Sagrada Família

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013

Price guide: Mid-range

Sagrada Família
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#10 of 22
expert-rated things to do in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Design and architecture

Expert review of Sagrada Família

Gaudí’s cathedral might be unfinished, but is still iconic.

The cloud-piercing spires of the Sagrada Família are a familiar sight to anyone who’s been to the city, or even spent time in an airport bookshop – it’s graced the cover of many a guidebook. Not everyone loves it, however (Picasso and Orwell were especially vociferous in their hatred of it), and its lack of straight lines, grotesquely bulbous carvings and curious creatures are not always easy on the eye. As a curiosity, however, it can’t be beat. Visit the museum to see the original models and plans, and the crypt where Gaudí is buried. A lift will whisk you up to the top of a spire, from where it is a vertiginous walk down.

Price advice: 

12 euros; 10 euros reductions.

Expert tips: 
Entrance is expensive, but wandering around the parts with free access is probably more interesting.

More information on Sagrada Família:

Price guide:
Religious site
C/Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013
93 207 30 31
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sept: daily 9am-8pm. Oct-Mar: daily 9am-6pm.

Have you been to Sagrada Família? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

The Sagrada Familia is really great to see from the outside but if you're gonna go inside I recommend paying the extra few euros for the lift otherwise it's not worth it. I'm glad I went inside just to say that I did but compared to the outside it wasn't much to see. The inside looks too modern compared to the more old school originality of the outside. Be sure to get there early because the line to get inside is really long.