In 1862, Eusebi Güell – the wealthy entrepreneur who sponsored Park Güell – purchased a 17th century farm named Can Feliu. He then hired Joan Martorell i Montells to convert it into an estate. In 1918, Güell gifted the property to the Spanish monarchs. Within six years, it was remodeled into the Pedralbes Royal Palace. This is where the Royal Family resided during their visits to Barcelona until 1931. Palau Reial de Pedralbes now serves as three museums dedicated to ceramics, textiles/clothing and interior design. Equally worth enjoying is the 7.5 acre garden. Among the delights are flocks of green parrots fluttering among exotic Mediterranean trees.