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Park Guell

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

The best way to get your bearings in Barcelona is overlooking the city from the top of the park in Gracia, north of the city center. Park Güell was designed by Gaudí and built between 1900 and 1914. It’s famous not only for the incredible vistas from the top of the hill, but also for its many quirky features, including gingerbread-style houses, covered walkways and a mosaic tiled terrace.

The 15-hectare (37-acre) park was originally designed to be a housing complex for the city’s aristocracy. In the end, only two houses were built. Gaudí lived in one of them. Today it’s open to the public as the Gaudí House Museum. Pay a small fee to wander through the house, which is filled with furniture designed by the architect, and learn about his life and work.

The entrance to the park is at the bottom of the hill. The gatehouses look like giant gingerbread houses and are hard to miss. 

A dragon fountain sits at the bottom of a set of stairs. Stop for a photo in front of the mosaic statue, then continue up the hill to the mosaic terrace at the top. Gaudí designed the terrace in his signature style, with bright colors and curving lines. The terrace is in the shape of a sea serpent. Look out across the whole city. This area gets crowded, especially at sunset. Winters are less busy.

The rest of the park is filled with shrubbery and walking paths. Stop for a rest on benches designed by Spain’s most famous architect.

The park is open from 10 a.m. every day. Closing times vary depending on the time of year. Admission is free.

It’s a 20-minute uphill walk from the nearest metro station to the entrance of the park. Catch a bus for a less strenuous access.

Popular Activities at Park Guell

Not certain how to get the most out of your visit at Park Guell? We've put together some of the most popular activities that will help:

For many more things to do, examine our Barcelona things to do page.


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Hotel Sagrada Familia $91
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 mi (2 km). Sagrada Familia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 8 minutes.

    Catalonia Park Güell $83
    Catalonia Park Güell

    Catalonia Park Güell

    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 mi (2 km). Penitents Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vallcarca Station is 6 minutes.

      Factory House Hostel $90
      Factory House Hostel

      Factory House Hostel

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

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        Casa Vilaró
        Casa Vilaró

        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 mi (3 km). Vallcarca Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lesseps Station is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Travessera $66
          Hotel Travessera

          Hotel Travessera

          C/ Travessera De Dalt 121-123, Barcelona, Barcelona
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Gracia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sala Beckett, Gaudi Experiencia, and Jardines del Principe de Girona. Gaudi House Museum and Park Guell are also within 10 minutes. Alfons X Station is 7 minutes by foot and Joanic Station is 10 minutes.

            Casa Vilaro Park Guell Charming House Pool and 15 Minutes Plaza Cataluña
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            Casa Vilaro Park Guell Charming House Pool and 15 Minutes Plaza Cataluña

            Barcelona, Catalonia
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Hotel Ronda Lesseps $90
              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 mi (2 km). Lesseps Station is only a 4-minute walk and Vallcarca Station is 6 minutes.

                Hotel ILUNION Bel-Art $91
                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 mi (2 km). Alfons X Station is 5 minutes by foot and Sant Pau Dos de Maig is 10 minutes.