The best-known park in Barcelona is Parque Güell, a beautiful garden designed by the Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí and whose shapes make it a very special place and very popular with tourists and residents of the city.
The businessman Eusebi Güell commissioned Gaudí to build a residential complex in this place, which was abandoned over the years and was converted into a park in 1926.
And this is how we can enjoy Park Güell today.
What to see in Park Güell
The Park Güell enclosure is enormous since it has no less than 17 hectares.
Throughout the park you can see the undulating forms that characterize Gaudí so much.
In this way we find columns that simulate trees and various geometric shapes. The ceramic mosaics that cover many surfaces are also very characteristic.
When you arrive at Park Güell, the first thing that will catch your eye is its entrance, located in the lowest part of the mountain.
There we have a wrought iron gate that represents leaves of palm with two pavilions next to it, one that was used as a goal and the other as administration.
These pavilions stand out for their vaults covered in colored ceramics, one being crowned with a mushroom and the other with a cross. They are said to resemble the houses of Hansel and Gretel.
After the entrance we find the spectacular staircase that starts from the lobby to the central square. It is found symmetrically around a salamander.
This salamander is the emblem of Park Güell and the city of Barcelona.
Also noteworthy are its fountains, which represent the Catalan countries. In each of them, the compass that symbolizes architecture, the snake that symbolizes medicine and the salamander that symbolizes Nimes, the city where Gaudí grew up.
Once you ascend you arrive at the Hypostyle Room, a spectacular room that supports the terrace that is located at the top.
It is not as majestic as the hypostyle hall of the Karnak Temple in Egypt, but it is also a very special place with great acoustics that the musicians take advantage of to make themselves known by playing in this place.
Above this hypostyle hall we have the Central Plaza, oval in shape and with a wavy edge that serves as a bench and seems to represent a snake covered in ceramic pieces. It is a very nice place to rest and enjoy the views.
Other interesting points in Park Güell are the viaducts.
They are some porticoed paths that serve to go from one place to another in the park overcoming its unevenness and that are a mixture of different architectural styles and El Calvario, located in the upper area of the park with its three crosses that indicate the four cardinal points.
On the premises, we also have the Gaudí House-Museum, where the architect lived for almost 20 years until months before he died. It was also the house where his father lived and in it we can see a wide collection of Gaudí objects.
We recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid queues.