Fundación MAPFRE Casa Garriga Nogués Exhibition Hall

Another privately-owned gallery – this one by insurance giant MAPFRE – in another lovely historic building conveniently located near the centre of town. 

Fundación MAPFRE stages generally well-curated exhibitions at bargain-basement entrance prices – how does €3 per person sound? If that’s too expensive, entrance is free on Mondays between 2pm and 8pm!

Keep an eye on the website for what’s coming up.

Open: Mon 2:00pm – 8:00pm; Tues – Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm; Sun & holidays 11:00am – 7:00pm 


Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Yes, it is a hospital, but one that will make you rethink what hospitals should actually look like. Built in the early 1900s, Hospital de la Sant Pau is architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s most important work (though we love the Palau de la Música Catalana as well), and functioned as a hospital until as recently as 2009. What is now the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is home to a number of workspaces for entities focused on social impact, as well as being a showcase for Montaner’s modernista vision. It’s well worth the visit, and pleasantly uncrowded compared to La Sagrada Familia, which you can see from its entrance.


La Cuina d’en Garriga

La Cuina d’en Garriga is actually about the size of a garage, so finding a seat at peak hours may be a struggle unless you book ahead. You’re pretty well off the main tourist trail here, but there is English to help navigate the small menu. We love it for a casual lunch.

Simple fare done well at La Cuina d’en Garriga

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