Park Guell in Barcelona is visually stunning. I’m not only referring to the legacy of arts and architecture that Antoni Gaudi left but also to the nature and breathtaking views you’ll see from up here. You’ve never been to Barcelona if you’ve never been to Parc Guell. This is the city’s green space on a hill with views unequalled anywhere in the world. No wonder, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there. Though the Park Guell isn’t really in the centre of the city, public transport is accessible. There are buses that stop right in front of the gate from downtown. All you have to do is find the exact bus number. I found it using google maps. The nearest subway or metro is Lesseps. From here, you have to walk uphill for 15-20 minutes.
Entrance Fee. Since this is a public space, entrance to the park is free. However, if you’re going inside the monumental zone, you have to pay. This area is where you’ll find Gaudi’s art pieces. Take note that on peak hours, only 400 people are allowed to go inside the zone to control the crowd flow. Check the time stamp your ticket.
Gaudi’s House. If it’s open, don’t miss peeking inside Gaudi’s former residence which is now a museum.
Beyond the Monumental Zone. If you have time, you should start exploring the areas with access first. Follow the footpath all the way up to the peak and enjoy the magnificent views of the city.
The Best Time to go. I arrived there at 3:30 in the afternoon and entered the monumental zone at 5:00. I stayed there until sunset covered the city.
Arts and Architecture. Gaudi is famed for incorporating his designs with nature. So, naturally, the arts and architecture you’ll see here reflect those patterns.
The Dragon Staircase. Oh well, this seems to be the most visited monument inside the park. And no doubt, the most photographed, too.
Colours. There are full of it in Gaudi’s works. Don’t just look at them but stare at them: benches, columns, stairs, walls and roofs. They’ll never fail to amaze you.
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Saving Tips in Barcelona
With so many things to do and places to see, Barcelona can be overwhelming for a visitors. If you’re a kind of traveler who doesn’t like taking public transport and long queues at the ticket booth, I’d recommend you buy Barcelona Pass. This pass will take you to places that you shouldn’t miss in the city. Click here and see how much you can save.
I stayed in these two hostels in Barcelona: Urbany Hostel BCN Go and TOC Hostel Barcelona. I’d recommend both. They’re in good location and very accessible to the metro. There are also shops and restaurants all around the area. However, when it comes to comfort and amenities, I’d prefer TOC Hostel because the rooms are spacious and beds are sturdy. They have nice cafe and swimming pool, too!