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The best way to get your bearings in Barcelona is overlooking the city from the top of the park in Gracia, north of the city center. Park Güell was designed by Gaudí and built between 1900 and 1914. It’s famous not only for the incredible vistas from the top of the hill, but also for its many quirky features, including gingerbread-style houses, covered walkways and a mosaic tiled terrace.
The 15-hectare (37-acre) park was originally designed to be a housing complex for the city’s aristocracy. In the end, only two houses were built. Gaudí lived in one of them. Today it’s open to the public as the Gaudí House Museum. Pay a small fee to wander through the house, which is filled with furniture designed by the architect, and learn about his life and work.
The entrance to the park is at the bottom of the hill. The gatehouses look like giant gingerbread houses and are hard to miss.
A dragon fountain sits at the bottom of a set of stairs. Stop for a photo in front of the mosaic statue, then continue up the hill to the mosaic terrace at the top. Gaudí designed the terrace in his signature style, with bright colors and curving lines. The terrace is in the shape of a sea serpent. Look out across the whole city. This area gets crowded, especially at sunset. Winters are less busy.
The rest of the park is filled with shrubbery and walking paths. Stop for a rest on benches designed by Spain’s most famous architect.
The park is open from 10 a.m. every day. Closing times vary depending on the time of year. Admission is free.
It’s a 20-minute uphill walk from the nearest metro station to the entrance of the park. Catch a bus for a less strenuous access.
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arc de Triomf, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Picasso Museum. Barcelona Zoo and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Arc de Triomf Station and Barcelona Arc de Triomf Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Gracia, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila are also within 2 miles (3 km). Alfons X Station is 11 minutes by foot and Joanic Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly Barcelona guesthouse is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia are also within 2 miles (3 km). Vallcarca Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lesseps Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Eixample, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau. Casa Mila and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Sagrada Familia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 8 minutes.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. La Rambla and Placa de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. Jaume I Station and Urquinaona Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Gracia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sala Beckett, Gaudi Experiencia and Jardines del Principe de Girona. Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell are also within 10 minutes. Alfons X Station is 7 minutes by foot and Joanic Station is 10 minutes.
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