The Sagrada Familia is the most famous religious temple in Barcelona and one of the best known examples of Catalan modernism. This majestic religious building, which the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí began to build in 1882, and which has not yet been completed, is certainly the monument that attracts the most visitors to Barcelona.
Given these premises, know the opening hours ed arriving with a skip-the-line ticket can be very important to visit this extraordinary religious structure in the heart of Barcelona.
In this guide you will find useful useful information to organize the visit, such as: opening hours, ticket prices, how to buy the ticket in advance and how to get there. If you visit Barcelona don't miss the chance to visit the symbol and the most famous place of the city.
What to see in the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia, an unfinished work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, is the most visited monument in Spain, even more than other famous places such as theAlhambra of Granada or Museo del Prado in Madrid! Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005, it is a masterpiece of art and architecture.
Her construction it began in 1882 and never ended, though Gaudí dedicated 40 years of his life to this immeasurable work. Construction was suspended in 1935 due to the Spanish Civil War and resumed in 1950. Construction has since been followed by different architects, following the plans and indications left by Gaudí himself.
Each architectural element of the Holy Family has a ordered Christian symbolism, Nothing is left to chance. Inside there are 18 towers that support the structure, a number that is not random, but which represents the sum of the twelve apostles, four evangelists, Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
What stands out to the eye when contemplating the Sagrada Familia is it spectacular design by Gaudí, with its sinuous shapes extracted from nature, the highly ornate aesthetic and the multiple artistic details of its interiors and exteriors. And if there are two elements that contribute to the beauty of the Basilica, these are light and color. Gaudí said "color is the expression of life", and that is why it is so present in this temple.
As the construction is financed exclusively by donations, the work is slow and the inauguration is scheduled for 2026.
The three different facades of the Basilica
The Basilica has three monumental facades and each represents one of the three moments in the life of Jesus Christ:
The Nativity - it is the only facade built during the life of the architect Gaudì. This facade of the Sagrada tells the life of Jesus. The details are numerous and impressive: the Tree of Life, the Door of Faith, the Door of Hope, the Coronation of Mary, ...
Passion - this facade tells the passion of Christ and includes 3 doors. The suffering of Christ translates into a more sparse, harsher style.
The glory - is the third and last facade of the Sagrada Familia. Its construction began in 2002 and the projects are expected to be the most impressive of all. This facade represents the heavenly glory of Christ.
The interior of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
The interior of the Sagrada Familia is often considered the "heart" of the visit. Still, the basilica's exterior is just as impressive.
During the visit of the Sagrada Familia must not be missed:
- the numerous stained glass windows of the basilica
- the imposing columns of the central nave
- the ceiling of the central nave with perforated stones that allow the arrival of hot air from the outside.
Visit of the basilica and its crypt
It is also interesting to visit the crypt of the basilica. It is accessed from a staircase to the left of the apse. Consists of several chapels representing the Immaculate Conception, the Sacred Heart, the family of Jesus and other religious figures.
La Chapel of Our Lady of the Carmelites contains the remains of Antoni Gaudí. The crypt was restored in 1940, following a fire during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
Sagrada Familia ticket prices
There are several possible options for visiting the Sagrada Familia. You can choose from these several tickets:
- Sagrada Familia base ticket: without audio guide
- Skip-the-line ticket with audio guide: available in 16 languages
- Guided tour of the Sagrada Familia with skip-the-line ticket
- Skip-the-line ticket for Sagrada Familia + Tower of the Passion (with audio guide)
- Free entry with the iVenture Card Barcelona
Find out in more detail
Skip-the-line ticket to the Sagrada Familia
More and more people book and buy tickets before the visit, not to queue and they do very well. Know that every day over 6.000 tourists from all over the world line up for hours to visit the Sagrada Familia.
The estimated time spent queuing before entering is from one hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. It is highly recommended to book and buy the entrance ticket online, which allows you not to queue. You can choose the single ticket or with the audio guide.
- Book a skip-the-line ticket with audio guide
Ticket with guided tour
It is a ticket with quick entry to the basilica. The guided tour lasts about an hour and a half and the explanations are in Spanish. Small ones are also available radio guide to hear the guide better.
This tour is organized in small groups, so it is best to book in advance for your desired dates. If the seats are no longer available, you can choose tours in larger groups, or in English or Spanish.
After the tour, you can continue to explore the basilica on your own.
- Book a guided tour in English
The tour of the towers of the Sagrada Familia
In addition to what includes the classic ticket of the Sagrada Familia, you will have the opportunity to also visit two of the eight towers currently built. The Tower of the Nativity, 55 meters high, and the Tower of the Passion, 75 meters high.
from Tower of the Nativity, you can see the eastern part of the city, while from Tower of the Passion, you can enjoy a view of the city center.
- Book a ticket for the Sagrada Familia + Towers
iVenture Card Barcelona
The iVenture Card Barcelona is a pass valid for 7 days, that allows you to visit the most famous attractions of the city. You can choose to visit 3 or 5 attractions from the list that includes 36, or you can opt for the unlimited pass which gives the possibility to discover them all.
Whichever package you choose, 2 attractions are always included for free.
In the list of attractions to choose there is also the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell e Casa Batllo. Once the card is activated, you will have 7 consecutive days to access the selected activities.
- Buy the iVenture Card Barcelona here
Visiting hours Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is open every day of the year, without exception.
- November to February: from 9: 00 to 18: 00
- March and October: from 9: 00 to 19: 00
- From April to September: from 9: 00 to 20: 00
- On December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th: from 9: 00 to 14: 00
Opening hours and days they may occasionally be changed by the management due to special events taking place inside the Basilica.
In the end, the times are not very important if you make an online reservation of the tickets for the basilica. Whatever ticket purchased, you have to choose an hour to visit. It will obviously be necessary to respect the time of entry or the guided tour.
How to reach us
The basilica is located in Carrer de la Marina. in one of the most characteristic areas of the city of Barcelona.
To get there you can use the metro (L2 and L5 with Sagrada Família stop) or the bus 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 e B24.
- Who visits the basilica not in a group must use the general entrance on the facade of the Nativity, in c / de la Marina.
- I groups must use the entrance in c / de la Marina.
- - school pupils they must enter through the entrance in c / de la Marina.
Sleeping near the Sagrada Famiglia
There are many excellent hotels near the Basilica of the Sagrada Famiglia, also because it is one of the most visited and among the best places to stay in the Catalan city.
Hotel Serhs Carlit
Ibis Barcelona Centro (Sagrada Familia)
Ayre Hotel Roussillon
Hotel Barcelona 1882Search for accommodation or hotels near Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Visitors to age less than 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
The Basilica is a space under construction. Routes and tours can be changed. The temporary closure of any of the spaces of the Basilica does not entitle visitors to any discount or refund of the ticket price.
Before entering you must go through a security control.
Need wear appropriate clothing. It is a religious temple and it is necessary to dress in a sober way, without caps or transparencies, tank tops, pronounced necklines, navel in sight, shorts or miniskirts.