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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
Sagrada Familia Is a must to visit, absolutely amazing. The inside is a real surprise from the look of the outside. Skip the line tickets well worth the extra money, we arrived 15 minutes before our booked time & entered very soon afterwards. Our time in Barcelona was only 4 days so we wanted to see as much as possible of this beautiful city without wasting time in queues.
We reached the entrance to Sagrada Familia a few minutes before our entry time and took the opportunity to take some photos of the amazing exterior. When the entry time arrived, the line moved quickly into the cathedral. Viewing the interior of the structure was an awesome experience, not to be missed.
Need to book in advance as it was sold out when we got there. Very crowded despite the limited tickets. Beautiful and quirky building inside and out. Although I'm not religious, I am respectful within religious buildings and was quite shocked about the numbers of people, the noise and the taking of photos.
Only disappointment was unable to go up the tower as booked as were unaware that we had to walk down 400 steps, any possibility of a refund. We will definately be coming back to Barcelona there is so much to see
Sagrada Familia is simply the "must see" of Barcelona. Everything about the building, its history and architect is just extraordinary. For me, the use of colour in the stained glass is what remains with me most. I picked this particular tour because it included a tower trip. I was therefore bitterly disappointed to be told by the guide on the day that there would be no tower trip because "there were no more tickets for the tower left today" - particularly since I had booked on 23rd July for our visit on 21st September! I realise I will get my money refunded but it is a letdown and shows there is no real point booking early because tower tickets only seem to be allocated on the day to guides.