Park Güell is a public park composed of gardens and architectural elements located on Carmel Hill, in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1900 and 1914. It was officially opened as a public park in 1926.
The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park. Much of the design of the benches was the work not of Gaudí but of his often overlooked collaborator Josep Maria Jujol.
The large cross at the park’s high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay, with the Sagrada Família and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance.
If you get buzzed by some crazy little creature, it could well be one of the Hummingbird Hawk Moths that live in the park.
Address: Park Güell, 08024 Barcelona, Spain.
Opening times: March 27th to May 1st. 8 am to 8:30 pm. | May 2nd to August 28th. 8 am to 9:30 pm. | August 29th to October 29th. 8 am to 8:30 pm. | October 30th to March 26th. 8:30 am to 6:15 pm.