This is a small travel blog series on Barcelona. This is part three and there are four parts in total;
- Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella
- Port Vell, Parc de Montjuïc and the Font Màjica de Montjuïc
- Park Guëll
- Ciutat Vella, el Gòtic and La Ramblas
Rather than my usual blog type stuff, these will be more informational and tailored to those wanting to explore Barcelona. I am not an expert on anything in Barcelona, these are just my opinions of what is worth a visit and what is not.
Park Guëll is an absolute must-do for your visit to Barcelona, as I’m sure you already know! It is surrounded by and filled with beautiful gardens, with fantastic views over Barcelona. Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism, very famously known. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926.
Before you go to Barcelona you have to make a decision on wether you want to book online to get in to Park Guëll. The benefit is that it is €1 cheaper per ticket, and you don’t have to wait in the ticket queue. However, the disadvantage is that you have to pick a specific time that you will arrive at the park. I was a little too ambitious with my time, ended up missing my slot and so had to pay for another.
I would give yourself a few hours for getting to and exploring Park Guëll. It is very necessary to take the metro to it and walk a little. It is quite a difficult walk up to the actual Park from the metro. There are escalators on some parts, but I was sweating by the time I reached the park, and it was February! So be prepared for a short, but tough, uphill battle.
Once you arrive at the park, you will find that you can actually explore a lot of the area surrounding the central area of the park for free. There are a lot of runners who live locally (I assume) and dog-walkers even though it’s practically mountainous. However, there are some great viewing points of Barcelona and the higher you climb, the better the view.
Once you head in to the park by paying, you are free to explore at your will, and you are given a map of the park. It’s smaller than I expected so make sure you take your time to appreciate the history behind the park and of course, the spectacular views over Barcelona.
All in all, I only spent around thirty to forty minutes in the paid area of the park as it’s not too big. However, I had a wonderful time in the unexpected heat and sun in February and I can imagine that at any time of year it is just as beautiful. As I said at the beginning, Park Guëll is a must-do and even if you’re a cheapskate like me, I would recommend paying for just this one thing, as it is definitely worth it.