On a visit to the Art Nouveau Site, you’ll be able to appreciate the foremost work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the most important architects of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau, and the product of one of the most outstanding rehabilitation processes of recent years. Visit the Art Nouveau complex on your own or in the company of a guide.

Self-guided visit

The visit begins in the exhibition space in the Sant Salvador Pavilion, summarising the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, from its founding in 1401 up until the 21st century. On the upper floor, visitors will see a contemporary installation symbolising a dragon, a tribute to the figure and the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who was a key architect in Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau.

The recommended itinerary continues around the outdoor spaces of the Art Nouveau Site, reproducing the garden city model designed in the early 20th century. As you stroll around the gardens, take in the beauty of the buildings’ exteriors.
You will also visit the Sant Rafael Pavilion, where you can take a journey in time through a historical recreation of what a hospital ward was like in the 1920s. The exhibition space explains how the Hospital was run in its early days, the kind of medicine that was practised there, and what the Barcelona of the early 20th century was like.  

It is interesting to take the underground tunnels communicating the various buildings, previously the site of frenetic healthcare activity. The visit ends in the more representative and most richly ornamented heritage spaces of the Administration Pavilion.

Get the most out of your self-guided visit with our audio guide service, a 12-stage multimedia guide that offers detailed information about the old hospital. As well as explanations, the audio guide has videos and photographs that help to understand the importance of the spaces from a historical and artistic point of view. It's available in six languages: in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German and Japanese.

The recommended itinerary will vary according to availability of the spaces.

Prepare your visit in advance by downloading the CLOUDGUIDE app with information about the monumental complex.

Guided visit

The best way to learn first-hand the secrets concealed at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is to take a guided visit. Accompanied by a cultural mediator, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the history of Sant Pau, the details of its construction, and its artistic and heritage importance, as you take in its most emblematic spaces.

The duration of the activity is 1.15 h. Consult opening hours and admission fees.
 


Sant Pau is an affiliated member of the World Tourism Organization and has the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Certificate in recognition of a model of tourism that is responsible, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and accessible to everyone.
It also forms part of Barcelona’s Modernisme Route.

In accordance with current regulations, guided visits to Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site may only be conducted by the Art Nouveau Site’s own guides, tour guides authorized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, and teachers accompanying groups of students.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.