Barcelona

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene.

Barcelona's architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Fast forward a thousand years or so to the Middle Ages by taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, a mix of ingenious and whimsical creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries. Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, both of whom have major Barcelona museums devoted to their works.

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The Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's Heaven on Earth

Sagrada Familia

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction. Work began in 1882 and is hoped (perhaps optimistically) to be completed in 2026, a century after the architect's death. Unfinished it may be, but it attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain.

Sagrada Familia: Tours & Tickets

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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.

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.

How to get there

Take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop!

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.

What people are saying about Sagrada Familia

★★★★★ Jorge was an excellent and informative guide!!

Jorge's presentation in Spanish and English was so well done. I can not imagine touring either the Parq Guell or the Sagrada Familia without his detailed description of Gauli's conception for either place. Thank you, Jorge...it was an excellent way to spend an afternoon in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

★★★★★ people were getting turned away and we were able to walk right in.

Getting these tickets in advance and showing up at the time slot you selected are really important. You do it right, you don't wait in line, you see it all and just say Wow!

★★★★★ I am so happy when I am on a Segway! It brings out my lost little boy.

If you are the least bit agile you deserve it to yourself to go for a cruise on a Segway and where better than in Barcelona. We explored several areas of the city including the Gothic quarter, Barcelonetta (the beach) and had a roadside view og Gaudi's masterpiece. Because you are 'on the road' I suggest this early in your visit as it clarified the lay of the land.

★★★★★ Magical - this was the most beautiful church I've ever seen

Our guide (Victor?) was such a gem and gave us so much great detail and history of the church. He moved at the right pace, spoke great english and answered all questions. Would highly advise to use this tour and see this with a guide as you get so much more context than a book or looking from the outside. Also make sure you go inside as that is even more magical than the outside alone.

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