Gaudí’s Park Güell – 4 Must See Spots

Nancy and her hot date at Park Güell

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By Nancy Todd

Antoni Gaudí does it again adding to the Barcelona buzz. This Scoop is about his fantasy-land  masterpiece, Park Güell, that you can walk through, sit on, stroke, listen to music in, and view the Mediterranean Sea from all at once. Originally designed for a wealthy industrialist, Eusebi Güell, the grounds are now a public park.

Melissa and David snuggling up in some wild chair designed by Gaudí.

Park Güell is a delight to the senses and on a clear day you can see for miles over Barcelona. Completed in 1910, it has been declared a UNESO World Heritage Site. Melissa, my daughter, David, my-son-in-law, and I had a wonderful time at Park Güell. Four biggies to see at Park Güell:

l. Big green foot, on steroids – actually has four feet and is the mosaic dragon that is Gaudí’s famous signature piece located at the base of the Park- great photo opt. Approximately 12-feet long, this famous fountain makes me laugh as the dragon is actually smiling. A tribute to the legend of St. Jordi (Saint George) slaying the dragon for Barcelona.

Melissa, my daughter, next to the window of the Art Nouveau house Gaudí designed and lived in.

2. Next to the dragon is Casa Museu Gaudí where Gaudí lived until he moved to the grounds of Sagrada Familia Basilica. The home has curvaceous, art nouveau furniture that he designed.

Park Guell Big Green Foot

Park Güell – Big Green Foot

3.  Lounge on the serpentine benches which boast colorful pieces of ceramics such as old china plates wedged into the design.

Regina hanging out on the mosaic benches of Park Güell.

4. The Hypostyle Hall, a gazebo on steroids, has a total of 86 columns supporting the weight of the mosaic ceiling. Broken cups and wine bottles are part of the pattern.  Musicians play here taking advantage of the excellent acoustics.

The Hypostyle Hall

Your Scoopettes love the classical guitar players. Check it out during the week. You can walk through hundreds of acres. The Scoop is not to walk alone. Watch your wallet.

Getting there:

The guide books say take the Green Line to Lesseps Metro stop and walk for fifteen minutes. They lie. Trudge uphill for a half an hour is more like it.  Not fun on a hot day. Best choice: Bus 24. It will stop at the front gate of the Park.

Price: € 7 per person; free for locals who live in the neighborhood

Opening times:

Low season

from January 1st to March 28:
from 08.30 to 18.15
(last entry time at 17.30)

from October 25 to December 31:
from 08.30 to 18.15
(last entry time at 17.30)

Mid season

from March 29 to May 3rd:
from 08.00 to 20.00
(last entry time at 19.30)

from September 7 to October 24:
from 08.00 to 20.00
(last entry time at 19.30)

High season

from May 4 to September 6:
from 08.00 to 21.30
(last entry time at 21.00)

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4 Comments

  1. Dana
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Big green foot,gazebo on steroids, they lie! Love it, you’re in your usual good form!!! HA HA!

  2. admin
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    thanks for the comment dana. i love the green foot and the whole gaudi dragon. hope you are having a great time in cuba. write us.
    nancy and regina

  3. Posted July 4, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I loved Parc Guell. So relaxing, so beautiful, no crowds and no construction!!!! Great post. ~Vago

  4. admin
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    No crowds? Let us know when you went. Everytime one of the Scoopettes goes to Park Guell, it is packed.

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