» The pressure path, the biodiversity route, children’s playgrounds and Sant Salvador Fountain will also be revamped, as well as the park entrance at Forat del Vent and the stairs linking this entrance and the Coll neighbourhood.
» In the area surrounding the monument complex, the Pompeu Fabra stairs will be restored, the slope of La Glòria will be conditioned and accessibility to the park entrance will be improved to revive the area as a scenic viewpoint and leisure space.
The Barcelona City Council is allocating a total of 4,462,444.01 euros to maintenance, restoration and improvement actions on the architectural heritage of Park Güell and the surrounding area. The works are planned in a project package that is framed within the actions carried out by the City Council to ensure the good condition and conservation of access routes.
Concretely, the green light was given to seven projects, which comprise part of those managed by the company Barcelona Serveis Municipals (BSM) and commissioned by the City Council, within the framework of regulating entry to the grounds, and driven forward jointly with the Ecology, City Planning and Mobility Division, and the districts of Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó. The overall package has funding of 10.6 million euros.
The objective of the plan is to improve how visitor flows are managed and to promote the restoration and handling of Antoni Gaudí’s sensitive materials, recognised as UNESCO World Heritage for the city. As a consequence of the regulation implemented on 25 October 2013, the regulated area of the Park Güell monument complex dropped from an estimated nine million visitors in 2012 to 2,761,439 visitors in 2015.
Hypostile Hall, Sarva Fountain, Baix viaduct and Nature Square
With regard to the monument area, 1,237,715.69 euros were allocated to a project to work on the features that comprise part of the heritage and monuments of Park Güell. The estimated start date for the actions is September 2017, and the execution period is 16 months.
The Sarva Fountain will be remodelled and opened, which is located on the enclosure wall of the Hypostile Hall and is presently not open to the public. After the fountain has been completely renovated and improvements made to the entrance and lighting, this space will be open to visitors again.
The restoration process of the inside domes will be finished in the Hypostile Hall. Along with the already completed work on the medallions, the original design will be visible again, with optimal aesthetic and architectural conditions. Further, the hatch on the ground of the hall and the inner access staircase from the tank will be replaced by a new larger and more hydraulic entry system and a new inner staircase that will make access easier.
The outside part of the bench in the monument complex will be restored through a comprehensive overhaul of the trencadis mosaic pieces. Materials and processes employed in other areas of the park will be used under the criteria set by the Architectural Heritage Department of the Urban Ecology Division. The structure of the railings will be reinforced, to recover their original appearance.
Sant Salvador Fountain and the Forat del Vent
Another of the approved projects plans for the improvement and enhancement of the Sant Salvador Fountain and the surroundings, in the wooded area, which has a budget of 598,962.27 euros (with VAT) and works are scheduled to start in April and take six months. The entire fountain will be restored, including the front and side facings, ceramics, pipes and basin, the paving and coating, respecting the current materials and finishes.
Work will also be done on the stone flooring in the entrance area at Forat del Vent, where puddling occurs when it rains due to its worn down and poor condition at present. The original level of the slope of the ground will be recovered to attain suitable draining of water. And the stairs connecting Forat del Vent and the Coll neighbourhood will be restored, making the steps more even and more comfortable for users.
Sealing of Nature Square and the Hypostile Hall
There is a budget of 944.209,11 (VAT included) for repairing the sealing and collection of water in Nature Square at Park Güell. Works are scheduled to start in March and finish some six months later. Concretely, a new drainage system will be constructed to collect rainwater from the surface of the square and the roof of the Hypostile Hall will be waterproofed. This new system will be connected to the existing rainwater network that conducts water to the tank located under Hypostile Hall.
The pressure path, children’s playgrounds and biodiversity route
Still within the monument complex, 1,006,556.94 euros will be allocated to the pressure path, children’s playgrounds and biodiversity route. Works will start in January 2018 and take some nine months. On the pressure path (camí de la Pressió), entry 1 will be modified to eliminate the existing change in altitude and make it accessible, and a new section will be defined to visually improve the appearance. The width will be extended to at least 2 metres, the slope will be continuous along the entire route and the surface of the path will be renovated.
