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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
The German description I got ahead mentioned cava & tapas testing as part of the tour which was not the case and would not fit in timewise anyway. So please check and correct.
Unbelievably beautiful architecture, art work, lighting, ... the whole package. It takes great will for a community to see this project to completion. I'm truly impressed with the time and talent of so many, and to the brilliant vision of Gaudi himself.
We booked this without too much thought, knowing our 3 teenage children were all good cyclists but we didn't consider big bikes and electric so our son, who has Downs syndrome struggled to get on with the bike at first. I was super impressed with our tour guide who instinctively offered a smaller bike, ran Toms bike back to the shop, collected new smaller bike and accommodated us so much. Its heart warming to feel so much support in the midst of a new city. The tour was amazing, fun, full of history and important facts that we wouldn't have known otherwise. I never dreamed 4 hours on a bike in a city could be so fun and relaxing. I felt safe and looked after throughout. The kids loved it too! After this experience, we will always do a bike tour on our city breaks from now on. Thank you so much to Barcelona E bike tours and our guide - Absolute Stars!
One of the must see places on this earth. Everyone should visit at least once. Tour guide Marc was excellent and kept us all entertained even in the torrential rain
Instructions on the ticket we perfectly clear, the guide was cheerful and knowledgeable and of course the Familia is without a challenge the most awe inspiring cathedral in the Christian world.