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Park Güell Barcelona: Visit Antoni Gaudi’s Utopian Vision

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Barcelona’s Park Güell is what happens when a wealthy Catalan industrialist employs the world’s most creative architect to construct paradise on Earth.

Surprisingly, Antoni Gaudí came kind of close.

Thus, a visit to this stunning urban park and its marvellous broken tile mosaic benches is a must when visiting Barcelona.

Let’s help you plan the perfect visit to Park Guell.

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So, is Park Guell worth it?

With a nearly perfect 4.5 star rating across 10,000+ Park Guell reviews, it seems most tourists are very comfortable with visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site for the price of a pizza.

Just know that hourly visits are capped, so you need to reserve Park Guell dates in advance online:

Park Guell Entrance Fees:

Park Guell General AdmissionPrice
Adults€13.00
Seniors (65+) €9.10
Kids (7-12)€9.10
Kids (0-6)Free

You can grab your skip-the-line Park Guell tickets using the button below:

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Looking to add the Gaudi House Museum to your Park Guell Ticket package? You can get your tickets at Tiqets.

Visiting Sagrada Familia as well? Most tourists schedule both on the same day.

The best way to book both these powerhouses at the same time is with the Gaudi Bundle:

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Park Guell Guided Tours in English

You can upgrade your experience with a fantastic Park Guell guided tour in English. This is a 90-minute tour with actual flesh and blood guides who are Gaudi experts.

These Park Guell tours run daily at 10:30 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm and 6:15 pm every day during high season. Tours are reduced in the off-season, so click the button below for more info:

With this tour, you’ll skip the lines and have a great Gaudi education at one of the world’s best parks.

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Adults€28.00
Kids (7-11)€25.00
Kids (0-6)Free
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Park Guell + Sagrada Familia Combo Ticket

If you intend to visit both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, I suggest getting the Gaudi Bundle.

This combo ticket gets you skip-the-line tickets to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia in the same reservation.

You’ll also get a Barcelona city audio guide app (a €10.00 value, good for the whole city) thrown in.

The whole package is just €59.00.

The cherry on top? They also give you a free Park Guell audio guide.

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What is Park Guell?

At 17 hectares, Park Guell is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona. It’s currently a privatized park featuring large gardens and compelling architectural elements.

Park Guell is the size of 13 city blocks and keeps watch over Barcelona from the hills above the Gracia district, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

First things first, though – who built Park Guell?

Park Guell was conceived in 1900 by wealthy industrialist Eusebi Güell. His intention was to create a lavish, Utopian housing development in the middle of a park using the world’s most cutting-edge Barcelona architecture.

Cue Antoni Gaudi.

⚠️  2024 Warning ⚠️: It’s now mandatory to book your Park Guell tickets in advance.

Sell outs are extremely common, especially on weekends.

The only way to guarantee your spot is by booking Park Guell tickets online:

The legendary Catalan architect was asked to design 60 luxury homes for a planned community far away from Barcelona’s smoky factories – all with the latest technology and a touch of art.

In the end, the houses didn’t sell (I know, right?) and Park Güell construction was halted in 1914.

With only two homes finished!

Regardless, Park Güell was declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 1984 and now welcomes over 3,000,000 tourists annually.

park guell mosaic benches with tower

What to See at Park Guell

Let’s get one thing out of the way first, because this is essential: Park Guell is made up of the Monumental Zone and the Free Zone.

If you’re asking what Park Güell is most famous for, know that everything you’ll see in the postcards is found in the Monumental Zone which requires an entrance ticket – the Free Zone is more of a backyard garden.

The Park Güell Monumental Zone

You’ll see the park hemmed in by a rustic stone wall with its emblematic ceramic medallions bearing the name Park Guell.

There are two trencadís-speckled buildings that look a lot like gingerbread houses from Hanzel and Gretel. They were once the Park Güell porter’s lodge complete with a waiting room and telephone booth.

A journey up the Park Güell stairway offers goblin shapes, Catalonian symbols, and the famous Park Guell mosaic dragon: the most famous image of the park.

It’s actually a salamander 😛

the mosaic salamander lizard in park guell barcelona spain

Further up the staircase, you’ll find the Doric Temple, which was intended to be the market of the estate. Its twisted columns give the impression of being on a patio built on tree roots.

Keep walking, and you’ll get to the undulating Banc de Trencadis, Park Güell’s famous ceramic benches created by Josep Maria Jujol, one of Gaudi’s closest contemporaries.

Apparently, this is the longest bench in the world.

