Park Güell is one of Barcelona's iconic landmarks due to its architectural and historical heritage, as well as its value as a natural and biodiversity site. The park contains two large areas:
- The monumental area, declared as a world heritage site. 1.7 of which are in the restricted area (only 9% of the total surface area).
- The adjacent woodland area covering 8 more hectares.
All of Park Güell is open and freely accessible to Barcelona residents, but since 2013, entrance to part of the monumental area has been restricted, to avoid overcrowding by tourists.
The restriction limits the maximum number of people allowed inside to 800 visitors per hour, and requires an entrance ticket to get in. Visitors must pay for this ticket, except for members of the Gaudir Més programme; registering for this programme allows free entrance, without having to pay the corresponding entrance fee
Local residents registered as living in the neighbourhoods of La Salut, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Coll, Can Baró and El Carmel also have the right to apply for a free-access card. They can apply for the card by calling 010, via the municipal website or in person, at the Citizen Help and Information Offices in Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó.
Children from schools located inside the park and in its immediate surroundings —Baldiri Reixac, Reina Elisenda, Cor de Maria, Jesuïtes de Gràcia, Petit Virolai, Turó del Cargol and Escola Montseny— have the right to apply for up to ten free-access tickets to the restricted area.
Antoni Gaudí, world heritage
The procedure allows the card to be requested to residents of the neighborhoods adjacent to Park Güell.