Best known of Gràcia’s attractions is Parc Güell, designed by Gaudí and housing within its grounds a museum – his former home and built in his unique style – dedicated to his life and works and with furniture of his own design. The whole park is a fairytale landscape with caves and grottos, stone colonnades, terraces and benches in bright mosaics and sweeping lines, including the fantastical roofs of the entrance buildings at its lower part and figures of monstrous reptiles. From the upper part of the park you can enjoy views over Barcelona down to the port and the sea beyond.
Parc de la Creueta del Coll
Address: Passeig Mare de Déu del Coll, 77
Located not far from the upper part of Parc Güell, this public park, converted from a former quarry, has a public bathing pool and is popular with Gràcia residents as a place to relax, with picnic and play areas. Pride of place is occupied by the fountain-sculpture In Praise of Water by the internationally renowned Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida.
Address: Carolines 24 – An Oriental extravaganza and one of Gaudí’s first works as an architect, this building’s façade decorated with ceramic tiles and cast iron balcony railings are a feast of colour and form.