Exploring the work of Gaudi in Barcelona is not complete if you don’t visit Park Guell.
Many different designs of Gaudi (along with his residence) are located here. Except the remarkable Gaudi Buildings, one can see far more of the “Gaudi style” architecture and walk through his work.
Guell Park is a major touristic attraction, as it combines a really nice hill with lots of trees and pathways for soft hiking, along with this Gaudi open museum.
We visited Park Guell and here is our story.
Allow lots of time to immerse in this creative place
The great thing about Park Guell is that it is… a park. It is not the “standard” type of a museum. Everything exhibited there is so artistically detailed that you may find yourself getting absorbed deep inside the details of each work.
Shapes, columns and walls do not follow any standard. They flow and they are covered with colors and thousands of details.
Everything seems like a fairyland, both structural applicable and magical.
It is a feast of colors and happiness and of life itself.
It is the passion for nature of Gaudi; perhaps of the things he imagined through his room as a child seeing nature dancing outside his window.
Allow yourself to be less serious and see his work as applied magic. These are the Park Guell sectors.
The Entrance and Concierge Pavilions
You will see these if you enter the Park from the road side. However the area entrance (and ticket control) is from the hill far above that area.
The Monumental Staircase
A stairs complex along with a really beautiful set of sculptures, functional benches and flowers.
The Hypostyle Hall and its 86 sloping columns
All columns are inclined. In that way they support the load of the large terrace above. These columns and the vault are built in such a way that allows the rainwater to be collected in cisterns. The cisterns are located under the market.
The Corrugated Bench and the colorful mosaics of the Nature Square
At the time of our visit there were construction works taking place at the Nature square. The bench is one continuous curvy bench surrounding the Nature square covered with a mosaic style of decoration. The bench is 110m long and is said to be the longest undulating bench in the world. The decoration technique used is called “Trencadis“.
The overall Park and Calvary
It is a splendid way to walk the spiral paths that lead to the top of the hill. There you can enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona. This area is outside the Monumental area.
The Casa-Museu Gaudí
Would you live in a house like that?
How life would be while walking under these arks?
See what we mean? Simply magical.
Now imagine walking through the park and some guitar player was playing one of the most romantic and calming pieces of music…
Do you know the story behind Park Gull and Gaudi?
Gaudi was born in the town of Reus at a farmhouse from where he observed nature. Nature would be his inspiration and would be depicted through his whole work. He spent lots of time observing nature and -who knows- maybe imagining his future creations in his mind. He was a child with fragile health and -as we learned- he spent his early youth observing from inside his room
He was a religious person. Gaudi moved to Park Guell around the age of 54.
Park Guell started as a real estate project for which Gaudi was commissioned to deliver by Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi. That real estate business didn’t go well.
Later on, heirs of Eusebi Güell offered the whole Park to the City of Barcelona which opened it as a public park.
The concept behind Park Guell was not a new one. It followed the over all idea of “Garden Cities” from England (end of 19th century). The whole concept was to build a small rational city at the countryside, so to balance between work, agriculture and industry. Seems like Industrial Revolution showed rather early that this would be an issue in the future…
How to get to visit Park Guell
You need a ticket of course. The Park consists of 2 areas: The Monumental Core (for which you need a ticket) & the free access area which is open to all visitors at no charge.
You can enter into the Monumental area every 30 minutes (staying inside as long as you like after that). For example, if your ticket says entrance is at 11.30, you need to be there at 11.30 sharp. Otherwise, you will enter at 12.00. But entrance is not allowed all day long. There are some big intervals when you cannot enter.
Make use of this website to find every detail prior your visit.
The work of Gaudi (not only for Sagrada Familia) is seen all over Barcelona, but in Park Guell you see much of it in one place. Also read our post about Montserrat!