Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.
While much of the park remains free to enter and explore, the Monumental Zone, housing many of the most notable landmarks—the benches, gatehouses, dragon stairway, and columned Hypostyle Room—requires a ticket to enter. Stop at the park on a city sightseeing tour, or combine a visit with a tour of Gaudi’s other notable works or even a half-day trip to Montserrat.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This site is a must-visit for art and architecture buffs.
- You can bypass the crowds with an early-access ticket.
- Download the free app, Park Güell, Official Guide to the Monumental Zone, before your visit for interactive maps and audio snippets about the park.
- Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection, particularly during summer.
- Free WiFi is available throughout the Monumental Zone.
- Due to flights of stairs and uneven paths, Park Güell is not suitable for wheelchairs.
How to Get to Park Güell
Park Güell is located in the Gracia neighborhood, about a 15-minute walk from the Vallcarca and Lesseps metro stations on Line 3. The hop-on hop-off blue line bus also stops at the park, as do public buses H6, 32, 24, and 92.
When to Get There
Tickets to the park’s Monumental Zone, one of Barcelona’s top attractions, often sell out during high season (July and August). Weather can also get hot and humid in summer; expect highs in the upper 80s F or low 90s F. Park hours are shorter in the winter months, while both spring and autumn strike a balance with fewer people, cooler weather, and longer opening hours. The hilltop area in the free portion of the park is a popular spot at sunset.
The Unsung Artist Behind Park Güell’s Mosaics
Some of Park Güell’s most notable features—its colorful tile shard mosaics—aren’t the work of Gaudi. His assistant, artist Josep Maria Jujol, was responsible for the park’s undulating tiled benches, as well as the tiled, domed ceiling of the Hypostyle Room.