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Which Tower Is Best to Visit at the Sagrada Família?

Antoni Gaudí's most ambitious project is still unfinished almost a century after his death. Only 2 of the stunning Sagrada Família's trinity of towers are complete and open to the public ─ the Nativity façade and Passion façade. Which is most worth the visit?

Architecture

Gaudí fans will find his influence most striking in the vibrant Nativity tower. The Passion tower is less ornate, possessing a more earnest Gothic charm.

Religion

As the names suggest, each tower is religiously symbolic. The joyous Nativity faces the sunrise away from the Passion's starving, skeletal form.

View

The Passion tower is the taller of the two. Unfortunately the Nativity tower opens too late to catch the sunrise, but its view is more diverse, if less spectacular.

Access

Both towers have elevators to the top, if you don't have the legs for stairs, but be warned - only the Passion tower has an elevator back down again!

Crowds

The Nativity tower is generally less busy as no groups are allowed up. However, if you really don't like crowds, stay outside and see the building illuminated at night instead!

Our insider tips

How to Get There?

The simplest way to get to the Sagrada Família is by metro. Hop off at the conveniently named Sagrada Família metro stop!

When to Visit?

The Sagrada Família is always crowded, but the queues will be at their shortest in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sunlight's at its most magical anyway!

Buying Tickets

If you're not buying tickets in advance, then prepare to queue for hours! They're easily available online and prices differ depending on which parts you want to access and whether or not you want to include an audio guide or tour. Tickets have a 1-hour admission window, but once inside you can stay until closing time.

How Much Time?

You could easily while away 3 or 4 hours at the Sagrada Família, although you can do it in half that if you have a busy itinerary. Just make sure you book tickets in advance!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open at 9:00 AM. Closing times are: November to February 6:00 PM, April to September 8:00 PM, March and October 7:00 PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to see from the outside, prices for a visit inside start at €15, with options to add guides or tower visits.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Guides and audio guides are available for an added cost when you buy your entrance ticket.
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop!
  • Additional information

    • Please remember that this is a basilica, and polite behavior and quiet voices are expected.

    • Bags, backpacks and suitcases will be checked upon entering the basilica.
      *Visitors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What people are saying about Sagrada Familia

Lena our guide was superb, organized and showed details we appreciated

Our guide, Lena, made all the difference in terms of our appreciation of so much history, art and architecture in construction and stories behind the Sagrada Familia. We would not have been able to catch the significance of so many details without her.

Anna B was my guide and she made the whole experience so theatrical!

As a first time visitor of Barcelona, I knew nothing about Gaudi and Sagrada Familia. I know, call me ignorant but that is the truth. My brother told me we need to book in advance because sometimes tickets sold out! Yes it happened on the day we visited too It is quite unnatural to believe that a famous monumen will run out of tickets but thank god we booked this tour. I see very disappointed tourists everywhere because they didnt book early. Anyway, Anna B was our guide and she is so funny and the way she tells the story of Sagrada Familia really hits my heart and the beauty in her storytelling about the Nativities, Gaudi and the meaning of every single aspect of Sagrada sinks deep and stuck in my head until now. The thing about glass colored windows reflecting all the seasons and how the light is never the same at every hour really amazes me. Anna B is such a great guide My virgin experience with Sagrada will not be the same without her! The tour is quite small in 25 people perfect!

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Farah, 14/05/2018

Our Tour Guide was full of information, enjoyed every minute

what a wonderful tour!! Not only did our guide share lots of history information, she was funny and energetic. We loved every minute of the tour. So much to see.A magnificent place.

Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with Tower Access Reviewed by james, 11/05/2018

Breathtaking, unforgettable experience. Superb!

The tour was excellent and our guide was really first class. We saw amazing things and learned amazing facts. The whole visit was filled with awe and wonder. We will do it all again in a year or two - really special.

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by Sally, 06/05/2018

A very comprehensive English guided tour, highly recommend guide Ann.

Our tour guide Ann is very knowledgable and pleassant, she explained to us in details on every design of the outside structure of the church, how the design reflects the Bible story. She also explained to us the history of the building project, how Gaudi and why he designed the building the way he did... The interior of the church was designed for the people, regardless of their religion, a place to pray and meditate. The interior of the building reflects nature, like a forest under reflection of sunlight, etc. The design of the exterior of the building tells the Bible story, the interior is designed for the people to enjoy, pray, reflect, and meditate. This tour is well worth the money, we gain so much information about the design of the structure, and about Gaudi with the tour, highly recommended.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Victor, 05/05/2018

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