Sagrada Familia

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.
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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
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
As the names suggest, each tower is religiously symbolic. The joyous Nativity faces the sunrise away from the Passion’s starving, skeletal form.

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
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!

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.

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.

Park Güell and Sagrada Familia Tour With Transportation reviewed by Marleen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Exceptional tour! Victor was amazing and so knowledgeable!!
Our tour was so amazing. The Sagrada Familia has so much history and so many of the parts have symbolic meanings. Victor was so wonderful with sharing his knowledge and giving us the greater meanings of all of the parts of the sanctuary. Without the tour, we would not have appreciated so many nuances that are within such a magnificent structure. Worth every cent!!

Sagrada Familia: Priority Access Guided Tour with Ticket reviewed by Eleanor

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ In-depth and unmissable if you are remotely interested in Gaudi.
Our guide Alma was super knowledgeable and all-around wonderful. The great expansive tour that lets you get more context around Gaudi’s masterpieces – including Sagrada Família tower climb. Really well orchestrated and executed tour from beginning to end. Would recommend.

Gaudi Tour with Sagrada Família & Park Güell Tickets reviewed by Carolina

⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am so happy when I am on a Segway! It brings out my lost little boy.
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Barcelona 3-Hour Segway Tour with Sagrada Familia reviewed by Lorn

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