Ah, Park Güell, welcome to one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks. You simply cannot visit Barcelona without seeing Gaudí’s most colorful and playful masterpiece. It seems as if Gaudí’s imagination was allowed to run rampant, and the result culminated in the creation of this fascinating public park. Featuring gardens, winding pathways, fountains, pavilions, sculptures, and much, much more – Park Güell is designed with such complexity and intricate details, it would take many visits to truly absorb it all.
For more information on other works by Antoni Gaudí, check out THIS post!
Due to Park Güell’s location and the size of the park, I would recommend spending half a day here. Bring some snacks, have a picnic, and whisk away the afternoon wandering and exploring this playground of Gaudí’s imagination.
Although not necessary, there are guided tours available of Park Güell which can be purchased HERE.
Upon entering the park you’ll find two large pavilions that resemble a gingerbread house.
Next, you’ll walk up a grand stairway towards the columns and terrace.
As you walk up you can’t miss the famous multicolored salamander fountain, beautifully decorated in colorful tiles at the entrance of the park. This piece of art has since become a symbol of Gaudí’s work, and you can find miniature replicas for purchase at shops around the city.
The park’s main feature is the large terrace with fantastic views overlooking the city. The edge of the terrace is outlined by a long wavy bench in the form of sea serpent, embossed with colorful mosaic designs.
One of my favorite features of the bench’s design is the way it curves and creates cozy nooks for socializing. It provides a more intimate atmosphere, despite the fact you are sitting on a long, singular bench in a public park.
Supporting the roof of the terrace you’ll find oversized Doric columns that make you feel like you’re walking through an elaborate stone forest.
And looking up to the ceiling you’ll find beautifully tiled mosaics.
Continually gaining inspiration from nature, Gaudí designed sloping stone columns that simulate palm-tree trunks, supporting the vault under the walkway.
And interesting enough, you’ll see that Gaudí actually built in bird’s nests into the sides of the terrace walls, to further simulate the tree trunk design.
Hidden within the park you’ll also find a small house that Antoni Gaudí actually lived in for almost 20 years. The house has now been converted into a museum, The Gaudí House Museum, and contains a collection of furniture and other objects also designed by Gaudí.
Tickets to the museum can be purchased HERE.
What’s your favorite feature in Park Güell? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!