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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?
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.
As the names suggest, each tower is religiously symbolic. The joyous Nativity faces the sunrise away from the Passion's starving, skeletal form.
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.
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!
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!
The simplest way to get to the Sagrada Família is by metro. Hop off at the conveniently named Sagrada Família metro stop!
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!
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.
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!
- When to visitOpen at 9:00AM. Closing times are: November to February 6:00PM, April to September 8:00PM, March and October 7:00PM.
- What is the price?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 thereTake the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop!
- Additional tips
- 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
Seeing a beautiful site without a guide is risky. Our visit was greatly enhanced by having an enthusiastic and knowledgeable young guide pointing out many things we would have missed. I just wish that someone would have told us ahead of time that they ask you to remove hats before entering. We did not - but could have worn less ostentatious head-wear had we known about the request.
Excellent tour. Unfortunately unable to do the tower visit as they were closed on security grounds. Still well worth the visit. A tour of the site is the best way to see the Cathedral and get the most from your visit. No waiting in long queues and ensuring you do get admission.
Perfect and sweet guide, church beautifully presented and the tour was intimate even though it's full of tourists. As for Sagrada Familia, you have to see it to believe it, I had to fight to keep back tears, breathtakingly beautiful and so different!!
This was a great guided tour although it is a little rushed through. You get time to wonder off and explore at the end. Very helpful staff too, we had some issues with following the pickup instructions (our fault for not reading) and they were super accommodating and met at venue with rest of your. Awesome communication.
Thank you changing the tickets promptly so my friend and I could go in the same session.... not sure how the error occurred but was rectified very quickly with friendly support..... thanks!