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Posted by: Laia Fàbregas
December 13th, 2016 in Travel spots
Park Güell, a vital stop of the Barcelona modernist route

To all lovers of architecture out there, the name Gaudi will definitely sound familiar. Considered a pioneer in his field and the face of Catalan modernism, his legacy has embellished Barcelona greatly, attracting tourists from all around the globe. One of the gems he left behind is the famous Park Güell, a large public park built between 1900 and 1914 and composed by gardens and several buildings in which the touch of Gaudí doesn’t go unnoticed.

Park Güell is named after the Count Eusebi Güell, a wealthy entrepeneur and friend of Antoni Gaudi with whom he happened to share similar interests. He therefore became the architect’s patron and employed him in several occasions, requesting some of his most symbolic constructions and among them the Park Güell, the most remarkable of them all. It can be found in Gracia district, at the northern part of Barcelona city.

Gaudí was known for leaning towards naturalism, usually representing organic forms in his buildings as well as colorful textures and geometry. The Park itself is home to a famous lizard or dragon who would soon become not only his icon, but also Barcelona’s as well. Its design is filled with tessellation and never fails to garner everyone’s attention.

The Park is open to visits all year round and has plenty accesses which can be consulted on its official website. We highly recommend taking the time to stroll around the park, as most building structures in the area are supposed to bring calmth to their viewers by simulating nature. It’s also usual to find street musicians on the way, which make the experience all the more magical. Don’t miss the chance to witness Gaudi’s art in all its glory!

The best way to get to Park Güell is by metro. The metro stop is Vallcarca (green line). Then you would just need to follow the signs towards the park. Check the following map for directions here.

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Posted by: Jonathan Street
December 4th, 2014 in Travel spots
Get lost…in the longest Labyrinth in Spain

Kilometres of conifer tree corridors, curly, curved and circular, capped off with a castle in the centre…………How far would you dare to go!

Getting lost in a labyrinth can be scary or fun, depending on the circumstances. Being chased by a crazy axe branding Jack Nicholson covered by snow and sub zero temperatures…

…..or by a half man, half bull like creature, namely the Minotaur is one thing, but taking a family stroll on a sunny day and enjoying the scenery is another.

If your preference is the latter, why not try to get lost in the longest labyrinth in Spain, and one of the longest in the world, located in the Rafael de la Cerda park in Tentegorra, Cartagena. Recently opened, its 5 km maze features a Viewing tower in the form of a small castle in the middle and a bridge in order to help you find your bearings.

Occupying 5200 square metres of 3m high cypress trees, the labyrinth offers an easy route, which takes only 15 minutes, and a more difficult route, which is the more fun because it means you get lost for longer. There are 12 entrances/exits, depending on which way you’re going, but if you really can’t find your way out there are various emergency exits and two monitors, not minotaurs, that are constantly doing the rounds inside the maze itself.

The Rafael de la Cerda park also has an adventure assault course and small water park. So if you were to depend on the circumstances of this particular labyrinth it could be said that this one is more fun than scary…….sorry Jack!

Other important labyrinths in Spain:
The gardens of Horta, in Barcelona, which are the oldest in the city and have two gardened areas; one being of the eco classic style from the XVII century and the other being a romantic garden from the XIX century. For more information, read our previous blog post.

The Capricho, in Madrid, which was made for the Duchess of Osuna. It is of the romantic period and is never too busy due to its location, far from the city centre.

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Posted by: Wifivox
July 4th, 2013 in Travel spots
Feeling like Alice in Wonderland?

If you’ve always wanted to run through a hedge maze just like Alice in Wonderland and you’re planning to visit Barcelona, Laberint d’Horta park will make your day.

This park, built in 1791 and mostly visited by locals, hosts a giant hedge maze, made up of 750 metres of cypress trees. In the center of the maze you will find a little Eros statue surrounded by 7 different gates; only 2 of them will get you to the exit.

But the famous maze it’s not the only element worth the visit. Laberint d’Horta is the oldest park in the city, and has other magnificent spots such as a romantic artificial lake, a cemetery, neoclassical buildings, Italian fountains, springs and pools all of it surrounded by a large area of Mediterranean forest. The park was officially opened to the public in 1971 by the City Council and was restored in 1994, and it’s actually one of the most special parks in Barcelona, mostly unknown by the tourists.

Beware, there’s a limitation with the number of people visiting this place in order to preserve the environment; just 750 persons at the same time can go inside the park.

And remember, if you ever get lost in the maze you can always follow the Eros statue (located in the center of the maze) or use your Wifivox pocket wifi for easy escape solutions!

How to arrive: The park is located in the upper part of Barcelona. Just stop at the Mundet metro station and walk 5 minutes until you reach Germans Desvalls street (see map).

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