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Barcelona Turisme Guided Tour Park Guell

#264 of 1,207 Tours in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona’s Park Güell is a vast uptown garden with countless architectural features. Now you can take a guided tour to discover the charms of this park designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernisme.
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Kelleygirl2 wrote a review Oct 2020
Sarasota, Florida6483 contributions782 helpful votes
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I had purchased late afternoon skip the line tickets for Park Guell, (pronounced Park way) located a considerable distance away from our apartment. To taxi or to Metro, that was the question. We decided on taxi, not really cheap, but it gave us a look at the city. Unfortunately our driver didn’t seem to know how to get there so we had an additional adventure along the way. The thing about buying non-refundable Viator tickets ahead is you can’t know what the weather will be. It was cloudy with a few sprinkles and definitely chilly. No, make that cold. We met our guide at the appointed location, and began our walk to the entrance of Parc Guell. Eusebi Guell was a wealthy man who intended to create a unique development for elite members of the community. This new thought process in urban planning was to be established in a natural setting with grand views of the now blossoming city of Barcelona and the sea beyond. Guell chose his friend Gaudi to design this estate with a network of paths or web of nature that would connect the large buildable plots spaced far enough apart to maintain the natural integrity of the land. But there were few people who shared this vision of art and nature connected. To begin the project the Gaudi House was constructed as a model home for this new Park Güell development. The house was not designed by Gaudi but designed by Francesc Berenguer in 1904, a close friend and right-hand man to the architect. The Guell family lived in this house first then sold it to Gaudi who lived in this house from 1906 to 1925. It was in this house, known as Torre Rosa, where Gaudi spent 20 years of his life before moving into the Sagrada Familia. It was in this house that he devoted his time on the work of the building of the Sagrada Familia. The house is now a museum that shows examples of Gaudi’s private life and personal tastes. The furniture, with its clean lines, reminded me of the functional designs of Frank Lloyd Wright with Gaudi’s own added touch of nature bringing the outdoors in, a man after my own heart. I enjoyed the view from his large window overlooking Barcelona, his connection with the outdoors while working inside. The park, opened to the public in 1926 after the completion of only two show houses. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site. When you enter the park from the Porter’s Lodge you can immediately see the integration of nature in form and style. Gaudi admired the structural efficiency in nature “…neither are trees prismatic, nor bones cylindrical, nor leaves triangular.” Gaudi’s artful designs were an invitation to both play with and be connected to all forms of nature. I was eager to photograph the famous salamander on the grand stairway. The salamander is covered in brightly colored ‘Trencadis’, a mosaic of broken ceramic pieces invented by Gaudi, which became a popular design technique throughout Park Guell as well as his other works. The salamander was encumbered by tourists and the unusual Hypostyle Market above the stairs was covered in scaffolding so poor photo ops for me. Fortunately as the day wore on the sun came out to take some of the chill out of the air and make the photography less gloomy, but that increased the number of people blocking the best views and photo ops. Encouraged by the warmth of the sun, we wandered through the gardens and wooded paths and climbed until we reached the Nature Plaza built on top of the Hypostyle Market. Dave took a seat on the long undulating stone bench that surrounds the square. This encompassing bench acts like a protective fence to the ground below. I tried to shoulder my way through the 50 or so people to photograph the hazy view of Barcelona, and with a little patience, I got my shots. With the sun out in full force I began to photograph Gaudi’s spirit in technicolor as it was now, sparkling in the sun, most evident everywhere you looked. Gaudi made nature come to life in his own imagination and let us, as viewers, enter his mind of wondrous imagination. If you go, try to make certain it is sunny because when it’s overcast, the magic disappears. When I return to Barcelona (and I hope I do) I plan to revisit this park, walking the paths, looking for parrots, eagles and hummingbird hawk moths while spending time absorbing the urban forest in the free zone (95% of the park is free of charge, you only have to pay for the main exhibits).
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mm A wrote a review Dec 2019
Barcelona, Spain24 contributions27 helpful votes
The free part of the park is fantastic but the part where you have to pay is not that interesting and you can see it from the main road (down the hill for a much better view). Bathrooms are not clean which is unusual for Barcelona. The best view is from the top of the hill (keep going up the steps until the very end!) - this is free of charge. The coffee shop (in the area where you have to pay €10 to get access) is run by a couple of not very nice people. They treated me so badly that I left everything and walked away without buying anything. In short, pay nothing there and keep walking uphill.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Michael G wrote a review Oct 2019
Columbus, Ohio26 contributions24 helpful votes
Wonderful park. Much to see and do. Gaudi’s house. Many trails. Gorgeous views. Take a bus we walked it was hard getting up the hill to the park walking. Entertainers playing music. Two to four hours. Enjoy.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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henrykim_sd wrote a review Oct 2019
San Diego, California39 contributions40 helpful votes
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The park is so unique due to Guadi design, but the information from the tour made it so rich and appreciate Guadi's vision and inspiration... Our tour guide was great. His badge is pictured in my review. His appreciation and knowledge was infective.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Monica S wrote a review Sep 2019
Denver, Colorado13 contributions3 helpful votes
I enjoyed this walking tour of Park Guell. Since you have to pay to get to the interesting stuff anyhow, adding a few more Euros was worth it to me to hear more about the history between Gaudi and Guell, and to have some interesting features described and demystified.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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