Often times, when you think of Barcelona one of the first things that comes to mind is Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí was a Spanish Catalan architect that is best known for his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, which is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Gaudí’s artistic influence stretches far beyond the Sagrada Familia and can be seen all throughout the streets of Barcelona.
One of Gaudí’s (slightly) lesser known, but just as worthy masterpieces is Park Güell. The park is situated on Carmel Hill, near the Grácia neighborhood, and its location provides stunning views of Barcelona and the sea in the distance. Park Güell is open to the public and is comprised of gardens and architectural components around every corner.
Park Güell has two different areas: the Monumental Zone which requires an entrance fee and a required time slot (I highly suggest reserving your ticket online ahead of time), and the free access area which is open to the public at no charge.
We explored the Monumental Zone which I definitely recommend, it’s the most popular area of Park Güell and the architecture is so unique.
This area is known as the Hypostyle Room and the interior of the room used to serve as a market for the estate. The columns in this room are huge and the ceiling is formed of small domes built using the Catalan vault technique.
My favorite area in the Monumental Zone was Nature Square which sits above the Hypostyle Room. The bench weaves around the square and is decorated with tile-shard mosaic and cylindrical pieces of pottery. The decoration covering the bench is incredibly vibrant and each section of the bench boasts a unique, attention grabbing design.
Not only are your eyes immediately drawn to the colorful designs blanketing the bench, but the views beyond the bench are breathtaking. Nature Square provides incredible views of Barcelona and the sea off in the distance.
Another one of my favorite areas of the Monumental Zone was the Monumental Flight of Steps. The steps start from the entrance square and are full of detail including more vibrant colors with tile-shard mosaics.
Park Güell is full of unique architectural elements and vibrant colors around every corner. It’s truly an incredible masterpiece by Gaudí and is certainly worth a visit if you’re in Barcelona. You could literally spend hours wandering through the park experiencing all of Gaudí’s architectural influence. Not only is the architecture worth a visit to the park, the views of Barcelona and the sea in the distance are also stunning.
Have you explored Park Güell? What was your favorite part of the park?