Things to Know Before Visiting Park Guell Barcelona

Uhh…so, what's Park Guell?

Park Guell is a UNESCO listed park located North of Barcelona's Gracia district in the hills of Carmel. It was built by renowned Catalan Modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Then why's it called Park Guell and not Park Gaudi?

Because, when the industrialist Eusebi Guell – Gaudi's patron – bought the land he instructed the architect to build a garden city. That's why.

What's the big deal?

Park Guell is a stunning work of architectural art where nature and architecture exist in perfect harmony. Initially, the park was envisioned as a housing project for wealthy Barcelonians who wanted to live away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. However, when the project failed to attract investors, the idea was abandoned and eventually the land – and the work that was done to it – was opened to the public.

Gaudi has crafted in Park Guell a beautiful homage to nature. The park is both a wonderland of beauty and curiosity that is organic in style and sure to be unlike anything that you will ever have seen.

Okay, sounds good. How do I get there?

You can get to Park Guell a number of ways. If you want, take metro line L3 (Green) and get off at Lesseps or Vallcarca metro stations. From here it's a 15-minute walk. You can also take the H6 or 32 buses and get off at Travessera de Dalt. From here proceed on foot for 10 minutes. For those not keen on a walk, take the 24 or the 92 and get off at the Carmel-Park Guell stop which is right in front of one of the main entrances.

Do I need a ticket?

Part of Park Guell is free meaning you can enjoy some of Gaudi's handiwork and some spectacular views of Barcelona at absolutely no cost. But, if you really want to experience the enchanting environment that is Park Guell, you're going to have to bone up and buy some tickets. Don't worry though; it's worth it.

Single tickets cost 7 E, and then you're free to wonder at your own leisure. But, it's definitely worth checking out tour options too. A tour around the Park brings to light tons of interesting details about Gaudi, the architecture, and the beautiful smashed tile mosaics.

Anything else?

Yeah, make sure you snap a photo with the beautifully ornate, tiled dragon that sits on the Park's central staircase. It's a must.

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