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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 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 thereTake 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
Without the audio guide we would not have understood all the symbolism in the beautiful carvings and the interior. Having a timed entry ticket meant we didn’t have to queue.
Despite the raining day, our guide, Tanya was very knowledgeable in sharing the details, design of Sagrada Familia, and history of the building. My husband and I enjoyed the tour very much. Definitely will join another tour by GetYourGuide.
It would have been better if the audio headphones had been given a quick clean with an antibacterial wipe before giving to different customers. At the entrance it would have been better if there was better signposting on where to queue if you already had a ticket.
I have only seen the Sagrada Familia from the outside on previous trips to Barcelona, and the ticket queues have always put me off. However, having discovered the Get your Guide advance ticket I decided to book us in for the Saturday afternoon we were in town. Good decision for two reasons: firstly, when we got to the basilica we found that all tickets for Saturday had already sold out; and secondly, because looking at the building from the outside only tells you half the story. You have to get up close and then go inside to really appreciate Gaudi's vision and inspiration for the structure. In particular I would single out the detail on the bronze doors on the Nativity transept, the visual impact of the abstract stained glass, and the stone "forest" of the immense internal pillars. I'm a card-carrying atheist, but the beauty of this building speaks to all, whatever your religion. Two tips: worth paying the little extra for the very good audio tour, and go up the Nativity Tower!
The meeting point was super easy to find and is very close to Sagrada Familia. The tour was fantastic! Joseph, my guide, was very informative and fun to talk to. We skipped the lines, went through security, and entered the inside area in under two minutes. The tour has a very good duration. I stayed behind afterwards and returned to the look and some details and the museum. I am positive this is the best way to enjoy Sagrada Familia.