This Parc Guell walking tour will take you to explore the sights and sounds of what is possibly, Gaudi’s most beautiful creation.
Julià Travel offers clients of Oh-Barcelona a discount of 10%
If you are in Barcelona and want to get an inside tour of one the most famous attractions in Barcelona then it’s likely that Julià Travel will have something to suit your needs. Located high above the Gracia district of Barcelona, Parc Guell offers a quiet getaway from the busy city life. You can enjoy much of the “Catalan modernism architecture” on offer, chill out in the square, or go to the Calvary peak, where there are 3 crosses and incredible views across the whole city.
The gates to heaven
The tour begins at the entrance to the park in Carrer d’Olot where you can find two pavilions, and a wall that was supposed to surround the whole area, but was only ever partially built. Here you will discover in the artwork references to stories dating back hundreds of years, from witches to children’s fables.
The Heart of the Parc
Heading towards the centre of the park, the tour takes you to two of the main traditional meeting points where over the years; people have gone with friends to relax in the sunshine, or the shade.
The Hipostila room, and the floor supports a large square made up of 86 huge columns – all exactly the same size and supporting the square above. They also serve as drains, as all the rainwater that is collected in the square is filtered through the columns and into a chamber that serves as a reservoir.
The Square is known as the soul of the park, originally planned as an amphitheatre above the city for performances and concerts. Nowadays, it is filled with locals and tourists taking some time out and enjoying views over the city. Sunday is perhaps the most popular day, when the locals go there after church and enjoy the entertainers playing their music.
Walking the paths of Parc Guell
The tour continues through 3 kilometres of paths, filled with detailed Gaudi designs. It is a tension filled walk, passing through some dark places with an almost ghostly like, ancient atmospheres.
The Torre Rosa, a museum, a house, and a home
The penultimate stop on the tour is at the house Gaudi lived in from 1906 to 1925 (the year before he died). Known as the “Torre Rosa” (Pink Tower), it was originally an example of the plans to build houses in the park, but after no interest was shown, Gaudi sensed his opportunity to live in the most privileged place that Barcelona had to offer. He bought it from his assistant and spent the last 20 years of his life there. It has since been purchased by the Association of Gaudi’s friends and turned into a museum.
The finale, a time to reflect
The tour finishes at the top of the mountain where the chapel was due to be located. Gaudi built the monument of a cavalry in the form of 3 stone crosses. These were destroyed in the civil war in 1936, but rebuilt in 1939. It is here that you can enjoy the highest views across the city, which is an ideal end to the tour as you take in just how remarkably big and beautiful Barcelona is.
The tour is available of Thursday to Saturday.
For the latest and seasonal information, check the details on the Website.
Price 2013: 20€
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How to get there
Tour departure point by Metro:
Parc Guell by Metro:
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