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:
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You can grab your skip-the-line Park Guell tickets using the button below:
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:
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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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.
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.
⚠️ 2023 Warning ⚠️: It’s now mandatory to book your Park Guell tickets in advance.
Sell outs are extremely common, especially on weekends.
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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.
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 😛
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.
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.
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Park Guell Hours 2023
- 1 Jan to 11 Feb 2023: from 9:30 to 17:30 (last entry)
- 12 Feb to 25 Mar 2023: from 9:30 to 18:00 (last entry)
- 26 Mar to 30 June/ 1 Sep to 28 Oct 2023: from 9:00 am to 19:30 (last entry)
- 1 Jul to 31 Aug: from 9:00 to 19:30 (last entry)
- 29 Oct to 31 Dec 2023: from 9:30 to 17:30 (last entry).
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
07/02/2023: 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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].
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