I was inspired to write about our visit to Barcelona while listening to the soothing Spanish guitar playing on a CD I purchased from one of their street musicians. Would you believe while searching for stock photography for this post I came across a picture of the artist himself? What are the odds? His music is amazing…well worth the 10 euros ;)) This article I wrote about Park Guelle was recently published by IVHE. Hope your enjoy it and if you find yourself in Barcelona keep an eye out for this performer…he does not disappoint.
Park Guell, Barcelona: What to Know Before Visiting
as published on July 23, 2016 by International Vacation Home Exchange
Easily recognizable by its colorful mosaic architecture, Park Guell is a must-see attraction on any visit to Barcelona. Its whimsical and playful designs left me feeling as if I had just stepped into the pages of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. The park is the work of renowned artist Antoni Gaudi whose work is showcased throughout Barcelona.
The park has a rather unique history. It was commissioned in 1900 by Eusebi Guell. He and Antoni Gaudi planned to create a luxury gated community outside of the hustle and bustle of the city. The plan was to build 60 houses in addition to a large square, markets and other services for the community. Sadly the idea was not as well received as the pair had hoped and only two of the 60 houses were actually built. The housing project was abandoned in 1914. It wasn’t until 1922 that the project was turned into a park which is enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
Park Guell is built on Mount Carmel and has some of the most amazing panoramic views of the city. The views alone are worth the trip to this attraction.
No matter what time of year you visit, the park is sure to be crowded. In an effort to maintain the conservation and maintenance of the park, the entrance is regulated so only…