VIVID COLOURES, AMAZING DETAILS IN THE GUELL PARK
Barcelona has many parks, perfectly maintained green oasis where you can relax, have a stroll and forget about everyday life. Some of them became a must for any trip to Barcelona.
Park Güell is a real tribute to nature. This architecture marvel was created by Gaudi. It combines nature and stunning views of the city. This impressive park was built between 1900 and 1924 and it was planned to host around sixty houses and a chapel, but it was never finished. Gaudi’s style and his vision are clearly noticeable. His vivid imagination and colours, surrealistic structures, as if they belong to another dimension, make this park one of the most famous Barcelona tourist attractions. If you begin your exploration straight from the main entrance, you’ll get to the staircase guarded by a dragon. It’s decorated with hypnotic, beautiful tiling. Further along, you are entering into the magnificent room, intended to be a market, which consists of 86 columns, inspired by a Roman temple. Its roof forms a large terrace with the spectacular views over the city. It’s surrounded by an undulating bench which forms a balustrade covered with colourful ceramics, some randomly arranged and some in patterns.
There is also a small house in the park, where Gaudi used to live during one period of his life. Now it’s turned into a museum that contains furniture also designed by this great artist.
The gardens of the Güell Park are a real maze of trails, walls and bridges.
FIND THE RIGHT PATH IN THE LABYRINTH
The Parc del Laberint d’Horta is slightly off the tourist track, perfect for all those who want to enjoy some peace and quiet that may sometimes be hard to find in Barcelona city centre. This is the city’s oldest garden originally built in 1791 in neoclassical style. Water is a fundamental part of this park, presented in many forms: waterfalls, streams, canals, ponds. Here you can find a breathtaking mixture of Mediterranean, neoclassical, Arabic, Romantic styles. The central part of the park is the labyrinth- two-metre-high hedges linked in a maze formation. At the entrance there is a frieze representing Minos welcoming Theseus on his mission to destroy Minotaur who lives in the labyrinth. The successful visitor should find the correct path to the labyrinth centre and find ”love“ embodied by a statue of Eros. The temple of Ariadne is close to the labyrinth. It has a dome held by Tuscan columns and the marble sculpture. A wrong turn from the centre of the labyrinth may lead to another exit and to eternal unfulfilled love presented by the sculpture of Echo, who hopelessly fell in love with Narcissus, unable to love her back.
During the 19th century, the park was extended with a Romantic garden and a variety of plants, trees and a stunning waterfall. This is the most isolated area ideal for deep-thoughts and connecting with nature. Above this space there is a lovely canal full of ducks and swans. At the highest level of the park you can find a rectangular neoclassical pavilion with friezes depicting motives from Greek and Roman mythology.
Take some time during your Barcelona city break and spend it in one of these meditative spots. Enjoy an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in these beautiful green haunts.