Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is a warranted must-see for many tourists during their time in Barcelona. His architectural brilliance is astounding from the exterior, and upon entrance, unlike anything you could imagine. Since it has been under construction in 1882, projected finish dates for the rest of the towers, which will total to 18, are for around 2026. However, with funding shortened and cut off for various periods of time, it has taken a bit longer than expected. Nonetheless, the Sagrada Familia is truly a sight worth seeing.
Up to his death in 1926, Gaudi played an active role in the church’s construction, modifying as he saw fit upon its development. He left designs to be carried out after his passing, but much controversy surrounds the continuing renovations, as many of his plans were left open for interpretation.
To enjoy your visit, here are some things to know before going:
- As this is one of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions, queues can wrap around the building. For this reason, it is imperative that you buy your tickets online beforehand so that you can enter more quickly. If you buy your tickets online, you will skip the queue.
- You can show an electronic copy of your ticket to enter for a paperless option.
- You will be given a specific entrance time upon ticket purchase (such as, 11h). You should buy your tickets online at least 1-2 days in advance to get the time slot of your preference. The earlier you book your tickets, the more options you will have for entracne times to visit the church.
- If you so choose, you can buy tickets months in advance.
- Tickets range from €14,80 to €23,80 depending on whether or not you want a specialized guide, audio guide, or want to ascend to one of Gaudi’s towers. Group and student discounts exist. Children up to age 10 and people with a 65% or higher disability +1 accompanying person enter free.
- We reccomend the option with the audioguide. If you choose the option for one of the towers, keep in mind that your entrance times may have large gaps (such as, entrance to the basilica at 12h and to the tower at 16h).
- Be sure to wear proper clothing or you will not be permitted to enter.
- Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain. The entrance is in front of the Nativity Façade on Marina Street, in between Carrer de Mallorca and Provença.
- How to arrive: Metro L5 and L2 Sagrada Familia; by Bus: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, B24
- Hours of Operation: Everyday from 9:00h to 20:00h