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Park Güell

A surprise awaits you at every turn in this fantasmagorical park with fabulous views over the city.

The site of Park Güell in the north of Barcelona was originally earmarked for an up-market residential development by Count Eusebi Güell, Gaudí’s patron. The hillside location was chosen for its fresh air and beautiful views, but in the end only two houses were built and Gaudí moved into one of them. His designs for the 15-hectare park reflect his quirky sense of humour and aversion to straight lines. Construction took place between 1900 and 1914 and the park is now an essential stop-off on the Gaudí trail and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The entrance at the bottom of the hill is flanked by two gingerbread-style gatehouses, from where you can take several different routes through the parkland to the top of the steep hill. Before you start the climb, pause to take a photograph by the famous lizard fountain, known locally as “el drac” (the dragon), a multi-coloured mosaic extravaganza. The mosaic theme is reflected throughout the park, notably on the main terrace which is the park’s focal point. Take a breather on the bench which curves sinuously around the terrace in the shape of a giant sea serpent, and enjoy fabulous views over the city, dominated by the iconic spires of the Sagrada Familia. Then carry on to the park’s highest point, marked with a huge cross, for more panoramas of the bay with Montjuïc in the distance.

Once you’ve thoroughly explored the park, pay your respects to its creator at the Gaudí House Museum, Gaudí’s former home. The house itself was not designed by Gaudí but it contains items of furniture and other examples of his work, as well as souvenirs to buy.

Park Güell is open from 10 a.m. daily and closing times vary seasonally. Entry is free but the Gaudí House Museum has a modest charge. The 20-minute uphill walk from the nearest metro station can be tiring, especially on a hot day, so catch the bus for an easier journey and save your energy for the park itself.

You won't believe how much there is to do at Park Guell. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Check out our Barcelona things to do page to learn about more activities while you're in the area.


Guide to Exploring Park Guell


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Catalonia Park Güell

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Pg. Mare de Déu del Coll, 10, Barcelona, Barcelona
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Gracia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Quiron Barcelona, Park Guell and Gaudi House Museum. CosmoCaixa and Vall d'Hebron Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km). Penitents Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vallcarca Station is 6 minutes.

    Factory House Hostel AU$87
    Factory House Hostel

    Factory House Hostel

    Carrer de Molist 5, Barcelona, Barcelona
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Gracia, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila are also within 2 miles (3 km). Alfons X Station is 11 minutes by foot and Joanic Station is 13 minutes.

      Hotel Sagrada Familia AU$104
      Hotel Sagrada Familia

      Hotel Sagrada Familia

      Carrer de Corsega 541, Barcelona, Barcelona
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Eixample, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau. Casa Mila and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Sagrada Familia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 8 minutes.

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        Casa Vilaró

        Avinguda Coll del Portell, 67, Gracia, Barcelona
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Barcelona guesthouse is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. CosmoCaixa and Casa Mila are also within 2 miles (3 km). Vallcarca Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lesseps Station is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Ronda Lesseps AU$93
          Hotel Ronda Lesseps

          Hotel Ronda Lesseps

          Carrer Ballester,77-81, Barcelona, Barcelona
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Gracia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Vicens, Park Guell and Gaudi House Museum. CosmoCaixa and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Lesseps Station is only a 4-minute walk and Vallcarca Station is 6 minutes.

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            Rocket Hostels Gràcia

            Calle Mare de Deu del Coll 59, Barcelona, Barcelona
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Gracia, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. CosmoCaixa and Passeig de Gracia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Vallcarca Station is 5 minutes by foot and Lesseps Station is 6 minutes.

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              Hotel ILUNION Bel-Art

              Hotel ILUNION Bel-Art

              Lepant 406, Barcelona, Barcelona
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Horta-Guinardo, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital de Sant Pau and Sagrada Familia. Park Guell and Gaudi House Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Alfons X Station is 5 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 10 minutes.

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                Estudio Maignon

                Calle Maignon, 32 1 2, Barcelona
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell. Casa Mila and CosmoCaixa are also within 2 miles (3 km). Lesseps Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vallcarca Station is 9 minutes.