Park Güell has almost become a synonym for Barcelona throughout the years, being one of the five top tourist attractions of the city. The park does not only offer a beautiful panoramic overview of the city and Mediterranean, it also harbors stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, designed by the architect Gaudi, who made the city famous by his eccentric designs.
I’ve visited the park for the first time back in 2010 – when it still had a free entrance – when I was visiting Barcelona with a friend. She took the pictures, and she loved to put a special filter over them. That’s why the pictures may seem a bit ‘overexposed’. I personally think it adds an extra ‘arty farty’-dimension to it, so here goes ..
The park was built between 1900 and 1914 – commissioned by the Catalan entrepreneur Eusebi Güell – and is located on El Carmel Hill in the Gracia district of Barcelona. Park Güell is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name ‘Works of Antoni Gaudí’, together with his other masterpieces, the ‘Sagrada Familia’ and ‘La Pedrera’.
Thé most iconic structure of the park is ‘The Snake Bench’. It is the longest bench in the world and is located on the panoramic terrace. It’s a fantastic place to sit down for a while, relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the city. The bench itself is covered with unique mosaics designed by Gaudis assistant Josep Maria Jujol.
Another highlight, is the ‘Salamander’. It had become the icon of the park, which results in an endless horde of tourists trying to take a picture with the colorful statue. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long to get mine taken.. See the line behind me? Crazy!
Other well-known structures in the park are ‘The Room of the hundred columns’ – which provides some well-needed shade on scorching hot days – and ‘The house of Gaudi’ – with a museum inside, dedicated to the master himself -.
The best thing, is to discover the park in the early morning, or in the late afternoon. It’s less crowed, and the heat isn’t that intense. It can be very hot on the mountain top, I can assure you!
To get to the park, I suggest you take the metro to ‘Lesseps’ – where you have to walk uphill – or ‘El Coll La Teixonera’, where you can walk downhill and enjoy the view while you’re at it. I suggest you take the latter, because it’s less-known to the crowds. The station is fairly new, and is located 120m below the park. An elevator takes you up to the top, saving you a lot of energy along the way! And let’s be honest, it’s kind of cool!
When I visited, the park still had a free entrance, but nowadays, you pay around 8 euros entry-fee to visit the Monumental Zone. You can still walk around the park and the gardens for free, but let’s be honest: this is a must-see when you’re in Barcelona!
More information about Parc Guëll:
- Adress: L’auze, BP 12 – 87520 – Oradour-sur-Glane
- Price: €8 normal fee at the entrance. Reductions available. Buying your ticket online saves you 1€ and a hell of a waiting line
- Other: Free wi-fi in the Monumental Zone,
Park Güell is located at ‘Carrer d’Olot’ in and has three entrances: one on Carrer de Larrard (main entrance), one at Carretera del Carmel and a third on Passage de Sant Josep de la Muntanya, which you get to by going up an escalator.