Tips for Visiting Park Güell: Gaudí, The Cheetah Girls, and More!

The Cheetah Girls 2: Strut
You got to strut like you mean it.

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The Cheetah Girls Strut at Park Güell

I believe there was no Gaudí destination of greater importance to my little sister than visiting Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain.

As you can see in the two Shorts/Stories above, Gaudí’s Park Güell was one of the selected destinations where The Cheetah Girls 2 movie was filmed!

What Is Park Güell?

My family visited Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain

Originally conceived as a project for a residential town, most of the houses in Park Güell were never built so it ended up as a public park instead!

Only two of the houses originally planned for the estate were built. One of these houses was where Antoni Gaudi decided to live.

Gaudi’s Home

Today, Gaudí’s old home is now the Gaudí House Museum; the other home built is Casa Trias House.

Casa Trias House

The main viewing area is built on the Montaña Pelada: a concave terrain shaped like an amphitheater with views of Barcelona and the sea.

The Rocky Safari at Park Guell

Visiting Park Güell: Tips & Information

Who Designed Park Güell?

Park Guell was designed by the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí who also designed Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, and the Sagrada Familia.

The park was inspired by English landscape gardens.

What To See in Park Güell

As with so many of Gaudí’s projects, Parc Guell is a tribute to nature.

Me and my sister at the Hypostyle Room

Today, it joins the list as a World Heritage Site as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Main Entrance

Although there are multiple entrances, the most impressive entrance is via a grand staircase guarded by a mosaic-tiled dragon!

Since Park Guell was originally intended to be a gated residential development, the entrance is grand and Gaudí’s home was built within sight to lure in buyers.

Park Guell renovations in 2019

As you can see, there was quite a bit of construction work being done to restore Park Güell at the time of my visit.

Luckily for you, the Parc Güell restoration project concluded in August 2020, one year after my visit.

Gaudí’s House Museum

 This building was the official residence of Antoni Gaudí for almost 20 years, from 1906 until the end of 1925.

Gaudí House Museum

Take note that entrance into Graudí’s House Museum is not included in your standard entrance ticket to visit Park Güell. You’ll need a separate ticket to enter the museum.

Casa Trias

Casa Trias is private property

Casa Trias is private property closed to the public.

It is occupied by the descendants of the lawyer Marti Trias who originally lived in the house.

Free Entry Points vs. The Monumental Area

There are sections of Park Guell that can be access for free (Free Entry Area), while the more popular sections are reserved for those who pay to enter.

The restricted section (Paid Entry Area) is home to the monuments and sculptures.

Sunrise at Park Guell

The mosaic seats are located within the Paid Entry area.

The Gingerbread Gatehouse

The two buildings shown below are located at the entrance of Park Guell. This is where you can get tickets to enter the monumental zone.

Gingerbread Houses at Park Guell

In the photo below, you can see the Porter’s Lodge Pavilion near the entrance.

Porter’s Lodge Pavilion

The gingerbread-style houses have roofs made of trencadís tiles.

Selfie at the Gingerbread Gatehouse

The Large Organic Columns

These large organic columns are made of stone.

The large organic columns

This was one of the three viaducts located within the park. These were originally created by Antoni Gaudí to allow carriages to easily facilitate the transportation of visitors. Now visitors can walk within them.

Gaudí’s Ceramic Mosaics

The dragon staircase is another iconic location from the Cheetah Girls 2 movie.

Mosaics at Park Guell

The trencadís-style sculptures were so colorful and fun to see in real life.

Parc Guell famous staircase from the Cheetah Girls 2 movie

The Hypostyle Room

The Hypostyle Hall was finished in 1907 and has 86 columns.

My family at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Me and my sister walking through the Hypostyle columns
The Hypostyle Room

The columns support the famous mosaic seating which rests atop the Hypostyle Room!

The Mosaic Seating

The mosaic seats are perhaps the most iconic of all the monuments within Park Guell.

The mosaic seats at Park Guell

The seats are surprisingly comfortable for a stone bench. Gaudí had a workman drop his pants and sit in soft plaster all along the bench to imprint an anatomical curve, foreshadowing the science of ergonomics by half a century!

