I have had a bit of a fascination with Parc Guell. Ever since we decided to spend a month in Barcelona I have been seeing pictures of the iconic Gaudi architecture of Parc Guell showing up in my social media feeds. It is easy to feel inspired by fellow family travelers when that is the sort of media you surround yourself with!
Entrance to the park cost our family of four 24€. Unfortunately, this park does not offer free visits on Sunday afternoons. 🙁 After reading some tips we decided to purchase our tickets online. They let “only” 400 people in every 30 minutes so if you show up to buy your tickets you could be given a time slot for much later in the day. We were able to pick our time slot and show up at the park with enough time to wander around the free part and then have our picnic lunch of baguette, cheese, and meat.
Right before it was time for us to enter, Mike went to pull up the tickets on his phone. We then had a 20 minute panick as the tickets were not in his inbox! We scrambled, asked an attendant, and then were told we would have to go wait in line at the ticket counter….a line that was HUGE and slow moving. Grrr. After waiting in line for a bit the tickets miraculously showed up in our email account. I’m not sure if they were there the whole time or if our phone internet was just that slow to pick them up. Stressful, but crisis averted.
I feel it is important to be honest and admit that I was slightly underwhelmed by Parc Guell. I know that I am going to get some flack for that because people absolutely rave about it. I think this may be due to the fact that I had built it up in my head. We toured the grounds and then we all looked at each other with the same thoughts, “Is this it?” The paid entrance section is only made up of three buildings and the curved archways leading to them. Please don’t get me wrong. The buildings were totally impressive and stunningly beautiful in their weird and wacky Gaudi style and I totally recommend that you should visit them if you are coming to Barcelona. 🙂 We just thought there would be a lot more to see.
- Save yourself the hastle of waiting in line at the park and buy your tickets online beforehand. Just make sure they have made it into your inbox before you get there!
- Be prepared for crowds and lines. This is a very popular attraction.
- Pack food and water. Options at the park are very limited and overpriced.
- Take the bus. Bus line number 92 goes right to the park entrance.
- Leave time to explore. Have a wander around the free part of the park. Stretch your legs and take in the view.