No visit to Barcelona is complete without visiting the extremely beautiful and outlandish Park Guell. Antoni Gaudi’s foray into landscape gardening added the sprawling beauty of Park Guell to Barcelona’s eclectic architectural blueprint. If you are planning a trip to the Catalonian capital, we are certain that you have kept at least half a day for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. But be warned, if you are thinking of an impromptu visit to the park, you might end up standing under the Mediterranean sun for hours before getting to the ticket counter. But don’t fret, we are here to tell you exactly how you can save yourself from waiting in endless ticket queues -whether its purchasing Park Guell skip the line tickets or guided tours that show you around, we have you covered.
Park Guell in a Nutshell
The park, spread over 18 Hectares of hilly land, was originally envisioned by Count Eusebi Guell to be a miniature city for Barcelona’s affluent class. But within few years of development, the project was abandoned, and Gaudi continued to develop it as a park. Ever since it was opened to the public in 1926, the estate has been a major crowd-puller. With over 4 million people visiting Park Guell every year, it continues to be one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. Keep reading to find out what sets this historic park apart and how you can experience it without sweating it out in the sun.
Also Known As: Parc Güell (Catalan)
Location: Carmel Hill, Gracia, Barcelona
Architect: Antoni Gaudi
Architectural style: Modernisme
Number of visitors per year: 9 million
UNESCO World Heritage Site designation: 1984
- Casa del Guarda
- The Stairway
- Sala Hipóstila
- Plaça de la Natura or the Greek Theatre
- Austria Gardens
- May 1st to Aug 27 : 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
- Aug 28 to Oct 28 : 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM
- Oct 29 to Dec 31 : 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Gracia Barcelona, Spain
Park Guell Skip the line Tickets
According to Barcelona Turisme, more than 9 million people visit Park Guell every year, making it one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona. Purchasing Park Guell skip the line tickets are a must as the park has become increasingly notorious for ticket lines with waiting times of up to 40 minutes.
Individual Skip the Line Tickets✪
Guided Tour of Park Guell with Skip the Line Access ✪
Official tour guide and priority access to Park Guell.
Quick Jumplinks to Navigate the Guide
- What is so incredible about Park Guell?
- What to expect at Park Guell?
- How to skip the queues at Park Guell?
- Park Guell ticket options
- All you need to know - timings, address, rules, regulations and more
- Listen to what others have to say about their Park Guell experience
- Park Guell insider tips
- Interesting Park Guell facts
What's so incredible about Park Guell?
The artistic opulence of Barcelona originates from its centuries old history. And a lot of what we see today is the magical work of its many creative minds. One among the artists who owe their origin to Catalonia is Antoni Gaudi whose architectural compositions play a rhythm of unparalleled beauty in the capital city of Barcelona. The rich cultural mosaic of Barcelona was greatly influenced by the Art Nouveau or Catalan Modernisme movement, and Gaudi found himself at the helm of this revolutionary time. So much so, that his work left no part of the city untouched, and the metropolis came to be known as the ‘City of Gaudi’.
Having created numerous masterpieces, Antoni Gaudi had earned a name for his nature- inspired designs. So when his friend Count Eusebi Guell asked him to work his magic on the tree-covered hillside he had recently acquired, Gaudi set out to do just that. Initially conceived to be a garden city for Barcelona’s wealthy families, the plan was aborted in 1914 as only two of the proposed 60 plots were sold. But in these 14 years, Gaudi had changed the face of the two hill plots.
Between 1904 and 1906, he set out to build the boundary wall and continued to lay down the various elements of the plan- the entrance pavilion and stairs, shelters for cars, a complex network of roads, viaducts and sewers. He then went on to build the model house, now the Gaudi Museum House. By this time, Guell had sensed that his plan was headed nowhere. But the work on the park went on and both Guell and Gaudi continued to live in the only two houses that are still there on the property. The overwhelming beauty of the park envelopes you as soon as you step inside it. The amazement of seeing Gaudi’s creations glittering in the Mediterranean blue sky is incomparable. The play of colours that characterize every corner of the park creates an aura of absolute amazement as it merges with his many creations commensurate with the Art Nouveau movement.
What to expect at Park Guell?
At Park Guell, Gaudi’s intriguing architectural style culminates into a supreme example of Art Nouveau. The delicate interaction between the nature and structures inspired by it is magnificent in its subtlety and grandeur. If you have the luxury of time, spend at least three hours in exploring the park’s magical environs, and witness the beauty of Gaudi’s work.
1. The entrance and Porter’s Lodge Pavilion
As soon as you step in front of Park Güell’s main entry gate on Carrer d’Olot, Gaudi’s inimitable work will take your breath away. The rustic stone wall decorated with ceramic tiles that surround the park is complemented by the entry gates shaped like palm leaves. The Casa del Guarda on the right and the original porter’s lodge on the left seem to belong in a fairy-tale.
