Completed in 1914, Park Güell is one of the most important and beautiful works by the well-known Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudi. Along with his Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell is a symbol of the city of Barcelona and was been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980's.
Perched atop a hill and offering unbeatable views of both the city and sea, Park Güell was originally conceived as an urban project between Gaudi and the wealthy industrialist Eusebi Güell, a fact evident in the park's spaces for washing, markets, and public events.
Today, it's a must in Barcelona and everyday hundreds of visitors come to get a photo lounging on the park's serpentine mosaicked benches overlooking the Barrio de Gracia (perhaps the quintessential Barcelona postcard). As you can imagine, the park gets crowded, especially at sunset and during the summer months. I'd suggest visiting first thing in the morning so you can explore Park Güell's whimsical architecture and beautiful gardens in peace.
The Laberinto Park is a little-known place in Barcelona even though it is a historical garden. I loved following the bushes until I found the center of the labyrinth and the big center fountain. A different place in a non-trendy neighborhood of Barcelona.
Yes, Ciudadela Park is a place to relax right in the hustle and bustle of people, cars and a lot of noise.
The Parliament of Catalunya is located in the park, as well as the Natural Sciences Park. You can also walk along the glass Hivernáculo (greenhouse), housing a spectacular range of plants, and let your imagination wander sitting on the benches.
Just next to the park there is a zoo where you can lean about the different types of animals living on our planet. What I like most is the stairs in the waterfall, a very very lovely monument, somehow reminding me of the Fontana di Trevi in Rome, covering distances, especially the size.
The Ciudadela Waterfall is huge. It gives you the sensation of being in a romantic garden, as it's so carefully sculpted. The Mamut to scale made of stone is also fantastic.
Just in front of the Laribal Gardens there are the Joan Moragall gardens. In the central area there is circular pond with a statue in the middle. Around the fountain there are some stone benches, perfect to admire the different green tones of the landscape.
Around there are some arches of salmon pink color, giving more of an intimate atmosphere to the building. When I was a child I used to come with school on the day we dressed up, and we would play there until we were exhausted, but very happy. To me, it used to be a place you had to dress up like a lady to visit. With time this image has been changing and I could appreciate the environment i know by heart better, but of course I won't forget the memories of my childhood.