Park Guell is a magical, other-worldly park found in central Barcelona. Featuring many of Gaudi’s most well-known pieces, walking through Park Guell is like wondering through a breathtaking open-air museum. Not only is it surrounded by some of Catalonia’s beautiful nature, the park is also filled with incredible sculptures, buildings and art that you could gaze at all day long. That’s the magic of world-renowned modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi.
While it’s true that you’ll find Gaudi’s work in many areas of Barcelona, Park Guell is especially wonderful. Here you get to experience his masterpieces alongside nature and the great outdoors, not to mention amongst some of the best views of Barcelona.
Park Guell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. What you may not know is that the park was originally built to be part of a high-class housing development. However, there were no buyers and the original plan failed. Only two houses were built and Gaudi moved into one of them with his family, where they lived for 20 years up. Nowadays, you can tour the park and also see the Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudí) found within the park.
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Prepare your visit to Park Guell
When to visit Park Guell
With only 55 rainy days each year in Barcelona, it’s almost always a great time to visit Park Guell. The park is one of the most visited tourist sites in Barcelona, so the earlier you go, the quieter it will be. Remember to buy your tickets in advance to receive your allocated visiting time slot.
How long is needed to visit Park Guell
You should reserve at least two to three hours to visit Park Guell. Not only are there many fantastic photo opportunities, you can also explore the wider nature park, take a peek inside Gaudi’s house museum, and sit on the stunning terrace to soak up the views. Inside the park you’ll also find a restaurant and a gift shop.
What should I wear to visit Park Guell
You’ll do a lot of walking at Park Guell so you should wear something comfortable and light. Remember that it also gets very hot in the summer months, so take a hat and sunscreen along. While you can find some shaded spots in the park, they’re quite limited.
What is there to see in Park Guell
Park Guell is truly one of the most unique parks in the world. You’ll love strolling around and finding one Gaudi masterpiece after another to marvel at. The park also has some spectacular views of Barcelona so have your camera ready! Get a photo with the famous dragon fountain at the entrance, walk through the wave-like Portico tunnel and take a rest to soak up the views over Barcelona from the Plaça de la Natura terrace.
For an extra 5.50€ you can also enter the Gaudí House Museum, which you’ll find inside the park. Although it’s a little extra, the price is worth it. Touring the small house and seeing where Gaudi spent 20 years living with his family gives you a more intimate look into his life. The house also gives you an insight into what Gaudí and Güell had planned for the 60 proposed houses that were never built here.
While the monumental area of the park is a controlled, paid-for area, the surrounding park is open to the general public and free to visit. This is where you’ll find all the locals – the joggers, dog walkers and families. Once you’ve explored the monumental area, take a walk to the top of the hill in the wider park area to get yet another incredible view of Barcelona.