The dawn of the 20th century found a modern and cosmopolitan Barcelona, vibrant with its growing population and strong economy. A prosperous bourgeois class looked for the best and most selective places to live. Is in such conjuncture that the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell commissions the architect Antoni Gaudí to draw up the plans for a housing estate to be built in a large property situated in a outstanding location.
The healthier air and climate of Muntanya Pelada and the splendid views over the city and the sea had no match. The project had everything to be a success! Nevertheless, that didn't happen and of the 40 houses that were projected only 2 were actually built.
Today, Parc Güell is a public park and a touristic hotspot of Barcelona. But don't get me wrong. Although is always crowded is quite an amazing place to visit and one of the sites where the imagination and geniality of Gaudí can be fully appreciated.
The colored and bright Trecandis mosaic are absolutely amazing and the organic shapes chosen for the construction of the arcades, benches and gatehouses give an almost surrealistic ambience to the site.
Apart from the architectonic features, the park of 15 hectares has beautiful gardens and vegetation that the visitors can enjoy, walking around the carefully designed pathways or resting in the many benches scattered trough the park.
Is important to schedule your visit some days ahead and to book the tickets online. If you are also visiting Sagrada Família (and you must!) you can buy a combined ticket at a much convenient price. At the park you can also visit the house of Gaudí that has a museum dedicated to the famous architect. The museum has a specific entrance fee, not included in the park admittance fee.
Carrer d'Olot, s/n, 08024
Phone: 934 091 831
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
From 27th March to 1st May, daily from 8am to 8.30pm.
From 2nd May to 28th August, daily from 8am to 9.30pm.
From 29th August to 29th October, daily from 8am to 8.30pm.
From 30th October to 26th March, daily from 8.30am 6.15pm.
Adults 7€ | Children (7 - 12 years) 4,9 € | Children under 7 is free
The best way to get to Parc Güell is by bus and, depending on where you are you can choose the lines 24, 92 or 116.