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Park Guell Dragon | Everything You Need to Know

Set on the slopes of the scenic Carmen Hill in Catalonia, Park Guell is a gorgeous spread of gardens and architectural creations. Park Guell was designed by the renowned Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudi, who created a series of animal structures throughout the park. One of his most famous creations is the Park Guell Lizard, fondly known as 'El Drac', meaning ‘the dragon.’ Here is everything you need to know about this colorful structure, where to find it within Park Guell and more!

Overview of the Park Guell lizard

Park Guell Dragon

One of the most popular highlights inside Park Guell is its colorful guardian, El Drac. While his name makes him sound like a scary Spanish mobster, this mosaic creature is a park favorite. Almost everyone who visits do not miss out on taking a picture or selfie with the iconic Park Guell Lizard. During peak hours, you might even end up waiting a while to get your picture with El Drac. 

The Lizard was made in collaboration with Joseph Maria Jujo, using broken shards of mosaic tiles, a style known as trencadís, which Gaudí helped pioneer. The mosaic tiles gives the salamander its colorful scales. You’ll notice different colors, shapes, and sizes of the shards, laid asymmetrically, which is a style you’ll notice throughout the park.

Where is the lizard located in Park Guell?

  • Near the main entrance, you will find a grand staircase, known as Escalinata monumental, that leads to the Hipóstila room.
  • The Park Guell lizard is located on this stairway at the entrance to Park Guell.

Gaudi’s dragon stairway inside Park Guell

Park Guell Dragon

The stairway is hard to miss. Rising from the entrance esplanade, are two enormous white staircases with a magnificent scaly balustrade and numerous little nooks of shrubbery, flower beds, and trickling dragon fountains around it. The stairway is surrounded by two walls with merlons that form terraces. Under this, there are two grottos. The one to the right was used as a waiting shelter.

On the first landing, you will find some creatures like goblins. Halfway through, on the second landing, you will find the emblem of Catalonia. Further up, you will find the Park Guell dragon or salamander that has grown into a defining icon of Park Güell's history. On the last flight of steps, sheltered by the hypostyle room, is an Odeon, a Greek-theatre-shaped bench.

Other animals at Park Guell

Park Guell Dragon

Gaudi’s love for nature translated into the creation of a range of beautiful animal structures at Park Guell. Using colorful mosaics, he has managed to give the animals a life-like appearance.

Snake: Owing to his Catalan roots, Gaudi created a decorative entrance at Park Guell with a colorful snake surrounded by the Catalan flag. Many believe that the snake represents Nejustan, the snake on the staff of Moses.

Lion: A line of lion heads is built outside the balcony, acting as a drainage system for the balcony itself.

Octopus: There is a huge Octopus at the center of the Hypostyle Room on its ceiling. It is meant to represent the water system that spreads through the inside of the roof.




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Frequently asked questions about the Park Guell lizard

Where is the lizard in Park Guell?

The lizard at Park Guell, popularly known as "el drac" (the dragon), is located on the stairway at the entrance.

What are the other names that the Park Guell lizard is known by?

The Park Guell lizard is also known as 'El Drac' (the dragon) and as the Salamander.

What are the other animals you can find at Park Guell?

You can find lion heads, a snake and even an octopus created by Antoni Gaudi at Park Guell.

Why is the Park Guell dragon important?

Barcelona is a city that is home to over 400 dragons, as the animal alludes to the legend of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Of all these dragons, the dragon at Park Güell is the most photographed and world-renowned, most likely because of Gaudi's unique trencadis style.