And for good reason, too: mild temperatures, blue skies, and a way to escape everyday life for a while. If that’s not tempting, I don’t know what is!
But Barcelona is obviously much more than just a bit of nice weather – you’re likely to want to see a sight or two ;) That’s why I’d like to make a recommendation right away: the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s main attraction!
A couple of things you should know
Next are the summer months of June to September, and many tourists spend their fall holidays there, too.
Please be aware of this – you are not alone!
How does that affect a visit to the Sagrada Familia?
Spring is usually not quite as crowded as the middle of summer or October, but you should be prepared to spend some time waiting in line if you purchase your ticket on site.
How can I avoid waiting in line?
The Sagrada Familia uses timed tickets. This means that you can purchase your tickets online ahead of time and pick your preferred time of day. Once you have your tickets, all you have to do is show up in the right place at the right time.
Should you want to purchase your ticket on site, you’ll have to get in line at the ticket booth. And while that line doesn’t exactly take up a lot of time, you’ll end up with a timed ticket there, too. Depending on the crowds, your time of admission then might be half an hour away – or five hours. (When I went for a test visit last August, I got a ticket with a five hour wait…)
Where can I purchase online tickets for the Sagrada Familia?
What kind of Tickets exists?
I work with a provider called TicketBar. You can purchase online tickets there for 18.75 Euro, 16.75 Euro (reduced price for people under the age of 30) or for 14.75 Euro (reduced price for people over the age of 65).
A guided tour (in English, French, German, or Italian) can also be booked here: 29.50 Euro will get you a tour both inside and outside of the Sagrada Familia, lasting a grand total of 1.5 to 2 hours, and this includes the price of admission.
I’ve tested this personally, too: the Sagrada Familia tour was very entertaining and interesting. The façades and the interior were explained in great detail and covered Gaudí, his personal principles of architecture, and architecture in general. And once the tour is over, you can continue to check out the Sagrada Familia’s interior on your own.
Another nice combo ticket is a day pass for the Hop-on Hop-off bus and admission to the Sagrada Familia for 39.50 Euro.
With TicketBar and Barcelona-Museum you can purchase admission, tower access, and an audio guide for 34 Euro, reduced price 30 Euro.
Obviously, you can get tickets directly through the Sagrada Familia as well. Purchasing the ticket on-site will cost you 18 Euro, and the official website sells tickets for 15 Euro. However, by using TicketBar, you can support my work.
Is the cathedral closed on holidays?
For Easter (April 13th to April 17th) you are save! There are no special closing times. The Sagrada Familia will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.!
More closing dates for holidays have not been released yet. Check back for more information later.
The Sagrada Familia is open Mondays through Sundays.
Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
April - September:
Monday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
November - February:
Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Another point of interest is Antoni Gaudí’s grave, which is located in the crypt below the Sagrada Familia. Whenever the gates are open, you can visit the grave at no additional cost. The entrance is located to the left of the ticket booth in the street Carrer de Sardenya.
Opening hours crypt:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Check out my main page for more information on the Sagrada Familia!
The Tale of Easter
This façade tells the tale of Easter in an unusual sequence – click on the image to see it in more detail.
On the right, there is a group of people consisting of Saint Peter and three women. Next to this scene, the last in the row, you can see Jesus, brought before Pontius Pilate, by two soldiers.
The sequence continues the next row up. The first scene shows the Way of the Cross and Jesus falling, followed by the very vivid central scene: Veronica stands in the middle, holding her veil in front of her. The face of Jesus Christ is clearly visible here.
Next up are the scenes of a riding soldier, representing the Roman soldier Longinus piercing Jesus Christ with his spear. Above him are the Gambling Soldiers.
Finally, the main scene is the Crucifixion. The cross protrudes horizontally from the wall, presenting the tip of the cross to us, viewing it from below. Jesus is accompanied by the grieving Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene.
The final scene is the Entombment of Christ. Jesus is wrapped in a burial shroud, and the grave is already open.
I hope you can enjoy your Easter visit to the Sagrada Familia with this information.
Kindest regards, and happy Easter!