As covered in my previoust post about Top 3 Gaudi Sites in Barcelona, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí for businessman Eusebi Güell. It is located in a quiet and hilly residential area, around 10mins drive from the famous Sagrada Familia.
The association between entrepreneur Eusebi Güell and architect Antoni Gaudí began when Güell saw a window display that Gaudí had planned for glove retailer Esteve Comella at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1878. In 1886 Eusebi Güell entrusted Gaudí with building his new house, the Palau Güell in Nou de la Rambla street in the old quarter of the city (3mins walk from a famous seafood and ham market La Boqueria today). In 1895, Gaudí built a winery in Garraf county in collaboration with Francesc Berenguer. In 1898 he planned the church for Colònia Güell (my blog about it will be up very soon!), home to the workers at the large textile factory that the industrialist owned on the outskirts of Barcelona. And finally, in 1900, Gaudí was given the assignment of designing Park Güell.
1. The lack of buyers for the incomplete site
The complex conditions of Park Güell for sale of the plots, under old emphyteusis (lifetime leasehold) contracts, the lack of a suitable transport system and the highly exclusive character of the development all made it impossible. The lack of buyers led to the project being abandoned in 1914, with only two of the sixty houses envisaged having been built. The park thus became a large private garden, which Güell allowed to be used for public events, while it began to appear in tourist guides to Barcelona as one of the attractions of the city.
Park Guëll was an unfinished construction project which lacked buyers' interests. Thus, it was… https://t.co/NKgbDz0Ngi
— Grace | G Edition (@gedition_co) November 19, 2016
2. The Güell family house in the park was converted into a State school
Eusebi Güell died at his house in 1918, and his heirs offered the park to the City Council, which agreed to purchase it on 26 May 1922. It was opened as a municipal park in 1926. The Güell family house was converted into a State school, which was named after the teacher Baldiri Reixac.
3. A UNESCO Site
It was recognised as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
When to Visit
Since the park is huge while 90% of the area is outdoors, I would suggest a visit from an Autumn morning around 10am. Spare at least 3hrs for a leisurely walk, which gives you a sense of being Tarzan in the jungle.
Make sure you pre-book tickets in advance and check the entry time of the day you are visiting. There are various zones with different opening hours. Typically, the main area Monumental Zone Park Güell opens from 8:00 – 17:30. So please check before you go.
Time required: 3-4hrs
Tickets: pre-book here
Where to Stay
1. Casual Minimal Apartment
(Photo credits to the hotel)
Trivao Park Guell is an apartment-like hotel, 11mins walk from Park Güell. The hotel has a total of 9 rooms, with a few apartments offering 2 bedrooms while some include a nice terrace. You will have your own kitchen, bathroom, and all you need there. Price is around US$140/night, which varies depending on the number of rooms and visiting dates. Click here to check and book.
2. Peaceful House right next to Park Güell
(Photo credits to the Airbnb owner)
This Airbnb house is literally 2mins walk away from the beautiful park. The house is good for 8pax, with 4 bedrooms in total, along with a spacious backyard and open kitchen. Price is around US$250/night. Book this house here.
What to Pack
If you are visiting during Summer/Autumn time, be sure you are wearing something lightweight, but bring along a scarf for after sunset. The followings are my suggested essentials as that’s what I was glad I brought with me:
1. Lip balm – the weather is quite dry in Spain, so be sure you have your lip moisturiser with you.
2. Sunscreen – the sun is beaming always, and while you are exposing yourself almost full day at Park Guell, this is a must.
3. Portable phone charger – if you like to travel light and use your phone as your camera, your battery will run out during mid-day. Bring a charger or juice pack with you to ensure you don’t miss any photo ops.
4. Comfy dark colored sneakers – walking walking walking… your feet would scream if you wear anything non-comfy. And for a place like this park, where most of the area is covered with sandy grounds, you might want to wear a pair of dark colored sneakers like the above Adidas.
5. Easy shades – Barcelona is said to be unsafe, so be sure to protect your eyes with proper UV shades without being overly high-profile. This pair of Rayban above is perfect for this job.
6. Scarf – after the sun sets, it might get a bit cool. A scarf or any coverups would keep yourself warm during dinner time.
7. Light color tank – you would be grateful to wear sleeveless tops during the sunny daytime while walking around in the open.
8. Easy crossbody bag – keep all your essentials all in one light-weight bag, close to your body. Don’t bring anything too bulky if you are planning to visit any other museums as you might need to keep your bag at the cloak room.
See this map below for all the places mentioned above. If you wish to sync with your own Google Map, download this KML file, open a new layer in your map, and click “import” for uploading this file.
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