With regard to the two children’s playgrounds at the bottom of the park, the paths will be resurfaced with more water resistant flooring and the cracked stone tiles will be repaired. The section of stairs between the two areas will also be renovated and the lower section of the path will be redesigned to accommodate maintenance vehicles. The occasion will be taken advantage of to redefine the lower terraces, increasing the capacity of the area and equipping the area with a rainwater drainage network.
And on the biodiversity route, the ground will be excavated to then install new flooring made up of natural earth and stone tiles. There are plans to delimit the entire route by placing tree trunks on the upper and lower sides and plant different shrubs and plants, to prevent surface runoff and soil erosion. Finally, handrails will be installed to block pedestrians from wandering off the route toward the top recreation area and children’s playground.
Stairs on Avinguda de Pompeu Fabra and La Glòria descent
With respect to the surroundings of the monument complex, the stairs on Avinguda de Pompeu Fabra have been allocated funds of €173,157.86 to restore the steps, sections, landings, rails and lateral containment walls. And on La Glòria descent, conditioning works will be done and several services will be buried that are currently aboveground along the escalators, for a total investment of €112,077.46. All these works will take approximately three months, after having a call for tender.
To finish, accessibility to the Park Güell entrance will be improved, revamping it as a scenic viewpoint and recreation area. The budget is €390,101.74 and the works should take four months, after tendering the works.]]>
B:SM (Barcelona Serveis Municipals) has taken charge of the project, during which a team of restorers has removed the original trencadís glass covering of the medallions, and has divided them into 24 pieces. There has been structural, cleaning and adaptation works that have allowed the discovery of the very different materials that Jujol used to create them: wineglasses feet, bottle caps or perfume bottles are some examples.
Once the works have been finished, made with materials previously tested by the Materials Laboratory of the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, these fragments have been placed back in the exact location they were taken from. This way, they have recovered the different lights and shadows that can be seen in the Hypostyle Room depending on the time of day created by the glass covering of the medallions.
This project is one of several maintenance and improvement works that Barcelona Serveis Municipals, commissioned by Barcelona City Council, is doing in Park Güell as well as its surrounding areas.]]>
Over the course of 2015, the Park Güell Monumental Zone had a total of 2,761,439 visitors, entailing a reduction of the tourist overcrowding existing before regulation, where this figure reached 9 million visitors per year. The pressure to which Park Güell was subjected before regulation increased year after year progressively. For this reason, in 2013 the process of partial regulation was started (approximately 8% of its total area), with the aim of guaranteeing the conversation of the architectural heritage.
The tourist regulation of Park Güell is done in the Park’s most vulnerable area, known as the Monumental Zone, based on previous capacity studies conducted in 2010. The operating rules established distribute the load throughout the day, with a cap of 400 visitors each half hour, letting the Park be managed under conservation criteria, decreasing pressure in the surrounding area and creating a suitable visitor experience.
Since the start-up of the regulation, the Park Güell Monumental Zone has become more balanced and the flows of people better rationalised. The peak months of tourist volumes to the Park Güell Monumental Zone in 2015 were focused in spring and summer, with 300,000 visitors during the months of July and August. On the other extreme, the months with the fewest visitors are in winter, especially January, which had some 150,000 visitors.
Profile of the individual visitor
During 2015, there was an extremely significant increase in the number of visitors who planned their visit and bought tickets in advance on the website www.parkguell.cat. In total, 51% of visitors bought their tickets in advance.
Among the visitors who bought their tickets directly at the Park Güell ticket offices, statistical data were collected that assist us with shaping a general visitor profile. Among the most significant data, we would like to point out that almost half of visitors travelled to the Park on the metro (46%), followed by city buses (32%) and the tourist bus (12%). To a lesser degree, visitors arrived on foot (5%), in taxi (3%) and in cars (2%).
With regard to the origin of visitors who bought tickets at ticket offices, it is very diverse and the results are therefore very distributed. At the top of the list are Italy, France and Latin America, with 15%, 13% and 10%, respectively. Users from other European countries were also prominent, including the British (8%), Germans (6%), Russians (5%) and Belgians and Dutch (5%). Spain is included in the statistics for this block of countries, with a representation of 7%. There is also a large presence of other European countries (8%). These data only represent the origin of visitors who bought their tickets in situ, at Park Güell, and do not consider those who bought them on the website, on which there is a greater prominence of countries like the United States, Canada, Germany, Korea and Japan.
