8/27/14

Park Guell: Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.


Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Columns and mosaics at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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?!



Gates at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

The park was originally intended as a living community.  How would you like this for your neighborhood?

View of Barcelona from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Cactus in Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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!

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.  :)

Serpent mosaic bench at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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 fountain at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Mosaic work is a very big part of the park.  Gaudi is known for it.

Mosaic lizard at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Mosaic lizard at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

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"?

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos. We went on a rainy day and it wasn't nearly as gorgeous!

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    1. That's too bad! Glad you enjoyed my photos. :)

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  2. Beautiful pics and great post. Adding this to my list of places to visit! :)

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  3. Looks like a nice place to visit and I just love the huge mosaic lizard.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  4. Hi Sonja,

    What a terrific spot to visit, although I'd never make the walk. Thanks for sharing these stunning blues.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

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  5. Amazing mosaics created in Spain and that park is very unusual.

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  6. The sunshine and palm trees are enough to lift the spirits!!! Thank you!!!

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  7. Barcelona and this park look like a great place to visit. Looks warm and sunny, a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the sights.. The park is pretty and I love the mosaic lizard.. Great post and images.. Have a happy new week!

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  8. Such a beautiful place! In the one photo with the buildings, they almost look like gingerbread houses. So very cool. I love the architecture. Some day, I will go here... Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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    1. Thanks, Mel...it really is a fantastical place. Unlike anything I have ever seen.

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  9. I've never heard of this spot, but it's exactly the type of place I'd like to see. Fun & eclectic! :) I love all the mosaic pieces and the cacti. And while that tunnel with the leaning pillars looks super cool during the day, I'm with you. It would be just a tad creepy at night.

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