On our second day in Barcelona we headed over to Park Güell, a public park north of Barcelona city centre filled with lush foliage and unique buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí…
Park Güell is named after Eusebi Güell, an entrepreneur who commissioned Antoni Gaudí to design it. It was built between 1900 and 1914, its initial intended purpose to be an upscale housing estate and garden; this venture was ultimately unsuccessful, so it was opened up in 1926 as a public park.
After the cold and cloudy day we had at La Sagrada Família the day before, the gorgeously sunny day was so welcome and after a fabulous breakfast at a local café, we took the Metro from where we were based in Montjuïc.
Travelling as far on the Metro as we could, we then had to hike/take these amazing outside escalators up a massive hill to get to the park entrance.
After wandering around for a bit as the directions on signs were pretty confusing(!), we came across this rock with 3 stone crosses at the top, which is the highest point of the park.
I didn’t brave the top myself as I am scared of heights, but I could still enjoy the fabulous view of the city just fine 😛
From my Barcelona visit a few years ago, I remembered that there was another amazing viewpoint at the other side of the park, so we tried to find it. When we came across this house with the ‘Salve’ stone outside, I knew we were going in the right direction.
This house must have the most amazing view from its windows – and be very expensive! I have no idea who lives in it, but they must have a high tolerance for tourists crowding around their front door every day!
Going higher up the hill, the view gets better and better. From this viewpoint, you can see Montjuïc and La Sagrada Família, as well as all the way down to the coast.
Walking back down, we passed these organic-looking raised path areas which definitely have the telltale signs of Gaudí design.
Heading towards the main park entrance and the ‘Monumental Zone’ (where the interesting Gaudí buildings are located), we could see the main terrace which is held up by columns; it was undergoing works at the time.
When I was last here in 2013 you could enter the Monumental Zone for free, but it is now ticketed and charged. They were also completely packed out and had no timeslots available for a couple of hours. I wasn’t going to hang around for that long, so we skirted around the area and down steps which led down by the decorative main entrance walls.
This mosaic sign is on the wall right by the entrance.
As we couldn’t get into the Monumental Zone, I hung around outside the main gates and tried to get some sneaky photos of inside. I didn’t feel too hard done by not being able to see the buildings close-up as I could get a pretty good view of them from the road.
If you are planning to go to Park Güell on your Barcelona trip and would like to get a good view of the Gaudí architecture, I would suggest buying tickets to the Monumental Zone before you go!
If you’re not too fussed about that, the rest of the park is free to enter and there is loads more to walk around and look at. It is a great thing to experience on a sunny day – just make sure you take your own food and water, as there isn’t anywhere to buy these in the park.