Park Güell

Renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi has created many masterpieces in his life. However, no doubt, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà and the colorful Park Güell are the most memorable ones among them. Park Güell, whose construction took 14 years, is one of the most touristic attraction points in Barcelona. At the entrance of the park, the stairway leads up to a majestic structure ornamented with columns. The big square serves as a balcony that overlooks Barcelona and the sea. Here, mosaic-covered benches look like waves. The curvy paths forming an unusual walking route are convenient places to enjoy nature during the walk and to understand Gaudi's art.
You cannot visit Barcelona and not immerse yourself in the interesting and historic world of Gaudi. Park Güell is another beautiful nod back to the iconic architect himself. The park’s construction began in 1900, when entrepreneur Eusebi Güell (who the park is named after) joined forces with Gaudi himself. This is not an ordinary park however, because of the architectural design of the buildings, along with the green spaces. Park Güell is a fantastic spot to take a breath of fresh air, in the heart of a busy city. The main entrance (on the southern side) will give you an instant view of the walls and stairs, which are made of rustic stone and tiling in ceramics of various colours. It almost looks like a gingerbread house design, and inside you will find various different buildings and historic sections to explore.
Park Güell was originally supposed to be a miniature city of sorts, designed for the rich and opulent of Barcelona at the time. Eusebi Güell asked Gaudi to create this city, but due to dwindling riches as time went on, the project of the city never really took off. Not wanting to waste the stunning designs and wide open spaces that Gaudi had created, the area was made into a huge public park in 1926. From there, Park Güell received UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1984, and its huge popularity is measured by the almost 4 million visitors it receives every single year. Thankfully, access to the park is limited every half an hour, so you can still experience that ‘get away from it all’ natural feel, which is certainly the vibe Gaudi was going for when he designed this wide open space. Of course, being the access limited for a certain number of visitors, it is a good idea to buy the tickets online before arriving to the park, thus avoiding to queue for hours. Much of the park is wooded, giving a lot of shade during the summer months, and you can book a one hour guided tour in several different languages, helping you understand more about the various buildings you pass by. The most notable parts of the park include the huge and imposing main entrance, tempting visitors in, as well as the Dragon Stairways, the Hypostyle Room, Greek Theatre, Nature Square, Laundry Room Portico, Austria Gardens, and the various viaducts, bridges, and small roads which were designed by Gaudi. You’ll also see peaceful paths which wind through the trees, sculptures and individually designed mosaics all around the park. Everything is wonderfully preserved, looking as top class as it did the day it was built. Park Güell is open all year around, thanks to the temperate Barcelona weather, although during the winter months, it might be wise to bring a jacket or thicker coat, to battle against the sometimes cooler wind which can whip up in the more open spaces. Admission is limited, as mentioned, so pre-booking is always recommended, to ensure you’re not standing out waiting for a considerable length of time. During the summer months, Park Güell is hugely popular as a spot to escape from the sun, so arranging your visit beforehand is certainly important during peak times especially.