If ever in your travels you find yourself in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia should be the first thing on your list. (Or maybe second after the beach). This monstrous Basilica, designed by Gaudi, has been in construction for 135 years! It’s set to finish in 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death. It’s pretty cool to know that this building is still coming to life!
Here’s what you need to know before visiting:
Get tickets beforehand. You can get them on their website linked here. They can sell out if you try to buy tickets the day you are visiting. When I went, I bought them a few days before going. However, it was not high season for tourism. Plan accordingly.
I didn’t go up to the towers, so I can’t comment on how they are. I had gone up enough tours at this point in my trip and didn’t feel too compelled to pay extra for it. However, it seems like a cool option if you have some extra time or want a different perspective!
You can take the metro or bus there.
Get an audio guide. There’s so much to learn about La Sagrada Familia and its 100% worth it. The audio tour isn’t too long or too short. It’s just the right length.
Allow adequate time to walk around yourself. It closes at 8pm in the summer. However, closing times change depending on the time of year. Keep that in mind when purchasing tickets or scheduling other activities.
Bring a camera, but pictures really won’t do the Basilica justice.
There’s a LOT of visitors. It won’t be empty when you go. Don’t be surprised by the sea of people.
I really don’t have much else to say. Some people claim it’s best to visit during sunset. But I think that no matter what time you go, it’s going to be a great experience. This is a beautiful religious place of worship that is incomparable to anything else. I’m not a religious person, but there’s something undoubtedly spiritual about La Sagrada Familia.