Globe trotters and travel novices alike all enjoy a certain number of places around the globe, and Park Güell is most definitely one of those places. One of Gaudi’s major works in Barcelona, Park Güell is a park that stretches across 42 acres of land located on Carmel Hill.
When a rich Catalonian industrialist by the name of Eusebi Güell acquired this hilly plot, he planned to build a garden-like residential area and commissioned Antoni Gaudi to design it in 1900. By 1914, it had become clear the park would turn out to be a commercial failure as Güell couldn’t sell a single house. In 1918, the City of Barcelona acquired the property and by 1922 turned it into a public park.
The park is a fusion of gardens and Gaudi’s architectural expressions, including the two buildings at the entrance of the park, the Gaudi house museum, the main terrace with Gaudi’s mosaic work and the viaduct.
The park is located on a hill, and the ways to get to it include tourist buses, city buses and the subway, but the closest station is at the bottom of the hill.
Buying tickets online is cheaper than at a ticket office, and one adult ticket costs € 7.
During the low season from October 25 to March 28, the park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The mid-season is from March 29 to May 3, and from September 7 to October 24, and the park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The high season is from May 4 to September 6, and the park is open from at 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
During the summer months, the lines to see the most popular attractions are long, so visiting Park Güell in the spring or in the fall is when you’d be able to explore everything the park has to offer without wasting any time.
There are three recommended routes to take, and electronic tour guides are available in 7 languages, including English. The app for Park Güell is free, and it provides you will all the right information, interactive maps and an audio recording.
Park Güell is one of those places that every time you go back you see something you had never seen before. It never gets old, and it certainly deserves a spot on your bucket list.