Here you’ll find the massive tile-decorated esplanade and centre-piece of the park called Plaça de la Natura (Nature Square). The view of the city from there is amazing.

In all, how much time does it take to see Park Güell? Expect a full tour to take around 75 minutes.

palm trees the park guell free zone

The Park Güell Free Zone

For those asking if you need tickets to Park Guell, the answer is technically ‘no’ if you consider that the Free Zone takes up 92.1% of the park – so you’ll have a ton of terrain to explore for free.

That said, none of the major things to see at Park Güell are found here.

In general, the space is more wild and garden-like similar to Barcelona’s top natural parks.

You’ll find a seemingly endless stream of sculpture-adorned paths, creeping uphill and offering spectacular views of the city.

At this public park, you’ll also see some of Park Güell’s original homes, including the famous Gaudí House Museum. It was here that architect Antoni Gaudi lived from 1906-1925. 

In 1963 the house was turned into a museum about Gaudi and his life.

💡 Looking to max out your visit? Wondering the best time to visit Parc Guell? Check out my Park Guell visit tips.

Park Guell Hours 2024

Park Guell HoursHours
January 1st to February 9th9:30 am to 5:30 pm
February 10th to March 30th9:30 am to 6:00 pm
March 31st to October 26th9:30 am to 7:30 pm
October 27th to December 31st9:30 am to 5:30 pm

When is the Best Time to Visit Park Guell?

In my opinion, the best time to visit Park Guell is in the morning light so I advise the earlier the better.

Your best bet is to get Park Güell entrance tickets before 9:00 am and show up about 30 minutes before to walk the free zone. The crowds won’t be any thinner during the day.

After, I suggest walking back into the city. It’s downhill. Get a feel for how locals live by having a carajillo (a shot of espresso with chosen liquor) in a random cafe. Then head to the Gracia district for brunch. You’ll have the whole day ahead of you.

If you just can’t get up, then I recommend the later time slots toward closing time.

In summer, I would strongly advise against visiting Park Güell between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm as the sun (and crowds) could take you out!

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How to Get to Park Guell

I break down the methods fully in my post on how to get to Park Guell, but here are the main options:

Park Güell Shuttle

01/02/2024: The Park Guell shuttle still has not resumed service post-COVID. I’ll add more info here should it become available.

The city of Barcelona now offers a free return shuttle for Monumental Zone ticket holders.

The shuttle runs from Alfons X (L4) metro station during Park Guell opening hours.

The trip to Parc Güell will last 10-15 minutes and run every 7 minutes.

🚌 Coming to Park Guell? Make sure you know how to get around Barcelona on public transport first.

Taxis to Park Güell

Since Park Guell is both out of the way and uphill, this is a great chance to take advantage of a €5.00 discount on Spain’s taxi app program: Free Now (formerly MyTaxi).

You’ll save so much time and end up paying only about €5.00 or €6.00 from anywhere central. This makes for a great option if you’re travelling in large groups or with kids.

In all, expect to pay about €15.00-20.00 to get up the hill from the city centre.

For more information, see how to sign up with Free Now.

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Park Güell by Metro and Bus

  • Bus 24 from Passeig de Gracia or Placa Catalunya will get to you right to the gates.
  • Bus 92 connects Park Guell to the sea and Sagrada Familia, but expect a ten-minute walk.
  • Metro stops Lesseps or Vallcarca on the green line L3 (a 15-minute uphill walk).
  • With the Bus Turistic. The bus leaves you a short walk from the park.

If you’re still a bit confused on Park Güell directions, drop me a line below with a departure point for some custom advice.

How to Get to Park Guell from other Barcelona Attractions

  • Sagrada Familia: to get to Park Güell from Sagrada Familia walk to the Pg. de Sant Joan – Còrsega bus stop and grab bus V19. From here, it’s about 20 minutes on the bus, and you’ll get off at the Ramiro de Maeztu – C N Catalunya stop. It’s about 170 meters from the park entrance.
  • Casa Batlló: to get to Park Güell from Casa Batllo exit the house and cross the street to take bus 24 (right outside the Mcdonald’s) and it’ll drop you off right at the park entrance. It’ll take about 35 minutes.
  • La Pedrera: to get to Park Guell from Casa Mila, take a right on Passeig de Gracia when exiting the house and grab bus 24 right in front of the Gucci shop. The trip right to the entrance takes 30 minutes.
  • Camp Nou: to get to Park Guell from Camp Nou, take the blue metro line from Badal to Diagonal and then take bus 24 at Passeig de Gracia. It’ll take about 50 minutes.

