Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, with a population of merely 4 and a half million. There are many interest points in this amazing city, but the most appreciated ones are the “Sagrada Familia”, which is by far the international symbol of the city, the Gothic Quarter and also the world famous Barcelona Pavilion, one of the most important buildings in modern architecture. Park Guell, situated in the Garcia district, is an unforgettable place designed, as in the case of the cathedral, by Antonio Gaudi himself, being part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most loved places by locals and tourists. Park Güell just might be the most beautiful park in the world. Five minutes walking distance from a really noisy street and you end up in a wonderful and really quiet park. It seems almost unreal that this park can be found in such a vibrant city. This is the ideal place to relax at when the city itself becomes too noisy. You can sit in the park and listen to the guitar players that will remind you of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. When you walk up the hills you will get a lovely view of the city.
The park is one of Gaudi’s many creations and if you’re in Barcelona only for a couple of days, we suggest you take the time to go and see it. It’s a large park with many stone structures and fascinating colored tiling. From the top of the park you can get a wonderful view of the whole thing and of the city of Barcelona. At the top of the park there is a small shop where you can buy cold beverages or a snack. There are also colored mosaic seats available where you can rest and take photos of the breathtaking view.
You may also go for a walk around the park. You don’t have to go far along the footpath, because you might just find the unusual structure of what looked to be Tree trunks. Interesting and so was the Busker playing a Spanish Musical Instrument. Other points of interest that you may see along are a colonnaded pathway, the huge square with the Serpentine bench which was full of people sitting on it, old gates and houses.
On entering the Park from this side entrance high on the hill, you will have lovely views over the city and of the “Sagrada Familia” Church. It is pretty hazy in the afternoon, but much clearer in the morning for viewing. Following the path will take you to a large cross at the Park’s high-point. A winding, narrow pathway led to the top where there wasn’t much room for maneuvering. Be careful as there aren’t any railings to save you from falling! From here, you can see all of Barcelona and the bay.
In creating the park, Gaudi used shapes which harmonized with the landscape. Always aware of the struggle between man and nature, he built a complex garden of staircases, anima like sculptures, curvy ramps and viaducts. Today, the park is declared a monument of world interest by UNESCO and has had this status since the year 1984. Lastly, expect a climb regardless of how you get to the park (well perhaps unless you drive), we think that the best way to get there though is with the Bus Turístic. The Metro option leaves you with a much longer walk away from the park. Admission to the park is free!