One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious architectural details in unexpected places.
Had to go to a meeting at the Polytechnic in Pedralbes the other day, and the route took me past Finca Güell and the magnificent dragon gate designed by Gaudí.
The finca was a home farm and summer residence owned by Gaudí’s patron, Eusebi Güell — yes, the same guy who funded the development of Park Güell. The gate gives access to beautiful gardens decorated with typical Gaudí flourishes.
Because of refurbisment works admission to the gardens and adjacent Gaudí designed Pavellons (Pavilions) is currently limited. But it is possible to visit the gardens between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. The cost of admission is 4€. There was a children’s puppet theatre show in the gardens the day I walked past.
It is hoped to fully re-open the Pavilions and gardens at some point in the near future. As at January, 2020 the gardens are still closed for refurbishment.
More visitor information HERE
Gaudí designed several gates and gateway features. There is another Gaudí gate in Sarrià. Go HERE for details.