Travelsnapz

Park Guell, Barcelona
Previous
Next

Rotate to landscape to view slideshow

Architect Antoni Gaudi was the famous designer of the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona.

 

 

A Failed Development becomes a Park for the People - Park Guell, Barcelona

Park Guell, Barcelona, was originally conceived as a real estate sub-division for the wealthy. A few houses were built for those closely involved with the project, but a lack of buyers led to the works being abandoned in 1914. 

The land was eventually offered to the City Council who turned the area into a park for the people.

Architect Antoni Gaudi was involved in the design of the sub-division and also lived in one of the houses built on the site. The land sits on the side of a hill and offers good views over the city and out to the sea. It is very popular with locals as a recreation area. Indeed, in certain areas of the park, the number of people allowed in at any one time is restricted – your entry ticket stipulates a time when you can enter the park.

The day we visited was sunny and warm. People strolled around the paths that cross over the hillside, enjoying a picnic or listening to buskers.

There is plenty of evidence of architect Gaudi’s work, including his use of broken ceramic tiles to make mosaics, including a marvelous lizard. 

Share this destination
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More from Spain

Other destinations you may like:

Bayeux France streetscape

Bayeux, France

Bayeux is a picturesque medieval village in Western France, largely unscared by past conflicts, but with a unique connection to the past.

Read More »
Entrance to Saint-Malo

The Pirates of Saint-Malo

The walled town of Saint-Malo, once a haven for the pirates paid by the French government to harrass the English across the channel, now plays host to the thousands of tourists that flock there every summer.

Read More »
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x