step into gaudi's imagination. from the stone corridors and mosaic walls and benches, you have a panoramic view of the city toward the ocean. i'm not sure whether to categorize his work as architecture or landscape.
If you're looking to get away from the heat of the city, escape to Parc Guell! Located towards the central part of Barcelona, this park was designed by Gaudi but never fully completed during his lifetime (just like Sagarda Familia). There's examples of his work all over the park, from the benches to the monuments near the entrance. This park has a lot of windy paths that are perfect to explore. There is no entrance fee and you're bound to find something new around every corner.
This park is a creation of Gaudì. It was built between 1900 an 1914 on the purpose to create a housing area, but this project was unsuccessful. In 1922 Parc Guell was opened to the public.
Inside the park there is a house where Gaudì lived from 1906 to 1926. It was designed by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. The furniture of this house was designed by Gaudì himself.
We went here on our last day of our holiday and though we were knackered we were really glad we made the effort to go. We got the metro to Lesseps and then trudged up the steepest hill ever and entered at the back. I think if you went the other way you would avoid such a steep hill.
It was lovely, once you get to the monument bit there are huge pillars with mosaic on the ceiling, trees with parrots flying about, two houses that look like gingerbread houses and of course the mosaic lizard. It is free in and there is a cafe and public toilets. Also there are loads of nice little shops selling Gaudi stuff quite cheaply.
I got there using the Bus Turistic, which leaves you at the road. You have to go up the hill to get to the park, apparently someone mentioned that there are electric staircases but we didn’t find them. The Park Guells was built in 1900-1914, designed by Gaudi. It is situated to the north of the city and enjoys great views of Barcelona. One of the most known images of the park is the benches with the mosaic drawings. The two lovely houses by the entrance look like they have been brought out from a fairy tale story. The entrance to the park is free.
During my visit only a minor hiccup with the waiter at the cafeteria, who apart from being a miserable sod does not have a clue how to treat clients. It was raining and he didn’t want to move a table under an umbrella for us!
An amazing walk through a park where you can see several Gaudi's works.
I really enjoyed the sunday in this park, totally away from traffic.It's the only park where I have been where you not just enjoy nature but also some great examples of art.
Parc Guell, made by brilliant architect Antoni Gaudi, is like a little fairyland, where you can dive to find the miracles, for all day.
Gaudi, acclaimed in all over the world, was carve out this park in fact as city district for exclusive recreation.
They completed only five house, what look like from fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel, with a chilly and shadowy agora, sunny plaza, fountains and miraculous footpath, what curving around the hills.
But then, years ago, feel this place to bee too far from center of city, and so it stay unfinished...
Park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. At the entrance is the Gaudi dragon fountain. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.
There you can see a rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
Gaudi was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his work.
At the top of park is a terraced area where is a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. Here is multi-coloured tiled mosaic seats. The vibrant colours of the tiles are truly breathtaking.
I think, the Park Guell will be well worth the visit.
Open hours form 10:00 (closing time varies for different times of year but is normally around 19:00).
Entrance - Free
For locals parc guell has been a place to stroll and take a breath from the city down there for so long. And actually its a 100% touristy place.. probably since 1992 when BCN became a popular city.. before then u just could see tourist in summer.. after Olympics all year round. And Parc Guell focused so many attention for Gaudi's world attraction.. the park has so many special unique features.. designed and built under Gaudi's supervision is nowadays a preety place to stroll on a summer day by its different places.. Take a look on my pics
To be honest we would expect a litle more from this famous park. It has some Gaudi art and you will be able to visit also the Gaudi museum-house, but if you already have seen the Casa Batlo or the Casa Milla you wont find this one so entusiastic.
Nice to visit if you have the time. Not a priority.
Parc Guell is a great place to visit on a sunny day - it's really beautiful and has great views across the city, right to the sea. It gets busy, so if you are planning on taking photos and don't want lots of people in them, make sure you go early (before 11:30am) or late (after 4pm). It's free to get into the park but if you want to go into the casa-museu gaudi there's a charge for that (i wouldn't recommend it)
If you don't mind how many people are around you (although there's plenty of space for everyone!) it's nice to take my tip and go there for a lunchtime picnic - there are lots of places to sit and admire the views but I like the to sit on the main bench in the centre to eat my sandwiches!
To get there, I recommend taking the 28 bus to the side entrance, then walking round to the front. On the way back, why not walk down the hill to either Lesseps metro, or for a bus on the main street at the bottom of the hill, Traveserra de Dalt - lots of them go towards town from here.
