Maybe it’s my obsessive love of flowers and gardens in general, but El Parc Guell was my favorite place in Barcelona. With buildings that broke the typical mold and cobblestone paths that led to unknown places, it was a place filled with imagination and wonder.
If you’ve ever seen a piece by Gaudí, then you can imagine the sheer creativity and innovation of this park. Gaudí is known for his use of mosaic to create enchanting objects, and El Parc Guell is a fantastic example of this. Gaudí uses the element of surprise to do the opposite of what is commonly done. Rather than using straight lines, Gaudi works with waves and curves.
Though it was a cold winter day (for Spain), there was still a fair amount of vegetation—from flowers and trees to small shrubberies and herbs. The smell of rosemary and flowers wafted through the gardens and it truly felt like a place filled with magic. Every time you looked at something, you saw something new. Perhaps it was a hidden figure on a building. Or maybe it was an extra detail in the window. However, you don’t need to stare for long to realize that El Parc Guell is a place unlike any other you’ve been to before.