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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?
Hours vary based on time of year:
November-February, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
March and October, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
April-September, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- 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
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!!
We had been to Sagrada in 2012 and couldn’t wait to revisit. This time we used a guide, Victor and how lucky we were! He was an incredibly informative and very friendly guide. The building and its architect, are wonders of the world ... and we intend to come back in 2026, when it is due for completion - we will see!
Somehow 6 people missed the tour. Probably because the location was a bit vaguely described, and the voucher we had didn't identify the signs the independent tour operator was holding up. Need clarity
The tour was excellent because the guides were so knowledgeable and friendly. The church was stunning as were all of the buildings we were shown. If you get a chance, definitely take this tour!
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the church. She had a great sense of humor and was easy to understand. This was a wonderful basic tour that was just long enough.