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Worth the walking required. Take the official park tour so as not to miss the more hidden locations and stories behind them. When we visited, you needed to be on a formal tour (from any group) to access the area seen in this picture.
The fact that you have to pay for entrance is a bit of a mickey take (up until 2018 it was free to all). You need no more than 2 hours here and get here early to miss the throngs. Too many people limited accessibility at certain points. The street sellers were every 50m, it spoils the vibe. I wouldn't go back again.
You can buy iced water from vendors here for a euro ... you will need it as it is extremely hot ... and hilly! The park entrance is hard to find if arriving on the hop on/hop off tour bus (and uphill to find it). Easier to get a taxi there! It's very dusty so wear comfortable cheap footwear. Lots of instagrammers posing up a storm at the mosaic benches too, but this has great views and is a nice spot for people watching.
This was my second visit here and considering the fact that it was a very hot day, it was most annoying and irritating that they make you walk through the whole park to get to the viewing point!! It’s a park yet there are locked gates with guards stopping you from having easy access to the steps leading to the top!! This was not like this the first time I visited and spoilt the visit, especially as it was extremely hot.
You can freely roam, but I took up guided tour, and was so glad I did. I learnt about genius infrastructure Gaudi had put in, which I wouldn't have known from just looking. It was like Tokyo Disney Sea, without the rides and better.
It's about a 20 minute walk up a steep hill from the Metro to the Park. If you don't fancy this you should most likely take a taxi. Park itself is well worth a visit. Just emphasizes again the brilliance of Gaudi.