If you want to visit Sala Hipòstila within Park Güell, purchase tickets in advance online. It’s best to buy them a few days prior as they tend to sell out.
Good to know
Most of Park Güell is free to the public. You will only need tickets for the Greek Theatre and Sala Hipòstila (the famous mosaic benches from which you’ll have a wonderful view over the city).
Late afternoon has the best lighting.
Recommended time of the year
I would avoid the height of the summer as it will be very hot, but any other time of the year will be nice.
Most of the park is free. Skip Sala Hipòstila if you are on a budget.
About This Day
This family-friendly itinerary explores one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions: Park Güell. A lush, green oasis outside the main city center, Park Güell is perfect for kids. The playful architecture allows for lots of exploration and invites fun games of hide-and-seek. Pick up picnic supplies at Forn Baluard, Barcelona’s best bakery, and enjoy a fun morning or afternoon walking the grounds of Park Güell. When you need a break, let your kids play in the park’s playground and enjoy the mouthwatering baked goods you brought along. Your family will love this relaxed day out.
Forn Baluard is one of the best bakeries in Barcelona. Their bread is well known throughout the city and our hosts at yök Casa + Cultura served it for breakfast every morning. It’s delicious. Forn Baluard has a few locations throughout the city, with this one being the biggest. Stop by in the morning and buy a few sandwiches for a picnic lunch. Their pastries are also very good. This location also has a sit-down restaurant if you fancy breakfast.
TIP Parts of the bakery are visible from the outside and my son enjoyed watching the bakers go about their job.
Park Güell is undoubtedly one of the biggest Barcelona attractions. Famed for its colorful mosaic tiles and playful architecture, it’s also fun for kids. My son loved running around the many columns and exploring the lush vegetation throughout the park. I am sure to him everything must have looked like a magical wonderland.
DIRECTIONS Take the bus up to Mirador Virolai, which is an observation point above Park Güell. It’s a great starting point for exploring Gaudi’s famous park, since you are starting at the top of the mountain and only have to walk down. Bus V17 goes almost all the way up to Mirador Virolai from Forn Baluard (but there are other options, too). The ride takes about 25 min and then it’s a 7-min walk to Mirador Virolai.
TIP As you are walking downhill, keep an eye on your little ones so they don’t fall. It can get steep at times.
Park Güell Playground
21 Carrer de Sant Josep Cottolengo, Barcelona
This lovely playground is hidden away from the tourist parts of Park Güell. Take a break from the sightseeing and let your kids run wild. It’s also a nice spot for a picnic because it’s a lot less busy than the rest of the park.
DIRECTIONS As you working downhill, make a left turn before you get to Casa Museu Gaudi. Follow the road until you get to some stairs on your right. Walk down the stairs underneath one of Gaudi’s overpasses. The playground is going to be on your left.
Sala Hipòstila sits atop the Room of a Hundred Columns and within the part of Park Güell that requires an entry fee. It’s home to the famous mosaic benches that snake around the plaza. From Sala Hipòstila you have beautiful views of Barcelona and the colorful gatehouses of Park Güell.