Sagrada Família

Address: C/Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013, Spain
Telephone: 93 207 30 31

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

Price advice

12 euros; 10 euros reductions.

Expert tips

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

Recommended for

  • First-time travellers
  • Design and architecture