Plan Your Visit to Park Guell | Travel Guide to Antoni Gaudi’s Masterpiece
Commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy, Park Guell is a municipal garden. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the park is a reflection of Gaudis’ artistic creativity, who is also responsible for architectural marvels like Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila.
Park Guell, located on Carmel Hill is one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona. In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to create a seamless plan for when you visit Park Guell.
Park Guell Opening Hours
- What are the Park Guell opening hours?
Park Guell is open daily. The timings change depending on whether it is high season (May to October) or low season (November to April).
From 1 July to 31 August 2022: 9 AM to 7:30 PM
From 1 September to 29 October 2022: 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM
30 October 2022 to 31 December 2022: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- When is the Park Guell closed?
Park Guell is open daily.
- How long does it take to go around Park Guell?
You can tour Park Guell in about 2 hours.
- When is the best time to visit Park Guell?
Plan a visit to Barcelona between March to May, or September to November if you wish for a quieter holiday. Park Guell is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona and hence, tends to get crowded. The best time to visit Park Guell would be between 9:30 AM to 11 AM on a weekday.
Park Guell & Citizens
As of 1 July 2020, the Park Guell management has taken on the mission of helping the residents of the city rediscover and enjoy Park Güell. To this end, they have opened allowed local citizens to visit Park Guell for free any time between 7 AM to 10 PM. To avail of this service, you simply have to identify yourself as a local citizen at the entrance using any of the following methods.
- Admission card for local residents: Local people officially residing in neighborhoods adjacent to Park Güell (La Salut, Vallcarca-Penitents, El Coll, Can Baró, El Baix Guinardó, and El Carmel) can enter for free using a non-transferable admission card. Simply call 010 or visit the municipal website to get your hands on the card.
- Gaudir Més: If you are a member of Gaudir Més, you can visit Park Güell every day at no cost. An initiative of the Barcelona City Council, people can simply register on the Gaudir Més website to avail of this offer.
If you fall within one of the above brackets and wish to visit Park Guell at a time when there are no tourists are present, plan your trip for the following hours:
- Bon dia Barcelona: 7 AM to 9 AM
- Bon vespre Barcelona: 8 PM to 10 PM
Park Guell Location
Getting to Park Guell
You can take bus lines H6 or D40. Alight at Travessera de Dalt, which is a 10-minute walk away from Park Guell. Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntaya is the closest entrance to Park Guell from the stop. You can also choose to enter from the Carrer Larrard entrance.
Take the green line (L3). You can either alight at Lesseps or at Vallcarca station. If you alight at Vallcarca, take the escalator on Baixada de la Glòria. Both are a 20-minute walk away from the Park Guell entrance on Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya.
Both, blue and green routes of the Barcelona Tourist Bus will also get you to Park Guell. The stop, known as Park Guell, is located on Avinguda de la Mare de Déu de Montserrat. From here, Park Guell is 10 minutes away. Enter from Carretera del Carmel entrance.
It is not recommended as you might find it difficult to locate a parking space. The parking spaces around the park are in a green area exclusively for residents. Visitors arriving can choose to opt for a paid parking facility. Park Güell has two taxi stands located on rambla de Mercedes and carretera del Carmel.
Parking at Park Guell
Park Guell has a parking space for tourist coaches at the entrance on Carretera del Carmel. There are 25 parking places and 3 spots have been reserved for people with reduced mobility.
Those who wish to travel to Park Guell by car would have to avail of paid parking facilities near Park Guell.
How to visit Park Guell?
Park Guell Entrances
Park Guell has three entrances:
- Carrer de Larrard: This is the main entrance to the park.
- Carretera del Carmel: This entrance is located on the western edge of the park.
- Av. del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya: This entrance is located on the eastern edge of the park.
Covid-19 Safety Measures at Park Güell
The park has obtained security certifications and has put in place the following preventive measures to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19:
- It is recommended that visitors purchase tickets online and in advance.
- Although it is an outdoor attraction, social distancing must be maintained with other visitors.
