Park Guell: Experience Gaudi’s extraordinary architectural
structure with a beautiful and idyllic view of all Barcelona

Park Güell in Barcelona

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About Park Güell

Antoni Gaudi is listed among Barcelona’s most famous architects, internationally known for his ambitious Sagrada Familia building and other UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city. He is also the author of the Park Güell, a very popular visiting area in Barcelona and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The Park Güell started construction in the 1900s and stemmed from a friendship and many business ventures between entrepreneur Eusebi Güell and architect Antoni Gaudi. The initial idea was to make a community of houses for the rich residents of Barcelona. The houses had 60 plots laid with paths, viaducts and steps adapted to the very uneven and unorthodox terrain. The houses were planned in such a way that no house blocked sunlight or the view of the Mediterranean sea. Gaudí recreated his version of the British residential park in the center of the complex and that is where the name “Park Güell” comes from. Gaudi himself even moved into Park Güell in 1906 with his father and niece and it is known that many public events were held in the residential park, the space volunteered by Güell himself. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the idea to make housing in Park Güell was a failure as only 2 of the plots had been sold. Works were soon abandoned in 1914 and it became a private garden where Güell continued to allow public events to take place until his death in 1918. The park then was given to City Council that made Park Güell a public park. You can still visit the house that Gaudi lived in, as it is now a museum maintained by The Friends of Gaudi association.

 

There is often a very long line to get tickets to visit Park Güell so it is a smart idea to buy the tickets in advance. As an added bonus, our concierge or check in agent can deliver it right to your Barcelona apartment door!

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