Built between 1900 and 1914, it was designed by Antoni Gaudí, the leading exponent of Catalan Modernism. Park Güell is one of the city of Barcelona’s most emblematic places. The project was commissioned by the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell with the purpose of creating a city-garden in the English style, completely integrated into nature. An ambitious project for 40 single-family homes failed, and it ended up becoming the city’s most singular public park. Gaudí resided in one of the only two houses that were actually built, and now it is his house-museum.
Entry to the park is guarded by two pavilions in the purest Gaudí style that stand out for their Catalan vault roofs covered in ceramic tiles. Directly opposite is a double staircase divided by the sculpture of a salamander; a Barcelona icon often made into and sold as handicraft pieces, where a photo stop is essential.
The staircase leads us to the hypostyle hall, which supports the main plaza with its 86 columns. This hall, with a roof of semispherical vaults lined with a mosaic of small ceramic and glass pieces, known as trencadís, was originally designed to be used as a market for residents of the park’s houses, though currently it acts as the meeting point for musicians who entertain passing tourists.
The large plaza located straight above is the park’s central point, forming a large balcony with views of the entire city. A wavy bench covered in trencadís borders the plaza.
Although a visit to Park Güell is essential, during the holiday season, and especially on the weekends, it is jam-packed with tourists. The best time to go is first thing in the morning or mid-afternoon, when the heat is not as overwhelming and the corners to explore aren’t as busy. In 1984 Unesco included the Güell Park Place in the World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
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Bus: 24 and 92.
Barcelona Bus Turístic: Park Güell.
Opening Hours: From May to September, open every day from 10:00 to 21:00h.