Best time to visit Park Guell – early morning, to avoid crowd, for photography

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Barcelona’s Park Guell is a World Heritage site attracting more than ten million tourists every year.

With so many tourists visiting Guell Park every year, one question gets asked quite a lot: “What is the best time to visit Park Guell?”

This is a valid question because so many things can influence your Park Guell experience.

Before we answer the question on the best time to visit Park Guell, we want to share a few important pointers about Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell.

Key things about Park Guell

1. Since Park Guell is a little away from the city, it takes some effort to visit. Everything about Park Guell Metro

2. Park Guell has three entrances. The entrance you get in from decides the route you take inside the park. Check Park Guell’s Map

3. You may land up at the best time to visit Park Guell, but if you spend all your time waiting in the queue to buy tickets, the best time may pass.

We highly recommend that you buy Park Guell tickets in advance (if you buy them online, you save 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay window surcharge).

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Other questions Park Guell visitors have:
1. How to get to Park Guell?
2. How long does it take to tour Park Guell?
3. Is Park Guell Monumental Zone worth it?

Best time to visit Park Guell

The best time to visit Park Guell depends on your expectations from Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece.

Early morning visits are best for free entry

Park Guell is a public park open to everybody. Find out Park Guell’s opening hours

However, a small part (5% to be exact) of the park called Park Guell’s Monumental zone is access controlled.

This part is also known as the Monumental Core and has all of Gaudi’s work.

This is the part of Park Guell which attracts all the tourists.

To restrict access to this part of Park Guell, the park’s security team places the access controls by 8 am.

During the low season, the installation of the access controls is delayed by half an hour – to 8.30 am.

In effect, after 8 am (or 8.30 am depending on the season) you will need to carry tickets to enter the Monumental zone of Park Guell.

If you want to enter for free, the best time to visit Park Guell is before 8 am. You can also enter Park Guell for free at night.

Best time to avoid the crowd in Park Guell

If avoiding the crowd is important for you, the best time to visit Park Guell is by 9 am.

Buy your Park Guell tickets online and be there at the park by 8.30 am. Walk around the free part of Guell Park for half an hour and then enter the Monumental Zone.

During this period the crowd hasn’t picked up yet and your photographs won’t have a lot of people.

Best time to visit Park Guell for photography

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Many photographers spend hours in Antoni Gaudi’s amazing Park Guell. Page Light Studios /

If photography in Park Guell is your prime objective, early morning visits end up being better.

The morning light helps the colorful mosaics in Park Guell come out well in your photographs.

Early morning visits also mean fewer people in your photographs.

The good thing about early morning photography at Park Guell is that you can then reach Sagrada Familia by afternoon.

Afterall, the best photographs of Sagrada Familia can be taken in the late afternoon when the light enters the stained glass at an angle. Best time to visit Sagrada Familia for taking photos

Some photographers prefer to enter Park Guell from the Carmel entrance, which is higher, and walk down snapping photographs.

However, early morning is not the best time to take panoramic shots of the Barcelona City and the sea. For this, we suggest getting into Park Guell at night (and it can be free!).

Buy TicketsBuy Park Guell tickets online!

If you book this ticket online, you save up to 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay ticket window surcharge. You don’t need to stand in a waiting line – so you save time too!

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Recommended Reading
1. Park Guell Guided tours
2. Interesting Park Guell facts
3. Gaudi House Museum – ticket price, how to reach & best times
4. How to go from Sagrada Familia to Park Guell
5. How to go from Park Guell to Sagrada Familia

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