Related: Is Park Guell Worth It?

the moasaic benches at park guell with panoramic view of the mediterranean sea

Visiting Park Guell Tips

  • Book Park Guell tickets online or you may be waiting hours.
  • Leave at least 50 minutes to get to Park Güell from the city centre.
  • If you’re hungry, check out my list of the best restaurants near Park Guell.
  • Remember: there’s a 30-minute grace period for entry times (e.g. 9:00 tickets admitted till 9:30).
  • Check out my list of things to do after visiting Park Guell to keep the party going.
  • If you’ve booked Parc Güell ticket online, head to the west entrance as it’s less crowded.
  • Bring appropriate ID if you’ll be taking advantage of any Barcelona discounts (senior, children etc.).
  • Bring comfortable shoes if you’re looking to go all the way to the top.
  • Visit Park Güell in the evening for more comfortable temperatures and great sunset photos.
  • Amenities at Park Güell are overpriced and scarce: take your own food and water for a picnic.
  • Shade is at a premium, so bring sunscreen in summer.
  • Those with limited mobility should arrive via a Barcelona taxi or Bus 24 to avoid uphill walks.

Related: How Many Days Should I Stay in Barcelona?

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Park Guell FAQs

  • What time slots are available for the Monumental Zone?

    You can select to enter at :00 or :30 of every hour of the Park Güell opening hours (last entry 1 hour before close).

  • What happens if I’m late for my time slot at Park Güell?

    You have 30 minutes courtesy to be admitted otherwise your tickets won’t be accepted – plan ahead!

     

  • Can I cancel or change my Park Güell ticket booking?

    No changes or refunds can be made with tickets bought at the official Park Guell website.

  • What is the best time to visit Park Guell?

    The best time to visit Park Guell is in the early morning light, or during golden hour before closing. If you visit during peak hours (between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm) the lines and summer heat can become unbearable. Not to mention, the crowds will put a damper on your visit.

  • What are the best things to do near Park Guell?

    The best things to do near park Guell include taking a stroll through the enchanting Gràcia neighborhood, known for its bohemian charm and lively squares. You can also visit the famous Casa Vicens, a UNESCO World Heritage site  or visit the Cosmo Caixa, a science museum located a short distance away.

  • How long does it take to visit Park Güell?

    Including 30-45 minutes return travel time plus an hour each for the Monumental Zone and free zone I would leave 3.5 hours minimum to visit Park Guell.

  • Can I access Park Guell for free?

    Up until 2019, Park Güell workers didn’t arrive to set up ticket barriers at the Calle d’Olot entrance until about 7:45 am. That means it was possible to visit Park Guell for free at this time.

    That said, in 2022 there is now a barrier – the Monumental Zone is free at this time only for residents who show ID.

  • Is Park Guell OK for disabled visitors or those with limited mobility?

    Disabled visitors may have problems navigating the Monumental Zone due to the many steps and uneven paths. Any special access requirements should be sent to [email protected].

Visiting Park Guell?

Consider me your friend in Barcelona. That means you can ask me any question, no matter how ridiculous, and I’ll answer it in the comments below.

So whether it’s Park Guell visit info or just a place to get a decently priced beer, know I’m here for you.

Also, don’t be afraid to join the Park Guell discussion by liking the Barcelona Hacks Facebook Page and joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona. Here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travellers.

In the meantime, enjoy your visit to Park Guell.

