In the last Barcelona Tourism Fair, we observed that the district of Horta-Guinardó was one of the most promoted in Barcelona’s stand. Under the slogan of “Horta-Guinardó, the City of Water”, the district of Horta-Guinardó is being promoted as all points of tourist interest to see, and precisely the Palau de les Heures (Palace of the Ivies, in Catalan) is one of these places.
The Palau de les Heures is much more than a palace; in fact, it is a garden at the foot of Collserola in which we can see palm trees, magnolias, acacias, orange, pine and cypress trees, aromatic plants and roses, and other flowers, plants and trees. One of the most beautiful views of the gardens is the one that can be seen from the terrace of the Palau de les Heures.
About Palace of the Ivies, it is a building from the late nineteenth century, in the style of a French chateau, with four round towers. On the sides of the palace there are stairs that lead to the different sections of the gardens.
Palau de les Heures’ History
The building it is currently the Palau de les Heures was acquired in 1893 by Josep Gallart Forgas, an industrialist who made his fortune in Puerto Rico. Gallart commissioned the palace and gardens to the architect August Font i Carreras. The works ended two years later, in 1895.
The Gallart family lived in the Palace Les Heures until the Spanish Civil War, when the farm was expropriated as the residence of the President Azaña, although he never occupied it. However, Lluís Companys held itself to protect the bombing of Barcelona; the situation of the Palace of the Ivies turned the place into a pretty difficult place to attack from the air. They even built an underground shelter.
In 1958, the Provincial Government of Barcelona became a part of the estate and annexed to Mundet Homes. In 1998, an agreement between Barcelona City Council and the Provincial Government, whereby the use of the gardens of the Palau de les Heures was ceded to the city of Barcelona was signed. As for the castle, is now a training center for a private foundation.
Palau de les Heures: Schedules
The gardens of the Palau de les Heures open from 1 April to 30 September from 10 AM to 8 PM, and from 1 October to 30 March from 10 AM to 6 PM.
The gardens of the Palau de les Heures are right next Horta Labyrinth (5 minutes walk), so if you like walking in parks and gardens, go it!
To reach the Palau de les Heures, the best option is the metro, stop at the Mundet (L3-Green Line)