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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

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

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

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

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

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

Our guide was very well versed in all aspects of Sagrata Familia

Through our guide, who was not only historically and architecturally knowledgeable, but also personally invested in this Gaudi masterpiece, I came away with a much greater appreciation for the intent and continuity within the overall design, as well as the intended meaning and back stories behind the numerous and beautifully presented sculptures that adorn the facades. This church is unique in many ways, not the least of which that it was built with no money or influence from Rome, so the hard corners and typically oppressive Catholic symbolism is refreshingly absent. Our guide emphasized this when showing how Gaudi's Nativity Facade included everyday symbols and emotions that illiterate farmers and workers could experience and relate to, in essence bringing the church to the people, as opposed to the threatening/intimidating approach most common to the traditional 'Vatican' Catholic churches. An excellent piece of art without question, but an equally powerful statement on humanity.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Nelson, 16/10/2018

Our tour guide was excellent ! His name is Joseph.

A must see ! Joseph was very friendly and knowledgeable about all the details fo the church.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Jorge Anibal, 10/10/2018

Knowledgeable, informative and amusing guide.

Well organised tour with friendly guide who was extremely knowledgeable. Provided lots of information but in an interesting and humorous way that made everything easier to understand and enjoy. We came away from the tour with a greater understanding not only of the Sagrada Familia but also of Gaudí and his thinking behind his masterpiece. Thanks, would definitely recommend.

Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with Tower Access Reviewed by Colin, 06/10/2018

As A Builder Myself - Mindblowing Experience To Tour Sagrada Familia

This building will leave you emotional breathless and amazed what humanity can achieve-nothing short of amazing

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Andrew, 03/10/2018

A very exceptional place, and an excellent tour guide.

We were very impressed with Sagrada Familia, a building full of light and many great surprises. The building tells aspects of the Christian story, but our guide Lena told us of all the building’s special delights. Thank you Lena so much.

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