Visit The Most Iconic “Sagrada Familia” In 2023

One of Barcelona’s top attractions, La Sagrada Familia, is an architectural masterpiece, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. When you visit Barcelona and plan on going inside the church, you may ask yourself, How do I visit Sagrada Familia? In this article, I’ll explain exactly how you can see Gaudì’s must-see Sagrada Familia in 2023, including the best time to go, how much it costs, what you must bring, and more.

About La Sagrada Familia The Building

Located in Barcelona, Spain, Gaudí’s masterpiece is a must-see for tourists. A Roman Catholic church and work of striking architecture, it’s been under construction since 1883.

Sagrada Familia

While you can only see so much from the outside (one day, it will be complete), interior tours are available to give you a glimpse of what lies beneath. Read on for more information about visiting Sagrada Família in 2023 and beyond!

History of La Sagrada Familia

One of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks, designed by Antoni Gaudì, was completed shortly before his death in 1926. Construction continued until it halted during the Spanish Civil War. It resumed after WWII until 1976 when workers reached the ceiling level of La Nativitat Chapel – when work stopped again until 1990.

Today there is still no scheduled completion date for the project, which is one of the world’s most famous unfinished buildings – but millions visit each year anyway. 

Tours & Tickets of La Sagrada Familia

Three types of times are available at Sagrada Familia, with tickets costing between €14 – €20 depending on length and season. You can check tickets according to many websites.

Where To Buy Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online or at Barcelona’s Caixabank ATM locations. Look for one that says Entradas/Tickets (entrances), and you should see a button on top with an option to buy tickets for Sagrada Familia.

You can also purchase tickets from Ticketmaster, though there is no added value if you get them beforehand. Either way, purchasing ahead is recommended to avoid waiting in line on busy days (more information below).

Note that ticket sales are limited between particular times during peak season, otherwise known as the summer months. If you plan to visit Sagrada Familia during these periods, booking your tickets well in advance is best. Check out their official website for more details.  

Information regarding hours of opening and closing

The general opening hours :

  • November – February: Monday to Saturday – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday – 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • March – October: Monday to Saturday – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sunday – 10:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • April – September: Monday to Saturday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday – 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.

The special opening hours:

9:00 am to 2:00 pm – 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January

The best time to visit is at 9:00 am in the morning as the crowd is relatively lesser at that time. It is also the best time to go up Sagrada Familia’s towers since the crowd is relatively lesser between 9:00 am and 11:00 am in the morning than the rest of the day.

When Is Best For A Visit to Sagrada Familia

If you’re looking for a time to visit Sagrada Familia, I recommend anytime between April and September. Because it’s warm in Barcelona during these months, spending as much time outside as possible will help you see more of what Gaudi has created.

I visited during June and was comfortable walking around all day without having to layer up or bring a scarf or sweater. Not only that, but it doesn’t often rain in Barcelona either, so you don’t have to worry about how your day might be affected by potential weather conditions.

Sagrada Familia is located on the full sunshine of a hill in central Barcelona; getting there is easy if you’re staying at an accommodation close to Las Ramblas. Take any Metro line from Placa Catalunya station towards either Sagrera or Fira de Barcelona stations, and then walk from there! Another option would be to get off at Passeig de Gràcia station (closer) and walk up Carrer d’Aragó until you reach Placa de Catalunya.

Tips For Visiting Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and one of its best-known tourist destinations. Its streets are filled with museums, cathedrals, and monuments, many of which were created by a single architect—Antoni Gaudí. He is most famous for his artistic masterpiece, La Sagrada Família, constructed between 1882 and 1926.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, La Sagrada Família attracts visitors across Europe—and beyond! If you’re wondering how to visit it in 2019 or later, here are some tips for planning your trip.

Book this tour package:

Hours And Tickets

When should you plan to go? You can enter La Sagrada Familia without a ticket during opening hours (from 9 am-8 pm daily). But if you want access to an audio guide (highly recommended) and entry into all other buildings on site, then be sure to buy tickets online. It costs €20/€15 per adult/child aged 4–12 (for audio guides and access), but I highly recommend paying more for the audioguide because it’ll give you far more information about what you’re seeing than a printed guide will.

While there’s no age limit for visiting La Sagrada Familia, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Also, while there’s no age limit for visiting La Sagrada Familia, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tours: There are two types of tours available—standard and guided. Guided tours cost €40 each (or €35 if you pre-book them online ) and last around 45 minutes; classic tours cost €5 each but last only 15 minutes.

Both start every 30 minutes and are given in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Guided tours include access to all areas of interest inside La Sagrada Familia (including St. Peter’s tomb). 

Audio Guides

As mentioned above, purchasing an audio guide will give you far more insight into what you’re looking at than a regularly printed guide ever could.

Woman with Audio guide

It offers much greater detail about everything you see inside La Sagrada Familia itself and provides background information on Antoni Gaudì himself and fascinating facts about life in 19th-century Barcelona. 

What Else Is Nearby Of La Sagrada Familia?

The closest metro stop to Sagrada Familia is Glòries, which offers easy access to the rest of Barcelona. You can easily travel anywhere else you want to visit, such as Plaça Catalunya (where Las Ramblas begin ), Plaça d’Espanya, and Camp Nou—home of FC Barcelona football club.

Plaça d'Espanya

 Where To Stay

Hotels near Sagrada Familia are always full, so you must book well in advance. My recommendation is the Hotel Catalonia Sagrada Família. It’s just a five-minute walk from the church and has excellent reviews and reasonably priced rooms (starting at €70 per night). 

Check out some hotels and book as your wish:

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