A visit to the Art Nouveau Site allows you to discover one of the foremost works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the leading architect of Catalan Modernisme, and the product of one of the major rehabilitation processes of recent years.

Visits to the old Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, now UNESCO World Heritage, may be self-guided, with an audio guide or accompanied by an official guide.


Self-guided visit

Accompanied by a plan of the layout and with the support of information points around the recommended itinerary, visitors can make their own way around the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and enjoy its heritage and exhibition spaces.


Self-guided visit with audio guide

The self-guided visit can be complemented by the multimedia audio guide service that provides detailed information about the old hospital. As well as explanations, the audio guide contains videos and photographs that help to explain the importance of the spaces from a historical and artistic viewpoint. Available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese and Chinese.


Family visit

Option recommended for families with children aged between 6 and 11. With the help of accompanying adults, the youngest members of the family will discover the features of Modernisme and the history of the old hospital. They will be provided with a backpack containing a dossier explaining the visit, a plan of the site, binoculars and coloured pencils. During the visit they’ll have to look around them and observe, and touch and draw things they see.

Available in Catalan.

Guided visit

The best way to really discover the Art Nouveau Site is by taking a guided visit. Led by a specialised guide, visitors will delve into the history of the old hospital, have all the details of its construction and artistic importance explained, and discover things that are not immediately obvious.

Duration of the visit: 90 minutes
Available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Check times here

Bespoke visit

Request a guided visit in another language, a visit outside programmed times or a technical visit by sending an email to visites.recinte@santpau.cat or by calling 93 553 78 01. These visits are aimed to groups up to 15 people. 



The visit starts in the exhibition space of the Sant Salvador Pavilion with an explanation of the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, since it was founded in 1401, and a tribute to Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his work.

The exhibition continues through the outdoor spaces with gardens that turn the architectural complex into a therapeutic garden city within the city.

The Sant Rafael Pavilion takes you on a journey through time to recreate a hospital ward in the 1920s, in a growing Barcelona experiencing many changes in its medical practice.

A walk through a short section of the underground tunnels leads to the Administration Pavilion, home to the Site’s most colourful and ornate spaces.

The recommended itinerary may vary according to availability of spaces.

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 ( Responsible Tourism Policy ). 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.