Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Is the famous unfinished basilica worth a visit?

La Sagrada Familia
••• La Sagrada Familia. Image: Damian Corrigan

La Sagrada Familia is the most famous sight in Barcelona. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the Roman Catholic basilica is unfinished - despite the architect being commissioned for the job in 1883! Gaudi died in 1926 and work has continued on the building to this day. Officially, the magnificent building will be finished in 2026, one hundred years after Gaudi died.

  • Pictures of La Sagrada Familia

Guided Tours of La Sagrada Familia

You can order a tour and 'skip the line' ticket for the Sagrada Familia here:

  • Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
  • Best of Barcelona & Sagrada Familia Tour (Saver)
  • Half-Day Gaudi Tour
  • Full-Day Gaudi Tour

There are also twice-daily tours offered by La Sagrada Familia. Details should be obtained in person.

Tours of Barcelona that Include La Sagrada Familia
Note that these tours usually don't include admission to La Sagrada Familia, but just stop outside.

  • Barcelona-in-One-Day Tour 
  • Montserrat Gaudi Tour
  • Barcelona Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour

See also: Barcelona's Most Controversial Buildings.

Where is La Sagrada Familia?

La Sagrada Familia is in Barcelona, in Catalonia. It is easily accessible by metro - you'll find the La Sagrada Familia metro stop on L2 & L5.

Read more about the Barcelona Metro.

The Barcelona sightseeing tour bus also stops at the Sagrada Familia.

What can you see?

La Sagrada Familia's façades look like someone through a museum full of sculptures at it. There are so many images to be seen on the basilica's walls, you could spend hours walking around it and still find more interesting statues (see the pictures above).

You can climb the many, many stairs to the top of basilica, as well as look around the museum that details the history of the building's construction.

Admission

Prices have gone up massively recently - doubling in less than ten years. To climb the tower it now costs a whopping 29 euros. Not long ago it cost 15€ to climb the stairs and to enter the museum, with an extra 2 euros to take the lift.

Is it worth it? I don't think so. There is plenty to see from the outside, there's no need to go inside. There is nothing to 'do' at the top - just look out over Barcelona's less than impressive skyline and then come back down again. The most impressive sight on the Barcelona skyline is the Sagrada Familia itself - if you are actually in the church, you won't be able to see it!

The museum is mildly interesting, but if you're on a budget, it's not really worth the money.

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What Else Should I See?

  • Nearby: Stroll along Avenguda de Gaudi, a tree-lind avenue, great to stop for coffee or Horchata. At the other end of the avenue is the Hospital de Sant Pau, a beautifully ornate, fully-functioning hospital.
  • In a Similar Vein: Gaudi left his mark on a number of places in Barcelona, the most famous other work being the Parc Guell. For information on a number of Gaudi's creations, see this Tour of Antoni Gaudi's Barcelona