2. Dragon Stairway and Sala Hipóstila
Halt for a moment at the entrance and take in the beauty of the stairway gliding up to the Sala Hipóstila in twin magnificence. The galloping flight of stairs is skirted by a wall on either side, forming two beautiful alcoves under tiled terraces. Look to your right and notice the glorious conical column that is holding up the roof which was once a shed for horses. The first of the three whimsical sections of the stairway are decked with goblins. As you move up, you will be greeted by Catalonia’s proud emblem. The top section of the stairs is by far the most popular, owing to the colorful dragon fountain that sits covered in tile shards.
The Sala Hipóstila borrows from the Doric order and with 86 columns supporting its roof, the area was to be used as a market place. The ceiling comprises of small domes adorned in traditional mosaic of tile shards. The outermost set of columns slope down in a way that enhances the sanctity of its surroundings and the structure itself. The entablature that emerges at the top of the columns conclude in a series of rolling benches under the open sky that offer a bird’s eye view of Barcelona.
3. Gaudi House Museum
This is the house where Gaudi spent over 20 years of his life, before moving to his temporary abode in Sagrada Familia. In 1963, it was opened to the public as a Museum which till date houses detailed accounts about Gaudi and his work. You will have to buy a separate ticket to visit the museum but the extra effort will be totally worth it.
4. The Greek Theatre and Laundry Room Portico
Gaudi provisioned for a grand Greek Theatre that sits at the centre of the monumental zone, and runs from the architrave atop Sala Hipóstila, to the base which was created by digging into the rocky surface. Now called the Plaça de la Natura or the Nature Square, the wall on its edge has a series of columns that are designed to look like palm trees.
As you head east from Nature Square, you will find yourself in front of an iron door that opens into the gardens of Casa Larrard. The pathway is flanked by pine groves and leads to the wavy portico that concludes with a wall made of unworked stone. Gaudi’s aesthetical strength that marries the natural with structural beauty is also reflected in the spiral ramp that will take you to Güell’s house.
5. Pathways and Viaducts
Gaudi designed Park Güell with the idea of merging it with the natural surroundings and hilly topography. To achieve this, he laid down an intricate network of paths, bridges and viaducts throughout the property.
The three viaducts that glide up the mountain in succession are called Pont de Baix, the Pont del Mig, and the Pont de Dalt. These examples of ingenuous structural engineering are supported by columns and vaults made of sketchy stones that were found on site. The bannisters crowing the bridges are refreshingly green with vegetation. The transversal road runs like an artery through the park and connects Carretera del Carmel with the Sant Josep de la Muntanya exit.
In addition to these major pathways, Gaudi also built a web of small pathways and shortcuts that were meant for people on foot. Walk on one of these to experience the charm of this 19th Century park.
6. Austria Gardens
Stroll through the Austria Gardens for a panoramic view of the two houses that were initially built in Park Güell. With a totally different look from the rest of the park, these gardens got their name when Austria donated a variety of trees in 1977 for planting in the municipal plant nursery.
How to skip the queues at Park Guell?
With so many people flocking to explore the intriguing beauty of Park Güell, the on-site ticket counters are almost always found at the end of a long queue. You can skip these long lines by spending almost the same amount on your tickets by booking them in advance. Another way of escaping the wait is to go for one of the guided tours.
1. Book your tickets in advance to skip the line
You can choose the day of your visit and the time slot of your preference and book a ticket to Park Güell even three months before your trip. The online ticket will be sent to your e-mail which you can display before entering the estate. Remember that you will still have to go through the security check before stepping into the park.
2. Try out a guided tour to skip the line
A guided tour of the park is the best way to explore this fantastic Catalan landmark. An expert guide will take you around and show you all the major highlights of the park. Booking a guided tour also gives you priority access to the park, allowing you to skip the ticket line and head straight inside with your guide.
3. Go early
La Sagrada Familia opens at 8:00 AM everyday and this is when the crowd is at its least. It's not absent, since many people do get there before the gates have opened. However, you do get to enjoy the basilica with a comparatively lesser crowd around.
Park Guell Ticket Options
Best of Barcelona Tour including Skip the Line Entry to Park Guell & Sagrada Familia
• Guided visit of Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and La Pedrera
• Tour of Eixample, Passeig de Gracia and Hospital de Sant Pau
• Barrio Gótico, Mercat de Santa Caterina, Santa Maria del Mar Church
• 2000-year-old Roman Temple ruins, Jewish Quarters and Royal Palace
All You Need to Know
How to get to Park Guell
Being one of the most popular spots in the city, there are multiple modes of transport plying to Park Güell from all parts of the city.
You can take a Metro to Lesseps or Vallcarca station on L3. Both the stations are 15-20 minutes away from the park and you may want to take a taxi or a bus from the station as the route to the park is uphill.
