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Be Amazed at the Artificial Organic World of Park Guell
Originally built as a show house in Park Guell to attract customers, the place was the residence of Gaudi himself who bought it when no one showed interest in the project. He lived there for around 20 years after which the house was a residence of private owners. It was in 1963, that the building was opened to the public. The museum has four floors out of which the ground and first floor are opened to the public. These floors have some great work of Gaudi on display. The second floor has the Enric Casanelles Library. To access it, prior permission is necessary. The basement of the house is closed.
The main entrance of the park Carrer d'Olot is adorned by two gatehouses which seem inspired by the fairy tales. Also called the Hansel and Gretel gates, these have a mushroom-like top. One gatehouse contains a bookstore and the other is an interpretation center displaying interesting information about the park and giving a glimpse of its history.
From the entrance, there are steps which will lead you to Hypostyle Hall or the Hall of one hundred Columns. It is guarded by the famous mosaic lizard, a beautiful work of Gaudi. Originally designed to function as a market for the residents of the place, now it is used by musicians to entertain tourists. It comprises of 86 stone columns (of Doric order) that lean like mighty trees. On the top of the hall is a wide-open space with Banc de Trencadís, a tiled bench with slightly curved perimeter designed by Josep Maria Jujol, a colleague of Gaudi.
The Greek Theatre stands in the center of the monumental core of the park. It has been recently re-named as Plaça de la Natura or the natural Square. It was given the name of Greek Theatre as the place was intended to stage open-air shows which could be seen from surrounding terraces.
How to Get Tickets?
The park was previously free to access but now there are entrance tickets for the tourists. These can be bought at the entrance gate itself or online at discounted price. There is a separate ticket for Gaudi House Museum which can be also purchased at the entrance. You can also buy tickets from the ATMs outside the park or the metro stations of Lesseps or Vallcarca.
How To Get Around?
You can explore the place on your own, walking on the winding paths, exploring the architecture and taking in the beauty spread around.
What Should I Wear?
Wear your comfy clothes to the park and good footwear. The park is spread on vast land on a hilltop which means that you will have to walk a lot. So, wear your best walking shoes. Also, wear generous amount of sunscreen and bring a hat to evade sun. Do carry water bottles to keep yourself hydrated.
Best Time to Visit
The park is open every day for public access. During the spring and summer season, you can visit it between 8:00 am to 9:30 pm with last entry at 8:30 pm. In Autumn and winter, visit timings are from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm with last entry at 5:00 pm. Note, that the timings may vary a little according to the high or low season. The best time to visit the place is definitely the springtime when the weather is moderate. Plan a visit early in the morning when the park opens as there is less crowd and you can relax and adore its majestic beauty. Also, it gets quite hot during the noontime around 1:00 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can explore the park and its beauty on your own, relax in its garden and be amazed by the works of Gaudi. There are guided tours also that can be quite helpful and interactive providing you detailed information about the place and solving your queries.
How To Get There?
The park being a prime tourist location is easily accessible. You can reach the place via metro, bus or coaches. The nearest metro stations are Lesseps or Vallcarca from where you will have to take a 20-minute walk to reach the park. There are numerous tour buses that will drop you near the park. You can also take a private taxi or car to the place. Parking facility is available at the park.
You need to reach the place at the time allotted on your ticket as you won't be allowed entry after half an hour of the time mentioned. Also, beware of pickpockets. Though theft is not common, it is better to keep your things secure and guarded. Also, please note that photography inside monumental core is restricted.