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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.

How to Buy Park Guell Tickets

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
  • April 6, 2019 at 4:21 am
    Laurie
    HI Ash If I am planning to get to the Park at 8:00am for opening do you think it's necessary to buy tickets in advance? I notice the earliest ticket I can buy online is for 9:00am. We are travelling in July. At 8:00am would we be able to just walk up to the counter and pay entrance fee and gain access straight away? Is there much of a difference in the ticket price to do it this way? Thanks so much - Laurie
    • April 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Laurie, If you're going to go there for 8:00 you might as well go there for 7:00 because it's actually free at this time... there are less crowds... none of the barriers are set up etc. That said, if you want to go at 8 the link I provided only sells from 9:00 onwards but you can get the 8:00 slots here. I would strongly advise against just walking up... it seems an unnecessary risk... it could be that you're told to come back for a later time slot which is never good. Also, in summer it's not unheard of to have entire days sold out. Ash
      • April 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm
        Laurie Rands
        Fantastic Ash - thanks. I have just booked through ticketbar - seems easier that way. We are staying in El Born (Another fantastic recommendation of yours) and are planning to just uber or taxi to Park Guell for a 8:30 am opening. We are also booked at the Familia on the same day at 12:00 pm and thought that we would walk between. What sites, cafes etc would you recommend we stop off at on the way? - thank you so much. Laurie
        • April 8, 2019 at 2:38 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Laurie, That's great! Keep in mind Uber no longer operates in the city so you'll have to take the normal city taxis :( That said, if you download the app used with these taxis you can get a €5.00 credit on your first ride... you can find out how in my taking a taxi in Barcelona article. You've left a decent buffer between the two big attractions which is good... honestly I would wander down into the Gracia neighbourhood and check out some of the big squares like Plaça del Sol... having a drink or coffee at Sol Soler there is one of my favourite pasttimes :) Ash
  • March 24, 2019 at 12:09 am
    Steve
    Hi Ash, I was planning on taking Bus 24 from Placa Catalunya to Park Guell. Would you recommend getting off at the Trav de Dalt - Torrent de les Flors stop and walk up to the main entrance, or would it be better to get off at the Carretera del Carmel stop and walk to the East Side? I was hoping to explore the monumental zone first. thanks in advance for your advice!
    • March 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Steve, I've done both approaches and can tell you only that the Trav de Dalt stop involves a bit of an uphill climb through some very ordinary residential area with some touristy shops. That's to say, there isn't much to see on the walk so I don't see why anybody would do it unless they had some specific business there. With the Carretera del Carmel stop you'll be forced to walk through the Free Zone to get across to the Monumental Zone... there's a path that will take you directly there but it would involve 'showing' you much of the Free Zone. If you wanted to leave it completely unexplored and see the Monumental Zone first there's no shame getting off at Trav de Dalt... it's just that on its own it's a bit of an unnecessary hike, in my opinion... your choice! Ash
  • March 20, 2019 at 11:23 pm
    Dhwani
    Hi Ash, I and my husband is visiting Barcelona on 23rd March. And as we started planning our trip, we found you and its been so helpful, you are so informative. We want to experience sunset from Park Guell. Can you please tell me which time slot we should book? Is sunset point of park Guell comes in free zone area? Thanks in advance. Dhwani
    • March 21, 2019 at 7:18 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Dhwani, Thanks so much for your kind words on the blog! I see that the sunset is going to be at 7:06 on March 23rd so I would book the 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm time slot. You'll be able to see it clearly from both the Monumental Zone and the Free Zone. Ash
      • March 21, 2019 at 11:46 am
        Dhwani Sisodiya
        Thanks Ash! Another doubt is that we found three places from where we can see city and sunset- Park Guell, Montjuic castle and Caramel bunker. Out of that we have to choose one, but we cant decide, please help us out. Dhwani
        • March 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Dhwani, For me the best views are from the Bunkers of Carmel simply because it's the highest point in the city and also because the view is completely unobstructed and it almost feels like you'll be falling off a cliff into the great unknown ;) Ash
  • March 5, 2019 at 3:07 am
    Ava
    Hi Ash, Thanks for posting all the tips and info! We are going to be in BCN for about 4 days and Sagrada Familia/Park Gruell is definitely on our list. With the Gaudi Bundle, is there an option for the guided tour for Sagrada, or is it just the audio tour? Also, I understand that with the bundle, entrance times are only after 2pm for Sagrada. Is that true? If I'm looking for the guided Sagrada tour and entrance to Park Gruell, should I purchase them separately? Thanks, Ava
    • March 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ava, Unfortunately the Gaudi Bundle only offers the audio guides and does not include a guided tour... it is not flexible in this way since the guided tour is a lot mor expensive. That said, there's no shame in booking them separately. And yes... since these are considered general admission tickets it would follow the standard 2019 rules of having to be after 2 pm. Ash