Almost half of those interviewed bought their tickets at the offices located on Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya (48%). The second most popular choice was the ticket office on Carretera del Carmel (30%) and, finally, 22% bought their tickets at the office on Carrer d’Olot.
Agencies and organised groups
Regarding visitors from agencies and group tours, at the close of 2015 a total of 5618 registered tour operators were tallied, representing a year-on-year growth of 78.24%. The origin of the agencies that visited the Park Güell Monumental Zone was analysed, excluding school groups and agencies that only made a single booking. The latter were considered as not representative, as these agencies did not make ongoing bookings.
Within Spain, of the 369 agencies taken into account, 254 came from Catalonia. This figure represents 68.83%. Of this total number, 58.54% came from the province of Barcelona and 17.89% from Madrid. In third place was the province of Girona, whose 31 agencies represent 8.40% of the total. Other noteworthy origins were Malaga and Tarragona.
Despite the fact that the number of agencies in Barcelona is higher than those from Madrid, it is the latter that contributed a larger number of visitors (45.61% of visitors from state-run agencies), followed by those from Barcelona, with 36.46%. In third place, the agencies from the Balearic Islands contributed 6.10% of visitors.
Compared to other countries, it merits mention that Spanish agencies represented 64%, followed by those from France (7%), Belgium (4%) and Great Britain (4%). With regard to the contribution of visitors, the majority came from Spanish agencies (83.26%). Following at a great distance were Swiss agencies (4.51%), British (3.45%) and French (2.23%) agencies.
‘Park Güell and Schools’ programme
During 2015, a total of 66,178 students participated in the programme from the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years, 59,470 of whom had free entries and 6708 who had free tickets with guided tours.
Regarding the origin of these students, as the programme has a European scope, the country that requested the most visits under this programme was France. Thus, 42% of the requests received were from French schools. This country surpasses those from Spain, which came in second, with 33%. This percentage translates into a different of 142 requests less compared to France.
Neighbours and surrounding schools
In the action plan, a basic strategic line is kept to keep ensuring that Park Güell will remain a meeting place for neighbours and residents, and not merely natural and architectural heritage that attracts a large number of tourists. During its history, Park Güell has been a place for meeting up and citizen participation, an important identifying symbol for the people of Barcelona but, above all, for the neighbours in the surrounding neighbourhoods. For this reason, actions have been carried out to ensure access and free traffic flows through the regulated area by the seven surrounding schools, as well as for the residents of the five adjoined neighbourhoods. In this regard, in 2015 over 132,000 residents and students have freely walked through the Monumental Zone in their daily journeys or have used the area as a leisure space, representing 4.8% of total visitors.
•Boys and girls attending the schools of Baldiri Reixac, Reina Elisenda, Cor de Maria, Jesuïtes de Gràcia, Petit Virolai, Turó del Cargol and the Montseny School have the right to request up to 10 free access cards to the Monumental Zone. The seven schools involved had received a total of 8901 cards at the end of 2015.
•Residents registered in the neighbourhoods of Carmel, El Coll, Vallcarca-Penitents, La Salut and Can Baró also have the right to request free access cards. The procedure can be done easily by ringing 010, on the municipal website or in person at the Citizen Information and Service Offices of Horta-Guinardó and Gràcia. At the end of 2015, a total of 40,300 cards had been distributed, which translates into approximately 50% of people who have the right to request a card, due to being registered as residents of these neighbourhoods.
Moreover and during 2015, Park Güell tallied a total of 102.643 people registered with the ‘Gaudir Més’ cultural programme (Enjoy More). The programme lets users have a free daily ticket for visiting the Monumental Zone, among other advantages. Gaudir Més is totally free and is open to all residents. To register, interested parties just need to go into the Barcelona City Council's Citizen Services Office and, seven days later, they can start using and benefiting from its advantages. During 2015, an average of 10 people signed up for this programme visited the Monument Hub for free each day.
