Park Guell is very high up in Barcelona looking down on the entire city straight to the coast. I would recommend taking a taxi up the hill unless you are ready for a bit of a hike. It is a very busy park and after two tries my friends and I realized that it is best to buy a ticket for a later time and come back for that time because only a certain number of people are allowed into the park itself at one time.
When we returned to the park for our time slot, we quickly learned that there is a huge free public picnic area surrounding the actual park. Our visit in the picnic area was a bit rushed, but I would suggest spending some time in there before entering the park area. It has some views that are better than those in the park, and the only downside if that there are street vendors everywhere, but that comes with the territory in a European city. Once we eventually found our way into the park itself, it was rather small, and I wished that we had more time in the picnic area. But the first thing you encounter is this amazing swerving mosaic bench that overlooks the entire Barcelona landscape and coastline. The bench is huge, and beautiful if you take the time to notice the designs and colors throughout. Just below the bench is an overhang with many huge columns and mosaic dome ceiling all in different colors and patterns. This overlooks two buildings that look like they were taken out of a Gingerbread house designed by Dr. Seuss, and I mean that in the best way possible. There are also a few fountains and mosaic animals in that area. Unfortunately that is all of the park that we explored, but both the park itself and the surrounding grounds are amazing.
Places we've gone, things we've seen, stories worth telling