Park Guell is yet another unusual Barcelona sight. It's really amazing to me that one architect can have so much influence over an entire city. Without Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona would not be the same.
We were visiting on a very warm July day and so was everyone else. It was pretty crowded! We took the Barcelona tourist bus to the Park's drop off point, but that is not right out front. Be aware that you have to walk up a steep hill to get to the park.
You will do a lot of walking the day you visit, but it is so worth it, even if you aren't very active. Where else are you going to walk through a park that looks like this?!
The park was originally intended as a living community. How would you like this for your neighborhood?
I could definitely go for the view of the entire city of Barcelona! Fortunately for us, the community was not successful and they turned the area into a park.
I admit, I used to watch America's Next Top Model. This is actually one of the venues they used for a finale show. It makes me realize just how creepy this place would be at night.
Maybe that's why people didn't want to live here.
You could get lost in all the trails and vegetation here (lots of cacti, trees and plants). It's hard to see, but people carved their names into the cactus. Interesting use of the plant!
This is the place to eat while in the park. We didn't go, so I can't vouch for it, but it looks like a great place to hang out for a while and have a bite. Another great place to hang out is the serpent looking mosaic bench below...and it won't cost you anything. :)
This was a very popular area of the park. The serpent bench is well known and the area had a great view of the city. I was lucky to get this picture with no one around, but I had to look hard for the spot.
Mosaic work is a very big part of the park. Gaudi is known for it.
This lizard is one of the most popular of the mosaic pieces and always crowded with people trying to take pictures. I'm not one to stand around for that sort of thing, so this is the best shot I had the patience for. You can see the mosaic detail below.
What a unique place Park Guell is! I highly recommend spending a few hours there exploring all the hidden gems. Have you ever been? What do you think of Antonio Gaudi's work? And would you want to live in this "neighborhood"?