- Some areas of critical concentration (eg the Hypostyle Hall and the Dragon Staircase) have specific capacity regulations to avoid crowds.
- The use of a mask is not mandatory outdoors except when a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained with other visitors.
- Hydroalcoholic gel stations have been put in place at all entrances.
- Cleaning and disinfection of common areas such as bathrooms and lockers have been intensified.
- Use the free Park Güell App to get around as the use of park maps has been restricted for the time being.
- The capacity of the Casa del Guarda and the Laie store have been adapted.
- Organized groups can enter through the Carmel road door. The new maximum number of people allowed per group is 30.
- The BUS GÜELL does not currently provide service.
- Rely on cashless transactions while inside the park.
Facilities at Park Guell
- Restrooms: Park Güell has toilets located near the Carretera del Carmel entrance gate, on Passeig de les Palmeres and near the Carrer d’Olot entrance.
- Wi-Fi: Visitors can enjoy free Wi-Fi inside the Monumental Zone.
- Food: You can grab something to eat and drink from the restaurant located inside the park.
- Gift Shop: The Laie Park Güell Shop offers a range of products, from postcards and posters to jewelry and decoration, connected with Gaudi's work and Barcelona.
Park Güell and Schools’ Programme
The Park Guell Educational Programme offers Spanish and accredited EU schools to visit Park Güell. There are two different kind of visit options available. Both allow students to enter Park Guell for free:
- Guided experience: Visit Park Guell with a guide. This mode allows a maximum 60 people per school to visit on a day. It is available in five languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian.
- Free Non Guided Visit: Discover Park Güell on your own. A maximum 60 students per school can visit on one day.
Visiting Park Guell with Pets
People are allowed to visit Park Guell with their pets. However, they have to be kept on a leash throughout the visit. Pets will not be allowed to enter certain spaces such as the Nature Square, the Hypostyle Room, the Dragon Stairway, the Austria Gardens, and the Laundry Room Portico. Those visiting with pets will be responsible for any damage that their pet may cause during the visit.
Park Güell is filled with irregular paths and steep ramps, which may may make it difficult for those with mobility impairments to navigate the park. However, the park does offer some solutions to make the experience of visiting Park Guell an accessible one.
- Enter the park from the Carretera del Carmel entrance.
- You can take these two easy routes, in any order you wish: The architectural route, where you can see Park Güell’s most iconic sites. The route will take roughly 50 minutes. The second one is the other visitable sites route, where you follow the viaduct’s path up to Casa Trias. This route will take about 20 minutes.
- They have two wheelchairs at the park. You can avail of it by booking in advance.
- There are three free parking places for visitors with reduced mobility at the parking lot for tourist coaches near the Carretera del Carmel entrance.
All Your Questions About Visiting Park Güell Answered
A. Park Guell is open daily from 9 AM to 7:30 PM.
A. Park Guell is located at 08024 Barcelona, Spain. It is situated between the neighborhoods of El Coll, La Salut, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Carmel and Can Baró, in the districts of Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó.
A. Park Guell can be reached by bus, and car.
A. Park Guell is open every day, throughout the year.
A. It takes about two hours to cover all the major sections of Park Guell.
A. From 7 AM to 9 AM and from 6 PM to 10 PM, Park Guell is reserved for neighbors and Gaudir Més members. Tourist visits are not allowed during these hours.
A. Yes, you can buy food at the restaurant located inside Park Guell.
A. Yes, guided tours of Park Guell are available. Going on a guided tour will allow you understand the historical and cultural significance of the park and understand Antoni Gaudi's creative mind better. You can choose between a guided tour that allows a group of 30 people or a private guided tour for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6 visitors.
A. Plan a visit to Park Guell on a weekday, during early hours, between 9.30 AM to 11 AM during the months of March to May, or September to November.
A. Yes, you can visit Park Guell with kids. However, keep in mind that the park is not stroller friendly.
A. Park Güell is filled with irregular paths and steep ramps, which makes the park inaccessible but there are certain routes that those with disabilities can take that would allow them to enjoy a visit to Park Guell.