Well, not only is this a wonderful place to visit, it is FREE which somehow makes it an even more special and wonderful place to visit!
Gaudi the landscape gardener! Count Eusebi Guell bought a hillside property and hired Gaudi to conjure and create (1900). The project was abandoned (1914) but Gaudi had already managed to create a plaza, the gatehouses, paths, roads...
The entrance is guarded by a dragon/lizard. Then there is the Sala Hipostila. The Sala Hipostila was meant to be a market - 84 stone columns. On top of the Sala Hipostila is the Banc de Trencadis which is a continuous wiggling bench that curves itself around the perimeter.
The Casa Museu Gaudi is the house in which Gaudi lived for the last 20 years of his life.
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!
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...)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
We took a bus from the city centre up to the park, this is advisable as its quite a walk. What can I say its just stunning, as well as the warm weather we got in november, lots of lovely sights, jugglers, sellers, architecture, flowers, plants. A cafe or food and drink stalls all in all a great visit and you could spend all day there.
Park Guell was originally designed to be a private residential district and a house was built by his assistants in it to serve as a sample house for potential purchasers. But the project never materialised and hence, Gaudi himself purchased this house in 1906 and lived here for 20 years until his death and worked here. The house has a simple architecture, not like Gaudi signature pieces, because then it would have been easier to sell to potential purchasers. The house is now converted into a museum and exhibits Gaudi's work and life and includes drawings by him.
Perhaps one of the best parts of the park guell is the elevated balcony with wavy snake like border from where one can see a view over the entire city of Barcelona. Along the entire border there is a bench in wavy form and each wave has a different pattern and color. Below the balcony is the huge hall with 100 columns. From above this bench the famous lizard and the two beautiful houses that stand near the entrance.
This park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built by Antoni Gaudi. Under Gaudi, the construction took place from 1900 to 1914 and was originally built for Mr. Eusebi Güell as a private residential garden. However, the park became public property in 1923. Although the park was never completed by Gaudi, it still remains one of his most fascinating creations. It is perhaps the most visited place in Barcelona and it is always crowded with tourists. Entry is free and one can visit here after a days walking and seeing around to take rest or just for sheer pleasure of seeing yet another Gaudi marvel. The park is decorated with palm trees and rock structures. By using the rock designs Gaudi wanted to use nature as much as possible. The ceramic designs on the ceiling of the structures are also made from recycled ceramic and glass pieces. Although the park is always crowded with tourists, the park still remains a calm and serene place to be in the city.
Let's not get confused - Parc Güell (pronounced gwel') is no less touristy than the Rambles, but I think that the fact that this is an open, spread out tourist attraction means that you are able to enjoy everything that it has to offer in much more peace and serenity than you can in the Barri Gotic. Of course, the entrance to the park is almost always crowded and busy, but you can still wander about and find parts of the park in which you will be with few other people and can escape the relative hustle and bustle of Barcelona's tourist season. My favourite part of the park has always been the upper portion, closer to Vallcarca than to Gràcia, where you can marvel at the various forms of cacti and gradually hike up toward to the peak of the park, from which you get great views of the entire city and the Mediterranean. Be sure to pack lots of water if it is a hot day, as you are certain to get dehydrated from the combination of the sun and the hike up to the top.
I got there by using the hop on hop off bus which goes within about 10 minutes walking/rushing distance from its closest stop which is marked and named as a stop for getting to Parc Guell.
Then I returned via a 10-15 minute run to Lesseps metro/underground station.
It was well worth the visit - had been wanting to get to see this being another of Gaudi's amazing creations from the school of modernisme/art nouveau.
There is no entrance charge to this park and opening times 10-9pm, so the late closing time is excellent for visitors in the summer!
Designed by Gaudí, this park is situated on a hill on the edge of Barcelona with stunning views of the city. The walks and pavillions are all in the typically unusual Gaudí style, combining mosaics and innovative curves. Visiting the park gives you the feeling that you have visited an outer planet! The attached photos are from my Feb 2005 visit. For more photos of this unique park, taken in June 2008, take a look at the travelogue "Parc Güell".