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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?


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!

Our 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.

How Much 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!

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.
  • 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 there
    Take 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

Isaac was phenomenal, fully informed, engaging and entertaining.

Loved Isaac's enthusiasm, and appreciated how well he connected the past to the present. He was lively and attentive to questions. He seemed quite enthused about the Sagrada and Gaudi. Wonderful tour.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Lydia, 18/09/2018

Fascinating how everything is speeding up now

Amazing to see how the whole concept of the Sagrada Familia has changed and been changing. Last time I saw it was 11 years ago. Our tour guide was a lovely lady who invited us into small details and shared her knowledge with us. We visited the Sagrada Familia in the beginning of September which had still a lot of visitors but it was pleasant to walk around and see that beauty.

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by Annamaria, 18/09/2018

Very well organised our guide was a perfect gent.

Excellent!!!. Tour guide. He was a very friendly man. He was easy to understand and did not rush. He was very friendly to all in the group. Allowed us time to take plenty of photographs. We give him 5 *****

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by Julie, 13/09/2018

Excellent guide, fantastic event - perfect experience.

Loved it. Our guide Anna Louise was informative and gracious. The church is a must see.

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by James, 12/09/2018

Great guide, even better skipping th line!

Bought our tickets quite last minute to do a guided tour of Sagrada Familia (on the same day). Glad we got the guided tour as there was so much to learn about the design and construction. The guide was great - punctual, friendly and very knowledgeable. Would recommend! Got to skip the line to enter and was able to stay for as long as we wanted afterwards to explore further.

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by Carolina, 09/09/2018

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