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Park Guell Regulation Policy and Rules to Access to the Regulated Zone

Park Guell Regulation Policy

Park Güell in Barcelona is a major tourist attraction that stands as symbol of Catalan culture, and heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site draws close to 9 million visitors annually. To curb the problems that arise out of mass tourism, especially with respect to conservation of heritage, the Barcelona City Council implemented a new regulation policy.

Park Güell Regulation Policy

In October 2013, Barcelona City Council implemented a new regulation policy that would conserve the cultural zone.

Park Guell Regulation

The policy had to fulfill two goals:

  1. Protect, study and promote Gaudí's work, as established in UNESCO's requirements, and to offer a high-quality visiting experience.
  2. Allow the park has to remain an urban park, that would remain as a space for the community, and even a place for individual and collective memories.

As per the policy, access to the Monumental Zone, which represents 7.9 percent of the total area of the park, was restricted. Purchasing a ticket would allow visitors access to 12 hectares of the park. The rest of the park can be accessed for free.

Why Is Park Guell Regulated?

Park Guell is divided into two large zones, the monumental zone that spreads over 12 hectares, and the forest Area, located adjacent to the monumental zone, which occupies 8 more hectares.

Visitors can access the whole of Park Güell. The access regulation policy only regulates the entrance to the monumental area, which was declared a World Heritage Site. This regulation was important as the huge influx of tourists visiting Park Guell was putting a strain on coexistence and also preventing the conservation of heritage.

Park Guell, which was designed originally as an exclusive development for 60 homes, was never meant to handle the strain of having 9 million visitors per year. The regulation policy was intended to reduce overcrowding, and make room for the conservation of heritage, and make managing green areas easier.

The regulation limits the capacity to a maximum of 1400 visitors per hour and requires entry to access it. 

How To Access The Regulated Monumental Zone?

Park Guell Regulation
Park Guell Regulation

Rules for Visiting Regulated Zone

Purchase tickets online: It would be best to purchase tickets online. You can also purchase tickets from the venue, but there is a chance you might not get one for immediate visit.

Reach on time: Arrive on time and the tickets entitle visitors to enter Park Güell on the date and within the time allotted on the ticket.

30-minute entry: Tickets allow entry into the Park for 30 minutes after the time-slot reserved.

Entry for locals: Local residents and/or those who have an accreditation card will have to show it at the entrance check point and provide documentation proving ownership of the document.

Minors: Those under the age of 14 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Picnic rules: You can have picnics in the zones designated within Park Guell. Use the wastepaper baskets in order to help keep the Park clean.

Photography rules: Visitors are not allowed to take photographs for professional or commercial purposes.

Voice amplification devices: Use of megaphones, speakers or any voice-amplification devices is not allowed inside the premises.

Benefits of the Park Guell Regulation Policy

The money raised by this restricted access is reinvested in the park, in the form of various projects that would help improve and renovate green areas, viewpoints, paths and play areas. Thus the regulated zone helps directly towards the conservation and protection of unique artistic and cultural heritage.

Visitors are now able to explore the historic area without having to deal with throngs of people. One can choose to be accompanied by a guide or use the app that serves as audio guide for a truly enriching experience.

The local residents can access the park for free everyday, allowing it to exist as a space where people can relax and enjoy nature.




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Frequently Asked Questions About Park Guell

Why does Park Guell have a regulation policy?

The regulation policy was intended to reduce overcrowding, and make room for the conservation of heritage, and make managing green areas easier.

How to access Park Guell's regulated monumental zone?

Residents in neighborhoods adjacent to Park Güell (La Salut, Vallcarca-Penitents, El Coll, Can Baró, El Baix Guinardó, and El Carmel) can access it with the card for the neighborhood. However tourists need to purchase tickets in advance to access the area.

What are Park Guell's opening hours?

Park Guell is open every day from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM.

Is there an admission fee to enter Park Guell?

Yes, a fee is required to enter the Monumental Zone, which includes the famous Gaudi structures. Online booking is recommended.

Can I bring food and drinks into Park Guell?

No, outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park. There are on-site cafeterias and food vendors available.

Are pets allowed in Park Guell?

Pets are not allowed in the park, with the exception of service animals.

Can I take photos inside Park Guell?

Yes, visitors are allowed to take photos for personal use only. Professional photography requires a permit.

What are the regulations regarding smoking inside the park?

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of Park Guell, including outdoor spaces.