Visiting Barcelona and so many beautiful Gaudí sites felt like a dream.Park Güell was a beautiful highlight and must visit!
ANTONI GAUDI’S HOME IN PARK GÜELL
The magic of Antoni Gaudí and his wonderful work can hardly be lost on anyone. Just one of the sites I fell for in Barcelona was his home in Park Güell. The home was originally built as a ‘display’ home during the construction of the park- which was ultimately a failed housing development.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Gaudí moved in here with his father Francesc Gaudí i Serra and niece, Rosa Egea i Gaudí in 1906. It became one of two homes on the estate and passed hands only a couple of times before its restoration in 1992. At the time of its construction influences of Art Nouveau from northern Europe were leaving an impression on the Spanish architects, but some took it that one step further. Gaudí’s incomparable work takes its cues from nature but reflects them in a modernist and eclectic turn.
When tasked by Eusebi Güell to draw up and plan the housing estate on an area known as Muntanya Pelada (bare mountain), Gaudí ensured to work with the natural landscape and ultimately preserve it’s sea view. The network of paths, staircases, viaducts and vegetation were all prioritised to make the most of the landscape, with sixty houses planned. It is fascinating to think that this beautiful iconic public space (long a tourist destination) is somewhat of a failed venture in its original plan.
I actually kind of like that these great men failed, creating a happy accident we can all enjoy today.
NOT A PLACE TO BE MISSED
I have more on the rest of Park Güell to follow, as we ended up visiting twice. The first time I really hadn’t counted on exactly how busy the park would be for admission to the paid areas- I think we were told our only option that day (it was morning) was entry at 6:30pm that evening. We decided to make the most of wandering the free admission areas and came back later, booking our entry in advance. It was worth visiting twice!
Entry inside Gaudi’s home is not free, but wandering these area’s of the grounds is. Rather than go inside we opted to visit another of his homes to see examples of his furniture. More on that later!
Have you been to Barcelona? I would love to hear what you thought below!
WEARING: MANGO BELL FLARE TOP, H&M MINI SKIRT, CONVERSE SNEAKERS, H&M sunglasses, FURLA METROPOLIS BAG, vintage scarf
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARIO RECCHIA