Your Guide To: Parc Güell
Firstly, we recommend taking at least half a day to explore Parc Güell, or even a full day if you have time.
To get the best Parc Güell experience, you need time to wander around, sit and chat, have a picnic and just relax amid the beautiful surroundings.
It’s a steep climb up Carretera del Carmel to reach the park (see “what you need to know” below), but definitely worth the effort. Just be sure to bring a bottle of water with you!
Parc Güell is a gorgeous expression of Gaudí’s naturalist style. The park’s colourful features, graceful, organic arches and alcoves all blend beautifully with its natural plant life and surroundings.
Pre-booking your ticket is the way to go at Parc Güell. Why waste any time standing in line when you can stroll right in and start exploring?
There are 2 parts to Parc Güell. The Monumental Zone is where you’ll see the park’s famous grottos and sculptures (and yes, the multi-coloured lizard!). Many people don’t realise that there is a much larger, unrestricted area to the park, which you can enter, free of charge.
Our favourite way to discover Parc Güell is to start with the Monumental Zone, getting a sense of the park’s personality and heritage, but leave a few hours to enjoy the free, unrestricted park, which is much quieter and understated. You’ll also find a Gaudí museum here, located in Gaudí’s former home.
Your Guide To: The History
Originally commissioned as a park and living complex for Barcelona’s elite, Parc Güell took 14 years to complete from 1900 – 1914. It opened to the public in 1926.
It has become one of Antoni Gaudí’s most iconic works. Along with other famous landmarks such as La Pedrera and Sagrada Família, Parc Güell became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Why not take a tour with your entrance fee?
What´s included? Admissions and guided tour.
Duration: 90 minutes
Meeting Point: Laie Park Güell bookshop, located in the Left Pavilion at the entrance to the Park, on Carrer d’Olot. Look out for the guide holding a green umbrella.
Time: Check in time at 9.45am. Tour starts at 10am.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Combine Parc Güell with:
There is a lot of walking involved in a visit to Parc Güell, so we suggest teaming it with one of the following options:
- Dinner and a flamenco show in Plaça Reial
- A lazy afternoon on one of Barcelona’s beaches
- Leisurely shopping at one of the city’s outlets
What you Need to Know:
Make the walk to the park a little easier by taking the Metro green line (L3) to the Vallcarca stop. This way, your walk to the park is more downhill than uphill.
Another great reason to pre-purchase your ticket for Parc Güell online is that the number of visitors within the Monumental Zone of the park is limited to 400. As long as you arrive within the time slot on your ticket, you will be guaranteed entry to the park.