The columns that stretch up to the ceiling and branch out like forest trees support the structure. However, they also reflect Gaudi’s belief that nature and spirituality go hand in hand - that you can never be closer to God than in nature. A self-guided Sagrada Familia tour allows you to quietly lose yourself in this transcendent space.
However, a Sagrada Familia guided tour will bring to light the details of Gaudi’s cathedral explaining the intricate methods in which the stain glass windows were made and the meanings behind them. You can also gain further insight into the way in which Gaudi designed the way light would enter the nave. The beautiful patterns and colors that reflect off of the walls and ceilings coming from thoughtfully placed windows that accentuate a sense of harmony and invite introspection.
The best time to visit the Sagrada Familia is before the crowds have descended. This is generally midweek in the mornings. You also want to go on a sunny day so that there is plenty of light. But, really, the most important thing is that you just get yourself a couple of Barcelona Familia Sagrada tickets, so you don’t miss out Sagrada Familia in Barcelona most spectacular sights.
The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s centerpiece built by a Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, is open:
Purchasing tickets for Sagrada Familia including tower can be done directly through the ticket office outside of the sites main entrance. However, be aware that there are often big queues. Wait times in the summer can be more than 2 hours and then you may have to wait until your access time. We highly recommend buying the Gaudi cathedral tickets online to avoid long queues.
Metro Lines 2 and 5 both stop at the Sagrada Familia metro station. The Sagrada Familia is also serviced by bus numbers 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24 depending on which direction you are coming from.
The best time to visit the Sagrada Familia is in the off-season, November - February. The colder months see a lower number of tourists traveling to Barcelona, so the Sagrada Familia is quieter. From March things begin to pick up, and in July and August, the Sagrada Familia is at its busiest. As always, visits early in the morning and later in the afternoon promise the fewer crowds and Sagrada Familia skip the line tour groups.
The Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece of modern architecture. One of the greatest expressions of Christian faith ever constructed from stone. Antoni Gaudi’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals and expresses Christian belief through the beauty of its architecture. The architecture of the Sagrada Familia’s beautiful interior mimics the natural world with columns built to resemble trees. This was all done to reflect Gaudi’s firm belief that to be in nature was the closest a person could be to God.
Tickets to the Sagrada Familia begin at 15 € that is you purchase them offline. Online Sagrada Familia entrance fee brings the price to around 18-19 €. Still, it's better to pay a small fee than spend two hours standing in a queue. Tour prices vary between 35 to 40 € depending on what’s included.
To enjoy the Sagrada Familia’s transcendent beauty an audio tour guide of Sagrada Familia is not strictly necessary. However, tour guides offer a fantastic opportunity to engage with a site in more detail. This can result in a more fulfilling experience.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants surrounding the Sagrada Familia so if you want to stop off before or after your visit for a refreshment and a bite to eat this is possible. The Sagrada Familia is also wheelchair accessible, but because the site is under construction, we recommend wheelchair users to visit with a companion.