Park Güell is a real-life Candyland designed by none other than—you guessed it—Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s hero.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, designed in the 1910s, will blow your mind with its life-size gingerbread houses and jelly-bean bright tiled mosaics. Located in El Carmel in Gràcia, it features an expansive garden, museum, and the Monumental Zone that contains a concentration of impressive sights. The latter is the only part of the park you’ll need to pay to enter. The main entrance, from Career d’Olot leads you to a grand dragon stairway with a twin fight of cascading steps. An iconic mosaic salamander known as El Drac basks in the sunny center. Our favorite part of the park was the esplanade known as the Greek Theatre or Nature Square, where you’ll find the best views of Barcelona city. It’s definitely touristy, but it’s a great spot to take pictures with the Porter’s Loge and Gaudí House Museum in the background.
Off C. d’Olot, entrance via Carrer de Larrard, Carretera del Carmel, nº 23, Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya; www.parkguell.cat; park open daily Jan 1-Mar 25 8:30am-6:30pm, Mar 26-Apr 30 8am-8:30pm, May 1-Aug 27 8am-9:30pm, Aug 28-Oct 28 8am-8:30pm, Oct 29-Dec 31 8:30am-6:30pm
Online ticket €7, door ticket €8, free if you enter before the ticket office opens