If you are taking the bus, Lines 24 and 92 halt at Carretera del Carmel-Park Güell, which is right across the park’s main entrance. Routes H6 and 32 will drop you at Travessera de Dalt which is 10 minutes from the park. Take the escalator at Carrer Sant Josep de la Muntanya or go to the Carrer de Larrard entrance to reach the park.
You can also hire a taxi to directly reach the park from your place of stay.
Park Guell open Hours
The opening and closing timings of the park differ throughout the year, and you should check for it in advance.
Winter-Autumn (Low Season)
October 29 to December 31: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (last entry time - 5:30 PM)
1st January to 25th March: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (last entry time - 5:30 PM)
26th March to 30th April: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM (last entry time - 7:30 PM)
Spring-Summer (High season)
1st May to 27th August: 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM (last entry time - 8:30 PM)
Summer- Autumn (Mid-season)
28th August to 28th October: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM (last entry time - 7:30 PM)
Park Güell is situated off Carrer d’Olot, and you can enter the park from any of its three entrance gates.
- The main entrance to the park lies at the intersection of Carrer de Larrard and Carrer d’Olot.
- The entrance gate on Carretera del Carmel is close to the coach parking space meant for tourists.
- Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya is the third entrance that can be reached through an elevator.
Rules and Regulations
- Tickets you buy allow you to enter the park within the allotted band of 30 minutes. Once a ticket is validated, you can’t leave the premises and enter again on the same ticket.
- Though you can bring food inside the park premises, picnics in the monumental zone are prohibited.
- Take care not to lean against or climb over the peripheral wall or any other part of the monumental zone.
- You cannot photograph or film the park or any of its part for commercial purposes without prior permission from the authorities.
- Don’t engage in any activity that might damage or deteriorate the property in any way.
To not visit Park Guell on your Barcelona tour is sacrilege. The park is a stunning example of the architecture Barcelona is famous for and is the perfect spot to go for a walk and enjoy the beautiful Catalan scenery. The park is situated on a hill and overlooks the entire city. We bought our Park Guell tickets from Headout and were glad we didn’t have to stand in line waiting under the sun. We spend around an hour and a half at the park and saw all the highlights. Go during sunset to capture the best photos of the park and Barcelona as well.
Park Guell is a gorgeous park that is situated on a hill outside Barcelona. There are buses that will drop you at its gate so getting there is no concern. You should explore every area of the park as Gaudi’s work touches many sections of the park and they are all beautiful. We went after midday and stayed for around 2 hours, walking and exploring the entire park.
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- Carry some food and enough water
If you are planning to explore all parts of Park Guell, you may be spending hours walking and trekking through its grounds and archways. The rewarding experience will be just as tiring, and that’s why, you need to keep yourself fed and hydrated.
- Go when the park opens or visit in the evening and stay till the sunset
The mornings are the best time to visit Park Güell as it is usually less crowded and the weather stays pleasant. Visiting the park in the afternoon may not be such a great idea, specially during the summer months as the sun shines a little too bright here in the Mediterranean. If you don’t mind staying till late evening, find a comfy spot on one of the rooftop benches and witness the golden charm taking over Barcelona’s skyline as the sun sets on the horizon.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
You will thank us later for this one! The park is on a hill and you will be walking a lot because it is huge- two reasons why you should wear comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear on your day out to Park Güell. It may help if you carry along a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion.
- Travelling to Park Guell
We recommend that you take the bus while going to the park as it is faster than walking uphill from the metro station. You can walk to the Metro Station on your way back and get a feel of the locality in the evening.
- The plot where Park Guell is built was earlier a little outside of Barcelona. This was one of the reasons why nobody showed much interest in buying a plot here.
- The palm shaped iron gates at the park’s main entrance is inspired from Casa Vicens, and did not feature in Park Guell’s original plan.
- Apart from the monumental zone, you can visit every part of the park free of cost. A set number of 400 tourists are allowed to go inside the monumental zone every half hour.
- The mosaiced dragon or salamander on the stairway is not the only animal motif present in the park. The Catalan flag surrounds a snake, and lion heads can be seen on the gargoyles in the Hall of Columns. Also representing the water drainage system is the elaborately decorated octopus on the Hall’s ceiling. All in all, Gaudi’s affinity to nature and its diversity can be seen in every nook and cranny of Park Guell.
- The Trencadís or the colourful mosaic tile designs that can be seen across the park and in many of Gaudi’s other masterpieces were all planned by him. But most of them were inlaid by Josep Maria Jujol, one of Gaudi’s closest friends and colleague.
- Once the housing project was abandoned, Gaudi started living in the model house with his father. Interestingly, this house where the renowned architect lived for almost two decades, was not designed by him but by his contemporary, Francesc Berenguer i Mestres.
As we wrap up this guide on one of Barcelona’s most visited landmarks, we hope that you are a little closer to planning that perfect trip to this thriving metropolis.