Park Guell Barcelona
One of the most famous parks in Barcelona is of course the Park Guell, or Parc Güell in Catalan, located at the hill El Carmel in de district of Gracia in Barcelona. Spending your holidays in Barcelona cannot be complete without visiting the Park Güell!
A little bit of culture...
As you already surely know, recreation during your holidays here is very enjoyable in the many parks of the city (e.g. in the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona). And the Park Güell is absolutely worth a visit. The Park Guell was built from 1900 to 1914 by the famous Antoni Gaudi originally for the industrialist Count Eusebi Güell, as a housing site with many villas and buildings with a wonderful architecture.
The inspiration came from the English planned garden cities, surrounded by Barcelona nature and plants to avoid the side effects of industrialization such as smoke from the factories in Barcelona.
If you want to see the place Gaudí lived in or not, the Park Guell Barcelona should be visited during your Barcelona holidays, because you do not have to pay entry for that and can enjoy the wonderful Barcelona weather and sight from the hill.
Description of the Park
There are different entries, but if you start at the main entrance to the Park Güell Barcelona, you immediately see the colorful dragon or lizard statue designed by Gaudi at the stairs leading upstairs to a terrace. This is said to be the most photographed part of Barcelona! There is also a fountain with little fish in it.
If you follow the stairs you find the famous terrace in the Park Guell Barcelona, the main point of the park. From this terrace you have an amazing view over the city of Barcelona and the sea. Sometimes music is played on the terrace and you can enjoy dancing in the Park Guell.
But you can also enjoy the famous Barcelona weather during your holidays in Barcelona! The whole terrace is designed beautifully with mosaics on all walls. Be sure to look at them when you are visiting the Park Güell in Barcelona!
There are also different ways and footpaths you should follow to see the statues supporting the terrace walls! They are designed like trees and really beautiful. Also the footpaths leading away from the terrace and more around the hill should not be missed if you truly want to experience the Park Guell!
There are many wonderful plants and trees at the sides of the paths, leading to little stairs and fountains, to a place with benches and tables for a picknick or to two other buildings which fit wonderful in the park. If you walk long enough, you can also reach the forest area, which is more wild but also beautiful to wander in.
How to get there
The easier way to get to the park güell is to use the metro. Take the green line (L3) and step out at Lesseps or the yellow line (L4) until Alfons X (which is actually located directly at another park, the Parc de les Aigües) and then head towards the park.
However, be prepared for a strenuous walk for about 20 minutes up the hill before you reach the Park Güell. But here's a nice tip for you: If you take the L3 green line and step out at Vallcarca (near the Parc del Turó del Putget), and then head directly towards the Park Guell, you will find escalators leading to a site entrance of the park.
With all this information, be prepared for wonderful Barcelona holidays if you visit the Park Guell Barcelona!
Accommodation near the Park
The area of the Park Guell is very quiet and ideal for holidays with your family. It is really close to Gracia, which is a district closer to the center. For that reason, I advise you to choose an apartment in Gracia, in order to be close to the Park as well as to the city center, the park being a little far from the other main tourist attractions.