Favorite thing: Parc guell is one of the most visited places in Barcelona, as a beautiful Gaudi's design architecture joining gardens and as an island on the sky of Barcelona offers a really great view of almost whole Barcelona!!
Three ways get to Parc Güell: When friends, guests or just any tourists enquiring how to get to Parc Güell, we advise them to catch the bus 24 (direction: Carmel). From, Plaça Catalunya, Diagonal or at Plaça Lesseps. The bus drops you in front of the Parc Güell, the grand entranceway. Should you choose to climb up-take the metro L3 get off at Vallcarca-exit Hospital Militar. Most tourists books directions given is getting off at metro Lesseps, which is twice or more walking up hill.
End of xixth Count Güell bought a large rural estate-the idea of developing it along the lines of the garden cities. To undertake this work he employed the architect Antonio Gaudi. The project was given a cool reception by the public in year 1941 work was brought to a halt when some of the building work on shared facilities had already been carried out. Its bench of broken tile work, the pillared hall, which was intended to house the market . Finished way the system of pathways, abt. 3 KM in all, featuring viaducts, steps and small walls. In 1922 six years after the death of Eusebi Güell, BCN Council bought the estate to make it a public park. In 1984 Unesco declared the Park Güell who left here the stamp of his great imagination and an obscure symbolism, which even today is difficult to make sense of. The roll of nature seems to be a minor one but in fact the architect was extremely careful to orchestrate an effective balance between the green of nature and the colour of his stonework. The view of the viaduct crowned with palm trees and covered by thickets and climbing plants is a good example of this combination between nature and architecture. The architect respected the already established flora of the site, which in our days is a wood when carob trees, oaks and holm oaks thrive amidst thick undergrowth. There are also some more recently planted trees.
Expect at least 2-3 hours enjoying Parc Güell.
Fondest memory: Most tourist will agree with us, few of the best memories they have of Barcelona would be the (1) The Sunny Weather we have
(most of all year round).
(2) The famous market "Boquería.
(3) The Costal Beaches we have.
(4) Spanish Food and reasonable
prices of food in restaurants.
(5) Wonderful works of Antonio Gaüdi
and many other famous artists.
When you wander around Barca, it is possible to see parrots that have escaped from captivity and become naturalised in the wild.
I snapped this one in Parc Guell, feeding his face on some dates in a Palm Tree. Most people seemed oblivious to his presence, but I was quite impressed to see one so content in the wild!
All the way across town towards Tibidabo is lovely Parc Guell. Designed by Gaudi (who else), it's a surprisingly intimate and peaceful retreat from the city. A great place to take a walk or go for a jog maybe. It's up on a hill so of course you get the view of the city. You can also take the opportunity to sit on the "longest continuous bench in the world", and it is pretty damn long. It incorporates a kind of tile mosaic thing and was designed by......what's his name.........oh yea, Gaudi.
Best way to get there is by bus, consult the transportation map.
Fondest memory: One unexpected thing happened here that I'll not forget. We came across an excellent classical guitarist performing for tourists, although there were very few around. I asked him to play a piece that I've always liked, a rather famous (and perhaps somewhat cliche) piece called Austurias, by Spaniard Isaac Albeniz. I've always loved it. His reply, "Sure, my pleasure". And so my friend and I were treated to a kind of private performance by a true musician.....that doesn't happen every day.
Favorite thing: Wonderfull place to spend the day and go around with a "bocadillo" (sandwich) to eat. It?s a very big park, designed by Gaud?. It?s where you can see the famous dragon made with mosaics. But there?s much more to see there.
The most wonderful thing was sitting on one of the coloful arty benches, in the sunshine, thinking of Gaudi and how he lived his dreams and turned them into art.
It will takes years of more and more visits to this parc to disover every inch of the bench and to watch the city from above.
I can speak about Guell park during hours.
The last two years I have spent a lot of hours taking pictures and there is somebody that always is there, the real guard of the park.
I don't think that anybody can take more care of the park.
Visit the parc Güell, I found it the most impressive sight in town!
Fondest memory: Being chased by the undercover police on the Ramblas because I didn't have a licence plate on my Belgian 50cc scooter. After some discussion these policemen (who worked for a anti-theft unit) saw I was obviously not a thief and said that I was free to go, but that the other 'normal' would undoubtedly fine me. Yipes!
Favorite thing: Visit Park Güell. A truly unique experience and place. You'll discover whimsical architecture, grottos, viaducts, the collonade with its undulating, mosaic-style bench (I was so enthralled with it that it took me over an hour to visually take it all in), meandering paths filled with lush greenery, palm trees and colorful flowers leading to a closed chapel at the top of the mountain.
Visit Park Guell. This was built between 1900 and 1914 by Antoni Gaudi and reflects his very unusual style. I've never seen anything like it.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed the nightlife. Things just get started around 10 or 11 PM. This is a metropolitan city and anything you might want is available.
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