This is my heaven! As it is to many more travellers, since the park had to start limiting the number of visitors. It is a symbolic space in Barcelona. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and receives so many curious people that it started limiting a maximum of 400 visitors every half an hour.
Last time I visited the park, it was free, now it’s €8 to enter, which guarantees the conservation and maintenance of the most fragile and most visited Monumental Zone in the area.
The park is an amazing space and pictures don’t do it justice. I love every detail in this park, especially the two pavilions that have roofs of great originality, clad with trencadís – a type of mosaic used in Catalan modernism, created from broken tile shards.
The ramp with helicoidal columns creates a perfect shade from the sun. Look how beautifully it merges the two levels together.
The Hypostal Room area is covered in 86 classical style striated columns inspired in the Doric order. The ceiling is formed of small domes built using the Catalan vault technique, clad with tile shards.
The flight of steps accommodates a vast amount of detail. There are gargoyles and a fountain in a form of snake’s head and the famous brightly coloured salamander, especially loved by tourists. It’s always crowded here. I remember being chased away by a German tourist while trying to take a picture on my first visit to the park.
This time we just laughed about this memory while snapping away.
Such a fun and unique place to spend an afternoon!