Park Guell was our first stop in Barcelona, it’s also known as Gaudi Park because it was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi (he’s most famous for designing the Segrada Familia church, but his name crops up on quite a lot of buildings in Barcelona!). There’s a little museum and shop, but we just wandered around the free part of the park in the hot hot sun.
Barcelona is very hilly and, in getting to Park Guell, we ended up going up an escalator that stood in the middle of the street- the first and only time I’ve seen an outdoor escalator like that! But once you’re up there you get an amazing view of the city and the sea which can be seen from the large plateau surrounded by palm trees and stalls.
Behind the plateau is a woody area on the hill which you can walk through, and there are quite a few people selling things on the floor. At the top of the hill is a columned structure where people were dancing. There are also fantastic ginger-bread style buildings that house the museum and shop. Everything is covered in tiles and mosaics, including lizards that stand at the base of the steps.