Alongside Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is one of the most popular tourist attractions and one of the most important must-see places in Barcelona. Not only is the whole park is a masterpiece created by Gaudi, it also has some of the best views of the city! Wherever you look the landscape is incredibly photogenic, making it a nice addition for your travel album 🙂
However, the visit isn’t the easiest thing. The park is huge and it has 3 different entrances, and if you visit it during the summer chances are it’s going to be overcrowded. So here’s a list of the 5 things you have to make sure you have before facing Gaudi’s lizard inside the Park:
1) Do some research
As is the case for every work by Gaudí, the park is full of secrets and references. There isn’t a single stone that doesn’t have a deeper reason for being there, and learning those facts can transform a normal visit into a magical experience. The best idea would be to book a tour and have a personal guide show you around and explain everything you need to know to comprehend Gaudi’s work in all its magnificence.
The project started in 1900 when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree-covered hillside and hired Gaudí to create a miniature city of houses for the wealthy in landscaped grounds. The project was a commercial flop and was abandoned in 1914. Today, Park Guell is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to Gaudi living here during his later years from 1906 to 1926.
2) Book ahead
Going with or without a guide, you’ll need to purchase your tickets in advance. Regardless of what tourist site you visit, this is the tip number one tip, and it isn’t different in Barcelona. Save yourself hours of lines by buying your tickets from the official website.
3) Find the best way to get there
As mentioned before, the park has 3 different entrances, and 3 different routes from the city center. Ask your concierge, your landlord or the rental agency for the best way to reach the park from your accommodation. We recommend going by bus (you can take number 92 from Passeig de Gracia, in a stop located almost in front of La Pedrera), but you can also choose to take the subway (L3) or a taxi.
Bring some water with you, you’re gonna need it. If your plans are to visit the entire park, maybe you’ll want to bring a sandwich too. There is a cafe inside the park, but it’s highly overpriced and the food options are very limited (a.k.a. frozen stuff).
5) Stay to see the sunset
The best way to experience this park is to actually live it. Walk through the natural paths, explore the wave-shaped rock walls, explore the gardens and identify the types of trees you can’t find in your hometown. Take your time to live the park as a park, as the residential zone it was supposed to be, and as a natural and architectural wonder! Kill some time until the sun starts to go down (it can be harder during summer as the sun doesn’t set until 9.30pm). The golden light you’ll see through the skyline of Barcelona will be the cherry on top of your vacation.