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Parc Güell, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe: Park Guell
7 Carrer d'Olot
Spain 08024
Tel: 34 93 413 24 00's insider take:

Gaudí's iconic mosaic lizard and two fairy-tale gatehouses are harbingers of the fantastical landscape that lies beyond this park's entrance. Originally conceived as high-class housing for the city's elite, the project never came to pass and the land became the city's domain in 1922. Today, this hilly escape from the heat of downtown on the edge of the city is one of the Barcelona's most beloved outdoor attractions—a world embellished with staircases and benches encrusted with trencadís (shattered colored tiles), the Hall of 100 Columns, and Mount Carmel, which hovers like an island above the city's rooftops.

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