Travel blogger at Park Guell

Park Güell FAQ

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Park Guell in Barcelona.

The view of Barcelona from Park Guell

Where Is Park Guell Located?

The main Park Guell entrance is:

Carrer D’Olot
08024 Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell on a map

It is from this entrance that visitors can see the spectacular view of the staircase and the Hypostyle Room.

The entrance of Park Guell

What Are Park Guell’s Operating Hours?

Unfortunately, the park’s hours of operation have changed in recent years.

When I visited Park Guell in 2019, I went in the morning at 7:00 sharp. This was how we got so many photos with the sun rising!

If you’re a tourist, you can enter between the hours of 9:30 AM and 7:30 PM.

Barcelona residents may enter before & after during exclusive viewing times: 7:00-9:30 AM and 7:30-10:00PM. (This changed in 2021).

Can You Still Enter the Monumental Zone for Free in the Morning?

Unfortunately, no. They took away this option in 2021.

How Much Time Do You Need to Visit Park Guell?

If you’re wondering how long to spend at Park Guell, the answer depends on what you are prioritizing.

We spent a total of 1 hour there.

Being artsy at Park Guell

We arrived at 7:00 AM sharp and by 8:00 AM we were leaving.

If you are hoping to explore the entire park, I’d probably suggest you block around 3 hours.

If you’re exclusively going to see the Gaudí section, 1 hour will suffice.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Park Guell?

I used to recommend visiting Park Güell in the early mornings because you could get in for FREE and enjoy the sunrise which made for an amazing photo op! All of the photos of my family visiting Park Güell within this blog post were taken around 8:00 AM.

Unfortunately, the rules changed in 2021 and now Park Güell reserved this time for Barcelona residents ONLY. Tourists can visit between the hours of 9:30 and 7:30 PM.

When to visit Park Guell

Given the change in rules, I recommend tourists still try to visit as early as possible by going closer to 9:30 AM.

Is Park Guell Open to the Public?

Portions of the park are free to visit but tickets are required to enter the monumental zone.

Is Park Guell open to the public

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Park Guell?

At the time of writing, the cost to visit Park Güell with a general ticket is 10 euros.

You can check current pricing on Parc Guell’s official website.

Rocky at Park Guell

Discounts exist for various groups including, but not limited to, the disabled, the elderly, and children. Kids between the ages of 0-6 may enter for free!

Although it costs a little more, I recommend the skip-the-line ticket.

How Can I Buy Tickets to Park Guell in Barcelona?

You can buy Skip the Line tickets with a guided tour of Park Guell here.

How Far Is Park Guell from The Sagrada Familia?

It is about a 35-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride to travel from the Sagrada Familia to Park Güell.

Sagrada Familia to Park Guell map

It’s a bit further from Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. Here are all four places on the map so you can see where they are relative to one another.

Gaudi attractions on the map

When Was Park Guell Built?

Parc Guell was built between the years of 1900 to 1914.

How Big Is Park Güell?

This is one of the largest green areas in Barcelona. It occupies 17 hectares of land. This means Parc Guell occupies more than 40 acres of land.

The mosaic

How Many Homes Were Supposed to Be Built in Parc Güell?

It was intended to have sixty single-family residences. Since it was unsuccessful, the park became city property in 1923.

What do You Wear to Park Güell?

There is no formal dress code. Comfortable clothing and footware is recommended since you’ll be climbing stairs and walking around a large park.

Did the Cheetah Girls Actually Go to Barcelona?

Yes! The entire film (surprisingly even the New York City scenes) was shot in Barcelona, Spain during the spring of 2006.

The Cheetah Girls 2 movie

This blog’s article explains all of the different places in Barcelona that the Cheetah Girls visited.

Where Did they Film the Cheetah Girls 2?

The entire film was recorded in Barcelona, Spain.

Where are the Cheetah Girl Steps in Barcelona?

The Cheetah Girl steps are at Parc Güell. These are the very same steps the Cheetah Girls strut down.

My family on vacation in Barcelona

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