Stroll the Grounds at Pedralbes Monastery
This Gothic monastery houses collections from Barcelona's City History Museum, but if you've got only an hour or so, skip the exhibits in favor of a walk around. Founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326, the monastery (or monestir in Catalan) is a welcome oasis after time spent in Barcelona's hectic city center. Three floors of cloisters frame a beautiful garden crowded with orange trees and palms. In their shade, watch goldfish swim through the green waters of the garden's central fountain. If you've got a bit more time, don't miss the 14th-century stained-glass windows in the chancel. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, October through March; they're extended to 5 p.m. April through September. Sundays, the monastery is open until 8 p.m., and admission is free after 3 p.m. Get there via FGC, L6; stop: Reina Elisenda.
By Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
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Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 56 34 34
Sat, Sun 10am - 4:30pm
Tue - Fri 10am - 1:30pm