Parc Guell, Barcelona

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Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024 93-317-39-740

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    A walk in the park

    by Furousha Updated Jan 8, 2011
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    Parc Güell is something you shouldn't miss while in Barcelona. The park was created by Antoni Gaudi and houses many gems by the famous architect.

    Come here for a nice and tranquil walk on the constructed walkway which will take you pass many beautiful houses as well as offer you marvelous views over the city of Barcelona. Even though, upon entering the park, you will feel that it's crowded, you're able to find some room in the upper part of the park.

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    A must see.

    by Tracyden Written Dec 31, 2010

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    The first place in Barcelona that I wanted to jump off the tourist bus and see was the famous Parc Guell. A colleague of mine has described this to date as her most favourite place in the world - when she visited there was a man blowing giant bubbles -surreal.

    We arrived at the park at opening time (10am) - it's a short walk up an uphill street from the tourist bus stop. As you near the park there are shops selling touristic models of the famous lizard and other mosaic ornaments and posters depicting Barcelona street scenes. Entry is free.

    The park was commissioned by Guell who wanted Gaudi to creat an english style garden village housing complex building. In fact there are only two houses - but both are beautiful hansel and gretll style structures. There is an amazing structure intended to house the market place and the longest bench that I have ever sat on!

    When we visited there was numerous schools visiting and the children's were sitting in circles on the top terrace being entertained and singing songs. So cute.

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    Parc Guell - 2

    by June.b Updated Jun 14, 2010

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    Designed by the famous Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi - Parc Guel is a huge garden park on a hill. We set a whole day to explore this area. We went up and down on it's several hills, and marvel at various works done by Gaudi on this park.

    It's a Unesco world heritage site. Don't miss a trip without visiting this park - you'll regret it, I'm telling you.

    Entrance is Free!

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    Parc Guell - 1

    by June.b Updated Jun 14, 2010

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    Designed by the famous Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi - Parc Guel is a huge garden park on a hill. We set a whole day to explore this area. We went up and down on it's several hills, and marvel at various works done by Gaudi on this park.

    It's a Unesco world heritage site. Don't miss a trip without visiting this park - you'll regret it, I'm telling you.

    Entrance is Free!

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    Parc Guell - 5

    by June.b Updated Jun 14, 2010

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    Designed by the famous Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi - Parc Guel is a huge garden park on a hill. We set a whole day to explore this area. We went up and down on it's several hills, and marvel at various works done by Gaudi on this park.

    It's a Unesco world heritage site. Don't miss a trip without visiting this park - you'll regret it, I'm telling you. Entrance is Free!

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    Parc Guell - 4

    by June.b Written Jun 14, 2010

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    Designed by the famous Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi - Parc Guel is a huge garden park on a hill. We set a whole day to explore this area. We went up and down on it's several hills, and marvel at various works done by Gaudi on this park.

    It's a Unesco world heritage site. Don't miss a trip without visiting this park - you'll regret it, I'm telling you.

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    Parc Guell - 3

    by June.b Written Jun 14, 2010

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    Designed by the famous Catalan architect - Antoni Gaudi - Parc Guel is a huge garden park on a hill. We set a whole day to explore this area. We went up and down on it's several hills, and marvel at various works done by Gaudi on this park.

    Don't miss a trip without visiting this park - you'll regret it, I'm telling you.

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    qUIRky GueLL Park

    by AusPinay Written May 20, 2010
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    This garden complex is a popular hangout especially for young people. We were lucky to find an honest taxi driver who waited for us each time he drove us to every tourist spot around Barcelona and trusted us by not takign any payment until we finished our tour!

    He filed us in on the various information in each spot and Guell Park according to him was designed by famous Spanish artist, Gaudi.He also noted that waht makes the park highly touristy is the fact the it gives sweeping views of the city in its top most part!

    Gaudi shows his genius at quirkiness and fondness of mxing various aspects of colours, hues and landscape techniques that truly worked for this park. Amidst the greenery and vibrant flora - both native plants to Europe and even adopted plants and trees, the park amazingly has that wow factor! Just ignore the sellers and hawkers who seem to give the place a chatoc/market feel! It can be enjoyable haggling with the Black Africans selling knock-off name brands! Don't pay no more than 8-12 dollars for each handbag!

    Park Guell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona's aristocracy.
    It contains amazing stone structures (see below), stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. One popular icon in the park is the Gaudi dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Guell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it. It is easily the most photographed feature of the park!

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    Pretty park

    by clueless83 Written Apr 22, 2010

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    Our trip to Barcelona included a visit to Parc Guell - a very recognisable park containing the works of Antoni Gaudi. Anyone who likes art, architecture and gardens will like this.

    There is a pink house in the park where Gaudi used to live, we didn't go inside (I think there's a fee) but its very pretty from the outside.

    Don't forget your camera!

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    Visit Park Güell

    by davidlop Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Welcome!

    Take a couple of hours to walk by this original park, designed to be a little estate almost a century ago. A masterpiece of art and/or architecture. Visit my traveloge for more! (one of these days perhaps I write one only for this place...)

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    Gaudi's garden - Architecture of Nature

    by csordila Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    In 1900 Count Eusebi de Güell y Bacigalupi, a Catalan count bought a small rocky, treeless hillside property on El Carmel with little vegetation but with beautiful views of the harbor and asked his friend, Gaudi to create a miniature garden city to express the spirit of Catalonia as an independent nation.
    Gaudi had created roads and walkways, steps and plazas with tiled benches curving around them, fascinating buildings, colonnades, viaducts, grottoes, etc.