Hasta luego😄

155 comments
  • November 12, 2023 at 9:09 pm
    steve
    Hi! This has become our go-to site for planning our trip to Barcelona! Thanks for what you do. We are visiting over Christmas.....we have Sagrada Familia tickets at noon Christmas Day and Dinner at 8:30. We're thinking Park Guell either in the morning or afternoon/before or after Sagrada Familia. Would that work? What would your recommend? If its not a good idea what would you do instead?
    • November 13, 2023 at 1:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hey Steve, Thanks so much for the kind words :) Honestly, it only takes around 30 minutes to get between these two attractions so you'll have more than enough time. You could even have lunch in between. I'd schedule your Park Guell entrance for 3:30 or 4:00 and spend 90 minutes there... you'll have time to go back to the hotel and freshen up etc. Easy peasy :)
      • December 13, 2023 at 3:47 am
        Steve
        so this is exactly what we're going to do. Here's the tough question for you - can you recommend a lunch place - casual/simple is fine as we have dinner at Arume at night - that will be open Christmas Day?
        • December 14, 2023 at 8:02 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Indeed, this is a tough one :) I am looking and see that most lunch places are already filled up. Would enter the date/time and number of guests on this website to see what's on. 9 Reinas and Cent Onze are good options... if they have space! Cheers,
  • September 18, 2023 at 10:35 am
    Claire
    What do you need to qualify for free disabled ticket?
    • January 4, 2024 at 6:11 pm
      Karen
      Hi, My husband and I will have Friday, April 12th to visit both Parc Guell and La Sagrada. We are planning on getting 9 am tickets to La Sagrada. Should we go to Parc Guell afterwards or would evening be better, like 4 pm. Is most of the 75 minute tour outside? Is the parc safe in the evening? Could we bring and eat a picnic lunch for dinner? Thank you for any suggestions. Karen
      • January 9, 2024 at 9:58 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Karen, Honestly, it takes about an hour to get between the two so you're free to do it right after if you'd like... that said, for April I'd rather go at 4 pm as the lighting will be much better for photos. About Park Guell... if you're taking a tour, it will mostly be outside. It is safe in the evenings. I would not worry about that for a second. You're not allowed to picnic in the Monumental Area (all the good attractions) but you're certainly free to do it in the Free Zone. Up to you :) Cheers,
    • September 19, 2023 at 3:16 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Claire, The free ticket is available for people with a 33% disability or more - you may have to demonstrate this with appropriate ID. Cheers,
  • July 25, 2023 at 2:31 am
    Doug A.
    This may be a crazy question, but how do you pronounce “Güell”? I’ve only read about it, not heard it talked about.
    • July 26, 2023 at 1:35 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      I would pronounce it goo-WAY - emphasis on the last syllable and really shorten up the 'oo' haha. Won't sound natural to a native English speaker but that's the best I can explain it :)
  • May 5, 2022 at 8:08 am
    Richard
    Hey Ash! Thank you for this wonderful website! I was wondering where i can get my tickets for the gaudi house museum, I cant seem to find it online, thanks!
    • May 5, 2022 at 11:09 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Richard, Thanks so much for the kind words :) I'm finding the same. This could be some weird post-COVID gap in the market or a broader change to the way they promote it. As far as I know I think for the relaunch they're packaging it only as part of entrance to Park Guell (it's right there on the property, so maybe it's less administrative stuff for them). If you're visiting the park too it's an easy one. Here's the link for the Park Güell & Gaudí House Museum package. Cheers,
  • September 27, 2020 at 10:12 am
    sam
    Hello Ash, The last time I went to Park Guell, about 6 years ago, I was advised to enter from the gates at the top , ( taking a bus which I forgot the number) and then tour while walking downhill to the Hansel and Gretel house. I bought the tickets at the cashier at the upper gates. Is this still an option? It sure beat a lot of uphill walking. Thanks
    • October 5, 2020 at 8:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sam, Sorry for the slow response here, with COVID times things have really dropped off here and we're all trying to stay afloat doing other (worse) things for a living :( Anyway, I always enter myself from the top because of the easy bus access (number 24) so you're on the right path here. I can't tell you whether the ticket windows are in operation during pandemic times however please know that the strong majority of people buy their tickets online beforehand. You simply show these tickets on your phone - no hassle and no need for any particular ticket window to be open :) But yes... these gates will be open since they're the entrance to the Free Zone. Cheers, Ash
  • September 27, 2020 at 10:08 am
    sam
    park entrance
  • February 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm
    Elizabeth
    Hi Ash, Thank you for such a wealth of information, it has helped so much with planning our five days in Barcelona. Coming in March and can’t wait! We will be spending a morning at Park Guell and would like to wander through the Gracia area on our way to Casa Vicens. Do you have any favorite routes through the area? A nice park for a picnic? Small shops/restaurants you enjoy? I have had some of my best experiences, meandering through neighborhoods, and welcome your advice as a local. Cheers, Elizabeth
