Park Guell in Barcelona is a must-see. We visited the park twice, and I wanted to share my tips for the best way to visit Gaudi’s park.
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Park Guell: tickets, best times to go and taking the metro
Park Guell tickets are available online and in person at the entrance… but make sure to book online so you can reserve a time. Tickets sell out really quickly! Park Guell tickets are also available at the Lesseps metro station in an automated machine. My best advice is to get your Park Guell tickets online, one or two days before your visit.
The best time to visit Park Guell is in the morning, before it gets too hot or busy. I would also recommend sunset for amazing pictures and less of a crowd. You can also get into Park Guell for free, after 7:30 ish. There isn’t much info available online, but I remember seeing this on a sign. It’s also free certain Sundays and Holidays, if you’re really on a budget. The entrance fee is 7 euros for adults, which was very affordable.
To take the metro to Park Guell, I recommend getting off at Vallcarca station. For us, we took the subway to Passeig de Gracia then transferred to the green line and got off at Vallcarca. Get out, follow the sign for the park, keep walking downhill, and to your left, you will see escalators to get up! This has the least amount of stair climbing. The first time we visited the park, we didn’t know there were escalators, and I was exhausted in the heat after the steep climb up! If you need accessible options, I would recommend taking a cab after getting out of Vallcarca or Lesseps station.
Park Guell routes: points of interest
Once you enter the park, you are at the summit and have a stunning view of Barcelona! We stopped to take pictures, and take in the view. From there, you wind your way down the mountain to the entrance of Park Guell. There will be LONG lines. Make sure you give yourself time from your ticket, which has a 30 minute window. We didn’t have to wait for our ticket time, but you might have to if you go at a busy time. Again, a ticket before noon is most ideal.
Once inside the Park Guell monumental zone, there are lots of areas to explore. The aquaducts are very unique and snake around the back portion. It’s also a great place to grab some shade.
The Plaça de la Natura or Nature Square is another great place to rest and take great pictures! The mosaics here were so beautiful and made a lovely backdrop.
Next, we headed down the stairs to the Hypostle room to explore the unique columns before heading down the Escalera Monumental, or Monumental Stairs. Here, on the stairs you will encounter the famous Park Guell lizard. It’s definitely worth stopping to take a classic tourist picture.
Finally, we stopped at the Casa del Guarda, where the former park guard used to live. There was an exhibition set up, but if the line is really long, it isn’t worth the wait. The interiors aren’t as lavish as Casa Battlo for sure. Beside the Guard’s House is the Porter’s House, which is a gift shop, but has an incredible vantage point of the Monumental Stairs! Hopefully the window will be open for you to take a winning shot.
Gaudi House Museum
The Gaudi House Museum is a separate museum, and was about 4.50 euros to enter. It mostly had furniture made by Gaudi on display, and a scale model of the Sagrada Familia. There wasn’t much to see, but I enjoyed the garden and exterior of this lavish show home. Park Guell was originally a concept between a developer and the famous architect to build a lavish development of houses. This dream never was realized, but this show home is an example of what could have been.
Afterwards, take some time to explore the “free areas” in Park Guell. There are beautiful flowers, landscaping and picnic areas. We stopped to take some photos with the beautiful bougainvillea, before heading back to Lesseps station to relax at our hotel.
Make sure to check out my guide to the Sagrada Familia.
You can also check out my guide to Madrid.