In October 2013, Barcelona City Council restricted access to the Monumental Area of Park Güell, with the primary objective of preserving this emblematic city area, which is a UNESCO heritage site, and keep it in the best possible state of conservation.
On one hand, the idea is to protect, study and provide information about Gaudí's work for humanity, as established in UNESCO's requirements, and provide a high-quality visiting experience.
On the other hand, the park has to remain an urban park, a place for the community and even a place for individual and collective memories.
A ticket is required to visit 1.7 hectares of the Park's total surface area of 19 hectares. This area is considered to be the most vulnerable part, and in order to protect it, regulations were established to control the number of people entering. Enjoying the rest of the park is totally free of charge.
The money raised by this restricted access is reinvested in the park, through various projects to improve and renovate green areas, viewpoints, paths and play areas. Etc.
Local residents in the neighbourhoods around Park Güell (El Coll, Vallcarca-Penitents, La Salut, El Carmel and Can Baró) enjoy free access every day of the year, by using a personal, non-transferable card. Registered residents of these neighbourhoods can apply for a card on the City Council website (online procedures) or by calling 010. They can also go to the Citizen Help and Information Offices in Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó or Plaça de Sant Miquel.
The Gaudir Més cultural register also offers free access to the restricted area to all its members. For further information: www.barcelona.cat/gaudirmes/en
Income reinvestment/Improvements in the Park
The money obtained from ticket sales in the restricted monumental area is used to carry out improvement work, both inside Park Güell and in the surrounding area.
The size of the park and its various green areas, the fragility of its architectural heritage and the millions of people who visit it every year all mean that a large amount of economic resources have to be invested in keeping this Heritage of Humanity site in good condition.
For example, Plaça de la Natura has recently been completely renovated, as has the Sant Salvador Fountain and the area around it, the biodiversity path has been recuperated and in the coming months, improvement work will also begin on the Hypostyle Room and other historic features.
Monumental axis has its own rate an schedule.