Activity: Park Guell. Metro Stop: Alfonso X Station. Cost: 10.00€/adult, 7.00€/7-12, under 6 free. Hours: 8:30-5:30
Park Guell was beautiful and super kid friendly! Antoni Gaudi designed this mosaic-filled park intending to house Barcelona’s elite, but none of the rich people wanted to live outside the city center. Though it failed as a housing development, it enjoys wild success as a park. So wild, that you will need a timed ticket to ensure entry and you will be fighting all the other tourists snapping pictures to actually get close enough to the mosaics to examine them. It’s best to come right when the park opens at 8:30. Note: the actual name is Park Guell, not Parque Guell. For some reason Gaudi wanted the name to be in English.
If you buy a timed ticket and print it off, there’s a free shuttle that leaves from Alfonso X Station. To find the shuttle, exit the bus stop and look for the blue bus. Don’t get distracted by the churro stand. Or do, but you might miss your bus! You need your park entry ticket either printed or on your phone to board. Save yourself a 2 mile sweaty uphill walk and take the nice air-conditioned bus.