The regulation model, which only affects 7.9% of the total area of the Park, has led to making progress in the goal of resolving the space’s sustainability and overcrowding challenges and improving visitors’ experience, taking different sensibilities into account, as well as the Park’s multiplicity of uses and the singularity of this exceptional space. In this regard, an action plan and the execution of works have been started up for the architectural and natural heritage and the whole Park Güell setting.
Les visites guiades en català s'oferiran tots els caps de setmana i festius a partir del mes de juny, així com la sessió inaugural de dilluns 16 de maig a les 12,15h, aprofitant la festivitat local de la Segona Pasqua. Aquestes visites, dirigides als visitants locals, amplien l'oferta existent en d'altres idiomes que el Park Güell ofereix tots els dies de la setmana.
Els veïns dels 7 barris adjacents al Park Güell així com els membres del registre cultural Gaudir Més tenen l'entrada gratuïta a la Zona Monumental i només han d'abonar la visita guiada amb un cost de 7€ per persona. Els veïns o membres del Gaudir Més interessats en aquestes visites en català poden enviar un correu electrònic a firstname.lastname@example.org, on es confirmarà la reserva per ordre de recepció de sol·licituds. Les places són limitades fins a omplir els grups.
La resta de visitants que no disposin de targeta de veí o no estan inscrits al Gaudir Més, poden comprar les seves entrades mitjançant la pàgina web www.parkguell.cat, escollint l'opció "Zona Monumental + Visita guiada".]]>
To select the winners for this award, TripAdvisor uses its own algorithm that assesses the quantity and quality of opinions posted on the site by travellers over the last 12 months, as well as the popularity index.The decision totally depends therefore on users’ opinions.Being awarded this Certificate demonstrates the Park’s undeniable artistic and architectural quality, highlights the satisfaction of visitors, and recognises the high quality of tourism management that promotes the conservation of our heritage and the environment.
Visitors came mainly from Spain (9%), Indonesia (7%), Brazil (6%), the US (5%), the UK (4%) and the rest of the world (69%).
The Park also received the 2014 Traveller's Choice Award as the best site within the Parks category, which certifies it as the top park in Europe. This means Park Güell is the best rated in Europe, based on the maximum number of positive comments.
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The regulation model, which only affects 7.9% of the total area of the Park, has led to making progress in the goal of resolving the space’s sustainability and overcrowding challenges and improving visitors’ experience, taking different sensibilities into account, as well as the Park’s multiplicity of uses and the singularity of this exceptional space.In this regard, a global action plan has been deployed to improve the conservation of the entire Park Güell and the surrounding area.
Since regulation started and through 30 September, the Monument Area of Park Güell has had 2,377,920 visitors, balancing and rationalising the inflow of general public compared to the nine million visitors that Park Güell dealt with in 2012. The total number of visitors represents an occupation of 68.33% of total Park capacity.Group visits account for 20.42% of visitors to Park Güell and 4.85% enter for free (local card for the elderly or disabled, schools and Gaudir+BCN and children 0-6 years old).
The origin of visitors is distributed as follows:
Visitors from Catalonia, without counting neighbours, represent 0.51%, with 6% visitors from the rest of Spain. With respect to Europe, 20.74% come from European Union countries and 2.67% from the rest of countries, excluding Russia, which represents 7.48% of total visitors.Across the pond, Park Güell receives 29.71% visitors from Latin America, while 9.34% come from the United States and 8.82% from Canada.The remaining 14.73% are tourists from other parts of the world.
The Park Güell app has become well established and has jumped to holding 5th place as the municipal’s most popular app, with 47,726 downloads to September.The application, which provides a complete guided tour of the Monument Area, is available in seven languages.The English version is the most downloaded, with 23,877 users, or 50% of the total.The operating system employed is mainly the IOS, which represents 67% of downloads.
In addition, 123,760 neighbours have passed through the Monument Area (5.6% of the daily number of people who visit Park Güell).They are residents of the neighbourhoods of Carmel, El Coll, Vallcarca-Penitents, La Salut and Can Baró, who have free and open access by displaying a card, which 38,111 people have requested, as well as members of the school community, for whom 8386 cards have been issued for both students and other authorised persons at schools in the area around the Park.
