Every time I come to Barcelona I visit Park Güell. Last year I wrote about parks in BCN. At that time entrance to Park Güell was free.
Now Barcelona municipality has divided this city park in 2 different areas: the Monumental Zone, which requires the purchase of a ticket, and the free access area which is open to all visitors at no charge.
This is information I copied and pasted from Park Güell official website.
The part emphasized on the map is the Monumental Zone. The rest of Park Güell can be entered without restriction and free of charge.
Although I find it unheard of but I can understand the decision to limit the access of the monumental area for paying visitors only. Why? Because it was getting more and more crowded not only with tourists but also with street vendors, musicians and artists. And there were tourists climbing on the mosaic benches. To keep this UNESCO heritage intact this is seemingly an inevitable decision.
Below is the pic I took of the monumental area last year. Notice the wrist watch vendor and souvenir vendors installing their goods on the ground.
Be on time on to enter this area cause the park management only allow 400 visitors to enter the Monumental area each 30 minutes after the assigned time printed in the ticket. I came there at 9 am and managed to take pictures with hardly any tourists on it.
Here are a number of pictures I took of the Monumental area.
Then come the hibiscus and other plants.
My daughter G took this pic of me standing between the columns. These colums support a plateau with the colourful mosaic benches on it.
Free access area
Visiting this area is free of charge.
This is Gaudí’s house. It is located in the free access area but visitors need to pay to enter.
I hope this post provide adequate information for tourists who want to visit Park Güell. The park is partly free. Visitors only pay to come to the monumental area.
Download the free Park Güell app for information, pics and recommended routes. This is handy as the park is huge. Free WiFi is available in the Monumental area, the signal is strong.
Entry Monumental Area € 7 (online) € 8 (on site) prices are from July 2014
For more information visit the official website