Park Guell is an interesting park located in the north of Barcelona on a hill overlooking the sea. It was built between 1900 and 1914. The park gets its name from the businessman Eusebi Güell who commissioned the famous architect Antoni Gaudi for its design. Guell and Gaudi planned to develop 60 luxury houses in a vast garden on the site but the project was a failure as people felt that the area was not close enough to the centre of Barcelona. As a result, only two houses were built. Following the death of Güell in 1918, the park was sold to Barcelona City Council and was opened as a public park in 1922. Since then it has been used for many public events and is a major tourist attraction of the city. In 1984 UNESCO included the park as a World Heritage Site.
The park contains an abundance of trees and shrubs, narrow twisting pathways, fascinating buildings, impressive stone sculptures and colourful mosaics. Gaudi wanted the structures in the park to imitate nature and this can be seen particularly in the columns resembling tree trunks that support the roads and viaducts. The focal point of the park is the main terrace, which is surrounded by a long bench in the form of a serpent, covered with colourful ceramic and glass. From here, the visitor has a panoramic view of the rooftops of Barcelona.
Other features worth seeing are the two fairy-tale like buildings at either side of the main entrance gate and the beautifully coloured mosaic dragon fountain on the staircase leading to the main terrace. Also located within the park is Gaudi House Museum, the house in which Gaudi lived from 1906-1925. It was originally built as a show-house for the development but was acquired by Gaudi following the failure of the project. In 1963 it was purchased by the Association of Friends of Gaudi and converted into a museum.
Opening Times and Prices
Opening Times for Park Guell are as follows
January to March – 10am to 6pm
April – 10am to 8pm
May to September – 10am to 9pm
October – 10am to 8pm
November – 10am to 7pm
December – 10am to 6pm
Admission Price: Free