COLONIA GÜELL AND PARK GÜELL
Only 30 min away you will find yourself in the Colonia Güell, a vestige of the industrial and modernist era. The Colonia is an important piece of historic and artistic heritage where the 19th century atmosphere is alive between its streets and buildings.
Colonia Güell was conceived by Gaudi’s main patron Eusebi Guëll which became Gaudi’s main patron and Antonio Gaudi commissioned him some of his most important works like the park named after him.
We know it can get a bit boring to spend your time hopping from museum to museum when you’re in Barcelona, so Park Güell is the perfect combination of nature and art.
Located on a hill above the Barcelona city center, this garden is full of Gaudi’s touches offering a fantastic escape from the bustle of the city and one of the best views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean. You can wander the grounds for free but will have to pay an entrance fee to access Gaudi’s private home and the main structure of the park.
You’ll often find bands playing and Barcelona teens flitting about, so be sure to make a trip to get a taste of both Gaudi’s Barcelona and the city’s modern culture.
The most unique building in the Colonia is without any doubt the Crypt. In this project Gaudi had complete freedom so he brought together for the first time all of his architectural innovations. Profoundly Catholic, for him it was an attempt to create a “monumental model of the Sagrada Familia”.
Even if it remained unfinished it was his incomplete lifetime obsession and it is a great catalogue of Gaudi’s innovations in the use of leaning pillars and catenary arches. The visit in this hidden Gaudi tour will help you understand his further works.