Park Güell is spread over a massive 19 hectares with 1.7 hectares of the core area of the park demarcated as a restricted area. While you can explore most of the park for free, visiting the main monumental zone of the park requires you to buy a ticket. To preserve and maintain the brilliance of this architectural marvel, inspired and bolstered by nature, entrance to part of the monumental area has been restricted and keeping in mind the vulnerability and importance of this masterpiece, the restriction limits the maximum number of visitors to 800 per hour. This ensures everyone ample space and a high quality experience to enjoy this beautiful place.
A visit to Park Güell shall be considered incomplete without visiting the Monumental Zone of the Park. Located at the foot of the hill and surrounding area, the Monumental Zone has the most extraordinary structures expressing the brilliance of Gaudí’s style of architecture - buildings with roofs covered in the traditional Catalan clay mosaics, the dragon stairway accompanied by fountains along side, a huge salamander serving as a fountain, covered with traditional tile-shard mosaics, Hypostyle Room with domes of traditional clay bricks and tile mosaics, the open air Greek theatre with famous tile shard decorations and the most natural looking slanting columns resembling a collapsing wave, are some of the things that you simply cannot miss in Park Güell Monumental Zone. With spectacular panoramic views overlooking the landscapes of Barcelona it presents to you a unique essence of Gaudi’s splendour and magnificence.
The Park Guell Monumental Zone - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the zones Park Guell is divided in?
The park is divided into two zones: the unrestricted, more wooded area and the restricted zone that is home to the monuments and sculptures that Park Guell is famous for. The restricted zone is also referred to as the Monumental Zone.
Can I visit Park Guell for free?
The unrestricted zone of the park is open to everyone throughout the year and is free to access. However, the Monumental Zone of the park requires visitors to purchase a ticket.
Why is there a restricted zone in Park Guell?
From October 2013, Barcelona City Council began regulating entry to the main core of the park with the objective of preserving the iconic space and keeping it in the best possible state of conservation. For a number of year prior, unregulated entry had begun to take its toll on the surroundings, the flora of the park and contributed to degradation of Gaudi's sculpture. In order to avoid worsening of the situation, visitor tickets are being regulated.
Should I purchase Park Guell tickets in advance?
Given that the Monumental Zone of the park has entry reserved for ticket holders with only a limited number of visitors allowed in (400 persons each half hour), we recommend advance reservation and purchase of tickets to guarantee entry to the restricted area.
What places can I visit in the Monumental Zone if I purchase Park Guell tickets?
When you buy a ticket, you have access to all the places in the Park Güell restricted area, including the Casa del Guarda, the Concierge's pavilion, the Dragon staircase, Austria Gardens, the Hypostyle Room, the Portico of the Washerwoman and Plaça de la Natura. However, it does not include a visit to the Gaudi House Museum, located in the open-access area of the park.