Park Güell

Address: C/Olot, Barcelona, Spain

- Free


There are fairytale elements and wonderful views to the sea from this surreal park.

Gaudí and his patron Eusebi Güell had a utopian vision for what was to be a ‘garden city’ where the workers could live, but the project never really came to fruition. Instead this was turned into a fantastical park, its gatehouses straight out of Hansel and Gretel, but you can still see elements of the original idea, such as the marketplace (above the famous dragon statue, with the palm-tree columns). Above it is the most picturesque area of all, the wide esplanade ringed with Gaudí’s colourful twisting benches.

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Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery