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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
Very nice and friendly guide. Asked all of our questions and made the experience even better. Really would recommend everyone to go with a guide. Adds alot of flavor to the experience. Saved alot of time by passing the lines as well :)
Our tour guide was very nice. He spoke fluent english and gave us detailed explanations of the stories carved into the various facades. The architecture and craftsmanship is amazing. Truly a worthwhile trip! Early morning was great because it was less crowded. Meeting site easy to find too.
Segways are a fun way to get around, and can cover a lot of territory. David our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. Thank you!
I went with my entire family, including four young nieces all of whom are very eager learners! They asked plenty of questions, and our guide was very patient and answered every single one of them. Not once did she appear annoyed. Her name was Nuría and I definitely recommend you to take the tour with her! This is my second time visiting the Sagrada Familia, but the first time I decided to only do the self-tour. The tour with Nuría definitely made for a much better experience!
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