"A fantasy Park: Park Guell" Parc Guell Tip by J_Antunes

Parc Guell, Barcelona: 327 reviews and 695 photos

  Park Guell
by J_Antunes

Throughout the city you can see many lovely buildings by the catalan architect Antoni Gaudi that had in Barcelona his canvas to built exotic and exciting buildings. This park is probably one of his most interesting works. Count Eusebi Guell wanted to build a housing city. A huge garden area with beautiful cottages dotted along the park. The mountain was called montanha pelada, Barren Mountain and the park was forested and two houses were built. For the count it would be a success: far from the city centre and the factories, full of clean air and great views over the city. But it wasn?t and the only residents ended being the count and Gaudi in a house that wasn?t even designed by him (there isn?t any house in the park designed by Gaudí). The park starts with two gatehouses and then a stairs with the famous lizard of Gaudí where every single tourist seems to want to take a picture. Then there is a huge area with columns that was supposed to be the market but today looks a totally strange. Sometimes there are small concerts and the acoustic is great. In the top there is the terrace with great views. If you continue along the park you?ll find other overlooks. In a part of the park you?ll also pass near a Okupas house that is outside the house. This movement occupies old houses and restores them to do cultural activities or live there. This of course, until one day the owner remembers how great would a new urban project look like in that area and dislodge the people.
Today it is a nice municipal park full of tourists, with nice views over the city and that is, since 1984, world heritage by UNESCO together with the rest of Gaudí?s works. The entrance is free. In the house where Gaudi lived there is a small museum with the furniture and other elements of his daily life. Entrance is paid.
The park is normally open from 10 to 19h but schedule varies along the year.

Address: Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024
Directions: Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs fro abour 20 minutes
Phone: 93-317-39-740
Website: http://www.bcn.es/parcsijardins

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 20, 2009
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