This park designed and built by the famouse architect Antonio Gaudi in the years 1900 to 1914.
"The park was originally idea of the Count Eusebi de Güell, whom the park was named after. The intention was to exploit the fresh air (well away from smoky factories) and beautiful views from the site, with sixty triangular lots being provided for luxury houses. Count Eusebi Güell added to the prestige of the development by moving in 1906 to live in Larrard House. In the event only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudi. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale, and as no buyers came forward. Gaudi, at Güell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906.
The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. To design the curvature of the bench surface Gaudí used the shape of buttocks left by a naked workman sitting in wet clay. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park. The visitor was originally greeted by two life-size mechanical gazelles (a major euphemistic symbol of 'the young beloved' in the Hebrew strand of the medieval love poetry of the region), but these have since been lost during the turbulence of war." (Source: Wikipedia)
Parc Güell is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".
Well if it weren't for all the tourists Park Güell would be perfect. Haha, well I was just another tourist adding to numbers, so I shouldn't be the one to judge.
Park Güell was designed by artist/architect Antoni Gaudi and named after one of his patrons Count Eusebi Güell. At the entrance in particular you can notice that the style is definitely Gaudi. The two houses remind me of gingerbread houses as if from Hansel and Gretel.
Throughout the park there are beautiful mosaic designs, they are found on the stairs, on the ceiling where all the columns are, and along the front of the seats where you get spectacular views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.
When I was there there were heaps of people enjoying the beautiful sunny day, at the top of the park was a small group of men playing some traditional Catalan music. It was beautiful to sit beneath the trees and enjoy the music and the view (and of course I gave some coins for their playing as I had enjoyed the music).
I think Park Güell would be the perfect place to go for a picnic and just relax - if you can find a spot to yourself ;).
For more photos check out my 'More Photos of Park Güell' travelogue.
It was Eusebi Güell who asked Gaudi to design this unique park, which displays many architectural delights and sculptures alike.
In the photo you can see one of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works for which Parc Guell an indeed Gaudi himself are known for, the colourful lizard/dragon sculpture adorning the stairway. The rest of the park is just as colourful using an array of coloured tiles to really make it a special and outstanding place. If you love art and architecture you'll really enjoy yourself here. It's like something from a fairytale!
The park it situated up a steep hill, as I remember it there were escalators to take you up the steeper bit! That's right, outdoor escalators!!! It's that steep!
It is free to enter and is open from about 10 until 19. There is plenty to see in the park so give yourself plenty of time to wonder around and take in all the different things to see. There is also a great view of Barcelona from up in the Parc.
I seem to remember a cable car in the park too!
Park Güell was commissioned by and named after Count Eusebi de Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. The site was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site as it was on a rocky hill with little vegetation and few trees. Güell also lived in the park once.
The park has long since been converted into a municipal garden and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".
The park cosists of is a 17ha wide garden and contains some pretty impressive stone structures, colourful tiling and uncoventional buildings. One of the most fascinating features for me inlcuded the multicolored mosaic dragon fountain at the entrance to the park.
There is a terraced area at the top of the park where you can sit on the wonderful multi-coloured tiled mosaic bench that is swirling around like serpentine and get a pretty view over the city.
A walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks can be found in the park.
There is a small house called "la Torre Rosa" in the park in which Gaudi lived at one stage. It has now been converted into a museum and contains furniture that he designed.
The park can be reached by underground railway (although the stations are at a distance from the Park), by city buses, or by commercial tourist buses.
Admission: entrance to the park is free
This popular park started out as a development project. Eusebi Guëll, a well known Catalan industrialist, acquired a 17ha / 42acre large hilly plot in the Gràcia district, north of Barcelona. He wanted to turn the area into a residential garden village based on English models. 60 Housing units as well as several public buildings were planned.
In 1900 Guëll commissioned his friend and protégé Antoni Gaudí with the development of the project. With the support from other architects including Josep M. Jujol and his disciple Francesc Berenguer, Gaudí worked on the garden village until 1914 when it was clear the project was a commercial failure: Guëll failed to sell a single house. In 1918 the city acquired the property and in 1922 it was opened to the public as a park.
Between 1906 and 1926, Gaudí lived in one of the two houses that were completed in the area. The house, known as the Casa Museu Gaudí, was designed by Francesc Berenguer. It serves as a museum and displays some of Gaudí's furniture (including some from the Casa Batlló) and drawings. The park also includes the Casa Trias (not open for visitors) and winding roads with paths supported by tree-like columns.
The Parc Guëll was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.
This is a place where you should visit!!!