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Photo Friday: Gaudi Park

Gaudi Park, or Parc Güell, is like no other park I’d ever seen, just like Sagrada Familia is like no other church I’ve ever seen.  I suppose that’s to be expected from UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  I’m not art expert, but since I had gone inside Sagrada Familia before going to Gaudi Park, I noticed the similarities in Gaudi’s art, particularly the nature aspects.

Also like Sagrada Familia, get your tickets in advance.  I recommend getting your ticket for either Gaudi Park or for Sagrada Familia in the morning and making sure that your ticket for the other place for a late-afternoon entry so that you’ll have enough time to explore at your own pace, make the trek to the second place, and maybe even grab a bite to eat.

By happy accident, I started my visit at the top, so we’re going to make our way down in today’s Photo Friday.  Taking in the nature and the views was another I’m really in Barcelona experience, and it made me forget that this park was built between 1900 and 1914. Gaudi Park was officially opened to the public in 1926, which is the year that Gaudi died because his injuries from a streetcar accident.

Enjoy this photo tour of Gaudi Park. 😀

Let’s start with my first view of it. ↓  I wonder what exactly that building beside the park is.  I wonder how difficult it would be to jump across like Jackie Chan. 😀

 

I was surprised about how few people were in the park, but I realized later that it was because of the ticket system. It’s fantastic crowd control. 🙂

I’m glad I had a lot of time to kill before being allowed in. It was easy to admire the mosaics on the back of the park bench.

 

Looking down the centre.

 

The best view of the lower entrance from the main terrace.

 

I had way too much fun admiring the mosaic bench and the view.

 

I slowly made my way down so that I could admire the mosaics a little more, but little did I know what was coming.

 

I did not expect to see these mosaic tiles on the ceiling.

I wonder if everyone knew about the ceiling. Hardly anyone was admiring it. Here are three ceiling shots. ↓

 

 

 

After the ceiling, I continued my way down and of course, came across the famous multi-coloured salamander.  It’s known as el drac (the dragon). ↓

 

 

I actually like this one better than el drac. How about you?

 

Looking back at terrace.

Now, we’re at the beginning – the lower entrance.  Head back up if you’d like. 😀

 

Would you like to see more

parks like this?

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Gaudi Park

  1. malaysianmeanders

    I visited Barcelona so long ago that people could only enjoy Sagrada Familia from the outside back then. So, my favorite spot in the whole town easily went to Parc Guell. I can still picture myself amongst all those columns. Your pictures brought back some happy memories of my visit there. #WkendTravelInspiration

    1. Becky Post author

      They do a great job strictly limiting the number of people inside at specific times. I’m also happy to wait to get a bomberless shot, but it’s impossible sometimes.

  2. Cheryl Smith

    Thanks for sharing I was there 2 weeks ago after a cruise and your photos brought back great memories. Be sure to check out the market in Barcelona if you have not already 😊

    1. Becky Post author

      I’m glad. Did you get to go inside Sagrada Familia too? You mean the huge food market off La Rambla?

      Lucky you, a cruise! That’s on my bucket list. How long were you in Barcelona? Did you find that you had enough time there (and everywhere else) to really enjoy it?

  3. Ruth

    It is a great park! The first time I stopped by, I was impossible to get tickets (and it was 10:00 a.m.). The next day, we went back first thing in the morning. We were able to get a good glimpse of it but then it started to get crowded. I want to go back since the weather didn’t cooperate and the views where not that great. #TPThursday

    1. Becky Post author

      I’m glad that I got my ticket a couple days in advance. One of the women at a tourist info office in the Gothic Quarter recommended that we get our park and cathedral tickets early. I hope you get to see and enjoy it next time. 🙂

  4. Rhonda Albom

    I enjoyed Parc Guell. I visited before they started charging. I must have picked a good day as there were few people as well. Thanks for pointing out the ceiling mosaics. I missed them.

  5. Joanne

    Gaudi was a genius, avant-garde architect. Spanish and world culture have been blessed! Thanks so much Becky! I would certainly love to see other parks around the world.

    1. Becky Post author

      Wow! I couldn’t have said that better! 😀 Come to think of it, I’m surprised his style hasn’t been copied to create more parks like this.

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