    • February 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Elizabeth, You're very welcome :) To wander back to Casa Vicens it's tempting to take the short/straight line approach and get there in 15 minutes, but I would prefer you duck into Gracia using Calle Verdi (a street lively, full of shops and cinemas etc.) then take a right on Ramon y Cajal and follow it through two of my favourite squares: Plaça de la Revolucio and Plaça del Sol. You could easily have a little picnic in Plaça del Sol even though it's not a park. But it's a huge space and that's what locals like to do. You could also grab a bite at the restaurant Sol Soler. Delicious and affordable tapas. I've drawn it out on Google Maps so you can have a better idea. Cheers, Ash
      • February 4, 2020 at 2:38 pm
        Elizabeth
        Thank you so much! If you are in town at the end of March, we would love buy you a beverage! Salut
        • February 4, 2020 at 5:07 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Good stuff! I may be in Italy but feel free to drop me a line in case as I do indeed love beverages ;)
  • February 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm
    Stephanie Derauf
    Thank you for creating this website. Trying to figure out how much Gaudi we can fit in a day. We’re interested in getting to three Gaudí points of interest along with Mercado: Batllo, Mila and Güell. Starting to think this may not be possible with trying to hit Mercado at 10AM. Interested in hearing your thoughts on recommended order and if we could really be able to reflect on the art at an enjoyable pace.
    • February 3, 2020 at 10:50 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Stephanie, You're very welcome :) I'm a bit confused though as to what you mean by the 'Mercado'... do you mean that you're trying to visit Boqueria Market in the morning? I would try and visit it a bit earlier as there are less crowds and it's a perfect place to grab a traditional savory Spanish breakfast. If you went at 9 you'd have more time for the rest. The word I would do it after would be Batllo, Mila, and Guell. This would make the most sense from a travel standpoint as Batllo is just up the street from the market/La Rambla and Mila just a bit more up after that. Doing all of it in one day is certainly doable! Just make sure you get an early start as possible :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm
    Cristina
    Hi, My boyfriend and I will be there in May. We wanted the easiest way to see Park Guell and La Sagrada familia. It seems "easiest" is to get tickets for no line entrance but we also want to learn soemthing about the place and were interested maybe in a guide at both places so we can appreciate them more. What is the best option is there a dual package where we get skip the line entries and a guide? If we want to do them both in the same morning what time should we book them and which one do we go to first? We are staying near Plaza Catalunya. Best advice on which one to go to first, what time, easiest transport, and guide? Thanks, Cristina
  • November 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    Pranav
    First, I cannot thank you enough for putting together such an incredibly detailed write-up on Parc Guell. I am slated to arrive in Barcelona this Wednesday (November 27) and my flight gets in at noon. Assuming my flight arrives on time, my plan was to check in to the place I am staying at (very close to the Encants metro stop), grab a quick bite, and head over to Parc Guell. Given that the sun sets at 5:30 pm this week, and you’ve recommended 3.5 hours including travel time, I have a few questions; a. Is visiting Parc Guell and visiting the bits that warrant daylight before 5:30 pm on Wednesday a sensible plan? b. If this is indeed a somewhat sane idea, what time should I book my entrance ticket for? c. Would it make sense to do this as two separate visits – one for the Monumental zone and one for the free zone on separate days? Would it be fair to assume that all the good city views are from the free zone? d. I tried the link you included in your post to the map of Parc Guell but I am unable to find the map on the page that your link is tied to. I might be missing something here but it would it be possible for you to include a link to the map? Thank you in advance!
    • November 24, 2019 at 1:17 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Pranav, It's definitely a sensible plan to visit before 5:30 pm. I'd give myself the last 45-60 minutes before sunset at the Monumental Zone which means you'd wanna schedule the visit for 4:30 or 4:45. I wouldn't bother doing them separately because it'll add a lot of unnecessary travel. You'll need 30-60 minutes for the Free Zone... there are amazing views there but the 'piece de resistance' naturally is in the paid zone because of the mosaic benches. Best photos are taken from here. That said, the highest views and ones with less tourists will naturally be in the Free Zone. It depends what you're after I suppose :) I'm on holiday at the moment with a horrible internet connection so about the map... I can't check the site itself but will look on Monday. It should be in this link: https://parkguell.barcelona/en/planning-your-visit/maps-and-services?q=en/planning-your-visit/maps-and-services Cheers, Ash
      • November 24, 2019 at 9:06 pm
        Pranav Chandrasekhar
        Hey Ash, Thanks so much. I was trying to figure out where those mosaic benches were. Good to know they are in the monumental zone. I will aim for 4:30 on Wednesday. I just hope my flight from New York gets to Barcelona on time!!!! I feel supremely guilty for bothering you with this barrage of questions while you are out on holiday. I cannot thank you enough for making time to respond to my annoying questions. I promise I won't bother you with more. Last, but not least, your help is more than I have received from friends of mine that have visited Barcelona. Much appreciated! Regards, Pranav
        • November 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hey it's no problem! Don't feel guilty. That's what I'm here for... best of luck on your trip, fingers crossed for the on time flight ;)
          • November 26, 2019 at 11:48 pm
            Pranav Chandrasekhar
            Much appreciated Ash!
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