      • March 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm
        Ava
        Thanks Ash! On another note, since we are coming in during Holy Week (arriving on Good Friday through Easter Monday), I know a lot of stores, sites and restaurants are closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday. Guess I should’ve planned a little better, but I do understand most museums are open on those days. Also, I have heard that it’s a great time to visit with all the festivities of the holiday. Any tips on how to make the most of or limited time there to get in the major sites with the holiday schedules? I already know I have to go to Boqueria on Saturday since that’ll be the only day open during those 3 days. Are most restaurants open? Which are the absolute must try eateries while there? Thanks! Ava
        • March 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Ava, Yes indeed it can be complicated time in a catholic country where the hours suck even when it's not a holiday ;) Not to worry though as in my article on visiting Barcelona during Easter I've got a list of the hours... many have already been updated for 2019 but some haven't, and of course some are subject to change. For this reason I'd check back the week before leaving just to be sure. For restaurants it's a big money maker for them so you won't find a lot closed... in the article I've listed above I've got a list of some of the best local Easter dishes. I would seek out some of the best restaurants in Barcelona or the best tapas in Barcelona to get in on the action. My favourite two restaurants are Arume and Somorrostro and that's a good thing because it's common to eat fish over Easter... and these places serve a lot and do it well! Can't go wrong with either :) Ash
  • February 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    Jess Kain
    Hi Ash, What a great site this is! I'm visiting Barcelona with my 18 month old baby over Easter this year and I think I would like to see Parc Guell on Saturday morning. We will have a stroller and hope to walk at least the trip back. Is there anywhere safe there to leave the stroller if we don't want to take it through the parc with us? Thank you in advance! :) Jess
    • February 18, 2019 at 10:52 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jess, Thanks so much for your compliments :) Regardless of it being a park up in the hills, the area surrounding the park is quite dense with many apartment blocks, people etc. and so it probably wouldn't be recommended to leave it anywhere. I haven't found any info on whether they'd have a place set aside for stuff like this but you could contact them here: [email protected] and hopefully get an answer. Ash
  • January 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    Lee
    Love all the info you provided. I can't wait for my trip to begin!! What do I do about cell phones? I don't want to be charged an outrageous price by my current US cell phone provider, so what are the options of bringing my phone there and being able to use it for your audioguide, or to use it for internet purposes, or to use it for Cabify? Thanks. Lee
    • January 28, 2019 at 11:21 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lee, Getting your own SIM card/European number is actually quite easy so I wouldn't worry too much... as long as your US cell phone is unlocked (you can call the provider and usually get it unlocked for free) it can take any European pay-as-you-go sim. If you're really wanting to get it right away there are tobacco shops and newsstands in the airport which sell basic sim card packages. The most common are with Orange or Mundo... if you're looking for data only and not to spend too much I recommend the Mundo one. It's really quite simple and super standard in Europe, more so than in Canada or the States. You can be up and running in 5 minutes :) Ash
  • January 19, 2019 at 6:16 am
    Eileen
    Hi Ash, A big virtual hug for all your efforts - the insider info, the links, then updating it all AND replying to messages. You're amazing! Our family of five will be arriving in Barcelona Feb 15th at 13:15 via a Vueling flight from Madrid and leaving Feb 18th in the morning. We've already booked Sagrada Familia 90-minute tour (Feb 16th at 12:00) and Camp Nou tour with Olivier (Feb 17th at 10:00), both thanks to your site. We are an active family, three kids teens/early 20s. We usually take a bike tour when we visit a city for the first time. I know most start in the morning, hoping we can book a private one in the afternoon on the day we arrive - Feb 15th. Do you have a favorite touring company? Taking your advice to catch the morning light, I would love to do the 90-minute Parc Guell Guided Tour on Feb 16th in the early morning. Currently only afternoon available. Would your recommend we book a private tour with Ticketbar, or is there another tour company you would recommend? We have taken food tours in many cities, with mixed results. Thinking maybe we should rethink our food strategy and go to spots that are local favorites instead. No food allergies, we'll eat anything, no need for fancy, just great food. What would be your top five places to go? Am I pushing it if I try and squeeze in Montserrat or Tarragona in during an afternoon? Last question! Rooftop bars in February - crazy or worth it? A million thanks, in advance, for your guidance! Eileen
