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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 to visitOpen at 9:00AM. Closing times are: November to February 6:00PM, April to September 8:00PM, March and October 7:00PM.
- What is the price?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 tips
- 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
Even though the outside of the Sagrada Familia is amazing this doesn't prepare you for the even more amazing interior. Absolutely stunning and a must see for all visitors to Barcelon.
Really impressed with our guide's knowledge. She answered all our questions and really opened our eyes to Barcelona. Highly recommend to do on your first day!
We had a brilliant experience and really enjoyed the tour. Our Tour guide Zoë, an architect that studied at the same University as Gaudi offered us insight and a different perspective on the works, the skills, the genius that is and was Gaudi. Being a former student and appreciating the unique design and character was the key in being a successful tour guide. Highly recommended and would like to do it again in 9 years when the Sagrada Familia will be finished! Let's see!!!!
We were able to find our guide easily and we were in a small group, so we were able to hear everything he said. He gave just the right amount of information and the tour was enjoyable.
Arriving between Christmas and the New Year and without any preparation I was disappointed to find the the tickets to see Sagrada Familia were sold out until the Saturday which was the day we were coming home. I have used getyourguild before in Amsterdam so looked it up online and was delighted to find tickets available with a guide for the next day. The guide used audio equipment which was just brilliant and she was extremely knowledgeable, very pleased with the whole experience from booking to rendevous and the guided tour we would definately book again and would encourage others to book!