Moreover, registering for Gaudir+BCN has let another 3582 people enter the Park for free, an average of 10.5 people per day.
During the 2013-14 academic year, 65,104 boys and girls from 1502 schools visited the Monument Area through the ‘Park Güell and Schools’ programme, whose goal is to ensure access and encourage cultural visits to this iconic space.Of all schools, 22% were from the city of Barcelona and 87.2% chose a free visit, while the rest picked guided tours at a discounted price.For the upcoming school year, 483 requests for 22,353 visitors have been received, 32% of the total from last year, which represents a significant increase.
The opening hours of the Park Güell Monument Area are from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm in autumn and winter, and it varies the rest of the year depending on the hours of sunlight.Thus, from 1 May to 14 September, opening hours are from 8 am to 9 pm; and from 24 March to 30 April and 15 September and 26 October, the Park is open from 8 am to 8 pm]]>
Park Güell set up free entry via the main gate at Carrer d'Olot from 9:30 pm, and the main event was held in the yard of the Baldiri i Reixac school, in two 35 minute sessions, one at 10:00 pm and the other at 11:00 pm.
Apart from being able to visit the Casa del Guarda (Caretaker's House), one of the few examples of modest houses planned by Gaudí, Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA) and B:SM organised a night show similar to the celebrations staged in Park Güell at the beginning of the 20th century.
Under the title Breath. Music, Dance and Literature in Barcelona During the Twenties, those present could enjoy the youthful pieces for piano composed by Manel Blancafort and played by Blanca Soler accompanied by Marc Egea on hurdy-gurdy viola and taragot. The traditional dance troupe of the Centre Moral d'Arenys de Munt, directed by Carles Marpons, interpreted the musical pieces, while the actress Gemma Sangerman lent voice to the authors who have written about this place: Rusiñol, Rodoreda and Carner.
On the occasion of the 25th Week of the Elderly of Gràcia, promoted and organised by the district itself through the Department for the Elderly, Park Güell set up a special entrance arrangement so that the various civic centres and associations could make their representations. A total of over 400 persons attended the day, with entertainment by the presenter Pep Callau and performances of jazz, ballroom dancing, country music and dancing, tai-tchi and yoga, among others.
The day began at 9:00 am and ended at 2:00 pm, with a master class in dancing in which the participating associations making provision for the elderly took part: Pensionistes i Jubilats La Sedeta, Casal d’avis Montmany, Espai de Gent Gran La Violeta, Casal d’avis Penitents, Casal d’avis i residència Siracusa, Casal de barri Cardener, Associació de Gent Gran Pau Casals, Espai Gent Gran del Centre Cívic El Coll-La Bruguera, Cercle La Salle and La Lliga Reumatològica.
The Week forms part of the Active Ageing Programme of the Gràcia District, presented as a District Government Measure on 14 March 2013.
The participants and accompanying assistants were issued with a specific accreditation that allowed them to enter Park Güell via the two preferential entrances set up for the occasion.
Since April, this souvenir coin has been on sale from a machine located beside the Carretera del Carmel ticket office.
The price of the coin is € 3, and it bears on one side a picture of the well-known monumental flight of steps (one of the pictures most often taken by visitors), and on the back the stamp of "Monnaie de Paris". The coin is made of 100% solid gold and measures 35 mm in diameter.
Park Güell thus joins institutions such as the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and FC Barcelona by offering a new iconic coin for collectors.
Within the framework of this programme, European Community schools have two entry modalities for visiting the Monumental Zone:
-open and free of charge (with reservation in advance); or
-guided visit and reservation of coach parking space for € 62/group. These visits are arranged by the educational services of Barcelona History Museum and are offered in four languages (Catalan, Spanish, French and English).
State-syllabus schools (nursery, primary and secondary, sixth form and middle and upper vocational training) in the European Union must contact the Visitor Attention Service of Park Güell by email at email@example.com. They will be provided with a form they have to fill in and send back with the school stamp and stating the date and time they wish to visit. Park Güell will send them a confirmation of reservation together with tickets so that they can enter as an organised group without having to pass by the Park ticket office.
Between 25 October 2013 and 30 April 2014, a total of 61,007 pupils and students (from 1,374 schools) have visited Park Güell by means of this school programme.