Park Güell was initially built as a prestigious housing development just to the north-west of Barcelona's centre. However, the two show homes that were built in 1904 attracted no prospective buyers and in the end Gaudi bought the property from Eusebi Güell and ended up living there until his death in 1926.
Over a period of 10 years, Gaudi oversaw the construction of a unique and slightly bizarre park that contains many examples of his extravagant architecture, mosaic statues and quirky constructions with curved designs.
The 17-hectare area that the park covers is full of Gaudi's most typical construction and is definitely worth a visit. You will see lines of 'trees' whose look is based loosely on the flow of lava, a large lizard made out of tiny pieces of mozaic and small terraces with inclined roofs supported by unusually angled pillars.
Best of all, the park offers a chance to escape the busy city that lies below and at the same time gives a great panoramic view over the Barcelona basin complete with a decent opportunity to spot all the major sights.
January 1st to February 28th
March 26th to April 30th
March 1st to March 25th
May 1st to August 27th
August 28th to October 28th
October 29th to December 31st
Carrer d'Olot 7