Park Güell in Barcelona | UNESCO World Heritage Site
Park Güell is also known as Parc Güell in Catalan, is one of the most-visited public parks in the world. The Park was built between 1900 and 1914 by the famous architect Antonio Gaudí, and was officially opened as a public park in 1926.
As a travel-family, we have been to several public parks around the world; from Taipei, New York, São Paulo, London to Paris. Park Qüell stands out as a small showroom of Gaudí’s perfect world. The modernism style and the color mosaics patterns in Park Güell are a visual feast.
Inside Parc Güell has children’s playgrounds, fountains, museums, picnic areas, dog parks, and more. It is considered one of the most family-friendly sites to visit in Barcelona. Your little explorer gets to experience the full imaginations from the playful architecture to the integration of its natural surroundings.
Many have suggested visiting Park Güell during the afternoon to get the best light. Since kids usually are up early, we prefer to visit the Park in the morning to avoid the crowd; Barcelona has 300 pleasant days all year round, it is going to be a beautiful day!
If you are traveling with a baby, toddler or preschooler, and carrying a bulky stroller. Park Güell is quite a physical activity to complete. The landscape is hilly, some parts are rocky and plenty of stairs to walk. However, there is no doubt that it is a perfect outdoor family activity.
10 Fun Facts about Park Güell
1. Park Güell is a public park located in the district of Gracia, Barcelona, which is on a hillside above the city.
2. In 1984, UNESCO has declared the Park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”, along with Palau Güell and Sagrada Familia.
3. One of the largest green spaces in Barcelona, with more than 17 hectares of natural space for a diversity of species.
4. About 90% of the area is accessible free of charge to all people, only the restricted area is not.
5. Park is named after Eusebi Güell, who was a wealthy Catalonian entrepreneur and also a close friend of Gaudí. He commissioned Antonio Gaudi to design Park Qüell.
6. Park Güell was originally trying to develop into a high-end residential park of sixty single-family residences in the land covered by trees called “El Carmel.”. The project later became a commercial failure; the real estate’s development plan was too ambitious and expensive. In 1914, the beginning of the First World War ended Gaudí’s work.
7. Gaudí lived in the Park until he died, but he didn’t design his house, it was a model house designed by Francesc Berenguer. Gaudí purchased the property himself and moved there in 1906 to live with his father and niece. Gaudí’s house – Museum Gaudí is now opened to the public.
8. Gaudi viewed the natural world as a perfect world, which where he drew inspiration from. He believes that there are no straight lines and sharp corners in nature. Therefore there are no straight lines at the Park.
9. Park Güell is where Gaudí pioneered the technique ‘Trencadís’. Trencadís is a decoration method using broken-tile mosaics, which plays a fundamental role in Gaudi’s creations. Gaudi’s work often links to nature and sustainabile values.
10. Park Güell used to be an agricultural area with vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards long ago.
Plaça de la Natura – The Nature Square
At the top of Park Güell is a terraced area where you get an incredible panoramic view of the Park and Barcelona City. From here, you can also see the most critical work of Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia, which began to be built in 1882 and is expected to complete by 2026.
In addition, you will also find multicolor tiled mosaic seats available across the terrace. The vibrant colors of the tiles seats and the breathtaking view, allow you to enjoy the time with your little explorers and partners. for a while.
Salamander – the symbol of Park Güell
Salamander is mesmerizing stonework that represents the symbol of Park Güell. It is located at the staircase in the center of the monumental area close to the main entrance. For sure, this is one of the most photographed spots for tourists.
Salamander used the style of trencadis, your little explorer can see many colorful pieces of chopped ceramic cemented together.
The Laundry Room Portico
These arcades, along with others, were designed to connect the houses within the residential community that was ultimately never built.
In Park Güell, you can find several large organic looking columns made from stone, as well as a walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks or in a curvy spiral shape, these somewhat make you feel natural.
General Information of Park Güell
There are multiple entrances within the Park, it can be confusing. Recommend to purchase your ticket online in advance. You will be given an assigned entry time, allow plenty of time to search for an entrance. We have tried to enter from the main entrance, which is where Salamander is located, and also from the top hill entrance of the Park. We prefer coming from the top gate with plenty of time reserve, enjoy the walk down inside the park, spend some time in the playground with kids, and finally reach the monumental area, exiting at the main entrance.
Park is open all year round. For more information, please visit Park Güell official website.
Gràcia is a small district located in Barcelona’s geographical center. It is not very famous for its attractions except for Park Güell and Casa Vicens. However, you will find more local culture in this area than the beach area, and it is a great place to explore.