Today’s sponsored post is by eDreams, written by one of their employees who recently took a trip to Barcelona.
BARCELONA’S PARK GÜELL
Thanks to the generation of low-cost flights, it is now easy for travel fanatics like me to get cheap flight deals to most destinations in Europe. I recently found an inexpensive flight to Barcelona and decided to jump on the opportunity to visit Catalonia’s capital one more time. I had been to the city before but on that occasion didn’t get the chance to visit all the major tourist attractions.
As a new day dawns in Barcelona, I decide to make my way up to one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, Parc Güell. There are a number of entrances to the park, the most used of which is via Carrer d’Olot street. You can take bus number 24 from Plaza Catalunya and it will leave you at this entrance, where you can see the fairytale-style houses and the emblematic mosaic serpent. Entrance to the park is free. However, there is a small charge to enter the museum inside the park, where you can see a display dedicated to Gaudí and the methods the celebrated Catalan architect used for building.
I decide to take the metro and get off at Lesseps station. I then follow the street signs for Parc Güell. This is by far the more difficult method of getting to the park but I like to go for an early morning walk in Barcelona before most of the tourists have even had breakfast. As I embark on the trail through the gardens and woodlands which lead to the upper level of the park, I can appreciate the spectacular views of the city from different perspectives. I realize that I made a good choice of coming early; the park opens at 10am. There is quite a climb, of some twenty minutes, to the top of the park and the midday heat could make this more tiresome.
At the top of the park is the famous mosaic balcony which weaves around the outside of the upper platform; it is known in Catalan as Banc de Trencadís. Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the kiosks or cafés while admiring the stunning city vistas. You can even see other famous Gaudí buildings, such as the Sagrada Familia, from the upper level balcony. This is what makes the climb worthwhile. In fact, the very visit to Park Güell made my cheap flight getaway to Barcelona totally worth it.