    • January 19, 2019 at 9:43 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Eileen, Thank you so much for the kind words, it makes all my efforts worthwhile! :) Let's see, I'll try and get through the questions in point form so it's easier to digest haha. - I'm a big fan of bike tours unfortunately I haven't found a great one from personal experience so far, but I've been meaning to try Fat Tire bike tours because readers have spoken highly of it. I would look here. - I'm a big fan of Ticketbar and don't have experience with other Park Guell guided tour companies... I would go with them, that said I have heard from a lot of readers that the guided tour doesn't add a lot of value and that some self education and a nice wander is enough. - My top food tours are with Wanderbeak or Devour... I would take the tapas tours (the basic ones) because they're great for info about the city plus the food stops are great and local. My top five local places off the top of my head for eating which can cover the full Spanish/Catalan experience would be Bodega Joan, Arume, Tasqueta del Blai, La Paradeta, and Cerveceria Catalana. Can't go wrong at any of these especially if you're open minded eaters with no allergies etc (this has to be a first! haha). - Montserrat and Tarragona are both at least a half day so we're talking leaving early in the morning and coming back around 3-4, just to be safe and unrushed. - Most rooftop bars in Barcelona will be closed in February but to my knowledge the H1898 on La Rambla is open... if it's a sunny day it's certainly worth it to go up there and check out the views and relax a bit. The contrast with the chaos of the street below is great! Hope this helps, please let me know if you need any more advice! Ash
      • January 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm
        Eileen
        Ash, This is so helpful - a million thanks for the detailed reply! Will check out all your suggestions now. Can't wait for our Barcelona visit - All the best, Eileen
        • January 20, 2019 at 9:35 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem, all the best to you too :)
  • December 19, 2018 at 9:55 pm
    Julie Bateman
    First and foremost, you are a person after my own heart. "Failing to plan is planning to fail" should be my vacation motto! Your blog is easily the most comprehensive guide to any city I have ever seen. It is a marvel. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I have a question about arriving at Park Guell. We are staying near Glories metro. Which is the best way to visit Park Guell? An early morning arrival seems to be on our radar. I was thinking the metro to Joanic and the 116 bus to the main entrance. Would you recommend this? It seems the most direct, but it's your town! Oh, and we are frugal so public transport is our usual mode of transport, walking is also great but uphill is not my favorite. Thank you in advance for your response.
    • December 20, 2018 at 7:51 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Julie, First off thanks for some of the kindest words I've ever received on the site, it's these kind of kudos which make all the work worthwhile! There's certainly no shame in sticking to basic public transport since it's affordable, accessible, and comprehensive! Your plan is perfectly fine with me... grabbing the 116 bus from Joanic will save you a decent uphill walk. If though it's a sunny day and you feel like a bit of a walk, I used to live up there and would get off at the next stop Alfons X... from here it's about a 20 minute walk to Park Guell. It's fairly steep but this out of shape 36 year old was able to do it every day for 18 months so I imagine most could ;) Ash
  • November 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm
    Connie Morreale
    Also, I've read many reviews that the Monumental zone is not worth the time/money as you can view it t a distance from other areas in the parc and there is plenty of other wonderful things in the free area. Would you agree?
    • November 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Connie, You're right, all of it can be seen from a distance... the big plaza with the view and the mosaic benches can be seen from nearby as can the amazing stairwell and famous salamander. Unless you're really bent on getting a photo of yourself right by all these objects the paid ticket isn't all that necessary - plus the free zone is quite impressive anyway! Ash
      • November 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm
        Connie Morreale
        awesome...i'll save on the entry fee and use to buy wine!
  • November 17, 2018 at 11:47 pm
    Connie Morreale
    Appreciate the blog. We're headed that was next week. We will do Battlo in the morning, Parc Guell midday and the Sagrada with booked tix at 445. Do you think this timeline will work: Battlo 10-12 Lunch 12-1 travel to Parc Guell from Battlo (via bus 24)1-1:30 Parc Guell 1:30-3:30 walk to S.F 3:30-4:15 Actual ticket time for S.F is 4:45 which leaves a thirty minute fudge factor.
    • November 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Connie, All looks good here! I would just make sure to leave a bit more time between Batllo and Park Guell... even seasoned experts might be pushing it by leaving only 30 minutes. If you happen to grab the 24 bus right away on Passeig de Gracia it'll still take closer to 40. I would give yourself 45 minutes to an hour between. Also, walking from Park Guell to SF is a great thing to do with warm weather ... it's downhill and an interesting walk, but in November maybe I'd take transport instead. This would also make things quicker making up for the extra time you've added between Batllo and Park Guell. My two cents! Ash
      • November 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm
        Connie Morreale
        Understood on the advice to allow more travel time. The walk does not look to be intimidating at all...why do you recommend transport? (Unless it is raining or below 7 degrees celsius)
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