Best Time To Visit Park Guell (Barcelona, Spain)

Park Guell

The Park Guell is located in the city of Barcelona, Spain. It covers 42 acres of space composed of gardens and architectural elements located on Carmel hill. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, it is one of his most impressive projects in Barcelona. Rated as #1 in best things to do in the city of Barcelona, the best time to visit this park is ‘early’. www.travelrows.com

Currently the entry fee and Park tickets cost 7 euros ($8) online, and 8 euros ($9.50) at the park. It is more advisable to get a ticket in advance, especially online; as there as instances of visitors arriving but not being able to be admitted into the park because of capacity restrictions. Visitors are greeted by the park by a long , wavy stone-bench adorned with vibrant mosaics and blessed with spectacular views of the ocean. Most of Park Guell and its famous Gaudi’s lizard is free to be seen; as it is only the monumental zone (situated at its center) that needs to be paid for, and the payment is absolutely worth it.

A bit of Barcelona climate information

Park Guell is situated in the city of Barcelona, and Barcelona has got a Mediterranean climate, which is characteristic of wet spring, winter and autumn seasons. Temperatures are mild, while summers are dry and hot.

Spring

Spring in Park Guell, Barcelona is in March, April and May. And during this time rain falls fairly frequently, with March being the coolest. In March, temperatures range from 48 -60oF, for April 51-64oF, and in May 57-69oF. Equally, you might experience sunny days, as the season of spring in Barcelona changes in precipitation amounts for different years. Cold winds may occur in April, and in May, the air is simply clear, enjoyable and fresh. The appropriate clothing for this season is a raincoat, windbreaker, a light jacket, and an umbrella(Depending on the temperature you’re used to back at home, but nevertheless take extra layers with you).

Summer

Summer begins from the summer solstice in June, and continues till August. The months July and August are usually described as sweltering hot in Barcelona as a whole, and in the afternoons it may feel like being in an oven. It is advisable to arrive in June when temperatures are still pleasantly warm, especially if you are not well adapted to heat. Light summer clothes would be handy and appropriate. The nights get windy too, and oddly, may feel cooler, so bring with you something that can be thrown above the shoudlers, like a sweatshirt or cardigan. Summer temperatures in June are between64-77oF, in July and August 69-82oF.

Fall/Autumn

Autumn months are September, October and November. In September, temps range 19-77oF, October 59-69oF, and in November 51-60oF. Rainfall is at its highest in the autumn and winter seasons. Temperatures drop progressively, and thunderstorms are frequent, especially in early September, when it is still hot. October is more like autumn, as the transition between summer and fall is fully complete this month. Therefore, clothing used this season should be similar to those used during spring; lighter clothes during the day, and extra layers for the nights and mornings.

Winter

Winter is December till February, and is usually a great season in Barcelona. If you’re arriving from the more northern countries, you perception may be that winter is mild. Nevertheless, good and appropriate winter clothing is essential, with warm shoes and boots. Take a lighter jacket alongside your journey, as you may still get some sunny winter days. Temperatures range between 46-55oF in December, in January 42-55oF, and in February 44-57oF.

Best Time To Visit During The Day

As earlier stated, the best time to visit during the day is……early! The park is open every day but depending on the seasons, its opening hours may vary (opens mainly at 08:30 am, other necessary details regarding opening hours are listed below). Park Guell is a lovely place to be on any bright and sunny day in Barcelona, being an attraction for both tourists and locals (with the national and international tourists taking a much higher percentage). Be sure to expect crowds here if you are coming around. On any sunny day the park’s beautiful architecture and how it seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings can be well appreciated. Guided tours are available too (for a ticket fee), to enhance your park experience and engage you with history of the park, as well as its architectural details and stunning mosaic structures. There are trails to be hiked and explored too, so ensure that you come prepared, as some of them are steep and unpaved. Also, you would definitely not miss gazing at the pathways that penetrate the vegetation, through ascending/descending tiled staircases, with jagged stone columns and tunnels.

Things to know

  • Take the appropriate footwear.
  • Book your tickets before arrival on their official website.
  • Bring some water, take a hat and sunscreen if coming in the summer.
  • Arrive early.

Working hours

Winter – Autumn (Beginning October 28 to March 24):

  • From October 28 to December 31:
    08:30 – 18:30 (8.30 am to 6:30 pm). Last entry time at 17:30.
  • From January 1 to March 24:
    08:30 – 18:30 (8.30 am to 6:30 pm)

From February 17 till March 24, hours are extended to 19:00 (7 pm) with last entry time at 18:00 (6 pm). Winter till autumn constitutes the park’s low season, as there isn’t much sunshine.

  • Mid Season (Spring) Beginning March 25 to April 29
    From 08:00 to 20:30 (8 am to 8:30 pm) Last entry time at 19:30.
  • High Season ( Spring – Summer) April 30 to August 26.
    08:00 to 21:30 (8 am to 9.30 pm) Last entry time at 20:30 or 8.30 pm.
  • Mid Season (Summer – Autumn) August 27 to October 27
    08:00 to 20:30 (8 am to 8.30pm). Last entry time at 19:30 or 7.30 pm.
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