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Visit to Barcelona's Park Güell: How to get there, prices and tips

The idea behind Parc Güell was to create a small city - garden, containing a total of 40 houses, completely integrated with the surrounding nature. The project, however, did not go to fruition, and in the end only two houses were built, and the fabulous structures today famous all over the world. The park is divided into two areas, one with free access and the other with a fee, both with great evidence of Gaudì's passage. Here is some useful information on how to reach and visit the most famous park in Barcelona.



Index

  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Entrance times
  3. Ticket cost:
  4. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  5. What to see and how to visit Parc Güell
  6. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  7. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  8. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: Parc Güell is far from the center and is located on the top of a hill so it can be described as difficult to reach without the use of public transport: unless you are staying in the Gracia neighborhood.
  • By bus: lines H6, 32, 24 and 92. Lines H6 and 32 arrive at a stop located on Travessera de Dalt, from here it takes 10 minutes on foot, to reach the entrances of Carrer Sant Josep de la Muntanya or towards the entrance Carrer de Larrard, both equipped with escalators. Lines 24 and 92 stop near the park's main entrance. The Bus Turístic, blue line, has the "Park Güell" stop while, for the Barcelona City Tour, the route is "East", green in color, but the stop is the same. From here it takes another 10 minutes to reach the park, and the recommended entrance is Carrer de Larrard.
  • By metro: you have to take the green line L3 and it is possible to get off at two stops. The first is Vallcarca which is 13 minutes from the park, and you can take the escalator in Baixada de la Gloria, and then go towards the entrance in Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya. The other stop is Lesseps, which is 15 minutes from the park, and also in this case the same entrance is recommended.

Entrance times

  • 1 from January to February 16 2018: from 8.30 to 18.30 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 17.30)
  • 17 from February to March 25 2018: from 8.30 to 19 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 18.00)
  • 26 from March to April 29 2018: from 8.00 to 20.30 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 19:30)
  • From the April 30 to the 26 2018 in August: from 8.00 to 21.30 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 20:30)
  • From 27 August to 27 October 2018: from 8.00 to 20.30 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 19.30)
  • From 28 October 2018 to 31 December 2018: from 8.30 to 18.30 (the last entrance to the monumental part is at 17.30)

After the times indicated above, the entrance to the Monumental area is free, as the evening begins to fall and we see very little. In summer, however, when the day is longer, visiting this part of the park in the evening can be a good ploy to save on the entrance fee.



Ticket cost:

Entrance to the park is free while the Monumental Area is subject to payment. If you buy your ticket online, which is useful for avoiding queues, when booking you must indicate the day and time of the visit.

IMPORTANT: you can stay inside the Zona Monumental for as long as you want but, once you have exited, you will not be able to access again, unless you buy a second ticket

  • Adult fare: € 8,50 for the monumental area, € 5,50 for the Casa Gaudì.
  • Reduced rate: € 6,00 (children aged 7 to 12, over 65, accompanying persons with disabilities) for the monumental area. € 4,50 (children under thirty and retired) for the Gaudì cause.
  • Free: Children from 0 to 6 years do not pay the entrance to the Monumental Zone. Children under 11 do not pay entrance to the Casa Gaudi Museum.

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit Parc Güell

Parc Güell is divided into Monumental area, which contains all the most famous attractions and that Free, which consists of a nice park. To enter the Monumental Zone you need an entrance ticket (more information in the paragraph above) and it is recommended to visit it first, in order to avoid the queues.

Within this area it will be possible to admire the very famous stairway of the lizard, surrounded by two terraces in the shape of a cave, which once served as stables. Along the staircase you will encounter statues of Goblins, symbols of Catalonia and the famous mosaic lizard, which is actually a salamander, the symbol of the park itself. Arriving at the top of the ladder you will come across the Doric Temple, formed by 88 twisted columns that seem to start directly from the roots of the trees. This particular construction was meant to serve as a market. Continuing to walk you can admire the Banc de Trencadis, another symbol of the park, which develops along the perimeter of the Plaça de la Natura , a large terrace covered with ceramic mosaics from which you can enjoy one of the best views of the city. Banc is nothing more than a very long bench covered with ceramic, designed by the architect Josep Maria Jijol.

The peculiarities of the Free Zone of the park, on the other hand, are clearly visible from the visitor's arrival at the south entrance. What characterizes Carrer d'Olot are the rustic walls, on which you can see the different ceramic medallions with written on Parc Güell. The main entrance is also characterized by two strange mosaic houses, Hansel and Gretel's fairy tale style, designed to be the rooms of the park keeper: therefore, they are equipped with a waiting room including a telephone. This is the largest part of the park, it represents 91% of it, and is full of paths and climbs: therefore it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
In this area you will find structures, monuments and colonnades, chosen to shelter from the sun by street musicians, which some of the original houses of the park, including the famous Gaudí House Museum, where the architect resided between 1906 and 1926. The house was transformed into a museum in 1963, and can be visited by paying the aforementioned entrance ticket.



Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: it is best to visit the park early in the morning, when the light for photos is best, and you will have the opportunity to photograph the mosaic lizard, without anyone sitting on it.
  2. Buy the city card: The Barcelona Pass includes the entrance ticket to the monumental part of the park, with a skip-the-line option.
  3. Ticket: it is recommended to buy the entrance ticket to the monumental area on the internet. In this case you will be asked to indicate the date of the visit, and the time: there is a 30-minute tolerance on the time indicated on the ticket. For example, those who have made the ticket for nine will be able to enter until nine thirty, no later. If you already have a ticket, prefer the west entrance, where there are usually fewer people. If you are entitled to reductions, try to bring the documents that prove it with you (identity card, student card, etc.) otherwise you will not get them.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes: the park is uphill and there are several stairs
  5. Bring your packed lunch: the prices inside the park and in the surrounding areas are quite high.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The name of the park is due to Eusebi Güell, a wealthy Catalan entrepreneur and friend of Antoni Gaudí, who had the Güell palace, the Güell cellars, the Güell pavilions and even a crypt designed. After his visit to the United Kingdom, Güell was particularly impressed by the "garden cities", an urban nucleus capable of combining life in the countryside with city comfort.

Eager to re-propose the experience in the Catalan land, Güell commissioned Gaudí to build a garden suburb, exploiting a bare slope behind Barcelona, ​​the Muntanya Pelada, where he owned an old farmhouse. The works began in November 1900 and included sixty triangular-shaped areas in preparation for the construction of the lodgings, each of which equipped with suitable green areas. The project, however, was a real commercial disaster: no one was interested in this undertaking. Of the sixty houses initially planned, only three were built: in one of these the architect lived with his elderly father and granddaughter, before moving to the construction site of the Sagrada Família.



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