Park Guell - a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984

 

 

Count Eusebi Guell was a prominent industrialist in Barcelona who was inspired to build a garden city with 60 houses on a hill called Montaña Pelada (Bare Mountain). The park was designed by prominent architect, Antoni Gaudi, and built between 1900 and 1914. The venture was not successful and only two houses were built. Count Guell convinced Gaudi to buy one of them. This house, designed by Ramon Berenguer, is now the Casa-Museu Gaudi, which contains furniture designed by Gaudi and other personal effects of the architect.  The city of Barcelona has owned the park since 1923 but the Casa-Museu Gaudi is owned by the Sagrada Familia foundation (to see this little museum, you will need a separate ticket, click here.)

In 2013, the City of Barcelona divided the park into paid and free sections. The most interesting sights are located in the paid section, the "Monumental precinct". Here you will find the main staircase with a dragon fountain made of broken bits of glazed ceramic tile (trencadis). This leads to the Salon of the Hundred Columns, which was supposed to be a market place. The columns really number only 84 and are Doric in form. The ceiling of the Salon has tiled mosaics with designs on the ceiling. On top of the salon is a public square with a very large undulating bench in the form of a sea serpent that has backrests adorned with the broken bits of glazed tile. The bench was made by the architect Josep Maria Jujol.

The free section includes the landscaped areas and, at the top of the park, the Calvary which is adorned by a large cross. This place has very good views of the city.

To some, the highlight of Park Guell is not the architecture of Gaudi, but the views of the city. It is definitely a nice walk and worth the effort to visit. For those who are challenged by a strenuous uphill walk, taking a taxi or bus #24 is recommended.

Hours of operation and Admission Prices

Tickets for Park Guell - buy tickets in advance to visit the Monumental Zone of Park Guell

Every half hour, four hundred (400) admission tickets are allocated for sale. To avoid a long wait, buy your tickets online in advance.

How to get to Park Guell

- By Taxi:

From Placa Catalunya, taxi fare will be approximately 12 euros (as of June 2013).

- By Bus: 

Bus # 24 runs from Placa Catalunya and points along Passeig de Gracia to El Carmel stop, whis is at a secondary entrance to the park,near the top of the hill. It will be easy to tell when you've reached the right stop, as virtually everyone will get off the bus. From there, you can walk downhill towards the main entrance, which is much easier than the traditional approach of the park. Bus #92 runs from locations west of Passeig de Gracia and ends at El Carmel.

Buses #32 and 74 let off at Travessera de Dalt, and from there you can walk several blocks uphill along Carrer de Larrad to reach the main entrance a tthe base of the park, then continue uphill through the park.

Bus #116 will deposit you on the west side of the park.

View bus routes and maps here: http://www.tmb.cat

- By Metro:

L3 (green) line to Lesseps (access to main entrance by walking up some steep streets) or Vallcarca (access to Park Guell side entrance by walking and outdoor escalator.

Google map of walk from metro Vallcarca to side entrance by Avinguda del Coll de Portell. The escalator ends at  Avinguda del Coll de Portell. At the intersection of Avinguda del Coll de Portell and Baixada de la Gloria, there is a short metal staircase. This allows you to enter the park from above and walk downhill. Go straight down to the Large Square or stay on the higher paths that lead to the upper sections of the park. When you are ready to leave, take the secondary entrance (right side) for Bus #24, the front entrance for taxis / metro Lesseps or the left side entrance for access to metro Vallcarca.

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L4 (yellow) line to Joanic (Yellow Line 4) and then, take the mini bus 116 to the main entrance of the Park Güell. During the week, it runs every 10 minutes. On week ends, every 20 minutes. Bus 116 route map here.