    The two gatehouses are guarded by the best known symbol of the park, a dragon-like mosaic lizard. You meet with it in various forms - refrigerator magnets, pot holders, coasters, post cards - in every Barcelona souvenir shop. Unfortunately, the lizard was vandalized a couple of years before.

    At one of the high vantage points of Park you can see the famous house of Torre Rosa, which interestingly enough designed by his disciple Berenguer, in which Gaudi lived for the last 20 years of his life. Gaudi's old home is now transformed into a small museum for interesting furniture designed by the artist, drawings and some personal objects.

    The park with its terraces which remind the path layout of Buttes Chaumont in Paris, is very popular and well visited place; the buildings, walkways and stairs are all created by a very amazing fantasy, it is difficult to describe, must see this!
    Many think it very beautiful and surrealistic, but a lot of people describe a visit here as a nightmare. You should visit it and create your own opinion.
    If you do not like the architecture of Gaudi, then you will probably appreciate the views of the city as the best part of this park.

    To avoid the rather difficult climb, you can enter the park by the other entrance, which had a series of escalators on the right of the Avinguda de l'Hospital to bring you to the top of the hill.

    Open daily: November to February from 10am–6pm; March & October from 10am–7pm; April & September from 10am–8pm; May to August from 10am–9pm;
    Admission is free except Gaudi’s home (4 €)
    Other website: http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/AA010.htm

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    Gaudi's oasis

    by viddra Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Enjoy a pleasant stroll up and down the narrow pathways, take a look at Gaudi's magnificent creations, mosaics, tiling, sculptures... You can also visit (for a fee) Gaudi's house, now a museum, with his original furniture, or just listen to some music entertainers.

    Since the park's on a hill, you can admire the views of Barcelona.

    The park was named after Gaudi's patron, Eusebio Guell, and was built between 1900 and 1914.

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    A fantasy Park: Park Guell

    by J_Antunes Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Throughout the city you can see many lovely buildings by the catalan architect Antoni Gaudi that had in Barcelona his canvas to built exotic and exciting buildings. This park is probably one of his most interesting works. Count Eusebi Guell wanted to build a housing city. A huge garden area with beautiful cottages dotted along the park. The mountain was called montanha pelada, Barren Mountain and the park was forested and two houses were built. For the count it would be a success: far from the city centre and the factories, full of clean air and great views over the city. But it wasn’t and the only residents ended being the count and Gaudi in a house that wasn’t even designed by him (there isn’t any house in the park designed by Gaudí). The park starts with two gatehouses and then a stairs with the famous lizard of Gaudí where every single tourist seems to want to take a picture. Then there is a huge area with columns that was supposed to be the market but today looks a totally strange. Sometimes there are small concerts and the acoustic is great. In the top there is the terrace with great views. If you continue along the park you’ll find other overlooks. In a part of the park you’ll also pass near a Okupas house that is outside the house. This movement occupies old houses and restores them to do cultural activities or live there. This of course, until one day the owner remembers how great would a new urban project look like in that area and dislodge the people.
    Today it is a nice municipal park full of tourists, with nice views over the city and that is, since 1984, world heritage by UNESCO together with the rest of Gaudí’s works. The entrance is free. In the house where Gaudi lived there is a small museum with the furniture and other elements of his daily life. Entrance is paid.
    The park is normally open from 10 to 19h but schedule varies along the year.

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    Parc Güell

    by Avieira67 Updated May 18, 2009

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    This garden complex, designed by Antoni Gaudí and built from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Güell as a luxury villa, is situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Due to some problems, a few years later its construction, it became a public parc.
    This park extends beyond the structures covering the hill with stepped pedestrian paths and gardens amid the lush foliage. Near the base stands the house Gaudí had built for his own use in the park, the work of his disciple Francesc Berenguer (1905). The house has since been converted into the Casa-Museu Gaudí and houses furnishings designed by Gaudí as well as personal memorabilia.
    In 1984, UNESCO declared Güell Park as a World Heritage site.
    This is an amazing place to spend a few hours and to admire Barcelona from here.

    Entrance: Free

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    where else he could live?

    by mindcrime Written Mar 29, 2009

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    I decided to go by metro to Lesseps and walk the 1300 metres up the hill to the park because I wanted to check this district (Gracia) too. Don’t do it if you feel tired or with hot weather. Plaza Lesseps was interesting by the way, with some black metallic spikes, it seems we were stepping on the deck of a ship! Definitely one of the ugliest squares I ever seen! Cases Ramos is an interesting modernism building though and there is also a church in the corner (pic 1), we took a big breath and we started to walk up the hill.

    Park Guell opens at 10.00am and there’s no entrance fee for the park but I wish there was one when I saw hundreds of people that have occupied the stairway at the entrance (pic 1)! Hopefully, if you walk further inside the park you will enjoy it more. Hopefully, there are maps en-route so I liked to stroll around the narrow pathways. Gaudi created this park for Eusebi Guell, a really rich man that wanted to create a new district in distance from the city. Although the plan was to build 60 houses only 2 came in light. The City Council of Barcelona took the property in 1922 and since then it’s a municipal park.

    You can visit Gaudi’s House(pic 2) that Gaudi lived in 1906 but have in mind that never designed it. The museum (entrance fee 7 euros) has some furnitures and drawings he designed. I enjoyed many multicolour sculptures of Gaudi along the park, the serpentine bench, and of course the view of the city from some parts of the park. Check also some colonnaded footpaths like Sala Hipostila (pic 3) with 89 columns with some of them having internal channels which carry the rain water to the water tank!

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