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Only the 'k' in Barcelona's enchanting Park Güell reveals that it was inspired by England's garden city movement. The rest is Gaudí in his element! It's bursting with the great architect's trademark iconography, but here are the facts behind its best bits!
Park Güell was intended to be the center of a residential complex that never was. Though inspired by Greek temples, the market hall also honors the Roman road that once ran nearby.
Straddling the main stairway, "El Drac" is rich with religious connotations from Eden to St. George. The fountain it guards, however, suggests Python, the dragon of Ancient Delphi!
Only two villas were completed of the planned 60. Gaudí lived here himself between 1906 to 1925 after it failed to attract buyers! It's now home to a collection of his designs, and needs a separate ticket to visit.
Overlooking the city, the serpentine bench covered in mosaics was hailed by none other than Salvador Dalí as a precursor to the Surrealist movement. He should know!
Religious and political symbolism aside, the upside-down cups adorning one of the gingerbread-esque houses at the main entrance are said to represent Gaudí giving up coffee!
If your stay in Barcelona is brief, you will only need a couple of hours to see Gaudí's monuments. However, bear in mind that the entire park is much larger than the "Monumental Zone" discussed here, and anyone keen on the great outdoors could easily while away an afternoon taking a walk across its scenic corners!
Park Güell's Monumental Zone is open from 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM during high season (May 4th to September 6th); 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM from March 29th to May 3rd and September 7th to October 24th; and 8:30 AM to 6:15 PM through winter. Only 400 visitors are allowed in every half an hour, so consider booking your tickets online in advance!
The hill is a bit of a climb, but there is also an escalator (Baixada de la Gloria). It is accessible by metro (20 minute walk from Lesseps station), taxi or buses 24 and 92, which stop by one of the entrances to the public area of the park.
- When should I visit?Opening times vary by season, so we suggest checking online before you visit.
- Is it expensive?General tickets cost €8 for adults at the door.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there20 minutes walking up the hill from metro station Lesseps, or buses 24 and 92 stop by one of the entrances to the public area, where you can walk to the Monumental Zone.
- Additional information
- Only 400 visitors are allowed into the Monumental Zone every half hour!
- Don't forget sunscreen and some good walking shoes!
What people are saying about Park Güell
With the queues I was pleased I booked ahead for guaranteed and quick park access. Very clear instructions on how to get there and meeting points and plenty of information staff available to assist once at the park. A great day out and spectacular panoramic views of the city.
We got a tickedt at 12:00 but when we arrived we were told that some trouble was with the booking and that the 12:00 group was full. But we got a guide at 14:00. So we did not save any time - but got a good guide.
The guides were most helpful. They were gracious and let us in a few minutes prior to our scheduled time, so we didn't have to wait. The house was not crowded at the time. Plus, they were available to answer questions about the various exhibits. I was most pleased that I had bought the tickets in advance, back in the U.S. prior to our visit to Barcelona.
This is the third event I have experienced with this company and it was wonderful! They are personable, effective and very helpful to make your trip wonderful.
It was a lovely day to see the sites and amazing buildings of Barcelona. Also having the opportunity to get on and off to visit the parks then enjoy ice creams along the way made our day more enjoyable. I would recommend everyone does this when visiting this beautiful city.