These ornate parks and gardens are an Edenesque retreat in the center of Barcelona. Originally intended as a public housing ... More
These ornate parks and gardens are an Edenesque retreat in the center of Barcelona. Originally intended as a public housing project, the site was turned over for city use in 1923 and has been enjoyed by patrons ever since.
Park Guell is a great place to go on a sunny day, because you can see all of Barcelona city below you. It's a beautiful place to walk around, take photos of the Gaudi architecture, and visit his museum. You'll often find musicians playing for the public or people selling jewelry. There's a small cafe where you can get a drink or snack. Just outside the park are some tourist souveneir shops and restaurants.
We went to the Park Guell b/c we were in love with Gaudi and the modernistas. It's pretty far off the beaten path (way on the edge of town) and the metro stops fairly far from the park, so you have to hike up the hill when you get there. It's a nice enough park, but the photos of it can be misleading. They make it seem like it's full of colorful Gaudi sculptures, when actually it's mostly just an ordinary park. Nice views of the city. There's lots more interesting architecture to look at in the main part of town.