Park Güell, the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, is undoubtedly one of the most alluring architectural attractions in Barcelona and one of the most important in the south of Europe. The park boasts verdant gardens, extraordinary buildings and outstanding architectural designs. It is set on the hillside of Carmel and looks out to sea, not far from Tibidabo.
This symbol of Catalan Modernism was designed and built between 1900 and 1914 was opened to the public in 1926. It has an area of 17.18 hectares (0.1718 Km²). The park was originally conceived as a private residential area for aristocrats, but the project which was financed by Count Eusebi Güell, failed as such, and as a result it was opened to the public in 1926. En 1984 the park was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
From the popular lizard or dragon that welcomes you at the entrance to the famous serpentine bench of mosaic tiles, the numerous details around the park will make even the most demanding visitors marvel. A visit to Park Güell is perfect for a stroll in the open air in the Barcelona sun, surrounding by the beauty of one of Gaudí’s greatest works.
Barcelona is quite a hilly city, and the park is not easily reachable on foot. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water with you. From Vallcarca station on Line 3 of the metro (the green line), it is a fifteen-minute walk. Take the Baixada de la Glòria escalator which takes you up to the entrance in Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya. From Lesseps station, again on Line 3 (green) it is a fifteen-minute walk, following the signposts. Alternatively, the number 24 bus stops right outside the main entrance.