highlighted by a grand, church-like edifice, ornate spires, arched windows, colorful tiled domes and mosaic adornments. Altogether, this astounding creation forms something of an architectural revelation, not just in hospital design, but in all design.

Visit the Hospital Sant Pau to appreciate why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then make your return to another marvel of design, your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
Guests must be a minimum of 10 years of age in order to participate. As this excursion involves approximately 2 hours of walking over various surfaces, including partially paved areas, uneven terrain and steep inclines, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Guests should be agile and reasonably fit in order to participate. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing appropriate for trekking/walking, including flat, closed-toe shoes. Guests should also wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Official entrance to Parc Güell is not included; the hike will take place in a part of the park that can be visited without an entrance fee. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of booking is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-Reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.