It was to be an all-inclusive area complete with a market, church, public park, laundry room and running water. Pretty fancy. But, when the Park failed to attract any investors, the investor abandoned the project. When Gaudi died in 1926, the city opened the part to the public for everyone to enjoy.
A visit to Park Guell means an afternoon in an enchanting environment. There, nature and construction intertwin together so intimately that it becomes difficult to tell where one starts and the other ends. Gaudi crafted in the Park an homage to nature. His humble homage is a wonderland of beauty and curiosity, organic in style and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
For those who’ve bought their Barcelona Park Guell skip the line tickets and that are happy to wonder, you can roam the grounds freely. You can take in the stunning views and admire the intricate tiling work. This type of tiling is called trencadís and requires that all the tile pieces are hand-laid individually. If you’re interested in a more in-depth experience, check out a Park Guell tour. Hence, you will stroll the park in the company of a guide who will be able to reveal all the secrets of Gaudi’s architecture.
The larger part of the Gaudi park is free to access at any time. The opening hours of Park Guell monumental zone change according to the season:
Park Guell sits on top of a hill so it’s a bit of a climb. However, depending on the direction you are coming from, you can take advantage of an open-air escalator to the top called Baixada de la Gloria. Vallcarca metro station on L3 (Yellow) line is the closest to Baixada de la Gloria, around 15 minutes on foot.
If you don’t mind walking, get off at Lesseps station (one stop before Vallcarca). Brown tourist signs will guide on our 15-minute walk to the main gate of the park. Buses 24 (from Plaça Catalunya) and 92 (from Trelawny-Passeig Marítim) can also take you there. They both stop by one of the gates to the public area of the park.
If you are staying in Barcelona only briefly, you won’t need more than a couple of hours (and that’s being generous) to see Gaudí's monuments in the paid section. However, remember that the park was originally meant to be a living community and so is much larger than the “Monumental Zone.” So, anyone keen on spending time outdoors could easily while away an entire afternoon strolling through the paths or chilling with a picnic.
Most sights are better appreciated in winter. However, since Parque Guell is, well, a park, coming there when the weather is warmer is the better choice. The best months to visit are from May to October. When it comes to the time of day, get there as early in the morning as you can or past 6 pm.
It will most definitely help! The park is enjoyable on its own but doesn’t be fooled by the flowing simplicity, it sure got plenty of stories to tell! Browse our offering for the best-rated Park Guell guided tour.
General Parc Guell tickets prices are around 8 € for adults at the door. If you are buying online, count on an online booking fee. Still, better pay a fee than queue for hours. Those on a very tight budget should still bother to visit the park, there is plenty of Park Guell free access area to explore.
It’s highly recommended, buying tickets for Park Guell in advance, especially in the busy season. After all, the park is one of the most visited Unesco world heritage sites in the city. Check out best-selling products for ticket options.
There are five main things to watch out for when wandering around the stunning Monumental zone: